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Retail: Ramen noodle restaurant coming to Raleigh’s Glenwood South

jmgiglio@newsobserver.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Glenwood South is about to get Lucky.

Two colleagues with a background in hospitality have teamed to create The Lucky, a pop-up Japanese noodle restaurant that’s coming to Cafe Helios on April 6.

Matthew Bettinger and Zach Neuman’s concept is simple: A casual spot that offers counter-service of hot ramen noodles cooked in a pork-based broth.

“This is a type of food and type of meal I like to share and have done for large groups in the past,” said Bettinger, the general manager of C. Grace cocktail bar in Raleigh. “Zach and I have worked very well together in the past.”

Customers will have the option of adding items such as pork belly, nori, soft-boiled eggs and bean sprouts to their noodles. Bar snacks and pork buns also will be available. The Lucky will serve drinks such as beer, liquor and green tea.

Dishes will be one size, Bettinger said, and customers should expect to pay “well under $15” for a basic bowl of noodles. He said add-ons should range from about $2 to $3; however, the partners are still working on exact prices.

Neuman, who is the coffee director at Cafe Helios, said the pair chose the location because of its open bar and kitchen, which makes it feel like a classic ramen noodle house.

Customers order food and drinks, and find a table, where a member of the wait staff will deliver the order. Bettinger said he expects the place to fill fast, so he’ll have a secondary bar set up outside to serve those waiting in line. The restaurant will not take reservations.

The place will seat about 45 inside and have space for an additional 15 on the outside patio if the weather is nice.

The Lucky is the first event for Jupiter’s Grocery, Bettinger and Neuman’s overarching hospitality organization. The pair plan to host five other pop-up events, with each being its own entity. The next one will be at least a month after The Lucky, Bettinger said.

The Lucky will be at 413 Glenwood Ave., and will run from 7 p.m. until the noodles run out, Bettinger said.


Glenwood South’s Hibernian Irish Pub, which burned to the ground in December 2012, reopens March 1 to help host the annual St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser.

The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m. that day, and will offer a limited menu that includes best-sellers such as fish and chips, and burgers, said owner Niall Hanley.

The restaurant will then close to the public for a couple of days, Hanley said.

The expanded two-story Hibernian will reopen March 4 from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m. for limited-menu dinner and late night. Hanley will continue that schedule through March 6.

“(We’ll have these hours) the first few days to get the kinks out,” Hanley said.

Hanley plans to roll out the full menu and all-day hours March 7 at 11 a.m.

Hibernian is at 311 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.


Epona & Oak, a downtown Raleigh boutique and wellness studio that opened in April 2009, is closing because of a decrease in sales and an increase in overhead.

Leeann Hynes, who owns the store with her sisters, Katie and Cheryl, said Epona & Oak used to get business from tourists and those visiting the Raleigh Convention Center, but that traffic has waned over the past couple of years.

“Downtown might be more appealing and people aren’t leaving that area to venture down this way,” Leeann Hynes said. “It used to be 40 percent of our business and it’s turning into a ghost town down here.”

Much of the store’s merchandise is consignment, and many of the artists are marking down prices. Epona & Oak will host a couple of events before closing, including a March 7 First Friday celebration with food and music, and a March 13 trunk show with women’s clothing label Judah Ross. The store will close March 15, but Leann Hynes said she will meet with artists and sell displays by appointment through March 31.

Cheryl Hynes will continue to offer massages at a studio in the Beaman Building at 620 W. Lane St.

Epona & Oak is at 329 Blake St. near Amplified Art Gallery in City Market.


Toast Cafe, a Charlotte franchise that serves breakfast, brunch and lunch, is expected to open at Cary’s Waverly Place by early June.

The restaurant will feature gourmet, homemade and fresh foods, including avocado omelets, eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles and grits.

The lunch menu will have a variety of salads, such as Cobb and California, along with burgers, lobster rolls, tuna melts and chicken salad. All salad dressings will be homemade, said owner Dean Kessel.

The place will offer sides that include potato salad, pasta salad, chips and fruit. Don’t expect to find french fries, however. Nothing in the restaurant will be fried, Kessel said.

Toast will have a full bar, and Kessel expects bloody mary’s and mimosas to be the big sellers. He’ll also carry imported and domestic beer and wine.

Food prices will be around $10 to $16, depending on the cost of the ingredients of the dish.

The 4,000-square-foot space will seat about 100 inside and an additional 52 on the outdoor patio.

Toast Cafe, the first in the Triangle and the fourth in North Carolina, will be at 316 Colonades Way, Suite 201C, near Whisk.


North Hills shopping center in Raleigh is having a couple of grand openings this week. Another Broken Egg Café is hosting a three-day fundraising event, which began Thursday and runs through Saturday, to celebrate the restaurant’s March 3 opening. The place is at 160 Park at North Hills St., next to Hyatt House Hotel. ... Scout & Molly’s, a boutique that sells labels such as Michael Kors, and Joy Joy and Joie, is having a grand opening from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 1. The store is moving from Cameron Village to 4120-120 Main at North Hills, across from Mura.


Discount retailer Target is opening March 9 at 7129 O’Kelly Chapel Road in Cary. ... Beauty supply store Ulta opens at 10 a.m. Friday at 2116 Village Market Place at Park West Village in Morrisville. The grand opening will feature free makeovers and free expert cosmetic, skin care and hairstyling consultations.

Giglio: 919-829-4649 or jmgiglio@newsobserver.com; Twitter: @shoptalk_nando

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