The downtown Raleigh dining scene continues to evolve at an accelerating pace. Heres a roundup of recent changes, an all-you-can eat buffet of new restaurants, concept makeovers and relocations.
The owners of Cafe Caturra in Cameron Village have closed the wine bar and opened Tazza Kitchen ( tazzakitchen.com) in its place after a complete makeover of the dining room and kitchen. Theyre billing the new concept as Baja meets the Mediterranean coast, with a menu showcasing newly installed double wood-burning ovens. The Cary location of Cafe Caturra remains open.
Posta Tuscan Grille ( postatuscangrille.com), the Italian restaurant in the Raleigh Marriott City Center, is also slated for a makeover. The new concept will feature Low Country cuisine, and is targeted for a September opening.
The flagship Glenwood South location Hibernian ( hibernianpub.com), closed in 2012 by a fire, has reopened after major reconstruction. The reincarnated restaurant features a rooftop patio thats sure to help the Irish pub quickly regain its status as a Glenwood South favorite.
Lou and Joy Moshakos, owners of LM Restaurants and winners of the NC Restaurant & Lodging Associations 2014 Restaurateur of the Year Award, have served up a double dose of good news for downtown Raleigh. Theyre moving Taverna Agora ( tavernaagora.com) from its current location in Northwest Raleigh to Hillsborough Street, next door to Second Empire. Theyre hoping to open the doors at the new location by late summer. And construction has finally begun on the long-awaited Glenwood South location of Carolina Ale House, LM Restaurants popular chain of sports pubs. Look for a late fall opening.
Greg Cox, the N&Os longtime restaurant critic, reports restaurant news. Tune in to his radio show at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WPTF. Reach him at ggcox@bellsouth.