A few years ago, the building at 510 Glenwood Avenue was a hub of nightlife activity on Glenwood South. Recently, though, restaurants and bars have struggled to keep the lights on. Three area restaurateurs with established track records are looking to remedy that situation. If all goes according to plan, they’ll have opened three very different restaurants at that address by Thanksgiving.
Kevin and Amy Marksberry are targeting next week (Monday, if inspections go well) for the opening of Shuckers Oyster Bar & Grill ( shuckersgrill.com) in the old Bogart’s space. The couple also own the perennially popular Shuckers in Wake Forest and a second location in Southern Pines.
Meanwhile, construction is underway on the old Red Room space on the corner, where owner/chef Vincent Barresi hopes to open Big Boom by the end of October. As the name not-so-subtly suggests, the new restaurant will offer a livelier, more contemporary experience than Barresi’s popular North Raleigh pizzeria, Vincent’s. The chef won’t abandon his roots, though, and is developing a menu inspired by his family’s culinary heritage. An early draft includes chianti-braised short ribs, cuttlefish fry with lemon essence, seared flat iron steak, pork chop with bacon and sweet onion relish, and grouper with olives and tomato.
And if the failure of a string of restaurants and bars in Suite 103 (Crazy Vine, Globe, and most recently, Oryx) might give some restaurateurs pause, Quy Duong knows better than to be intimidated. A Glenwood South pioneer, Duong is owner/chef of Sushi Blues Cafe, which has flourished for 15 years just down the street. Duong will return to his native Vietnam for the menu at Pho Pho Pho Noodle Kitchen & Bar, which he hopes to open by Thanksgiving. In addition to its namesake beef noodle soup, the eatery will several offer variations on the noodle theme from ramen to bun bo hue, as well as an assortment of rice dishes and appetizers.