Vincent Barresi, owner of the popular Italian restaurant Vincent’s in North Raleigh, has signed a lease for the old Bogart’s space on Glenwood South. Barresi is targeting a February opening (“we’re looking to be open by Valentine’s Day”) for the new restaurant, which he describes as a speakeasy-style bar and restaurant.
Barresi has tapped New City Design, whose previous work has included Taverna Agora and the recently opened The Station at Person Street, to give the space the requisite retro look.
“We’re giving the entrance a speakeasy feel,” he says, “so you won’t know what the place looks like until you get all the way inside.” (Spoiler alert: Plans include tearing out the old circular Bogart’s bar and putting in a more traditional bar with seating on three sides, where libations will include old school cocktails made with ice chopped from a large block.)
Other details, including the restaurant’s name, haven’t been finalized. The menu will will be developed in cooperation with a yet-to-be-named chef, but will be built around steaks (featuring grass-fed beef) and seafood.
The new restaurant will be the second in less than a year for Barresi, who opened Cucina di Milano in Morrisville in August in partnership with a New York-based investment group. The same group is backing the Glenwood South venture.