Raleigh’s beloved downtown sandwich shop, The Square Rabbit, will close Saturday.
A sign was posted on the door Friday that says: “At the close of business Saturday, Feb. 6, the Square Rabbit will close for good. Yes, that’s tomorrow.”
Owner Rebecca Llewellyn, who has owned the takeout place and catering company for 24 years, was surprised by the news in September that learned she would not be able to renew her lease. Business has slowed since then, Llewellyn asid Friday. “We didn’t have as good a holiday season,” she said. “January has been kind of bumpy.”
Llewellyn said she isn’t sure if she and her husband will open another business. “We don’t know yet,” she said.
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Longtime Raleigh-area restauranteur Lou Moshakos, founder of the Carolina Ale House restaurant chain, is taking over the location and one next door to open two restaurants on East Martin Street.
Moshakos will open a European bakery offering specialty coffees, sweets, breads and sandwiches and a casual dining restaurant that will not be a Carolina Ale House.
Moshakos’ company owns 21 restaurants in the Southeast, including Bluewater, Carolina Ale House, Eddie Romanelli’s, Henry’s, Hops Supply Co., Oceanic and Taverna Agora. Taverna Agora moved from its North Raleigh location to Hillsborough Street earlier this year.