Cafe Lucarne, a new restaurant in the former Benelux spot in Raleigh’s City Market, is opening Tuesday.
The casual, counter-service restaurant is the work of Andrew Shepherd and Will Jeffers, two of the partners in Raleigh’s popular Stanbury restaurant. Cafe Lucarne will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner and will be open 7:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
The eatery will occupy the 1,200-square-foot space at 309 Blake St., which once housed the former Benelux Coffee space in City Market. (Benelux is now at Cameron Village.)
Chef Jesse Bardyn, who was head baker at Asheville’s City Bakery for seven years, is manning the kitchen. The menu will offer biscuits, lox, meusli, quiche for breakfast, and sandwiches, salads and seasonal side dishes for lunch and dinner. “It’s sandwiches, salads, eggs and vegetables,” Shepherd said about the casual cafe.
Shepherd is the former beverage director at Raleigh’s Foundation bar. Jeffers is a former farmer who transitioned to construction and real estate. The two men along with chef Drew Maykuth and Jeffers’ younger brother, Joseph, opened the Stanbury in 2013. Shepherd and Will Jeffers are still active partners in Stanbury, which is near William Peace University.
Shepherd and Jeffers also are taking over the former Battistella’s space off Moore Square in Raleigh and hope to open that restaurant later this year.