June 26, 2014

Retail: Camos Pizza owner expands into beer

Richard Camos has a passion for pizza and beer. In an effort to combine the two, the owner of Camos Brothers Pizza has opened Lincoln Bottle Shop & Taproom and has plans to open a brewery and a third pizza shop in the coming months.

Richard Camos has a passion for pizza and beer.

In an effort to combine the two, the owner of Camos Brothers Pizza has opened Lincoln Bottle Shop & Taproom in North Raleigh and has plans to open a brewery and a third pizza shop in Fuquay-Varina in the coming months.

At the bottle shop, which opened about three weeks ago, Camos wants to draw all kinds of beer drinkers, including those who might not be familiar with craft beers. The store offers 12-packs, along with about 900 types of bottled beer such as India Pale Ale, Irish, English and German brews, beers from local breweries and domestics like Pabst Blue Ribbon.

“You want PBR, we’ve got PBR,” Camos said. “We don’t want people to feel intimidated here. We want it to be more mainstream.”

Camos also plans to sell beer from his Lincoln Brewing Co. in Fuquay-Varina once it’s up and running.

The 2,000-square-foot store has a 25-foot-long bar, 12 rotating taps and a nitrogen wine dispenser, which keeps wine from coming in contact with oxygen until it’s poured. The place seats about 60 people and has an outdoor patio.

Prices range from about $2.25 to about $11 for bottles of beer and from $5 to $8 for pints.

As for the pizza, customers can order food to be delivered from Camos’ nearby pizza restaurant, a concept he said he will also use at the soon-to-open brewery and eatery.

Lincoln Brewing Co. and the latest Camos Brothers Pizza are expected to open in about 90 days, and will be near each other in the same shopping center.

The brewery will sell kegs and growlers, and will have a bar, taproom and bottle shop that’s much like the North Raleigh spot.

“It will be very similar but with a full-size brewery,” Camos said of Lincoln Brewing. “We will sell our beer and everyone else’s, too.”

Camos, who’s been into craft brewing for a while, said he’ll be making “traditional beers with a fun twist” and plans to serve the same wings, pasta, sandwiches and New York style pizza as the Camos Brothers locations in North Raleigh and Cary.

“North Carolina has a great beer culture,” Camos said. “I love beer. I love pizza. I love to sell what I love.”

Lincoln Bottle Shop & Taproom is at 7451 Six Forks Road, in the Celebration at Six Forks shopping center. The place is having a grand opening today at 5 p.m. The event will feature a tap takeover by Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing Co., along with pizza from Camos Brothers.

Lincoln Brewing Company and Camos Brothers Pizza will be at 2912 N. Main St., near John Hiester Chevrolet in Fuquay-Varina.

Lorraine’s Coffee House and Music, a coffee shop that features live music, has opened in Garner.

The restaurant, which is owned by local musician Lorraine Jordan, offers fresh-brewed coffee, mochas, lattes and cappuccinos, along with pre-made sandwiches, ham and sausage biscuits, muffins, cake and smoothies.

Coffee prices range from about $1.70 to about $3.45; all food is $1.50.

The 1,200-square-foot place, which is a franchise of Ohio-based CrimsonCup Coffee & Tea, seats about 90 people and has free Wi-Fi, a coffee bar, high-top tables, a drive-thru window and a stage and seating for live music that Jordan is planning for Friday and Saturday nights.

For those shows, Jordan wants to attract area talent, and already has Raleigh’s Nixon, Blevins & Gage lined up for July 18.

“We are trying to use as many local artists as we can,” Jordan said. “We had Tom Browne come in and ask to play. He’s a jazz musician from Garner.”

Along with other locals, Jordan herself plans to make appearances on the coffee house stage with her bluegrass band Carolina Road and adult contemporary group Jordan River Band.

“It’s one of my favorite bands,” Jordan joked about Carolina Road. “We are going to be on the schedule for July.”

Lorraine’s Coffee House and Music is at 101 Timber Pointe Lane, on the corner of Timber Drive and Vandora Springs Road.

Lee Builder Mart, a Sanford building supply store that opened in 1955, is closing Saturday.

The place sells products such as hardware, power tools, paint, lumber, counters and doors, along with contractor services.

According to AlexSandra Lett, whose family owns the business, the store has struggled since 2008 because of a decline in construction and a Lowe’s Home Improvement moving into the area.

As part of the closing, Lett, who is an author, will be having a book signing at the store today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon.

Lee Builder Mart is at 1000 N. Horner Blvd.

Juice and salad delivery service Happy + Hale is opening a restaurant Friday in downtown Raleigh.

The place, which offers healthy food items such as juices, wraps, salads, quinoa bowls, coffee and parfaits, is having a grand opening Friday at the City Plaza lawn. The event will include sunrise yoga at 6:30 a.m., a dance party at 7:15 a.m., free massages, coffee, juice, smoothies and a ribbon cutting.

Happy + Hale is at 443 Fayetteville St., in front of Bank of America.

A.B. Fit Team, a fitness studio for adults and children, has opened at Northgate Mall in Durham. The place offers boot camp, weight classes, dance classes and classes for kids. The gym is at 1058 W. Club Blvd., Suite 710, near Stadium 10 Theater. ... Dd’s Discounts, a store that sells discounted name-brand clothes, accessories and shoes, opens Saturday at 3679 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh.

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