New retail has boomed at White Oak Crossing in recent months. Places such as Cabela’s, Starbucks and City Barbecue have opened, and Panera Bread is expected to open in early 2016.
But more than anything else, the shopping center’s expansion has given shoppers and eaters an abundance of places to get a burger.
A few of those restaurants – T.G.I. Friday’s, Chili’s, Logan’s and Raleigh-based Char-Grill, which opened there in 2010 – have been at White Oak for a while. A couple more – Five Guys and Carolina Ale House – opened in July.
And add to the list Red Robin, which should open in early 2016, and locally owned Krafty’s Burgers & Brews, a place that serves handmade, never-frozen burgers and is expected to open later this month.
Robert Stapleton, who owns Krafty’s and Napper Tandy’s at Raleigh’s Glenwood South, says the influx of burger places doesn’t bother him because of the simple and local approach he plans to take.
“It’s going to be different,” he said of his restaurant. “It’s going to be fresh, not frozen. I’m going to keep it simple, keep it local, keep it fresh and try to keep everybody happy.”
Krafty’s will serve a variety of burgers that include four signature versions and the option to build-your-own. Stapleton also says he’s going to take customers’ creations and name a burger after that customer every couple of weeks.
In addition to burgers, the rest of the menu will consist of dishes such as wings, salads, fish and chicken sandwiches, french fries, tater tots, nachos and buffalo chicken dip.
Krafty’s will also have 16 beers on tap and a selection of canned brews, such as Coors original gold, Miller High Life and Pabst Blue Ribbon, which Stapleton calls retro cans.
“I’m going to try not to do bottles,” Stapleton said. “Some domestics and a bunch of locals. I’m going to have some Irish brews, too.”
Stapleton is still working on pricing, but says there’s “really not going to be anything over $10.”
The 1,600-square-foot space can seat about 49 and has a 1,200-square-foot patio outside. And the restaurant in a spot Stapleton thinks will attract a solid crowd.
It’s next door to White Oak’s movie theater and a short walk to the nearby Abberly Place and Adeline apartment complexes.
Krafty’s Burgers & Brews, at 1117 Timber Drive East, is expected to open in mid-August but no later than Sept. 1.
Happy + Hale, a salad cart turned restaurant in downtown Raleigh, is opening a second location in Durham in January.
The place will offer a healthy menu of salads, soups and cold-pressed juices, and will be connected to the full-service yoga studio run by Durham private yoga teacher Kathy Smith.
Happy + Hale sources its ingredients from local farmers and plans to have at the new restaurant “limited-time-only beer offerings” that come from local breweries and use Happy + Hale ingredients.
The new spot will be an expanded version of the one in downtown Raleigh. It will have dine-in seating, a bigger menu that includes cold-pressed juice cocktails, and dinner hours. The restaurant will also offer delivery service.
Owners Tyler Helikson and Matt Whitley also plan to move their cold-juice production to Durham and offer the beverages at local gym chain O2 Fitness.
Happy + Hale will be at 703 Ninth St.