Jim Valvano, the late former N.C. State basketball coach, is being honored by a new downtown Raleigh restaurant.
Jimmy V’s Osteria + Bar, named for the man who led the Wolfpack to a 1983 NCAA title win and gave the inspiring “Don’t Give Up” ESPY Awards speech eight weeks before he died from cancer in 1993, will open July 23 in the Sheraton at 420 Fayetteville St.
“We feel really good about our concept and this city,” said Jim Henning, the restaurant’s general manager. “There is an amazing restaurant vibe in this city. … It’s a young, hot place to be.”
The Italian/American restaurant with a “modern twist” will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offer items such as pizza, sandwiches, pastas and salads made from locally sourced ingredients. It will also feature local beers, including Aviator, Big Boss and Lone Rider, and about 25 wines served by the glass.
“Everything we do is handmade,” Henning said. “We will buy from as many local farmers as we can find. Every little thing we will try to get locally … (It’s going to be) very community driven.”
In keeping with the Jimmy V theme, there will be TVs tuned to sporting events, a mural and photos of Valvano and his family, and a copy of that famous ESPY speech hanging on a wall.
“It’s not overdone,” Henning said of the Valvano memorabilia.
The restaurant will offer a private dining space, called “The Jimmy V Den,” which will seat 12-14. The outdoor patio, with space for about 75 people, will face Fayetteville Street’s city center.
It will have a soft opening in early July to give the staff a chance to get the operation running smoothly.
Henning said 2.5 percent of its revenue will go to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, a charitable organization that was founded by Valvano and ESPN in 1993.
“We are donating money to this great cause,” Henning said. “I feel humbled. I get to open this cool restaurant, but then a lot of the revenue goes to this great cause.”
The Sheraton is owned by Oaktree Capital Management and Northview Hotel Group. Northview, a hotel management company, will run the restaurant.
Donatos, an Italian restaurant known for its “Edge to Edge” pizzas, is opening in Raleigh’s Seaboard Station.
Franchise co-owner Tom Bonavita, a Raleigh native and N.C. State University graduate with a restaurant background, said the pizzas get the “Edge To Edge” name because of the generous amount of toppings.
“There are toppings on every single bite that you eat,” Bonavita said.
Oven-baked subs, gluten-free take-and-bake pizzas, salads, wings and breadsticks are also on the menu.
The place will only seat about 10 people but will offer take-out and delivery service within 2 miles of downtown and the N.C. State campus. The store will also offer catering.
Donatos is expected to open June 25 at 111 Seaboard Ave., between Big Daddy’s Burgers and Korean restaurant Kimbap.
O2 Fitness, a health club chain with 11 North Carolina locations, has taken over three gyms in the Triangle.
Kinetix, at 257 S. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill and 503 W. Main St. in Carrboro, and Carolina Health Club at 2109 S. Main St. in Wake Forest, are now called O2 Fitness.
O2 will honor the former gyms’ membership contracts and rates. Once those contracts expire, members will need to renew with one of O2’s plans, which include single and family memberships and month-to-month and yearlong packages.
The health clubs offer fitness classes, boot camps, personal training and plasma televisions. The Chapel Hill location will eventually have a women’s-only space.
WJ’s Toy Stop, a specialty toy shop in Wake Forest, is closing.
The store is selling off its merchandise, display pictures and enough shelving to outfit a 1,500-square-foot retail space.
Owner Dave Perrone expects to shut down in the next three to four weeks. The store, at 3634 Rogers Road, has been open since 2004.
Cheryl Reinert, owner of Gigi’s Boutique, is opening a new clothing store aimed at women over 40. Called Finley’s, it will offer larger sizes and work-appropriate wear. She plans to open two stores, one next to the Gigi’s at Lafayette Village in Raleigh and the other in Waverly Place in Cary, where Gigi’s is relocating to from Crescent Commons Shopping Center. Look for an opening in August or September.
Waverly Place is at 307 Colonades Way; Lafayette Village is at 8450 Honeycutt Road.
In other clothing news: J. Alane’s Fine Lingerie, a bra and panty shop that offers bra fittings, has opened at 445 Daniels St. in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. … Clothing store H&M hosts a grand opening at noon on June 27 for its new Raleigh location at Triangle Town Center … Lilly Pulitzer is opening June 19 at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham.