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Cousins Maine Lobster joining Morgan Street Food Hall as more food vendors are announced

A rendering of the outside of Morgan Street Food Hall, which is opening in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District.
A rendering of the outside of Morgan Street Food Hall, which is opening in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District. NEW CITY DESIGN GROUP

Cousins Maine Lobster, the popular food truck known for its lobster rolls, and its long lines, is joining the Morgan Street Food Hall when it opens in downtown Raleigh later this year, it was announced Friday.

In a video on Twitter, the owners of the national company, Sabin Lomac and Jim Tselikis, were joined by Barbara Corcoran of ABC’s “Shark Tank” – a Cousins partner and investor – in making the announcement.

“I want you to know Cousins Maine Lobster is coming to the Morgan Street Food Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina,” she said, as a dog squirmed in her lap. “And we are so excited about it. I hope to see you there.”

The video was posted to the Triangle Food Guy Twitter account. The announcement was confirmed by Frank Bloom, director of marketing and events for Hibernian Hospitality Group, which is opening the food hall.

He said the local franchise owners, Deb and Greg Keller, will operate one of the larger restaurant stations at the food hall.

“We’re excited that Cousins Maine Lobster is joining the food hall in late August,” Bloom said. “You’ll be able to get them for lunch and dinner seven days a week.”

Food halls, popular in Europe and larger U.S. cities, often contain food stalls or a food court as well as retail space for local food businesses and a grocery store.

Cousins Maine Lobster will join tenants that already have been confirmed at Morgan Street: Boba Brew, City Sushi, Cow Bar, Ginger + Soy, Oak City Fish & Chips, Raleigh Raw and Sassool. Hibernian Hospitality Group, owned by Niall Hanley, owns Hibernian pubs and the Raleigh Beer Garden, among other restaurants.

Bloom said he expects to announce more restaurant tenants soon who will occupy the former Jillian’s bar. There also will be food purveyors and vendors in the 22,000-square-foot space.

Morgan Street, in the Warehouse District, is just one of several food halls poised to open in the Triangle this year. Many will become expansion spaces for existing Triangle restaurants.

Transfer Co. Olde East will occupy 42,800 square feet of the former Carolina Coach Garage and Shop at 500 E. Davie St. in the east side of downtown Raleigh.

Last week, they announced several high-profile vendors: Boulted Bread, Jubala Coffee, Angela Salamanca of Centro and Gallo Pelon, Videri Chocolate Factory, Locals Seafood with Person Street, Saxapahaw General Store and Che Empanadas.

Meanwhile, Blue Dogwood Public Market is opening in Chapel Hill in a part of the former Fowler’s grocery store at 306 W. Franklin St. in downtown. Owners say the indoor market will have more than 15 fresh food vendors, retail vendors and popups. It will open in two phases with the second phase including an outdoor beer garden.

Vendors listed on its website are Chocolatay Confections, Cold Off the Press, Hook & Larder seafood market, Left Bank Butchery, Pizzelle Bakery, Sangha Tea Bar, Soul Cocina and Vegan Flava Cafe. Plus there will be The Bar at Blue Dogwood that sells beer, wine and cider to complement the food options, and a demonstration kitchen.

The Durham Food Hall is scheduled to open in the Reuse Arts District at the Shoppes at Lakewood this fall, next to the Scrap Exchange. Owners hope to house chefs who use local ingredients with “an emphasis on sustainable, organic practice,” according to its website. It will be an incubator to allow chefs to produce smaller menus and grow.

Jessica Banov: 919-829-4831, @JessicaBanov

Follow the food halls

▪ Morgan Street Food Hall & Market, 411 W. Morgan St., Raleigh.

▪ Transfer Co. Olde East, 500 E. Davie St., Raleigh.

▪ Blue Dogwood Public Market, 306 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

▪ Durham Food Hall, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham.