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Taverna Agora, Dos Taquitos moving to new Raleigh locations

Taverna Agora is moving to a new location at 326 Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh. It will be located next to Second Empire in a former office building.
Taverna Agora is moving to a new location at 326 Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh. It will be located next to Second Empire in a former office building. Greg Cox

Owner Lou Moshakos is targeting a June 1 opening of Taverna Agora at its new location at 326 Hillsborough Street in downtown Raleigh. Located next to Second Empire in a former office building that Moshakos is completely overhauling — including the addition of a second story with a covered rooftop patio and bar — the new restaurant will double the seating capacity of the old one on Glenwood Avenue.

“We’re expanding our selection of Greek wines,” says Moshakos, “and we’re tweaking the menu a bit, adding a few items.” He adds that the new restaurant’s expanded hours will include weekday lunch and brunch on weekends. Fans can rest assured, though, that managing partner/chef Bill Kalyvas will continue to offer the traditional Greek fare that made the northwest Raleigh address a popular destination for more than a decade.

Taverna Agora (tavernaagora.com) is a sentimental favorite for Moshakos, a native of Greece whose LM Restaurants group also owns the Carolina Ale House chain and a diverse assortment of other restaurants in eastern North Carolina.

The restaurant’s last day of service at the old location will be Sunday, May 3.

As soon as the dust clears at the old Taverna Agora address at 6101 Glenwood Ave., the management team at Dos Taquitos (dostaquitosnc.com) will begin giving the building a makeover in preparation for relocating the North Raleigh Mexican restaurant to that site by late August. In the meantime, customers will continue to get their margarita-and-enchilada fix at the original location and at Dos Taquitos Xoco, the sister restaurant on Glenwood South.

Why is Dos Taquitos leaving its home after 24 years? “It’s a higher profile location,” according to manager Ralph Ottaviano, “and a bigger space with a bigger kitchen. We’ll be able to add new dishes to the menu.” And if anyone needs further enticement to follow the landmark establishment to its new address, he adds, “we’re working with a local brewer on an exclusive beer for Dos Taquitos.”

Greg Cox, the longtime N&O restaurant critic, also covers restaurant news. Tune in to hear his radio show at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WPTF. Reach him at ggcox@bellsouth.net.

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