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Raleigh’s Person Street Pharmacy restaurant now open

Raleigh’s Person Street Pharmacy restaurant has reopened.
Raleigh’s Person Street Pharmacy restaurant has reopened. Greg Cox

The renaissance of Raleigh’s historic Person Street Pharmacy took another big step toward completion with this week’s reopening of its restaurant. Chef Chad McIntyre joins pharmacist Trey Waters, who bought the shop last summer (and owns several other independent pharmacies around the state).

McIntyre, formerly chef/proprietor of Market restaurant a few blocks away (in the Blount Street building now occupied by Stanbury), is offering his modern take on the traditional pharmacy lunch counter menu. On opening day, the chalkboard listed a sandwich selection that included a hoop cheese pimento, bacon blue cheese chicken salad, pulled pork and an eight-ounce footlong hot dog. A handful of sides (fruit salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, chips) rounded out the offering, with beverage options including and soda fountain refreshers (orangeade, ginger beer, cream cola, pomegranate bitters & soda), shakes and cold-brewed coffee.

“What you see on the board is only about a third of what we’ll eventually have,” McIntyre says, adding that the restaurant will also have a full liquor license.

For the first few days of operation, the restaurant at Person Street Pharmacy (702 N. Person St.; 919-832-6432; personstreetrx.com) is only open from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beginning Saturday (June 20), McIntyre plans to expand the hours to match those of the pharmacy: Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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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