Standard Foods grocery now open in downtown Raleigh

High Ground Farm eggs and other locally-sourced items will be for sale at Standard Foods in Raleigh.
High Ground Farm eggs and other locally-sourced items will be for sale at Standard Foods in Raleigh. Courtesy of Standard Foods

The owners of the long-awaited Standard Foods restaurant in downtown Raleigh have opened the other half of their project: the grocery store.

This is the latest attempt by a business owner to open a grocery store close to downtown Raleigh – other efforts have struggled in recent years.

“As downtown Raleigh’s growth explodes, a grocery is critical to its health and success,” explained partner John Holmes in the press release sent out Monday.

Standard Foods is located at 209 E. Franklin St. in the redeveloping Person Street corridor north of the Krispy Kreme. Its executive chef is Scott Crawford, former executive chef at the upscale Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary.

The grocery store will offer produce, dairy and meat from small family farms, as well as seafood, flour, chocolate, cheeses, beans, preserves, prepared foods, charcuterie and desserts.

Standard Foods has a “farm liaison” – Deborah Underwood Brown, owner of High Ground Farm in Harnett County, who will sell her eggs, wildflowers and berries at the grocery as well as source other products from other farms, including apples from Century Farm Orchards and produce from Pine Knot Farms and neighboring Raleigh City Farm.

The grocery also includes a whole animal butcher shop led by chef Steven Goff, who is also buying directly from farmers. Some of those products include Ray Family Farms’ grass-fed beef, Chatham Rabbit’s rabbit, Border Springs Farm’s lamb, Healthy Hen Farms’ chicken and Two Pigs Farm’s ducks. Goff, who came from the King James Public House in Asheville, is also overseeing a housemade charcuterie program. His lardo, lamb neck rillettes, pork head cheese, corned beef tongue, pates, coppa, bresaola and country hams will be available at both the store and restaurant.

Pantry items and artisan food products also will be on the shelves, including Just Bee Apiary honey, sea salt from the Outer Banks and Farmer’s Daughter Brand preserves. A selection of Crawford’s prepared foods will be available by the pound as well as pastry chef Krystle Swenson offers ice creams and ice cream sandwiches.

The grocery is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant is open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner and will open for lunch beginning Nov. 3.


Andrea Weigl: 919-829-4848, @andreaweigl