The Borough, a popular downtown Raleigh bar, is being taken over by Triangle restaurateur and real estate developer Drew Schenck and longtime downtown Raleigh mixologist Kevin Barrett.
The Borough’s owner Liz Masnik announced Tuesday that she would be leasing the space to new owners by Feb. 1. (To read more about Masnik’s decision, go HERE.) Schenck and Barrett hope to open Hadley’s, a classic cocktail bar and restaurant, by March or April.
Schenck, who moved to the Triangle in 1988, has worked in the restaurant business and real estate. He owned and operated such Triangle restaurants as Remington Grill and RallyPoint Sport Grill, both in Cary. Barrett managed Foundation bar for many years and worked at C. Grace Cocktail Bar and Fox Liquor Bar. He also owned a wine shop in Wilmington, N.C.
The two men met at Foundation and decided to collaborate on Hadley’s — the name comes from Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Elizabeth Hadley Richardson. Hemingway and Hadley lived in Paris in the 1920s. “We expanded on that and decided to theme the whole place after the Lost Generation,” Barrett wrote in an email. Schenck will focus on the food and Barrett will focus on the bar.
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The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m.-2 a.m. every day and serve gourmet sandwiches, salads and house-made soups. The bar will serve beer, wine and a mix of classic craft cocktails and original drinks made with fresh juice and syrups.