Andrew Shepherd and Will Jeffers, two of the partners in Raleigh’s popular Stanbury restaurant, are opening Cafe Lucarne in the former Benelux spot in City Market.
Cafe Lucarne will be a casual, counter-service restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner; likely hours will be 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Shepherd explained. They hope to open by early summer.
To man the kitchen at Cafe Lucarne, Shepherd and Jeffers have hired chef Jesse Bardyn, who was head baker at Asheville’s City Bakery for seven years. Bardyn moved to Raleigh a few years ago.
The eatery will occupy the 1,200-square-foot space at 309 Blake St., which once housed the former Benelux Coffee space in City Market. (Benelux is now at Cameron Village.) There were plans for the space to become City Market Cafe but those obviously did not come to fruition.
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The men also are taking over the former Battistella’s space off Moore Square in Raleigh and hope to open that restaurant later this year.
Shepherd is the former beverage director at Raleigh’s Foundation bar. Jeffers is a former farmer who transitioned to construction and real estate. The two men along with chef Drew Maykuth and Jeffers’ younger brother, Joseph, opened the Stanbury in 2013. Shepherd and Will Jeffers are still active partners in Stanbury, which is near William Peace University. (Read more about the four men and how the Stanbury came to be in this excellent Walter magazine story by Dean McCord: “The Stanbury Four.”)