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Parkside restaurant opening Friday in downtown Raleigh

Todd Henderson is opening Parkside, a new restaurant off Nash Square in downtown Raleigh, on Aug. 5.
Todd Henderson is opening Parkside, a new restaurant off Nash Square in downtown Raleigh, on Aug. 5. Andrea Weigl

Parkside, a new restaurant off Nash Square in downtown Raleigh, will open Friday for lunch and dinner.

Parkside was opened by Todd Henderson, a longtime Sullivan’s Steakhouse general manager, in the space previously occupied by Brewmaster’s Bar & Grill and Joe’s Place. The chef is Matt Scofield, who worked for six years as the executive chef at Sitti. Henderson previously described Parkside as “a gastropub with an upscale menu that is approachable and affordable.”

Lunch and dinner includes small plates, like hummus, salsa and chicken wing confit, for $5-$8; salads for $8-$9 that diners can add a protein, egg, cheese, avocado or bacon for an additional charge; a series of flatbreads for $10-$11 (presumably for the low-carb folks) and then sandwiches and entrees, such as a fried chicken and rosemary-onion waffle sandwich with harissa-maple aioli for $10 and an Auntie Nessa grilled cheese sandwich with cheddar, smoked provolone and brie on grilled sourdough for $8.

As a homage to Joe’s Place, Parkside will offer 13 different sides, including coleslaw, tater tots, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato chips, cheese grits, hummus and more. You can even create a vegetable plate of four choices for $11 or have a meat-and-three with a rib-eye, salmon, baked or fried chicken or pulled pork with three sides, prices range from $11-$28.

(Henderson, 45, grew up in Raleigh and fondly recalls going to eat lunch at Joe’s Place with his mother, a social worker who worked at the Wake County courthouse.)

At the bar, Henderson, a sommelier, and manager Mark Meis, a cicerone, have chosen a selection of about two dozen craft beers as well as several wines available on tap.

Parkside is at 301 W. Martin St., Raleigh. Hours: This weekend, it will be 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday and Monday. (Eventually, they will be 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Saturday.) Info: 984-232-8969, parksideraleigh.com

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