Retail: Carolina Ale House coming to Garner's White Oak

Fans take in college basketball at the Carolina Ale House in Durham. The sports bar chain is opening a new restaurant in Garner.
Fans take in college basketball at the Carolina Ale House in Durham. The sports bar chain is opening a new restaurant in Garner. NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

Carolina Ale House will soon call Garner home.

The newest spot in the rapidly growing sports-themed restaurant chain will be part of the new development at White Oak shopping center, according to Rich Barta, president of developer Core Properties.

“We’re excited about the announcement of them,” Barta said at the Garner Chamber of Commerce’s Connect conference Thursday. “In terms of (owner Lou Moshakas’) stores’ performance, he’s as good a restaurant operator as there is in the Carolinas.”

Carolina Ale Houses offer traditional bar fare such as wings, nachos, mozzarella sticks, Philly cheese sandwiches and burgers, along with pizzas, tacos, fried shrimp, ribs, fish, steaks and desserts.

Prices range from about $4 for chili to about $20 for a rib-eye with mashed potatoes and vegetables.

The family-friendly restaurant will be about 7,000-square-feet, have a 2,000-square-foot outdoor patio and seat about 350.

Carolina Ale House, which opened its first location off Wake Forest Road in Raleigh in 1999, will be the chain’s ninth in the Triangle. Another Ale House is also expected to open in November in Raleigh’s Glenwood South.

The Garner restaurant is expected to open in March and is the first business since Cabela’s to announce expansion plans in the newest part of the White Oak development, which is north of U.S. 70 between Jones Sausage Road and I-40.

Amber Moshakos, Lou’s daughter and vice president of corporate affairs for LM Restaurants, is excited about the restaurant’s newest endeavor.

“We have been looking forward to going into the Garner community for years now,” she said. “We are very particular on where we locate our restaurants, and when this opportunity came up, it fit with where we want to be in the Garner area.”

Zack Medford, co-owner of Coglin’s, Paddy O’Beers and the former Isaac Hunter’s Oak City Tavern in Raleigh, has opened another bar on Fayetteville Street.

Common 414, which Medford calls a “laid back jazz club,” offers about 30 kinds of craft beer that includes locals White Street Kolsch, Lonerider Shotgun Betty and non-alcoholic CRUDE ginger beer.

“We will pare that down a little bit to meet people’s tastes,” Medford said. “We want to always make sure we have a strong beer list.”

The bar has eight beers on tap, one of which will always be the ginger beer that also serves as a mixer for some of the bar’s 10 craft cocktails.

Common 414’s Moscow Mule, which has ginger beer, vodka crushed ice and lime, is served in a copper mug and has been the bar’s best seller.

The 4,000-square-foot private club also offers some fruit cocktails, including the Strawberry Rickey with strawberries, basic vodka, amaretto and lime, and the Corrupt Julep that has blackberries, sugar, mint and bourbon.

Beers are about $6, and cocktails range from about $10 to $12.

The uptempo jazz club features a baby grand piano and live acts from musicians such as The Daniel Stark Trio and the Court Stewart Trio.

“We are very lucky in Raleigh to have an amazing list of jazz bands,” Medford said.

Common 414, which had its soft opening in July, is at 414 Fayetteville St., in the former public defender’s office.

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa is opening Aug. 25 in Raleigh.

Co-owner Kathleen Newport, a retired podiatrist who’s opening the spa with her husband, Mike, said the membership-based franchise aims to promote health and wellness in a relaxing atmosphere.

The spa will offer stress reduction and skin care services, including massages, facials, microdermabrasion, waxing and complimentary face mapping, a skin analysis that shows how the different parts of the face align with the rest of the body.

“Anyone can walk in and sit with an aesthetician to do skin mapping,” Newport said of the service that also includes free skin care samples. “We really try to hone in to that guest’s concerns and to their particular face condition in terms of products that are actually effective.”

Hand & Stone uses and carries skin care products such as the pharmaceutical-grade Clarity Rx line and Dermalogica, and Nufree non-wax hair remover.

The 3,256-square-foot, two-story spa has 11 service rooms and a meditation room for members that has club chairs and screening to keep the place quiet.

Prices range from $49.95 for a 50-minute massage or facial to about $69.95 for a 50-minute hot stone massage. Memberships are $59.99 per month, and include either a massage or facial, along with discounts on services and products.

Hand & Stone will be at 402 Oberlin Road, Suite 114, next to Flywheel Sports.

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Staff writer Kyle Jahner contributed.