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Retail: Hibernian’s Niall Hanley readies three restaurants for Raleigh

There’s nothing better than a good pint of beer on an outdoor patio.

Niall Hanley, the owner of Hibernian Irish Pub, Solas and Dos Taquitos Xoco, will be able to offer plenty of both when he finishes his three current projects: The Station, Raleigh Beer Garden and the rebuilding of the Glenwood South Hibernian that burned to the ground in December.

The Station, a restaurant and bar going into the old Rosie’s Plate space near downtown Raleigh, is set to open in about three weeks.

The place will offer pizza, sandwiches, brunch, desserts and daily specials. Hanley plans to incorporate local craft beers into the bar menu and rotate the brews each month.

The Station joins several other new restaurants that opened or plan to open soon on Person Street, such as Yellow Dog Bread Co., Person Street Neighborhood Bar, and Wine Authorities. Hanley thinks the mix will be good for business.

“More restaurants give people more choices, then more people go out,” Hanley said. “The more the merrier. The businesses feed off of each other.”

The Station’s roughly 3,400-square-foot space will include an outdoor, covered bar on a patio with fire pits that Hanley hopes will give off a cozy vibe in the cooler months.

Hanley, who bought The Station building, is excited about the move to a neighborhood that he considers an up-and-coming hot spot.

“The Person Street corridor in itself is going to be the next very-talked-about destination for bars, restaurants and galleries,” Hanley said.

The Station is at 701 N. Person St..

In the spring, Hanley is turning his Glenwood South office into the Raleigh Beer Garden, a bar and restaurant that aims to incorporate plants into an outdoor bar space.

“Think a lot of greenery with beer,” Hanley said.

The new 10,000-square-foot place will have a large indoor space and several outdoor components, including a couple of balconies. Hanley plans to offer an extensive beer list with more than 100 taps that include many local craft brews.

“We want to sell all these cool craft beers that all these geniuses are brewing,” Hanley said. “We’ll have a good local mix.”

Raleigh Beer Garden is at 614 Glenwood Ave., between David Wade Salon and Harry’s Guitar Shop.

Hibernian Irish Pub, which burned down in a December 2012 kitchen fire, is expected to reopen by the end of the year with a lot more space and a new look.

Hanley is using the reconstruction as an opportunity to build up. He’s adding a second floor to the building, which sits on the corner of North Street and Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. It will feature a long balcony overlooking Glenwood and a rooftop patio bar that runs along North.

The new 7,500-square-foot space will be twice the size of the old spot that opened in 2000.

Hibernian’s menu will stay the same, with Irish offerings that include fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and shepherd’s pie.

Hanley, who has other Hibernian locations in Cary and North Raleigh, is looking forward to reopening his pub and contributing again to the Glenwood South atmosphere.

“I miss the pub. I think a lot of people do,” Hanley said. “I think it will be a big addition for the street again. I didn’t realize how much of an anchor it was until it was gone.”

Hibernian is at 311 Glenwood Ave.

Several new stores and restaurants have signed leases at Crescent Cameron Village, the street-front retail shops housed in the Crescent apartment complex at Cameron Village.

The list includes Faire, a steak and seafood restaurant that’s part of Eschelon Experiences, the group that owns Sono Japanese Restaurant and The Oxford Gastropub; Brixx Wood Fired Pizza; Flywheel Sports, an indoor workout studio; coffee shop Benelux Coffee; and Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spas.

Carolina Pottery, a home décor store that sells everything from wicker furniture and faux floral to pillows and lamps, is reopening its Cary store in March 2014. The new 96,000-square-foot shop will be at 960 Kildaire Farm Road, in the old K-Mart building.

The original Cary shop closed earlier this year after the shopping center where it was located was replaced by a soon-to-be Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.