Midtown Raleigh News

Happy + Hale expands from cart to restaurant

Happy + Hale, a fresh juice and salad delivery service and cart in downtown Raleigh, is opening a quick-service restaurant in early March.

It will be at 443 Fayetteville St., in the former Collectors Gallery space in front of Bank of America.

“The brick-and-mortar has always been the goal,” said Tyler Helikson, Happy + Hale founder. “The delivery operation and bike was to see if downtown Raleigh was ready for Happy + Hale.”

The restaurant will have many of the same foods, and add some new options, including smoothies, fruit parfait, soup and coffee that will rotate among local roasters, Helikson said.

Happy + Hale’s menu will consist of a variety of healthy drinks and dishes such as the Walter’s Harvest salad with arugula, roasted butternut squash, dried cranberries and goat cheese, the warm Quinoa Bowl with black beans, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and feta, and the Rise ’N Shine drink with navel orange, carrot, apple and ginger root.

Prices for food and juices are about $10 each.

Helikson is designing the interior of the 900-square-foot space to maximize the efficiency of the foot-traffic flow.

Customers will be able to order to-go or eat outside at one of about 15 tables around the building. There will not be any indoor seating. Helikson will also offer delivery.

Happy + Hale, which started in August, hopes to continue its cart operation at the corner of Hargett and Fayetteville streets. Its lease on the block runs through July. Helikson hopes keeping the space will help direct pedestrian traffic to the restaurant.

“We’re still working it out,” Helikson said. “We can use it as a sample cart to get people to our end of downtown.”

Game Day Sports Outlet has opened a second location in North Raleigh.

The shop carries discounted and licensed sports merchandise from more than 80 college and professional teams.

In addition to clothing, it will sell blankets, holiday ornaments, lunch kits and wine stoppers.

Prices range from about $5 to $15 for accessories and gifts to about $20 to $40 for T-shirts and sweatshirts. Embroidered wall banners are about $30.

Owner Dennis Ryan, who pulls for the Hurricanes, Boston Bruins, Carolina Panthers and New York Giants, says the store’s merchandise will include all area teams and state universities.

“I stay very neutral in my store,” Ryan said. “I’m biased to all the local teams. ... I have no allegiance to any of them.”

He decides which national teams to carry based on customer demand. If a shopper’s team isn’t in stock, Ryan will order it.

Game Day opened its first store at Raleigh’s Stonehenge Market in October 2012. The new spot is at 6625 Falls of Neuse Road, near T.J. Maxx in the Falls Village Shopping Center.

Chuy’s Tex-Mex restaurant has opened at North Hills in Raleigh. It’s the chain’s second in North Carolina.

The chain offers typical Tex-Mex fare, including burritos, tacos, fajitas and quesadillas, as well as signature dishes with names such as Chicka-Chicka Boom-Boom and Chuychanga.

Prices range from about $6 for appetizers to about $23 for fajitas for two.

Chuy’s at North Hills is filled with decor – 1,275 hanging wooden fish, a hub-cap covered ceiling and an Elvis shrine – that diners will find at all of the restaurant’s locations.

Denny’s, a 24-hour diner, has opened in the former O’Charley’s spot at 4380 Fayetteville Road in Raleigh. ... Chinese restaurant Hibachi Buffet has opened in the former Mayflower Seafood building at 4205 Fayetteville Road in Raleigh.