First up—a treasure trove of new culinary offerings...
High-profile restaurants and barbecue galore
A wealth of new restaurants are scheduled to open in Wake County in 2020. Because there are so many, we’re just going to list them here, but you will hear more about them as the year progresses. By the way, there are more than this list:
- Paul Scott and Anthony Rapillo are preparing to open
in Cary this month (it's already known for winning "best of" awards at its other locations in north Florida).
- Kenny Gilbert, Food Network personality and a favorite of Oprah's, will be opening
in North Raleigh in late February.
- Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha, co-owners of
and , will open a third establishment, , at The Dillon in the Warehouse District.
- Sam Jones, fourth-generation pitmaster and James Beard finalist, is slated to open his second
in downtown Raleigh.
- Wyatt Dickson will launch an offshoot of his Durham restaurant success off Capital Blvd. in Gateway Plaza, calling it
- Anthony Bowman’s
is headed to Wake Forest.
, a barbecue bar, is coming to Garner.
- Jason Howard will open
- Ed Mitchell will move his new collaboration with Carolina Ale House owners,
, into Midtown Raleigh near the new Wegmans.
- Jake Wood, formerly of 18 Seaboard and Plates, has revealed the logo for a
is graduating from food truck to permanent location at .
Somebody bulk order the Wet Wipes!
There are as many as and scheduled to open in 2020. Some new brands will be making their way into the Raleigh area market, including (one of only four in the country), , an extended-stay property first opening at Morrisville/RTP (with a sister site shortly to follow in West Raleigh), and in downtown Raleigh's Capital District. Several other familiar brands will add new properties in the area.
Renovation of the Heck-Andrews House
After years of neglect, the N.C. Realtors Association has purchased and is currently renovating the 146-year-old , an impressive Second Empire-style home on N. Blount St. near the Executive Mansion. When the multimillion-dollar renovations are complete, the house will be home to offices of the Realtors Association but also will offer space for events. Meeting planners take note—if you are looking for a completely unique and memorable venue for an off-site event, keep your eyes on this project.
Renovation of Montfort Hall
In the same vein, Chip and Joanna Gaines fans will also want to keep watch on the Montfort Hall renovation. Montfort is listed as a Raleigh Historic Landmark within Historic Boylan Heights. Owners Sarah and Jeff Shepherd envision the former home as a boutique inn with 10 sleeping rooms as well as a meeting place for receptions, meetings and reunions.
Fenton is a mixed-use development located in Cary near off Cary Towne Blvd. The $850-million project is expected to include office and retail space, more than 800 multifamily housing units, Ford Fry's Superica Tex-Mex restaurant, two boutique hotels and more. Anchor tenants that have been announced are a Wegmans Food Market and a theater from CMX Cinemas.
Named for early 19th-century free black preacher and teacher of all races John Chavis, this 37-acre City of Raleigh park was opened in 1938 and thrived for many years as one of the state’s first urban parks for African Americans. A revised master plan was adopted in 2014, with construction ultimately beginning in Sept. 2019. The project scope includes a new, two-story community center with a full-size gym, elevated walking track, fitness center and numerous classrooms and meeting spaces.
The Town of Cary plans to create an even more iconic, seven-acre public gathering space with two food and beverage facilities, four interactive water features, a great lawn and an outdoor entertainment pavilion. Design of the Downtown Cary Park will be completed in 2020.
A master plan for Dix Park—the city’s largest green space—was unanimously approved by Raleigh City Council in 2019. The plan proposes the park be transformed through six distinct landscapes, with ideas on how each landscape could be used by visitors (open space, playgrounds, plazas, gardens, performance spaces, public art etc.). Implementation of Phase 1 of the plan calls for physical improvements to the park, including restoration of the creek, cemetery enhancements, rehabilitated buildings, a new main entry to the park, a new multi-use path and interim parking.