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Downtown Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony is Feb 16th

Calling All Downtown Residents!

Curious to know what’s happening in your own backyard?  Want to get to know more of your neighbors?  How about the individuals, businesses, and organizations that drive so many decisions in the downtown area?  Would you like to support the recipient of a resident award?  Great.  We’ve got the perfect evening for you.

 Downtown Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony

Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm

Raleigh Convention Center

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) is holding its Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony on Feb 16th starting at 5:30pm, followed by an after-party from 8 pm to 9 pm.

Register here by Tuesday, February 7 and enter DLA17 in the promo code box for your resident discount. 

Here’s why you should attend:

  1. Meet new people.
  2. Network at the reception from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
  3. Enjoy a three-course dinner.
  4. Listen to a great presentation by urban planning expert Christopher Beynon. His topic of conversation? The importance of inclusivity.
  5. Celebrate the successes of downtown Raleigh with its biggest advocates.
  6. Meet all the members of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance staff.
  7. Get a great deal on tickets.  Residents receive a $20 discount using the code DLA17.
  8. Have fun.
  9. Support downtown and the champions whose contributions are making a significant impact on downtown.
  10. Support the resident award recipient.
  11. Socialize at the after-party from 8 pm to 9 pm.

 So tell your friends, get a group together, and come out for a great evening. We think you’ll be glad you did.

 For more information, click here or contact Ellen Chilton at ellenchilton@downtownraleigh.org.  We hope to see you there!

Tobacco Road is back in Glenwood South

From left to right: Maysa, Alex, Brian and Rommie

The Amra Brothers – and sister – welcome you to experience their dream first hand. After many months of construction, the former Natty Greene space has been transformed into a destination that leaps right over the expectations of sports enthusiasts, foodies and families.  Consider it like a cruise ship. There’s space for kids to enjoy a full range arcade, while fans and alumni cheer for their favorite teams and still others retreat upstairs to a quiet mezzanine area, where they can savor desserts like Hummingbird Cake.

Sports fans will love the theater sized TV screen that truly is the next best thing to being in the stadium. Actually this is better, thanks to a long list of craft beers and brewery on site. Match this with nachos, sandwiches and burgers all made from scratch with local ingredients served by a friendly staff, and you have a perfect party.

For those coming for the food and casual, spacious atmosphere, you’ll be surprised at the wide and innovative offerings of Chef Ryan Foxworth. At the soft opening, diners sampled from a range that began with Fried Green Tomatoes served with local goat cheese and peppadew pepper vinaigrette (a favorite!), NC Prosciutto and Pimento Cheese Bruschetta, and crab-in-every-bite Blue Devil Sherry Crab Bisque, leading into entrees that included Black Eyed Pea Cakes, Jambalaya and Grilled Salmon on mashed potatoes with sautéed greens and tomato-basil relish. Agreement at our table was delight that the price point allowed for this to be a weeknight indulgence, providing a healthy, creative, and widely varied menu inviting many happy returns.

For a neighborhood like Glenwood South, this recipe for hospitality hits the sweet spot for residents of all ages. Welcome back, Alex! Congratulations to you and your family!

Glenwood Faire: Community Building in Glenwood South

Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative invites you: Glenwood Faire Sunday, April 17 from 1-5:00 PM at Babylon Restaurant (309 N. Dawson St) Tickets can be purchased ahead for $10 at GSNC.RaleighDLA.com/Glenwood-Faire. $15 at door (covers small plates from each of 10 participating restaurants, plus a drink. $3 for each additional fare.)By Donna Belt

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Shervin Tahssili: the New Face of Helios

By Donna Belt

Sometimes my husband and I look out from the porch of our fourth floor condo at 510 Glenwood and muse over how the neighborhood appears to be a stage set, with additional buildings entering the scene with regularity.  Each addition inevitably transforms the neighborhood as new residents arrive with fresh ideas, but this is doubly true of business owners who back their visions with investment in restaurants, shopping and services that largely shape how we define ourselves on the street.

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Shervin Tahssili

Ideally, there is a respect and incorporation of the history of what has gone before, while bringing an innovative twist.  Shervin Tahssili, the new owner of Helios that reopened early on the icy morning of Monday, January 25, describes this as a RESET.  Having lived in Raleigh since 1993, he had long admired Steve Schuster’s 2002 trendy redesign of the Helios building that was ahead of its time as one of the first privately owned coffee shops in downtown Raleigh.

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Downtown merchants resist proposed changes to Outdoor “Dining” Ordinance

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In the past several weeks, restaurant and bar owners in Glenwood South have joined other business proprietors across downtown to put public pressure on City Council to defer approving what they view as a hastily prepared change to the City’s Outdoor Dining Ordinance. The proposed change to the ordinance seeks to restrict bar patrons from drinking on public sidewalks outside downtown bars.

Council agrees to defer decision for 30 days

City Council has agreed that the ordinance change as initially drafted unfairly targets a small number of bars and has thus deferred their decision, sending the issue to the Law & Public Safety Committee for further review.  A new Hospitality Committee that includes both residents and merchants is now working with City staff to develop alternate proposals.

Meeting weekly, the Hospitality Committee has already agreed on the need for any ordinance change to apply equally to any restaurant or bar (private club) that serves alcohol outside to patrons during late night weekend hours or during special events.

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