Post by Donna Belt
For months now, the windows on the front corner space at 510 Glenwood – once occupied by Red Room (then Krave and then Myst) – have been covered with paper. Then several weeks ago, a sign with no words – just a row of cherry bombs appeared. What IS this? neighborhood residents have asked. A club? A video game hang out?
Vincent Barresi, the new restauranteur in this property would chuckle at this intrigue. You might recognize him as the chef and proprietor, who for the past ten years has warmly greeted families at Vincent’s Italian Cuisine on Creedmoor Rd. Or if you’ve been in Raleigh a really long time, you might recall his restaurant that thrived for fifteen years prior to that on Capital Blvd.
So what has inspired him to blast into Glenwood South? It turns out that his story of reinvention matches the theme of many downtown residents, whether they’re downsizing empty nesters or 20 somethings seeking to create lives that feel connected, creative and vital. With his sons Kevin and Dominic both leaving home and his lease running out in North Raleigh, Vincent asked himself what came next. He felt proud of the traditional Italian comfort food that he had perfected and tweaked through the years, including dishes like braciole that few Italian chefs still take the time to prepare. But this time in his life called for a new challenge, an original approach, and a fresh… well, BOOM! Continue reading