ITB Insider: Mordecai Bottle Shop Coming to Gateway Plaza

From this week's Development Beat on ITB Insider...

Mordecai Bottle Shop is coming to the Gateway Plaza shopping center. When we first reported on the plans for this shopping center managed by York Properties, no tenant names were available. However, plans indicated a “beer garden” would be included. That beer garden is actually the city’s first combined bottle shop, taproom, and brewery. While the center itself is being designed by Gensler Architects, it was the Raleigh Architecture Company that designed plans for the Mordecai Bottle Shop.

From our super secret sources: Mordecai Bottle Shop is slated to open this summer. Owner Andrew Christenbury, a Chapel Hill native, said, “Mordecai will be a one-stop shop for people who love beer. You can taste the beer we’re making, try craft beers from other local breweries, and pick up a variety of beer to take home.” Christenbury has worked in the restaurant industry for nearly twenty years and previously served as the head brewer at G2B in Durham.

Mordecai Bottle Shop will offer:

Brewery – they’ll use a two-barrel system to create small batch brews. Christenbury plans to experiment and collaborate with other brewers across the state.

Taproom – an indoor bar will offer Mordecai’s own beer on tap, along with craft beer from a variety of local and regional brewers. It will also sell wine.

Bottle Shop – customers can purchase a variety of craft beers to take home.

The Mordecai space will also have a covered patio and outdoor seating, with a small outdoor stage for local bands and entertainment.

Originally built in 1968, LODEN Properties is revamping the 6.8 acre Gateway Plaza shopping center, which will also include a Food Truck Rodeo, a Makers Mart, a stage area, and more. The $354,967 “reconstruction of an existing space” for the Mordecai Bottle Shop is being handled by JCI Builders, Inc.
— James Borden - ITB Insider
Brent Woodcox