Two New Restaurants Coming to West Street

From the News & Observer...

The Raleigh developers behind several rehab projects on North West Street in downtown Raleigh have nearly completed the latest addition to that street.

Atlas Stark, a real estate firm that was founded in 2017, is almost finished redeveloping a 19,300-square-foot warehouse at 911 N. West St. into modern offices and restaurant space. ...

Two new restaurants have been lined up for the building and will likely open next spring. They are a diner called the Rainbow Luncheonette from the Cardinal owners Jason Howard and Dan Murphy, and Layered Croissant, a bake shop from husband and wife Mark and Kawsar Chavez.

Rainbow takes its name from the Rainbow Upholstery and Furniture company, which opened in the building 36 years ago and has since moved to Wake Forest.

Howard said he hopes Rainbow could be a reincarnation of sorts of the old Finch’s Restaurant.

When the Capital Boulevard bridge projects started ramping up, the first casualty last year was the beloved Finch’s Restaurant, which was close its doors on Peace Street after seven decades. After trying a short-lived move to Durham, owner Peggy Jin closed Finch’s for good this year.

Howard said the diner will be serving short order breakfast and lunch menus, with a Friday and Saturday dinner service. Expect sandwiches and burgers, but also a full bar.

The Capital Boulevard projects that turned out to be death knell for Finch’s are now an attraction. Howard said he and Murphy signed a lease last week, taking a long view for West Street, expecting the eventual draw of Devereux Meadows Park to redeem the current tangles of construction.

“We wanted something out of the chaos of downtown,” Howard said. “The park was really the catalyst for doing it. We’re banking on the growth of West Street.”

That project is also one of the things that drew Atlas Stark to the building, Guillois said. Meadows Park, along with the Wade Avenue and Peace Street bridges over Capital Boulevard, are part of large-scale effort to create a nicer-looking gateway into downtown Raleigh. ...
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