I was recently asked to write a post for the Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates on the opening of a new restaurant in my neighborhood. Since I live so close to it they thought it would be cool to have a residents perspective. So, here it is:
For the past couple of years I’ve had the great pleasure of living about 100 yards from the amazing food and people at The Market Restaurant. Chad and his staff are great and the food they’ve been putting out at Market is only matched by the sense of community they’ve fostered in that space.
So, naturally, when I heard that Market was moving I nearly had a panic attack, but luckily I found out they were moving just down the road. After I calmed down I quickly realized that there was going to be an empty space in our community.
That empty space kinda scared me. We had developed such a great sense of community with Market. What if it just sat there? What if our North Blount St. area was left with a gap in it? What if someone did come in there and didn’t share that sense of community? There were a lot of “what ifs.”
Recently, I found out that a new restaurant is coming into the space on North Blount Street. I love new places. I love trying to food. And I love meeting new people. From the first line of the press release I saw on the opening of Stanbury I was really excited; “Drew Maykuth and brothers Joseph and Will Jeffers are opening Stanbury.”
I’ve always thought that the best work is done in teams, in community, and Stanbury already seems to be starting off that way. Not only the 3 guys starting it, but the community of farmers, gardeners and brewers who will help make Stanbury a community restaurant.
I have no doubt that this new neighborhood restaurant and bar will be a hit in the North Blount Street community. Despite the fact that they will be offering mostly local and seasonal items, including sweet breads, fish, meats, homemade pastas and gnocchi, which sound amazing, Stanbury, it’s owners and employees will be welcomed into our community with open arms.
Can’t wait for opening day.