Raleigh, N.C. — With so many restaurant closures happening lately, it is nice to see something new coming to Hillsborough Street.
H-Street Kitchen is under construction at 2420 Hillsborough St. in the old Varsity Theatre building.
Gary Bryant, of Triangle and Two Hospitality Group, wants to pay tribute to Hillsborough Street's heyday. Bryant remembers the way Hillsborough Street used to be. His father was director of the Wolfpack Club, and he, himself, holds a NCAA National Championship ring from his days as a student manager with N.C. State men's basketball coach Jim Valvano.
"We're creating this restaurant dining experience that will incorporate the same spirit and energy that was once there that is about students, alumni and neighbors," Bryant said.
The 240-seat restaurant will feature an open kitchen serving up an American menu developed by executive chef Adam Rose, formerly of Il Palio and Straw Valley Cafe. Offerings will include sandwiches, burgers, entrees and a rotating selection of "Red Plate" specials. Bryant said dishes will run $8 to $17.
The focus is on fresh, local cuisine. The restaurant is seeking out relationships with N.C. State-related farmers and even plans to feature milkshakes (spiked and non-alcoholic) using the university's dairy products.
H-Street is planning to open in the second quarter of this year.