Marbles Kids Museum will reopen the cafe inside the building that houses its IMAX theater on Saturday, serving up lunch, dinner and snack options.
The restaurant was once home to Pogo Cafe, which was operated by the Farmers Table Restaurant Group and closed a couple of weeks ago. Marbles, which will operate the new restaurant, gave the space a minor facelift and deep cleaning in the last couple of weeks. Leaders at the downtown Raleigh museum also launched plans for a much bigger makeover to the restaurant next year.
The new menu for the cafe features salads; hot and cold sandwiches; and beef or bean burgers. Prices are between $7 or $8. A kids menu, where prices range between $4 and $5, includes mac and trees (macaroni and cheese with broccoli), pizza, grilled cheese, hot dogs, peanut butter and jelly and chicken tenders.
The new restaurant will be open 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., weekdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., weekends.
Right now, there won't be an official name for the restaurant beyond "cafe." It will get a new name as Marbles works on bigger plans to completely makeover the space, combining both the cafe and theater concessions into one operation. The move will allow Marbles to offer more variety for concessions and improve the flow between the two spaces, Taylor Rankin, Marbles' communications specialist, tells me.
The cafe will have to close at some point in 2017 during the transition, but there's no timeline at the moment. Rankin said Marbles hopes that second stage of improvements will be complete by early spring 2017.