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Natty Greene's closing Raleigh location

Posted June 24, 2015

— The Natty Greene's location in downtown Raleigh is closing its doors Aug. 1, according to a press release late Wednesday.

The news came as a shock to many, as the restaurant and pub had been at its current location on West Jones Street for five years.

"This came as a surprise to us," said Carlee Dempsey, a spokeswoman for Natty Greene's.

Dempsey said the brewpub had made an agreement with the building's landlord to extend their lease, but when the building was sold things changed. The new landlord decided to increase the rental rates significantly. 

There will be a farewell party on Aug. 1 at Natty Greene's, with proceeds going to the restaurant's staff. The event will be complete with live music and drink specials.

The Greensboro brewery and brewhouse will not be affected by the Raleigh closure.

There aren't any plans to reopen at another location in the Triangle, Dempsey said. The company is focusing all of its efforts now on expanding its production facility. 


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  • Sean Creasy Jun 25, 2015
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    Let's get out the crystal ball and have a gaze into the future shall we? I see more high rise ultra over priced condos in that areas future... So much for the historic value of that area... Maybe they'll hang a plaque "On this site once stood..."

  • Charles Boyer Jun 24, 2015
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    The new owner, Shiner Capital Properties and a division of York Properties purchased Powerhouse Square, which is where the Natty Greene's restaurant is located.

    Perhaps foretelling the future, Sam Ankin, a founding principal of Shiner Capital told Triangle Business Journals that "we think that area of town is only going to get better with all the new residential coming in, and we want to keep that development relevant."

    He added that there are no plans for "massive re-development" of Powerhouse Square, but his company now has a large restaurant space empty due to their pricing their current tenant out of the market.

    It will be interesting to see what happens with that property -- whether another restaurant opens, or whether Shiner backtracks on its statement and ends up building another apartment or condo building on the site.