Raleigh, N.C. — When Parkside co-owner Todd Henderson was deciding on the signage for his new fast-casual downtown restaurant, he knew one thing for sure – he wanted to keep the iconic neon sign outside.
The location at 301 W. Martin St. has been home to the sign since the 1940s when the restaurant used to be the family-run Warren's. It was also home to the much-loved Joe's Place restaurant. The neon sign did need a little restoration though.
The corner restaurant location was recently home to Brewmasters, a beer-focused restaurant and bar. Parkside's owners said they plan to keep beer a big part of their operation, but expect a good wine selection too. Henderson, who served as general manager at Sitti and Sullivans, is also a sommelier.
"There are few great places to get wine (in the area), and I want to be one of those places too," said Henderson, a Raleigh native.
As for the food, executive chef Matt Scofield, formerly of Sitti and Neomonde, has crafted an ode to comfort food with some twists. Look for a large selection of shareable plates like chicken wing confit, nachos with black-eyed peas and bacon-wrapped dates, in addition to a collection of flatbreads, sandwiches, burgers, salads and bowls.
Some of the menu standouts to check out: a Greek flatbread with feta, roasted garlic and hummus, a fried eggplant sandwich with feta cheese and roasted red pepper hummus, a chicken and waffle sandwich made with a rosemary onion waffle and lightly spiced maple syrup and a three-cheese grilled sandwich using smoke provolone, brie and cheddar.
The menu also features a lot of vegetarian entrees that offer protein add-ons. Salads and bowls will have options to add egg, chicken, salmon and shrimp.
Side item offerings include fries, tater tots, black-eyed peas, potato salad, hummus, salad and soup. Any entree or sandwich selection can be paired with any side.
The ambience will match the food. Gone are the red and black colors that filled the old Brewmaster location. Earth tones and North Carolina reclaimed wood help give the place a warmer feel. The stones for the columns came from the mountains of North Carolina, while the booths were handcrafted at a furniture manufacturer in High Point.
With final preps underway and permits secured, Parkside could open as early as next week, Henderson said.