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Pogo to replace Roly Poly at Marbles this summer

Posted March 8, 2013

In the last couple of years, we have seen some big upgrades to the restaurants at local museums and Pullen Park. The trend continues this year.

Pogo, described as a creative and vibrant lunch and dinner destination, will open this summer at the IMAX theater at Marbles Kids Museum. It replaces Roly Poly, which closed on Feb. 28. (According to Marbles' website, Roly Poly is looking to reopen nearby).

Tom Meyer, president of Farmer's Table Restaurant Group and the guy behind The Q-Shack in Raleigh's North Hill's, Sprout Cafe at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham and Green's restaurant at UNC Hospital, will operate the new restaurant.

Sprout at the Museum of Life and Science was one of several new restaurants to open at kid-friendly destinations. We've also seen Pharoah's at the N.C. Museum of History, the Daily Planet Cafe at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences' new Nature Research Center and Pullen Place at Pullen Park.

While all offer standard fare such as hamburgers or hot dogs, you'll also find healthier options and tasty menu items that appeal to parents too. It's been a welcome change.

According to Marbles, the current space that Roly Poly vacated will be transformed into a "comfortable, contemporary" spot for lunch and dinner.

A press release says that Meyer is "committed to creating chef-inspired dishes at Pogo using locally-sourced produce and proteins."

“We are excited about the fresh and fun experience Pogo will offer our guests,” said Sally Edwards, president of Marbles Kids Museum, in the release. “For some time, we’ve envisioned a lively restaurant space that transitions from day to night, serving Marbles and downtown Raleigh. Pogo will achieve that vision with fun, friendly service and excellent food at an affordable price, inviting guests to enjoy a delicious meal where they live, work and, of course, play.”

Marbles' website has a page where you can sign up for e-news about the restaurant. Can't wait to check Pogo out!


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  • tierneemalinadeveaux Mar 9, 2013

    I can't believe that Marbles has not attracted a more family friendly restaurant. Who wants to eat wraps? Unfortunately, burgers and fries is the way to go outside of Marbles....

  • jpgmarks Mar 8, 2013

    Hopefully the new place will get that families going there to eat have young, impatient, hungry kids a lot of the time. I liked Roly Poly's menu but we got fed up pretty quickly with having to wait at least 30 minutes...for wraps. Whether they were dead or slammed. Looking forward to this change!

  • Enough is Enough People Mar 8, 2013

    Wish Marbles would make other changes that just changing out the restaurant. The place is hardly ever cleaned and in the three years we have been memeber almost nothing at all has changed there. Unless they make significant changes, we will not be renewing our membership this year.

  • piety409 Mar 8, 2013

    Only thing good about Pharoah's were the fries. Roly Poly was tasteless and too expensive.