What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Restaurant owner discusses new food concept coming to Raleigh

Posted June 15

— The Morgan Street Food Hall and Market has announced several restaurants that will be housed at its location in the downtown Raleigh Warehouse District.

The 22,000 square foot culinary incubator slated to open in August isn't a new concept, but it is new to Raleigh.

"So, essentially, we're a very cool food court with booze," said Niall Hanley, who is behind the project. "Picture the scene where you walk into a place and you can collectively get a table together and all split up. Somebody wants Thai food, somebody wants dumplings, somebody wants wood fired pizza and just spread out."

The Food Hall will serve as the first storefront location for Cousins Maine Lobster, a popular food truck company that won the support of investor Barbra Corcoran when it appeared on “Shark Tank.”

The company announced they would be tenants in the Morgan Street Food Hall last week via Twitter.

Other tenants announced Thursday include:

Carroll’s Kitchen: A nonprofit that provides job training and employment to women in the community with the goal of ending homelessness. This will be the company’s second Raleigh location.

Makus Empanadas: Founded in 2013 by brothers Hernan and Santiago Moyano and lifelong friend Ricky Yofree, the Durham restaurant serves authentic Argentinean empanadas with fillings ranging from pork chimichurri to sweet corn with specialty sauce and homemade sides.

Raleigh Rolls: Offers various flavors of ice cream scooped into rolls, packed in a cup and topped with a variety of toppings. This will be the first location for the company.

Wicked Taco: Offers signature tortillas, fresh-made salsa, Mexican-inspired sides and salads using local ingredients. This will be the restaurants second location.

Bella’s Wood Fired Pizza: High-quality pizza made with fresh ingredients along with a seasonal small place tapas menu.

The Morgan Street Food Hall and Market is the brainchild of Hanley, the owner of several local big-name bars and restaurants. He said if everything goes as planned, the space will open by mid-August.

"I want this to become a focal center, or a living center, for this whole area," he said.

Previously named tenants include Raleigh Raw, Sasool, Oak City Fish and Chips, Cow Bar, Ginger and Soy, Boba Brew and City Sushi.

Retail tenants include Hail Mary Mix, Five Points Baking Co., Mike D’s BBQ and The Soaperie.

Rodney Fuller works across the street from the space and said he's excited for another set of food options.

"You know, there are a lot of options around here already, but I think this is definitely going to feed into the culture Raleigh's going for in the future," he said.

Hanley said he's excited to be able to offer a little taste of something different.

"I want people to just be able to walk around with a drink in their hand, do some shopping, order some small plates and just really enjoy themselves," he said.


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  • Henry Cooper Jun 15, 10:24 p.m.
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    So it seems all they are doing is taking a mall and breaking it up into downtown because this sure looks like a food court.

  • Craig Elliott Jun 15, 7:15 p.m.
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    "City Sushi"? For real?