Market Restaurant and Escazu Chocolates are two of our favorite downtown businesses. One of the only problems with both places is explaining to someone how to get to them. Over the weekend, we found out that his might not be such a big issue in the near future.
Market Restaurant and Escazu Chocolates will be moving to E. Franklin Street (corner of Person Street), adjacent to the future home of Raleigh City Farm. While this seems like big news, we can also report that there is even bigger news, with Market adding on a 4,000 sq foot grocery store into the building. This is huge for the Oakwood and Mordecai area and will fill a huge gap left by Capital City Grocery which closed back in 2008.
In addition to these businesses, it sounds like Yellow Dog Bread Company, a coffee shop and a few more businesses will also be moving to the block as well. This part of Blount Street has seen a bit of a renaissance over the past few years with PieBird opening last March just a block South and a handful of the buildings in that area being renovated as well. Despite the Blount Street Development (unfortunately) slowing down, it's great to see the existing buildings being renovated and filled by fantastic local businesses.