photos by John Morris
Earlier this week we posted a photo of The Alley on Hillsoborough Street and their new classical additions to a decent modernist building. We spoke with one of the owners of The Alley who assured us that the railing is a temporary placeholder (thankfully!) and that the cornice isn't supposed to look like something out of Rome. It also sounds like the external panels will be painted (we assume a similar white)
As you can see, the same details have been added at the Eastern end of the facade as well. The owner informed us that "there is one window in the private back bar & one in the main restaurant, so people from outside can see people on the inside hanging out." This is a great idea to bring more energy from The Alley to the street level of Hillsborough Street, since it's on the second level. The Balcony (which is what the new inside/outside restaurant looks to be called according to that lovely font below) is a collaboration with Melvin's Burgers, also located on Hillsborough Street.
We've heard some of the ideas for the final finishes on the balcony rails and they sound much less hideous than the current implementations and have potential to actually be quite nice. Unfortunately, the cornice is still a big issue and hopefully that will change as well. Maybe even consider matching the new sleek aesthetic of the interior.