Update: Now opening Thursday
Thursday will mark the highly anticipated reopening of Poole’s. The longtime diner has seen several iterations in the last years, but this latest incarnation is one built on the kind of experience and market sensitivity that almost assures its success. Ashley Christensen, most notable for her tenure and evolution of Vin, has constructed a diner that will appeal to the longtime Poole’s customer as well as a much larger audience. The walls have been painted dark colors and the bar area has been opened up. A renewed simplicity and professionalism can be sensed in the space. Gone are the kitschy patterns and found-objects. New equipment lines the right wall and the diner feels like a well oiled machine- anticipating the responsibility of serving Raleigh’s most hip crowd.
“I want it to be accessible,” says Christensen of the seasonal menu based on locally available ingredients with prices falling between $8-$14. Accessible is most certainly a word that comes to mind, particularly when contrasting the decided lack of value that the menu had under previous ownership. Wednesday- the restaurant opens its doors to the public and Raleigh will have a chance to taste Christensen’s newest offerings.
Poole’s is located across from the in-progress Convention Center on the one-way McDowell Street. Currently
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