Dean, over at VarmintBites, has once again led us to more local restaurant news. This time it is Urban Food Group’s Frazier’s on Hillsborough Street closing up after Valentine’s Day and reopening later in 2010 as a food centered wine bar.
This comes just a few weeks after the higher dollar Fins downsized into a global street food restaurant called bu•ku. It seems that the new spot will be less of a special occasion restaurant and more of a place to stop in, almost a parallel universe to UFG’s Porters next door. Cheaper, with a more flavorful and unique concept seems to be the way to go in this economy, as least in Raleigh. Word on the street is that the rest of Urban Food Group’s restaurants are doing well, so Frazier’s is the exception and essentially needed a new identity.
The new wine bar doesn’t have an opening date or a name yet. We look forward to the new direction of the space. Urban Food Group has a great reputation in the area and we are sure that the new concept will not disappoint.
Hillsborough Street continues its ups and downs during the construction.