The Raleigh Downtowner reports that the former Enoteca Vin space has been leased by Mike Lombardo, owner of nearby Lucky B’s Bar, and that construction has already begun for a new pizza restaurant. Vin closed in January amid mystery and sadness, along with Carolina Wine Company on Hillsborough Street, both of which were under the same ownership. One can only hope that Lombardo will transform the space into something new and creative for the area. It seems that competition for pizza would be pretty stiff given that Mellow Mushroom is only a couple blocks north and Moonlight Pizza is within walking distance, but the Glenwood South patronage might support another upscale Italian trattoria (518 West also fulfills that niche). No word yet on whether Lombardo plans to continue the wine bar tradition, but if so then that would surely bode well for the new restaurant’s survival.
In related news, it has also been reported that Rum Runners is exploring a relocation to the warehouse district at The Depot (where the failed Hurricane, Blazin Saddles and Soho East were briefly), adjacent to Ess Lounge and Jibarra restaurant. Rum Runners is currently located at City Market next to Moore Square. Speaking of dissing the Depot District.