We have word from Crash Gregg over at the Raleigh Downtowner that The Diner on Glenwood South opens to the public today (Monday January 4th) at 11am. The Diner takes over the spot formerly held by Hard Times Cafe, which closed back in April. If only all vacant spots in the downtown area filled up this fast, downtown would be even more vibrant than it already has become in the past few years.
Owner Niall Hanley also owns both Solas and Hibernian restaurants across the street, giving him a good share of the nightlife in the Glenwood South area. The restaurant will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has a very retro-themed interior that looks a bit like an upscale Steak-N-Shake. The Diner does have access to one of the best patios in the area which will hopefully be used throughout the day and night making Glenwood South and more of the downtown area more of a 24/7 destination.
According to the press release, the menu features “all-day breakfast, malts, burgers, fried chicken, ribs, salads, and other typical diner food, as well as a “grab and go” menu.” The Diner is the first of what I’m sure will be many restaurants opening of 2010. Here’s to a year of more density and the filling of vacant spaces in downtown Raleigh.
Late Night and To-go menus below and full menu listed here.