photo of the Depot Building by John Morris
Years ago, we were excited when the Depot Building in the Warehouse District started filling up with tenants. Unfortuantely, all of those tenants were nightclubs that only brought foot traffic to that area at night. The Warehouse District was almost solely a nighttime district. This has changed drastically in the past two years with more day time additions popping up in West of Dawson Street. From the Contemporary Art Museum, to the new VAE space, to Tasty Beverage Company, Spy Raleigh and a handful of new restaurants, the Warehouse District is slowlying becoming the place to be in Downtown Raleigh, day or night.
The latest addition to The Depot Building that currently houses Jibarra, Tasty Beverage Company, Tuscan Blue and The Union will be Videri Chocolate Factory. According to WRAL, the owners (who used to work for Escazu) are bringing in a full production line for milk and dark chocolate and eventually the ability to bring your own beer and wine. Yes, please! Videri will open in the space formerly occupied by Ess Lounge on Davie Street. This is the first time that the Depot Building has been full of tenants since that disaster trio of bars that crashed and burned back in 2007. It's nice to see it full again, with a variety of tenants.
This isn't the first chocolate factory to open in the Downtown Raleigh area. We have been huge fans of Escazu since they popped up on Glenwood South back in 2008 and then moved over beside Market Restaurant in the Mordeci area. I'd say downtown is a big enough place for two chocolate factories.