The Herald-Sun's Monica Chen has a nice scoop in today's paper, reporting that the owners of the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe in the Glenwood South district of Raleigh are set to open their second restaurant in American Tobacco's Diamond View II building.
The almost 14,000 sq. ft. of restaurant space will consist of an indoor/outdoor space spilling from the James Scott Farrin-anchored office tower onto the patio overlooking the Blue Monster and Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Tobacco Road will open later this spring.From the Herald-Sun:
Inside, the restaurant will have mock stadium seating, with a wall of television screens that can be viewed by customers seated in recliners at the base, booths at the next level and tables at the level after that. The outdoor patio will be heated and cooled, depending on the season, and in proximity to the iconic Durham Bull sign.
Brian Amra, who opened the first Tobacco Road Sports Cafe a year ago with brothers Alex and Rommie Amra, said they picked American Tobacco because it was a perfect fit, as the traffic and fan enthusiasm for the Bulls will feed traffic to the restaurant. The original location is on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.
“It’s going to be 12 months of straight business there,” Amra said, “and it’s such a beautiful property.”
Curious readers can find out more about the Raleigh location from the hotly-commented thread over at the terrific New Raleigh blog -- a post which, dear readers, makes me thankful for all of you, and the general level of discourse here -- and over at Yelp, whose comments generally evoke similar feeling to those made about existing ATC outlet Tyler's.
Meanwhile, the Herald-Sun also noted this week that downtown restaurant Eno's opening has slipped again, this time to hopefully an "early spring" debut, as the restaurant has sought a new contractor.