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Correction: Friday's edition of the newsletter used the incorrect name for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. Apologies for the error.

NC natives & siblings open SmokeStacks Cafe
in Oakwood 

If you frequented the lovely patio of Oakwood neighborhood restaurant Brewerks, you'll be happy to learn that a new restaurant, SmokeStacks Cafe, has opened up in its place.

SmokeStacks Cafe is under new ownership, two North Carolina natives and siblings who returned from New York's culinary scene. 

Ben Schultz and Holly Schultz quietly opened SmokeStacks Cafe at its 701 East Lane Street location a few weeks ago, but this weekend they'll host a grand opening.

What to expect at SmokeStacks Cafe: 

🍴 Full service brunch and dinner, which includes an indoor dining room and patio of equal size.

They're currently open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday and beginning dinner service on Friday. After this grand opening weekend, they'll be open for brunch and dinner Thursday-Monday.

🍴 Smoked meats: They'll specialize in "craft smoked meats (including ribs, wings, brisket and all football favorites)," they shared with Raleigh Convergence.

🍴 Their menu includes shareable dishes including "Texas poutine," plus items such as a smoked brisket sandwich (pictured) and cathead biscuits with buffalo chicken.

🍴 Pairings and more: They also plan to offer "cheese boards with wine pairings, beer and wine bottle shop, fall mimosas and homemade Market goods," Counter Culture coffee and coffee bar drinks. 

About the owners:

Brother and sister Ben and Holly have business and culinary backgrounds. Holly rose to be the executive chef at a Spanish tapas restaurant in New York. She is also a level 2 certified sommelier.

Ben managed a pizzeria in Emerald Isle, N.C., before moving to New York to train to become a chef, eventually taking on a sous chef position. The siblings eventually worked together at the tapas restaurant to manage the food service and dreamed of opening their own restaurant someday.

SmokeStacks Cafe is the culmination of that dream, bringing in the expertise of Ben's wife, Ashlee, a barista who also knows food prep.

This weekend's grand opening will include live music on the patio Friday night, and you won't have to miss the NC State or UNC games on Saturday afternoon -- they've added TVs. 

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How to get a seat at one of the hottest new restaurants in town: Jolie, the new Scott Crawford restaurant, booked up with reservations for months right after its opening.

But you can still get a seat even if you've missed out on booking reservations -- even on the rooftop! 

While about half the seats are saved for reservations, 
walk-ins are still welcome during their 5-10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday hours.

At the bar (pictured) you can spot Chef de Cuisine Madison Tessener, and the 30 seats in the rooftop are first come, first serve. (📸:  Jessica Crawford)

How to end your week, Italian style: Ashley Christensen's Poole'side Pies will host a new weekly concept from 4-5 p.m. on Fridays, inspired by an Italian tradition.

"All over Italy at the end of a long work day, bartenders will set out platters of snacks for guests to enjoy with their beverage as a way to unwind and relax," Poole'side Pies announced on Instagram
Poole'side Aperitivo will include "light snacks, Aperol Spritzes, and Peronis in true Italian fashion." Tickets are $20 and linked here. PS: The event ends right at 5 p.m.

After no second-place vote getters requested a runoff, the Raleigh City Council will be:

☑️ Mayor: Mary-Ann Baldwin
☑️ At-large councilors: Nicole Stewart (re-elected) and Jonathan Melton
☑️ District A: Patrick Buffkin
☑️ District B: David Cox (re-elected)
☑️ District C: Corey Branch (re-elected)
☑️ District D: Saige Martin
☑️ District E: David Knight

Notable: With Saige Martin and Jonathan Melton's election, Raleigh will have its first LGBTQ representation on the council, INDY Week reports. Read more of our coverage here...

What's next for Raleigh's restaurant scene: The celebrity chef. In Raleigh magazine, Max Trujillo writes about what big name additions mean for the Raleigh-grown food & beverage industry. The takeaway? Keep Raleigh's spirit while restaurants and chefs who've made their names elsewhere enhance the community.

Preservation N.C. celebrates its new headquarters with creative storytelling. Instead of your typical ribbon cutting, Preservation N.C. will host a two-day symposium at Shaw University, which includes a commissioned play and a documentary, the News & Observer reports.

Oberlin Village is a historic neighborhood, established as a community for people who were previously enslaved, but it's largely disappeared. The Preservation N.C. project preserves two of only five remaining structures listed on the
National Register of Historic Places. The event will explore "topics inspired by the project, such as preservation and its role in social justice, house moving and lifting." 
Thanks for reading this edition of the Raleigh Convergence!


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