Craften is a new concept: the variety of a food hall with the hospitality of a full-service restaurant.
Opened this month by co-founders Max Trujillo and Kip Downer, the Knightdale location is the first of two announced so far. The second will be in Clayton, a growing town in nearby Johnston County.
About the people: Max is a hospitality industry veteran and one of the hosts of the NC Food & Beverage podcast, while Kip is the owner of several Burn Boot Camp gyms in the Triangle area, including one next to Craften in Knightdale.
Why Knightdale: "My partner Kip already owned a building in Knightdale and had dreams of opening a food hall in Knightdale for years," Max said.
"But towns like Knightdale are where want to be. It’s where people live and that’s where we can create a great local neighborhood vibe."
We tried out the new concept to see how this new food hall idea works: [RaleighConvergence.com]