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Here’s What’s Coming to the Hollow

In Buzz, September 2021 by Lauren KruchtenLeave a Comment

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Get excited for these bars and eateries coming to Smoky Hollow.

Raleigh’s newest development, Smoky Hollow, has already become all the rage for its uber-popular national grocery store chain (hey, Publix!), hip Peace Raleigh Apartments and The Line Downtown Apartments, and 421 N. Harrington St. office building campus—not to mention its walkability to the heart of Downtown and direct connectivity to the adjacent future Devereux Meadows Park.

Adding to the excitement is the Hollow’s lineup of both locally and nationally renowned restaurants and nightlife destinations, offering ample ops for both Smoky Hollow residents and Raleigh folk alike (27+ set is the aim) to sip and sup with friends. Here, we give you the scoop on what’s to come—and where you’ll be spending a lot of time soon.

J. Lights Market & Cafe

Anticipated opening: January 2022

Durham’s one-stop shop for eats, drinks and to-go snacks is bringing its all-day menu to the Hollow. In the morning, enjoy a full coffee program with numerous espresso creations and cold brew mixes (coffee lovers, meet your new morning obsession…), along with breakfast sandwiches, wraps and bowls. For the rest of the day, J. Lights will offer up kitchen-driven sandwiches, salads and starters—plus a full bar boasting spiked sodas, handmade craft cocktails, and local beer and wine. So whether you’re in need of a quick on-the-go breakfast, a cool spot to have lunch with co-workers or clients, or a date-night destination, J. Lights has got ya covered.


Anticipated opening: Spring 2022

From Tyler Helikson, the owner of everyone’s favorite casual and healthy salad, bowl and smoothie spot (looking at you, Happy + Hale), comes Madre, an energetic full-service restaurant concept featuring Spanish and Coastal Mediterranean small plates, wine, cocktails and weekend brunch—best enjoyed on Madre’s beautiful patio. Inspired by the comforting and unconditional hospitality of our mothers (hence, madre), the new spot promises a good time no matter what the occasion. Meet at Madre? You don’t have to ask us twice. (Pro tip: Cleary a good spot to take mom come Mother’s Day).


Anticipated opening: TBD

Rumor has it that one of the best cocktail bars in the South is coming to the Hollow, and, boy, we could not be more excited. If you’ve ever visited Crunkleton’s Chapel Hill or Charlotte locations, you know the hot spot is known for its sleek and sexy high-quality cocktails (and plethora of libations!) inspired by classic renditions and zhuzhed up with modern techniques—not to mention the warm and inviting atmosphere that just begs you to stop in for a drink on your way home from work. Cheers to that!

Dose Yoga and Smoothie Bar

Anticipated opening: December 2021/January 2022

Namaste balanced with hot yoga and smoothies from yoga “it” girl Emily Wallace. We can’t think of a better way to refresh and refuel after a sweaty yoga sesh (top-notch instructors will guide you through core-enhancing moves, stress-reducing stretches, flow practices and more) than with a smoothie filled with real ingredients and natural adaptogenics that enhance your mood, adapt to stress and keep you balanced. Or, maybe you just need a healthy afternoon snack. Either way, “positive side effects, guaranteed” with this daily dose of health and fitness.

Midwood Smokehouse

Anticipated opening: Early 2022

Get ready to go hog wild for FS Food Group’s Midwood Smokehouse, acclaimed for its award-winning, all-hickory-smoke barbecue influenced by Texas and Carolina barbecue styles (the best of both worlds!). Led by Lexington-native Executive Pitmaster Matthew Barry, the menu will mirror the other five Midwood Smokehouse locations and feature bestsellers such as Texas-style brisket, Eastern Carolina chopped pork and Tex-Mex barbecue tacos—plus, Southern Living’s top-rated mac and cheese in the state. Another fresh barbecue spot to add to Raleigh’s ever-growing list of BBQ joints to pig out at? We’re here for it—and ready to pig out (had to). 

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