More pizza coming downtown

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

Pompieri Pizza update: A new restaurant called Pompieri Pizza has signed a lease for a space downtown.

The restaurant will be the second eatery opened by Seth Gross, who also owns the downtown restaurant and brewery Bull City Burger and Brewery.

The lease was signed last week, according to an email from Paul Smith, managing partner of the downtown property owner and developer Greenfire Development.

According to the website for the new restaurant,, Pompieri Pizza is planned in the historic building known as Fire Station No. 1 at Rogers Alley.

Recently, the venture fund Intersouth Partners announced it was moving into office space on the second floor of the Fire Station No. 1 building, which was restored by Greenfire in 2007.

The Fire Station building, at 102 City Hall Plaza, was originally built around 1890 and was, at one time, the home of the Golden Belt Hose Co.’s primarily volunteer firefighters, according to the announcement. It was rebuilt in 1924, designed for the city’s professional fire department.


Apricot Lane opening at Southpoint: A grand opening is planned July 13 at The Streets at Southpoint for the mall’s new location of the national retail franchise Apricot Lane.

The grand opening celebration for the women’s fashion boutique will begin at noon and will include a prize wheel and other giveaways at the store until 5 p.m.

At 5 p.m., the celebration will move to the mall’s main fountain near the AMC Southpoint 17 movie theater. The prize wheel will be at a table near a stage in the area from 5 to 8 pm. At 6 p.m., the Southpoint band series kicks off with a performance from Raleigh’s West Street Band. A fashion show of Apricot Lane clothing is planned at 7:15 p.m.

Apricot Lane will be using models from TriFABB, a local group of fashion, beauty, and lifestyle bloggers, and Models for Charity, a nonprofit group of professionals who raise money for Triangle charities through modeling.

The partnership aims to raise awareness and funds for Transforming Hope, a Durham-based nonprofit that works to transform the lives of human trafficking victims. The organization offers safe houses to victims working through recovery.

Apricot Lane at Southpoint will donate 15 percent of all sales on the date of the grand opening to Transforming Hope. It’s also asking for donations of unopened items such as toilet paper, shampoo, soaps, cleaning supplies, toothbrushes and other products to stock the Transforming Hope safe house in the Triangle.

The store is owned by Carol and George Toulas through the limited liability company Alpha Astra. The couple opened their first location of Apricot Lane in early November in Raleigh’s North Hills, and opened a second in December at the Cary Towne Center Mall. They also own two locations in the Charlotte area.

Once it opens, the store will follow the mall’s normal hours of operation. For more information, go to the website

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