Panera coming to 9th St.
Panera on Ninth: A lease has been signed for a Panera Bread restaurant to open at the Shops at Erwin Mill, a group of buildings on the western side of Ninth Street that have been renovated after their purchase last year by a team of developers.
Mandy Burns, a spokeswoman for Panera LLC, said in an email that a lease has been signed for a new restaurant to be located in 4,700 square feet of space near the intersection of Ninth Street and Hillsborough Road.
In addition to the new Panera, the developers behind the Shops at Erwin Mill redevelopment project have renovated a standalone retail building at 701 Ninth St. that previously housed Specs Eye Care to house Jimmy John's.
The project also included the renovation of the building at 737 Ninth St. that previously housed George’s Garage. The building, which is located near Ninth Street’s intersection with Hillsborough Road, will house several different tenants.
The list includes a location of the massage and services spa chain Massage Envy, the 140 Salon & Dry Bar, as well as The Duck Shop, the Duke University apparel shop that’s moving down Ninth.
And at 703 Ninth St., a location of the Tex-Mex restaurant chain Tijuana Flats is planned to open in late summer.
Regency Centers Corp., a national shopping center owner and developer, is part of the joint venture partnership along with Raleigh-based Chartwell Group behind the redevelopment project. The team is behind the redevelopment of the Ninth Street buildings as well as what was once a grassy lot near the corner of Ninth Street and Hillsborough Road. The lot will house a Harris Teeter grocery store.
Washington Duke Inn: The Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club was named a Southern Living magazine “hotel collection property.” That means that the hotel is one of a small group of independent four- and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that spans 18 states.
The announcement was recently made online at USAToday.com and in the July edition of Southern Living.
“The 15 charter members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are made up of iconic Southern resorts, historic Southern hotels and newly discovered Southern inns,” said the magazine’s Publisher Greg Schumann in a statement in a news release. "We're very proud of our unique collection as they all serve to provide the very best in Southern hospitality."
RDU restaurant in running for award: Raleigh-Durham International Airport’s 42nd St. Oyster Bar is in the running to be voted one of the 10 Best U.S. Airport Foods in the 2013 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Award.
The contest is part of 10Best.com’s weekly contest, according to a news release from RDU. The Web site is a division of USA Today Travel.
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