Hot dogs, pastries, and restaurant name confusion in store for Downtown Raleigh

There’s been a flurry of news related to Downtown Raleigh in TBJ this week, in no particular order:

March 20: Five-star Umstead Hotel’s pastry chef leaving to open bakery in downtown Raleigh

“LucetteGrace will be located at 235 S. Salisbury St. at the corner of Martin Street in downtown Raleigh where a CrossFit fitness gym used to operate.” Read the full story at

March 20: Raleigh bistro closes; reopening in April under new name, ownership

“Their new restaurant on Lake Boone Trail in the former 618 Bistro space will be called The Oak and is expected to open in April.” Read the full story at
March 17: Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dogs coming to downtown Raleigh

“The location is the site of the former Spize Cafe, which closed last year.” Read the full story at

Although the opening of the new restaurant at Lake Boone Trail isn’t Downtown Raleigh newsworthy, it’s worth noting because of the confusion that’s likely going to be caused to local diners with The Oakz having just recently opened in the former Hi 5/Draft location at 510 Glenwood (“The Oak” vs. “The Oakz”). (Image via


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