The Scoop on Hadley’s, Coming Feb. to Replace The Borough

There was lots of buzz today following the announcement that popular Downtown Raleigh bar and restaurant The Borough will close at the end of the month so that owner Liz Masnik can take a new direction for the next part of her life.

It was noted in the News & Observer post (linked above) and on social that a new spot called Hadley’s would take over the 302 W. Morgan Street space and lots of questions followed about who and what that entity would offer Downtowners looking to fill the void that The Borough will leave (present company included – I love their vegetarian options that always hit the spot for a late dinner). Thanks to an email from the next proprietors, Drew Schenck and Kevin Barrett, we now have a good idea of what Hadley’s will soon be offering:

“Concept will be an expatriate themed eatery and bar. Think, Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound and all those great artists and poets in Paris in the 1920’s. A Kevin Barrett designed drink menu and wine list to meet the theme. I am working on the menu now which will be sandwiches, scratch made soups and salads. French press coffee with a blend we are creating with Bill of Oak City Roasters fame. We want to create a comfortable atmosphere to enjoy a fine bottle of wine, a custom cocktail or just have a beer and read one of our books from our ‘borrow library’.” — via email from Drew Schenck, partner in Hadley’s

I’ve always thought it was a shame that The Borough wasn’t open for lunch since it’s walking distance from my office and so close to Campbell Law students, faculty, and staff – and that’s one of the things that will be changing when Hadley’s opens. Schenck tells me that operating hours will be from 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m., seven days a week – with full kitchen until 2:00 a.m. for those late-night eats.

No logo, renderings, etc. are available yet for Hadley’s, but will be coming over the next few weeks as Schenck and Barrett plan to take possession of the space on February 1, 2016 and make a quick turn-around for re-opening.

PS: If those names sound familiar, it might be because you read our November 2, 2015 story (Dram and Draught to Bring New Life to Vacant Hillsborough Street Building) about Schenck and Barrett’s other new venture slated for a tentative March opening less than a half mile east. Check out that story for more bio info on both proprietors.

Congrats Drew and Kevin on all the new opportunities coming your way, guys! I look forward to trying both Hadley’s and Dram & Draught in the coming months.

[Image: The Borough via Google Street View]

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Lisa Jeffries

A good old-fashioned Southern girl - at home in the modern world.
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