Original Char-Grill location could become a 20-story tower
The original location of the burger-and-fries institution Char-Grill could make way for a tower up to 20 stories high, as developers zero in on downtown's Hillsborough Street corridor.
Driving the news: Raleigh developer Wilson | Blount said in a press release Wednesday it is acquiring several parcels around the Char-Grill at 618 Hillsborough St. for a new mixed-use development project.
- Plans for the property are still being evaluated, the firm said, but it intends to apply for a rezoning of the properties.
- A neighborhood meeting is set for July 12, a standard practice in rezoning cases.
Yes, but: Wilson | Blount said it will incorporate Char-Grill, which has served burgers in Raleigh since 1959, into whatever the future development becomes.
- Char-Grill will remain open until construction starts, the restaurant said in the news release. It has eight other locations throughout the Triangle.
What they're saying: "This project gives us the opportunity to upgrade our facility to better serve our customers in the future," Char-Grill owners Ryon Wilder and Mahlon Aycock said in a statement.
- "This isn't 'goodbye' at all. It's 'see-you-soon.'"
Of note: The assemblage of properties also includes the historic Elmwood house.
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