Mar 26, 2024 - News

Raleigh restaurateurs adding a rooftop eatery in downtown Durham

A drone shot of the 555 Mangum office building in downtown Durham, which overlooks the Durham Bulls Athletic Park

A drone shot of the 555 Mangum office building in downtown Durham overlooking Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Photo: Courtesy of JLL

Joel and Charlie Ibarra, the Raleigh brothers behind restaurants like Jose & Sons and Cortez, are opening a rooftop restaurant in Durham called The Lenny.

Why it matters: The Ibarra brothers' eatreries, favorites among locals throughout the Triangle, have garnered national attention.

What to expect: The Lenny is expected to open this summer. It'll include a menu of shareable small plates.

  • No specific plates were announced, though the Ibarra brothers' experience is in Latin American cuisine.
  • The cocktail list will be "agave-centric."
  • The Lenny will be at the top of the 555 Mangum building in downtown Durham near Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the real estate company JLL said in a release.

What they're saying: "555 Mangum is the ideal space for us to debut The Lenny and provide guests with the dining experience they have come to know and love from our restaurants, but this time, with breathtaking rooftop views," Joel Ibarra said in the release.

  • "With incredible access to Downtown Durham, we know this concept will also greatly benefit from the daytime foot traffic generated by 555 Mangum's office tenants."

Zoom out: 555 Mangum also announced Monday that Tanium, a cybersecurity firm; solar energy developer Heelstone Renewable Energy and Beghou Consulting, a consulting firm focused on life sciences companies, has signed new leases in the building.

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