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Carolina Ale House to open location on Glenwood South in early 2014

Carolina Ale House, the Raleigh-based popular sports bar chain, plans to open seven more locations within the next 18 months, including one on Glenwood South in early 2014.

The company owned by successful restaurateur Lou Moshakos already has 20 locations from North Carolina to south Florida. This expansion includes the company's first ventures into Texas and Tennessee.

A press release sent out today announced the upcoming locations:

  • Concord, 8695 Concord Mills Blvd – July 2013
  • Winston-Salem, Haynes Mall – Aug 2013
  • Killeen, TX – August 2013
  • Downtown Charleston, S.C., corner of King St. & Calhoun St. - October 2013
  • Downtown Raleigh, NC, 500 Glenwood South – early 2014
  • Knoxville, TN – early 2014
  • Summerville, SC – early 2014

Moshakos offers some details about Glenwood South project

Area restauranteur Lou Moshakos is finally offering some details about his Carolina Ale House on Glenwood South in Raleigh.

Moshakos, founder and owner of Raleigh's LM Restaurants, bought The Creamery building at 500 Glewnood South in 2009 but has not done much with it since then. He said he was focusing on opening the four Ale House locations he had in the works in Fayetteville, Wilmington, Greenville, S.C., and Augusta, Ga., before turning to this new project.

Today Moshakos said he has hired Frank Smith of Smith 2 Architecture & Design to be lead designer on the new building. Plans so far include a rooftop Carolina Ale House with a retractable roof, and a Mediterranean restaurant on the ground level serving tapas-style food and an extensive wine list. Moshakos is also considering adding a banquet facility to the building.

However, fans are going to have a long wait in front of them. Moshakos said he expects demolition of the current building to begin this summer and construction of the new building to start late this year.

Carolina Ale House expanding to Charlotte

Raleigh's Carolina Ale House will expand to Charlotte in the new year with a new restaurant opening there in the spring.

Carolina Ale House is the flagship chain of Raleigh restaurateur Lou Moshakos, whose LM Restaurants operates Carolina Ale House, Taverna Agora, New Bern Subs and a number of other restaurants throughout the area.

Established in 1999, Carolina Ale House has 15 locations: six in the Triangle, plus locations in Wilmington and Fayetteville, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, three locations in South Carolina, one in Georgia and two in South Florida. The Charlotte location will open at 4th Street and College and will employ 120 people. It is the company's first venture into the Charlotte market.

Moshakos turns Miami Subs into New Bern Subs

Local restauranteur Lou Moshakos continues to tinker with his company's lineup of Triangle restaurants.

In his latest move, Moshakos has flipped his Miami Subs shop at 3701 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh and turned it into New Bern Subs. The shop will still serve items including Philly cheesesteaks, subs, gyros and wings. And there are some new menu items as well, such as the turkey caesar pita.

Moshakos, who at one point early in his career owned 10 Miami Subs restaurants said, "The Miami Subs franchise was moving in one direction and I wanted to move in another. It made sense to keep the location, as it has done very well over the years."

Moshakos and his LM Restaurants company are also behind the area's Carolina Ale House chain and have a total of 19 restaurants.

Bentley's in Cary closes

Triangle restauranteur Lou Moshakos has pulled the plug on his Bentley's restaurant in Cary.
The restaurant's last day was Sunday.

In a statement released today, Moshakos said he's planning to focus on his other restaurants, which include the ever-expanding Carolina Ale House chain. His LM Restaurant Group currently has 12 Ale House locations and is planning to open four more this year.

Bentley's opened in September 2006. Moshakos sai it "was not performing up to expectations. Due to the expansion of the Carolina Ale House and time spent on our other brands in Wilmington, we feel like this is the right move for now."

LM Restaurants will maintain control of the Bentley's location in Cary's Crossroads, and it looks like that site may be converted into a different restaurant at some point in the future.  But no details about the replacement have been released. Guests with reservations at Bentley's will be contacted and given the opportunity to transfer their reservation to LM Restaurants' Taverna Agora Greek restaurant in Raleigh, or customers may call 919-851-0858.

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