Downtown Raleigh continues to set records for food and beverage sales, according to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance. The organization also released a list of more than two dozen new businesses getting ready to open. 

Food and beverage sales grew more than 9 percent last year, according to the DRA’s quarterly economic report. Once again, the Warehouse District led the way in growth, with a nearly 70 percent increase in sales since 2018. Glenwood South still holds the crown for the biggest proportion of downtown sales, hoarding about a third of the market. 

Overall, the city set a new record for 2019 netting over $262 million in food and beverage sales. That’s a lot of cocktails! 

The report also included a list of businesses coming soon to downtown, including the long-awaited Standard Beer and Food from the Bond Brother’s Whit Baker and Andy Schnitzer.

Other new businesses include Publix, the first part of John Kane’s trio of large-scale developments off Peace Street. There’s also Rush Bowls on Hillsborough Street, offering a selection of colorful fruit bowls and smoothies, as well as the Flying Mayan, which boasts an array of classic Mexican dishes with a separate vegan menu. 

Here’s the full list. Which ones are you most excited to check out? 

Contact Raleigh news editor Leigh Tauss at 

Support independent local journalism. Join the INDY Press Club to help us keep fearless watchdog reporting and essential arts and culture coverage viable in the Triangle.