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Person Street Prowl: Explore downtown Raleigh’s new hot district

DEC 20, 2015

For decades, going to Raleigh’s North Person Street meant visiting the Krispy Kreme. If you left its fragrant confines, there wasn’t much else around.

Now the blossoming of downtown Raleigh has spread to this area bordering Historic Oakwood. You can make a day or a night of it here – and still cap your trip with a fresh, hot doughnut.

Bars, shops, restaurants and an upscale market serve residents of Oakwood and Mordecai and people from the growing number of condos in the neighborhood.

The district struggled for some time, despite the presence of Cajun and Italian markets and the recently closed Piebird restaurant.

“Demand and redevelopment began happening about the same time,” says developer John Holmes. “You had well-established neighborhoods and new projects.”

Holmes redeveloped the run-down Person Street Plaza, which has turned into a center of activity. Holmes and chef Scott Crawford, who cooked at Herons at the Umstead Hotel in Cary for many years, worked together on Standard Foods, a restaurant and market in the space, which opened this fall.

Here’s a road map for your Person Street prowl.


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