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The Rumors Were Confirmed: Goodbye Sadlack’s [UPDATED]

A few weeks ago when lamenting the loss of places and buildings with character, we published a long-running rumor that Sadlack’s would be lost as a part of the Bell Tower redevelopment project that NC State has been soliciting bids for. Unfortunately, it looks like the rumors were true.

David Bracken confirmed this in today’s N&O:

The hotel would include ground floor retail and a restaurant. The project would occupy the stretch of Hillsborough between Enterprise Street and Maiden Lane, replacing both Sadlack’s Heroes and a retail center that is home to Schoolkids Records.

Sadlack’s, which has been around for more than 30 years, was renovated just five years ago.

The redevelopment of Hillsborough Street has gone too far. The loss of this 30+ year institution signifies a major loss for the character of this axial street.

Read our review of Sadlack’s from 4 years ago after a full renovation of the building.

It’s unknown if there are relocation plans, but I will update this post with further developments.

UPDATE

I received an email from a reader disputing the News & Observer account of the development project. This person talked to heard secondhand information about the owner  (Rose) and had this to say:

Just for the record, went to Sadlack’s for lunch, Rose has no idea what they are talking about…

Someone should talk to her and not just reprint the N&O stuff.

Does this mean Sadlack’s will continue as a tiny corner sandwich joint next to a towering hotel taking up the entire remaining block? I’m optimistic, but have a hard time believing this will happen.


Discuss Raleigh

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    • LJG: Was the first place we stayed when we moved here and were still waiting on the moving van to get to N. Raleigh...
    • Skip Graham: I first moved onto the 2nd floor in 2003 with a company named “Giant Head Interactive”. I...
    • Laurel: When I got married in December 1974 we were too broke to go on a honeymoon so we spent the night at the...
    • Brian: Yes, I, too have fond memories of the old Velvet Cloak. For important family events, we’d go there and...
    • Joe snotherly: Sure miss those days and how times were so great
    • Joe Starling: I was at Hugh Morrison 7, 8, 9, Decker was the band director. Sorry I could not go on to Broughton with...
    • Mark: My family history is somewhat intertwined with this place. My father worked there as a bell hop in the...
    • Tom Lytle: It is sad. My family lived there for 6 wks after moving to Raleigh in ’66. In ’74, my beloved...


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