Plus, Tamasha Modern Indian is now open.
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🛣️ New ideas to activate Fayetteville Street
A potential rendering of City Plaza on Fayetteville Street. Lights are above the street and a mural on a building says "North Carolina's Main Street"
Plans for Fayetteville Street include branding the historic road as NC’s Main Street. | Rendering provided by Interface Studio
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance released major recommendations in tandem with the City of Raleigh to support the future of downtown, starting with downtown’s main thoroughfare, Fayetteville Street. We’re breaking down a few big ideas in these 10 recommendations.

One big change Raleighites may see is a revitalization in the streetscape of Fayetteville Street. This street’s sidewalks are 29 feet wide, making it a prime spot for a potential refresh, including outdoor retail, dining + workspace setups, lawn games, swinging benches, and stages for performers.

Upgraded greenery and pedestrian lighting is also a possibility, including string lights and illuminated buildings to encourage more pedestrians to spend more time on Fayetteville Street.

Another proposed idea includes uplifting local Black-owned businesses and highlighting the history of Raleigh’s Black Business District. This recommendation calls for public art along Hargett Street recounting stories of Black businesses and the installation of permanent stalls at Exchange Plaza for Black-owned businesses to potentially occupy.

A rendering of City Plaza in Raleigh with a large-scale NC artwork, improved retail boxes, and signature gateways.

Take a peek at what City Plaza could look like in the future.


Rendering by Interface Studio

The DRA also recommends repositioning City Plaza as the “front porch” of Raleigh, including a potential renaming. An overhaul of the plaza would include removing current elements like the newspaper corrals and putting in flexible spaces for festivals + day-to-day activities, greenery, and large-scale NC artwork along the street.

“I am incredibly excited about the strategy set forth and anxious for our Council and staff to get moving on enacting these recommendations,” said Raleigh Mayor Mary-Ann Baldwin in a press release. “This is the heart of our city, and just as we did in 2006, we need to set forth a new vision.”

The full economic development strategy, including finalized Fayetteville Street guidance, will be released mid-2024. These are just three ideas from the DRA — read all 10 recommendations + details online. What changes would you like to see on Fayetteville Street? Let us know.
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Friday, Feb. 9
  • Parent’s Night Out | Friday, Feb. 9 | 6-9 p.m. | Cirque de Vol, 300 W. Hargett St. Ste. 40, Raleigh | $40 | Drop the kids off at this circus-inspired downtown gym to have fun on the town.
Saturday, Feb. 10
  • “Hymn” by Lolita Chakrabati | Saturday, Feb. 10-Sunday, Feb. 11 | 7:30 p.m. | Burning Coal Theatre Company, 224 Polk St., Raleigh | $5-$20 | Explore the joy of family, brotherhood, and music with this heartfelt play.
Sunday, Feb. 11
  • Valentine’s Partner Yoga | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Oak City Yoga, 301 N. West St., Ste. 109, Raleigh | $50 | Bring your partner for a special yoga practice together — priced per couple.
  • Karma Date Night | Sunday, Feb. 11 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Wine and Design, 510 W. Martin St., Raleigh | $80 | If your karma is the guy on the Chiefs, bring your significant other to this unique artsy date night activity.
Monday, Feb. 12
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News Notes
  • Raleigh City Council voted to reinstate Citizen Advisory Councils, or CACs, after a four year hiatus due to funding cuts. These groups help elected officials communicate with the public — you can learn more about joining via Facebook. (ABC11)
  • Non-member tickets for the NC Museum of Art’s signature Art in Bloom event are on sale now for March 13-17. This will be the 10th floral event featuring one-of-a-kind flower + plant arrangements in the historic museum.
Plan Ahead
  • We recently shared info about our Earth Day Extravaganza with The Great Raleigh Cleanup on April 21. Mark your calendars + sign up for the fun run with FleetFeet, an Earth Day flow led by YogaSix, community cleanup, local market, and more on the event’s landing page.
  • My funny furry Valentine. Saturday, Feb. 10 through Friday, Feb. 16, Wake County Animal Center is reducing adoption fees for dogs + cats to $25 and $5, respectively. Help house one of 140 pets in the center’s care as it reaches capacity.
Try This
  • Coffee shop + bookstore Blackbird is hosting its first ever poetry open mic night called Birdsong on Friday, Feb. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. Attend to read a piece — no experience required — or listen to local poets perform. Sign up to share your poetry.
  • Wake County will hold an Ask the Doc monthly town hall series throughout 2024. The first events on Thursday, Feb. 15 and Tuesday, Feb. 20 will discuss COVID-19 updates as well as how to stop using tobacco products.
  • Sneak a peek at this newly completed Perimeter Park modern office space with Trinity Partners, complete with custom touches like a waterfall kitchen island in the break area + stylish pendant lighting (there’s even an outdoor patio in the works.) See photos + learn more.*
  • Planning to watch the Super Bowl this Sunday? Stream it with a Paramount+ with Showtime subscription — get 30 days free with code GOAT.*
  • We’re excited to share that 6AM City, our parent company, closed its Series A funding round led by the media company, TEGNA. This partnership means continuing to deliver the same hyper-local news and events while expanding our reach to new readers and communities. Learn more.
🥘 Tamasha’s new Indian experience
An array of colorful foods and beverages.
Tamasha’s menu features inventive and progressive Indian dishes, like red snapper coastal curry and a millet and scallop salad. | Photo by Harsha Sipani
Tamasha Modern Indian is open as of today near Cucciolo Terrazza + Woodhouse Spa in North Hills with all the trimmings of an upscale dining experience. The restaurant is headed by entrepreneurial co-owners Mike Kathrani and Tina Vora who brought on Chef Bhavin Chhatwani to bring a variety of Indian cuisines and flavors to Raleigh.

“It’s Indian food through my eyes, the way I see it, the way I perceive it,” Chhatwani told RALtoday. Because of the diversity of Indian cuisines — you might find two distinct cooking styles just 50 miles apart in India — Chhatwani said he doesn’t want to limit himself to just one type of Indian food.

The restaurant executes a flavorful + balanced menu with features like fried oysters, lamb shanks, and additional unique dishes playing with Indian flavors.

Chhatwani, Kathrani, and Vora are ready for their grand performance — the meaning of the word Tamasha — for a singular Indian dining experience in the Triangle.
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