A couple of months ago, Dana and I were graciously given a tour of the new Yancy’s (yes, the ‘e’ has been dropped) by project manager Mark Valentine. I’ll have to admit that I was completely skeptical as I was never won over by the former Yancey’s in City Market. Granted, my judgement was not based on the food, because as I recall I enjoyed the food. But, as was the case with previous tenants of that space, I was put-off by the flow of the space. The fact that they had two small dining rooms intersected by a very busy wait-staff only area just ensured that nothing would run completely smoothly from my perspective. That, in my opinion, is an obstacle that is next to impossible to overcome.
Through whatever means (I have no idea what the details are behind this), they are giving it another run. This time, Mr. Yancy and his now larger team of stakeholders are attempting to take advantage of the new, fledgling energy of Fayetteville Street. I adore this part of town, but I completely understand that those who are jumping early are taking a considerable risk. Because of my likes, my desires, and (most notably) my 34 years, this part of town offers me an option that is not a meat market, not college crowd-ish, not cookie cutter, and certainly varied. Plus, due to my love affair with this city, watching this part of town slowly become the glue between disparate areas (i.e. warehouse district with the Moore Square district with Glenwood South with the Seaboard area with Oakwood and Mordecai) rather than the barren wasteland it has been for so long is truly exciting.
The new Yancy’s will be approximately 7,500 square feet and will feature live music, the city’s largest high definition projection screen, an enormous bar, and a large New Orleans-style menu which looks enticing.
Raleighing will be sure to check this place out when it opens and report back as soon as we can!