Raleigh restaurateur Lou Moshakos is finalizing details for his long-planned Mediterranean restaurant concept that will anchor the bottom floors of his three-story restaurant building at 500 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.
The new restaurant will be called Vidrio, which is Spanish for “glass.” According to a news release about the project, it will be positioned as “the looking glass into the Mediterranean.”
Its menu will feature 50 wines by the glass and cuisine with flavors from the Mediterranean served on sharable small plates.
Construction will begin in July, and the restaurant is expected to open in the fall. It will be located below the third-level, rooftop Carolina Ale House restaurant that LM Restaurants Inc. opened in January.
The three-story 500 Glenwood restaurant building was also honored on April 30 with a 2015 Imprint Award by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, honoring projects that have contributed to the economic vitality of the Downtown District.
Moshakos, owner of LM Restaurants, is also bringing in another big-shot name in the Raleigh restaurant industry to help, George Bakatsias, a longtime friend of the Moshakos family.
Bakatsias will be aiding in the development of Vidrio’s menu design and brand. Bakatsias is a founder and partner in 10 other restaurants in the Triangle region, including Parizade and Vin Rouge in Durham and City Kitchen and Bin Fifty-Four in Chapel Hill. He was a James Beard Award semifinalist in 2014 for outstanding restaurateur.