For South End residents and visitors wondering how much longer construction will be adding a North Carolina-clay colored sheen on their cars, know there is a light of entertainment at the end of the tunnel.
Beacon Partners announced Tuesday that Rhino Market & Deli will be occupying 3,100 square feet in The RailYard, the new mixed-use development occupying the entire block surrounded by Winona, Tryon, Winnifred and Bland streets.
That’s just a small portion of what is to come to the development, which will feature two eight-story towers with two rooftop terraces, 300,000 square feet of creative office space and 30,000 square feet of ground-level retail.
Rhino Market will be located in the Grand Central area of The RailYard. Outside will be a community area called The Yard, which will offer outdoor seating that Rhino’s customers can utilize.
“I love The RailYard and that part of South End,” Rhino Market owner Rob Rondelez said. “The closeness to Dilworth excites us.”
The deli will be open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at its South End location.
“There will be a couple unique things about this Rhino location which will give it a Rhino feel with a modern, big city vibe. Stay tuned,” Rondelez said in a statement. This will be Rhino Market’s fourth location, with its flagship store in Wesley Heights, its second location Uptown and plans for a third location near NoDa.
“Rhino Market is the perfect tenant for The RailYard as it will serve as a gathering place for residents and business professionals alike to enjoy great food and a great atmosphere,” Mike Harrell of Beacon Partners said in a statement. “We are excited about the retail activity on this project and plan to make some more announcements soon.”
Three other restaurants and a coffee shop will occupy space in Grand Central.
Rhino Market will have plenty of parking in the deck, Rondelez said. However, if you don’t want to drive, you don’t have to — it will be less than a block from the Bland Street LYNX Light Rail Station. The site will also include more than 100 covered bike lockers, a B-cycle station as well as a designated Uber/Lyft drop-off area.
Charlotte architect and developer David Furman of Centro Cityworks is planning 100 micro-apartments beside the office towers.
Beacon Partners has announced Ernst & Young LLP, a professional services company that provides assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, as the first Railyard office tenant. They are leasing 30,487 square feet, which will occupy the fourth floor and a portion of the fifth floor.
Beacon Partners and Centro Cityworks are also behind The Fowler Porch, one of the 3.5-mile Rail Trail’s art installments.
The Fowler Porch features a yellow seesaw, sculptural screens and handrails and seating areas. The project includes designs by local steel artist Ben Parrish of Steel Design Studios.
“We’re always looking for new ways to invest in our local community and support creative projects in the area,” Matt Lucarelli of Beacon Partners said in a statement.
The RailYard is scheduled to be completed early next year.