What's In Store

What's next for Carrabba’s spot in South End?

09/15/00 Carrabba’s restaurant at 1520 South Blvd.
09/15/00 Carrabba’s restaurant at 1520 South Blvd.

The spot once occupied by Carrabba’s on South Boulevard could remain empty for a while, as the building’s owner makes upgrades to the space and seeks out a local business to fill the space.

The Italian chain restaurant closed its doors at 1520 South Blvd. after almost 17 years in business in February. Carrabba’s has a little over a year left on its lease in the building, according to Kristy Venning, who works in leasing for Beacon Partners.

The Charlotte-based real estate developer plans to “improve the streetscape and vibrancy” of the building, Venning said. That means adding more windows and an outdoor seating area. Beacon is in talks with a few architects right now, she added, but hasn’t landed on a final look quite yet.

Venning also said that Beacon has gotten some interest from prospective new tenants for the space, but nothing is set in stone yet. It would make sense as another restaurant, she added, since the spot already has a kitchen.

At its other properties in South End, Beacon has tried to prioritize locally owned businesses over chains. That’s the case at the 1616 Center on Camden Road, home to Fidelli and Clean Juice.

“We don’t anticipate it being a chain,” Venning said of the Carrabba’s spot.

Beacon Partners paid $21.7 million last year for the building at South Boulevard and Park Avenue, which also houses Beasley Media Group and Aveda Institute. A new Thai restaurant called Rai Lay also opened in the building last year.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta