INDYWEEK: “Let’s get Happy + Hale: It’s expanding to Ninth Street in Durham”
July 17, 2015 § Leave a comment
By Tina Haver Currin
If you get a hankering for a midday meal from Happy + Hale, you’re in for a wait. You can almost set your watch to the lines that form in front of the 850-square-foot juice and salad bar during the lunch hours.
Are people elbowing one another inside the tiny restaurant, hollering requests for arugula and whey powder in their almond smoothies? Must be noon. Is the line snaking out the door and around the patio tables? That likely means it’s 1 o’clock. Is the juice cooler empty, but you can walk right into the restaurant? Betcha it’s 2 p.m.
When co-owners Tyler Helikson and Matt Whitley opened Happy + Hale on June 27, 2014, in Raleigh’s City Plaza, they envisioned a bright, open area with windows behind the counter so patrons could watch the 5-foot juicer do its thing. Indeed, there is a small window near the machine, but the restaurant is so popular and compact that it’s often impossible to see anything but bustling workers, let alone find a comfortable perch.
But that’s all about to change—in Durham. Today, the duo finalized a lease for a space on Ninth Street three times the size of their glass cube in City Plaza…
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