After two years of curating tenants for the Markley Station redevelopment in the West End, owners RealOp Investments are ready to unveil the three restaurant tenants that will be joining existing and future office users at 116-120 N. Markley St.
Located in the spaces facing the courtyard of the 43,000-square-foot development will be Hoppin’, a modern self-serve tap room out of Charlotte; Urban Wren, a new Greenville-based urban winery; and Todaro Pizza from Clemson.
Current office users are Fortis Riders with 16,676 square feet, Beau Welling Design and Aluma Connect with 4,398 square feet, and an additional 4,300 square feet is under contract with an engineering firm. The remaining 10 percent of office space should be signed within the next 60 days, says RealOp managing partner Paul Sparks.
Sparks says the length of time it took to land on the restaurant users was due to RealOp’s desire to create a community experience for families and residents within walking distance and have the right office to restaurant ratio balance daytime and evening parking needs.
“We are very pleased with the leasing activity and momentum at Markley Station,” says Blaine Hart, first vice president, CBRE, who is handling leasing efforts along with Tommy Molin. “We commend the ownership group, RealOp Investments, for having the vision and sticking to their plan to create a true urban mixed-use project. The West End is witnessing explosive growth and the unique space offerings at Markley are positioned well and getting even harder to come by. We have no doubt the project will be full by the end of the year.”
Hoppin’ has signed a lease for the 4,773-square-foot space to the left of the courtyard that also has a 2,990-square-foot rooftop.
Co-owner Drew Nesemeier, originally from Greenville, says when they were opening the Charlotte location in 2017 they always had it in the back of their minds that they’d eventually open one in Greenville as well, but they wanted to see how a similar concept, Pour Taproom on Falls Park Drive, would be received. Seeing the success of that pay-by-wristband concept, Nesemeier says they decided to start looking for the right location.
The Charlotte location is white from floor to ceiling with green and gray-toned accents. Nesemeier says they’ll keep the integrity of the rustic industrial aesthetic at Markley but still keep it on-brand with their colors and high-end feel.
The main taproom will have 40 taps. A 1,200-square-foot back room that can be used for private events will have 15 taps. About 15 taps total will have wine, as well. The rooftop that can be reached by a central stairwell will have the same taps and be an all-weather, covered, heated space with yard games.
“I think we’ll turn that Markley area into a pretty cool spot,” Nesemeir says.
He says they hope to be open in spring 2019.
In the rear 6,100-square-foot space on the right of the courtyard, a new-to-Greenville concept — an urban winery and tasting room — will be taking shape over the next several months with a spring 2019 proposed opening.
A family-owned business, whose owners have chosen to remain anonymous for now, Urban Wren will be equal parts educational and social, says Chip Hunt, RealOp senior vice president, director of leasing.
He says the owners’ plan for the urban winery is to source grapes from the Sangiovese region of Italy to make their own branded wine in Greenville within two years of beginning the fermentation process locally. The fermenting process will be visible in the restaurant to give customers an experience like a brewery.
The tasting room will also feature wines from California’s Napa Valley and Argentina as well as Italian wines, focusing on the DOCG label, the highest quality rating for Italian wines. Italian cheeses and meats, including tableside sliced prosciutto, will be served along with small plates designed to be paired with wines.
The taproom will also feature a large selection of bourbon. Since wine barrels are often used to age bourbon, it’s an obvious pairing, Hunt says.
The restaurant will have an open kitchen and bar, comfortable seating, and will maintain the rustic industrial feel of the exposed brick and beams in the space.
Previously announced, but still not widely known, Clemson favorite Todaro Pizza, often called Todaro’s, will be taking over the front-facing 2,414-square-foot space.
The menu has a full range of pizza options, including stuffed, specialty toppings; calzones and strombolis; salads; and a variety of wings and other appetizers.
The New York-style pizza shop and deli, in addition to the neighboring taproom and tasting room, will provide a casual dining option for families, Sparks says.