With its extreme makeover now complete, the hulking Chesterfield building in downtown Durham is preparing to welcome its first retail tenant.
Startups and scientists are already buzzing around the lab spaces upstairs. Downstairs, in 3,000 square feet on the first floor, a Raleigh restaurant called Spring Rolls will soon make its home.
The eatery was started by siblings and Toronto natives Susan and Eddie Tu in North Hills in 2010. They opened another shop on Wade Park Boulevard and hope to have the Durham location ready to go by the beginning of August.
“We are getting so excited,” Susan Tu says. “For so many years, we’ve had a lot of regulars from Durham.” They kept asking for a location closer to their homes, and now they’ll get one, she says.
Tu described the restaurant as “Chinese fusion.” Offerings come from a variety of culinary traditions and include ramen, homemade pork belly, pho (soup) and sushi. Her husband, Alex Tran, is the head chef.
Justin Parker, senior director of development of Wexford, the developer of Chesterfield, believes the restaurant will fit well in its new location. “They’re locally owned and operated which we think is really important,” he says. The building has 11,500 square feet of retail space.
The seven-story building was the last of several Ligget & Myers tobacco company buildings in West Village to be redeveloped. Wexford bought it in 2013, after it had sat empty for more than a decade. The renovation finished last year and cost $128 million. Today, tenants include Duke University and Validic.