Grubb & Ellis|Thomas Linderman Graham, a leading Triangle real estate services firm, announced today that Shane Bull, real estate advisor, recently represented WEST in downtown Raleigh’s Glenwood South district to broker an 8,400-square foot space for Mirage Night Club and Sushi Lounge. Sal D’Elia of The SJD Companies represented the tenant.
This is the first Mirage venue to open in North Carolina. Owner Gary Vitale has over 20 years’ experience in the lounge and restaurant business and has operated venues throughout the East Coast. Vitale says that he is planning on opening several other Mirage in the future—particularly in Charlotte, NC—and is pleased to be opening “ the most exciting and exclusive sushi restaurant and evening venue in North Carolina.”
“Mirage has everything you can think of: a high end sushi restaurant and lounge, a dance floor with a state-of-the-art sound system and latest technology lighting, two bars, VIP mezzanine balconies, comfortable seating in various settings, waterfalls – you name it,” says Vitale. “We will also have celebrities and music artists visit the venue on a regular basis. This is a brand-new experience for Raleigh and the greater region.”
Mirage will also offer rooms for special and reservation-only events for all types of occasions: business dining, after-work gatherings, wedding receptions, bar mitzvahs, graduation parties, baby showers, birthday parties, and gatherings of all kinds. Mirage will also host corporate events and attract prominent business executives with their sushi lounge, masterfully headed by Sushi Chef Robert Choi.
Choi has over 20 years in the restaurant business and has worked in some of the largest cities in the world including Boston and New York City. He specializes in high-quality specialty sushi, tapas, and modern American cuisine. His exotic and delicious menu and its presentation is a must see. "Mirage Sushi Lounge is going to be something very special,” says Choi. “A lot of sushi restaurants in our area use frozen fish. At Mirage, we will have fresh fish daily. Our Sushi restaurant is going to be great. Great prices, ambiance, and food all together.”
Vitale says that he wanted to bring an upscale dining and entertainment lounge to Raleigh. He plans to add a patio later this summer, which will make Mirage over 13,000 square feet. He says that building this facility in Raleigh has been an experience that he will never forget and is particularly appreciative of Bull for his support on this project.
“Shane is a great guy. The knowledge and dedication he has given me have been amazing,” says Vitale.“When I had questions for Shane, he always answered them honestly, which I really admire. We worked extremely well together.”
Bull, along with George Richards, senior vice President, retail team leader for Grubb & Ellis|Thomas Linderman Graham, worked with WEST developer, Gregg Sandreuter of Hamilton Merritt Inc. in closing the lease for Mirage. Bull says that with the addition of Mirage, WEST is reinforcing the Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s vision for the city as “a treasure trove of wonderful surprises” and “an eclectic gathering of fascinating people and places that’s uniquely Raleigh—and uniquely downtown”.
“WEST is not only attracting businesses that will benefit its residents, but will also be a draw for downtown visitors,” says Bull. “It’s been a great experience working with Gregg Sandreuter and helping him bring tenants like Mirage to WEST.”
Radio station G105 will host the official grand opening of Mirage on Saturday, May 8. Vitale adds that Mirage will offer something for everyone. “If you want to relax and have a drink, if you want to go out dancing, if you want to have a fabulous dinner, or if you just want to see and be seen, then Mirage is the place to be,” says Vitale. “I want everyone to want to keep coming back to Mirage.”
About Shane Bull
With over 15 years of business experience, Bull works closely with commercial tenants to find the best fit, best lease, best space, and best performing locations available. Shane currently serves as President-Elect of Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors (TCAR) and on committees for Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, NC Restaurant and Lodging Association (NCRLA), and Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is also a member of International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and National Association of REALTORS. His clients include Radio Shack, Smoothie King, and Aladdin’s Eatery Systems. Shane works with Grubb & Ellis|Thomas Linderman Graham in handling general brokerage relationships for retail, office, and investment properties.
About Grubb & Ellis|Thomas Linderman Graham
Grubb & Ellis|Thomas Linderman Graham is a full-service commercial real estate company with offices in Raleigh, Chapel Hill and Durham, North Carolina. As a locally owned and operated affiliate of Grubb & Ellis, the company specializes in serving the Triangle region and areas east to the North Carolina Coast, providing market presence and exclusive coverage for Grubb & Ellis in these markets. In 2009, Grubb & Ellis|Thomas Linderman Graham was honored as Grubb & Ellis Company’s Affiliate of the Year.
About Grubb & Ellis Company
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