May 21, 2012
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The Gold Standard - ORO Restaurant & Lounge, Downtown Raleigh Opens


All this talk about a run on Greek banks just makes you want to bury your money in the back yard.  But don't panic.  We've found you an investment that's solid and doesn't require a single withdrawal.  ORO Restaurant & LoungeDowntown Raleigh has just struck gold and you too can get in on this rush.  ORO a fun, chic, and casual restaurant in the PNC Building at the corner of Martin and Wilmington Streets just opened its doors yesterday and is already running as smooth as liquid gold!


Owners, Cara Zalcberg Hylton and husband, executive chef, Chris Hylton are no strangers to the restaurant business.  They've been involved in the industry for the past 20 years.  The menus are created from Chris' ability to use his knowledge and talents from global travels to create culinary dishes that make golden combinations of tastes, textures and flavors for ORO's eclectic seasonal entrée's that will have you coming back for more.


Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, ORO serves dishes that are designed forPot of Gold with chicken sharing among friends and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal and only $7 to $15 per dish.  Softshell Crab with Apricot Jalapeno Vinaigrette served with Mango Jicama Salad, Filet Mignon in Sake Brine with Crispy Onions, Red, Golden Beet Salad with Pickled Watermelon and Smoked Goat Cheese and their signature Pot of Gold; rice with truffle oil, wild mushrooms and chicken are just a few of the shared dishes to try.  


In addition, ORO features a custom vertical wine carousel and an innovativeupstairs mezzanin 9-foot Fire wall 16 wine on-tap system pouring extraordinary wines by the 2 oz., 4 oz., 6 oz. or 8 oz. glass.  Guests can opt to try three different wines or hand-crafted cocktails at once by ordering ORO's customizable samplers.  


From soft and supple white leather chairs to striking, signature vintage glass chandeliers, to the upstairs mezzanine 9-foot fireplace, ORO's look and feel is a seemingly effortless balance of elegance and comfort that, like its food, is meant to be savored and shared.  For the high-tech inclined, or anyone who just wants a perfectly timed meal, ORO is using a first-in-North Carolina Apple iPad app by Ambur that enables Oro bar and upstairs mezzanine servers to send orders to the bar or kitchen instantaneously from the table.

ORO is located at 18 East Martin Street in the PNC Building (at the corner of Martin and Wilmington Streets in Downtown Raleigh). Phone: 919.239.4010, Email:

Lunch: Mon. - Fri. 11am to 4pm.

Dinner: Mon.-Thurs. 4pm to 10pm, Fri & Sat 4pm to 12am, Sun. 4pm - 9pm. Website

Here's a golden opportunity for great food, wine, cocktails and beer in a chic but comfortable setting.  Better rush on over to ORO... this gold standard is a worthy investment. 

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Blanket Statement - Pullen Park is Revitalized


Between loading the stroller with essentials (diaper bag, snacks, blanket) and timing your departure to coincide with Junior's nap, getting to the playground is no day at the park.   If you've reached your Pullen Parktripping point (with no extra trip time /fare/or nanny's to venture to another continent or undisclosed destination) you might want to picnic at Pullen Park.  That's right, Pullen Park ... the first public park in North Carolina (& now the 14th oldest amusement park in the world).  Founded  in 1887,  this Raleigh institution was home to the city's first swimming pools (men and women were separate)  and later added a zoo, miniature train, carousel, pedal boats, picnic & athletic facilities, an indoor aquatic center, community & art centers, and a theatre to make it what it is today ... something for everybody!  

Reinvent the Wheel:  Every time you hear "Unchained Melody" are you tempted to run out and make a clay pot?  Well, unless you have your own potter's wheel and kiln, that inspiration soon dies (no Ghost pun intended).  Well, now you can turn into "Carrie Potter" at the Pullen Arts Center Pottery Studio.  It offers classes and equipment for those looking to learn and to practice their wheel throwing and handbuilding skills.  The studio is equipped with 18 electric wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, a variety of plaster molds, canvas tables, slips for cones 6 & 10, and a variety of non-commercial glazes.  It also has a wide selection of pottery tools and materials available for purchase.  The classes are open for ages 16 and older and qualified potters can work independently.


On A Carousel:  "Horses chasing 'cause they're racing" ... the Gustave A. Dentzel  Carousel is a three-Pullen Park Carousel Tigerabreast, stationary and galloping menagerie machine.  Fifty-two animals and two chariots make up the carousel which has been lovingly restored and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Wurlitzer 125 Military Band Organ (dating back from 1900 to 1924) provides the music.   A ride ticket is only $1 and is worth a lifetime of memories.


Train, Train Go Away!  The C.P. Huntington miniature train runs through Pullen Park and is a magnate for kids of all ages.  It is a one-third size, near exact replica of the original unnamed locomotive, built in 1863 at the Danforth-Cook Locomotive works and used in San Francisco.  Again, a ride ticket is only $1.  All aboard!


"Andy & Opie" Statue:  So what if it is only TVLand, for many of us, "The Andy Griffith Show" Pullen Park Traindepicted how we wished we grew up.  This now famous statue depicts the fishing scene shown in every episode.  Got a hunger for Aunt Bee's pickles? ... Perhaps you can find them at the Pullen Place Cafe, located in the Amusement area.


Fancy Swimming Hole:  The Pullen Aquatic Center is a far cry from the original 1891 wooden swimming pool.  It features an indoor 50 meter x 25 yard Olympic size swimming pool, warm water therapy pool, mezzanine with spectator seating, outdoor patio, and locker room facilities.  The Pullen Aquatic Center offers lap and recreational swimming, water exercise/therapy programs, and American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim lessons.  Daily admission fees and punch Passes (15 Admissions) can be purchased at the pool or aquatic facility (Fee Schedule).


Pullen Park: 222 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh: Open daily (see Website for times and service offerings)






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