After a few private dry runs this week, 1618 Downtown is ready to open to the public.

The restaurant, a sister to 1618 Seafood Grille and 1618 Wine Lounge, will open starting Monday, May 4, for lunch. Exposed brick walls bring out the character of 312 S. Elm St., similar to its neighbor Scuppernong Book, and a well partitioned back of the restaurant makes the space feel more intimate.

1618 Downtown is still finalizing its lunch menu, which will run Monday — Friday while dinner will be served Tuesday – Saturday. The lunch menu is currently focused on sandwiches, hovering at around $11 each, as well as salads and a few burger options. In many ways a fusion of the business’ two existing venues, the downtown location will also focus on wine while maintaining a mid-range price point for food.

Check out several photos below from the lunch dry run earlier today.

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