WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Just two years after a gang leader was stabbed to death leaving the Rhino Club at 125 Market Street, a new tenant is moving in with hopes of restoring the building and its history.
Slice of Life owner Ray Worrell says his pizzeria across the street at 122 Market will permanently move to the old Rhino Club building by spring. Worrell says when he looked across the street and saw a potential for expanding his business, he knew he wanted a slice of the pie.
"I saw a for sale sign go up, I guess about four or five months ago. I was up in my office, and I decided to call," Worrell said.
With the deal finally worked out, Worrell says after 15 years at 122 Market Street, he is proud to announce the big move, even if it is just across the street. But he says closing the doors of his current location will be bittersweet.
"I guess the last day that we leave that building there will be a little tear in my eye," Worrell said, "but then I'll come over here, and everybody, I mean everybody, is already so excited to see this building be completely revitalized."
Among them is customer Beau Booker. He says he is looking forward to the new location.
"Yeah, I'm excited about it," Booker said. "It's going to definitely make me want to go eat a slice a lot more."
Worrell says the new Slice of Life is double the size of the current location, and he says size is not the only change. The restaurant will now have live music, a patio and wings.
Madison Cheek, a server at nearby Dixie Grill, says the new additions and bigger size will help bring in more customers
"I think it will be good for them, you know, a lot of space, since they don't have that much seating inside or outside now. So, I think it will be really good for their business," Cheek said.
She says more customers for Slice of Life could mean more customers for the Dixie Grill as well.
"I think that we'll have a lot of business from it, too, especially now that we are doing nights Tthursday, Friday and Saturday," she said. "So I think hopefully that will draw some in for us, too."
Worrell says the new location will be a fun, family-friendly environment.