This brick-faced, two-story building was built in the 1920s as the Womble Grocery. In the 1930s, the upstairs was converted to the Art Craft Sign Shop and downstairs was the Sanitary Meat Market. During the 1940s, part of the building was converted to Marcus’ Delicatessen. After Mr. Marcus died, Mrs. Levine took over the deli, moved it upstairs and renamed it the Upstairs Restaurant. The restaurant remained a permanent fixture for downtown’s prominent businessmen and lawmakers. Members of the N.C. Supreme Court routinely sat in the front window table, while Mrs. Nell Styron would proudly yell out the restaurant’s daily dessert specials. The restaurant closed in 2000, and Empire Properties bought the building in 2001.
The buildings currently are occupied by: Sellars Beauty Salon; Gravy Italian-American Kitchen; and North Carolina State University College of Design’s downtown studio.
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