This location would put a Coal Vines restaurant within walking distance
of the Plaza location of the California Pizza Kitchen chain. CPK sells
a far greater array of pizza choices than Coal Vines, which offers six specialty pies and a half-dozen Italian-inspired
entrees. California Pizza Kitchen employed former local Gilbert-Robinson
executive Fred Hipp as president and CEO until he was fired
Another national Italian bistro chain, Brio Tuscan Grille, also serves pizza within walking distance of the space now occupied by Re:Verse.
"I've heard that Highwoods really doesn't want any local restaurants left on the Plaza," our source says. "And there aren't very many independently owned restaurants left, except Plaza III and Winstead's. The Plaza may have started as the first shopping center in America, but it's turning into any American shopping center."
Highwoods spokeswomen Gayle Terry told Fat City she couldn't confirm who would fill the Re:Verse space.