New giant beer garden opening soon near downtown Raleigh

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Zack Medford has been in the Raleigh nightlife scene for more than a decade, opening bars like Isaac Hunter's Tavern in his 20s, as well as Coglin's, Parliament and Paddy O'Beers. Within the first year of the pandemic, he had closed or sold them all.

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— Drew Jackson

Comeback Kid

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You may have thought you’d seen the last of hospitality titan and Isaac Hunter’s Hospitality President Zack Medford (think Coglin’s, Isaac Hunter’s Tavern, Parliament and Paddy O’Beers), but, while he’s certainly remained quiet over the past couple of years, he’s been celebrating the birth of the uberpopular Coglin’s Wilmington location — and quietly planning his comeback in Raleigh.

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— Lauren Kruchten