Friday Fun Food Facts – December 19, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   The Outer Bank’s much-anticipated Triangle edition of Duck Donuts opened yesterday in Cary at100 Wrenn Drive (next to Firehouse Subs and Chipotle). Follow them on their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  It is out…the News & Observer’s listing of restaurants that are open on Christmas Day. As you might expect, reservations are highly recommended. Here is the list.
  • And if you don’t feel like going out to eat, but don’t really want to spend all day in the kitchen, Raleigh’s Q-Shack is offering locally raised, all natural fresh turkeys, hams and brisket and meals packed for reheating. Pick-up is available in Raleigh and Durham. Get all the details here.
  •  Hillsborough Street’s newest edition, State of Beer, opened for business this week at 401 Hillsborough Street. In addition to the beer, they offer a nice selection of salads and sandwiches. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle’s first 100% organic restaurant opens today in Poyner Village shopping center behind Triangle Town Center. Organic Festival will initially serve lunch and dinner, but plans on adding breakfast soon. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week from reader Michelle Fleer that Sultan’s Deli, a Greek and Mediterranean deli, has opened at Beaver Creek Crossing in Apex (two doors down from the movie theater).
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Blaze Fast Fire’d Pizza is holding its grand opening today (December 19th) in Park West Village in Morrisville. This marks the franchises first North Carolina location. Get all the details here.
  • And down in Garner, the Triangle Business Journal is reporting a handful of new restaurant offerings when the White Oak Crossing shopping center is completed. Carolina Ale House, Longhorn Steakhouse, City Barbecue and Five Guys will occupy a good chunk of the development which is anchored by Cabela’s. Look for them to open in the middle of next year.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Got word this week from my friends over at Taste Carolina that Scott Howell’s newest venture, a French eatery and bar called Bar Virgile, is now open and features former G2B chef Carrie Schleiffer at the helm! It is located in a rear annex to the former Citizens National Bank building at 102 E. Main Street. Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • Saw in the News & Observer yesterday that Charlie Deal, owner of Dos Perros in Durham and Jujube in Chapel Hill, has opened Juju in the old George’s Garage space on Ninth Street in Durham. They bill themselves as an Asian tapas establishment. Get all the details here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal is reporting this week that The French Corner Bakery, a new bake shop featuring artisan breads, cookies, muffins as well as a lunch menu, is now open at 2005 North Pointe Drive, Suite B, in Durham.
  • Durham keeps getting sweeter and sweeter. Got the word this week that the beloved downtown Durham ice cream shop The Parlour will expand into the former Playworks space next door to add an additional 1,000 square feet. The expansion will allow the shop to serve more people, expand the menu, and accommodate events. The Parlour, which currently seats around 24 guests, will grow to seat almost 60. Get all the details here.
  • And I saw on Twitter that Town Hall Burger and Bar is expanding their bar. The site says it will open the expanded side on January 1, 2015, but we are hearing it might open as early as next week. Get by and check it out. They are located across from the Streets at Southpoint, behind Bonefish Grill and Aldi. Check them out here.

Closings 

  •  Saw in the News & Observer that the downtown Raleigh institution Sam & Wally’s has closed. But hopefully it is only temporary. They are looking for a new location. We’ll keep an eye on it.
  • Got word from local news source New Raleigh that Jade Garden on Hillsborough Street closed suddenly last week. No word on whether or not they will reopen in a new location.
  • Got word from The Triangle Explorer that the Ninth Street location of Market Street Coffee has closed. The Triangle Business Journal is reporting that a new juice and coffee bar is expected to open in that space by January 15.
  • Thanks to the keen eyes of reader Sarah Armstrong, she noted that Mantra India Cuisne and Bar, formerly at 116 N. West Street in downtown Raleigh, has closed.

Food Trucks 

  • They did it! From what I can gather, Not Just Icing won the contest on the food truck website Mobile Cuisine that held a national contest to identify America’s best dessert food truck. Congrats!

Events 

  •  Saw in the News & Observer that Mandolin restaurant in Raleigh is hosting a Santa brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Children can listen to Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” enjoy gingerbread cookies and share their last-minute lists. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a brunch with country ham eggs Benedict, figgy pudding and a bloody mary. Reservations are recommended. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Methodist Home for Children. Get all the details here.
  • A shout out to my vegan and gluten-free friends that are looking for a dining option on New Year’s eve. Might want to book a seat at Kimbap where they’ll have a full menu tailored specifically to you. Get all the details on their website here.
  • Warm up this New Year’s weekend with 2nd Annual NC Fresh Catch winter oyster, seafood and music event on January 2nd. The event, titled The Blues & The Blues, will take place indoors from 6-11 p.m. at the downtown Durham Armory. Enjoy live blues, R&B, jazz and soul plus smoked, steamed and fried oysters, smoked bluefish, chef plates, smoked BBQ and more plus craft beer, wine and local ciders. Partial event proceeds benefit Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is about 55% of the way to their goal for their Holiday Meals Drive and they need your help to reach their goal of raising $435,000 online before December 31, which would be enough to provide 2.17 million meals! Folks can donate, make a gift in honor of a friend or family member or host a holiday fundraiser. Perhaps your company can join in on this extremely worthy cause. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 12, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Alright Triangle, let’s do this. Today is the last day to vote! Our very own dessert truck Not Just Icing is in a national competition to crown America’s best dessert food truck. As of this writing, we are just a few hundred votes out of first place. Let’s make this happen! Stop what you are doing for just one minute, click here and vote for them. How cool would that be? Do it! Click here now!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • It is out…the News & Observer’s listing of restaurants that are open on Christmas Day. As you might expect, reservations are highly recommended. Here is the list.
  • And if you don’t feel like going out to eat, but don’t really want to spend all day in the kitchen, Raleigh’s Q-Shack is offering locally raised, all natural fresh turkeys, hams and brisket and meals packed for reheating. Pick-up is available in Raleigh and Durham. Get all the details here.
  • Got a note this week from Kelly Trimyer that the Outer Bank’s much-anticipated Triangle edition of Duck Donuts is slated to open in Cary (100 Wrenn Drive) towards the middle of next week. At this point they are just waiting on some final inspections. Follow them on their Facebook page where they will announce their official opening day once it is known.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Steve Adams, owner of Peak City Grill in Apex, has teamed up with Franz Propst, longtime chef at the restaurant, to open The Blistered Pig Smokehouse just down the street in the historic Tobacco & Mule Exchange Building (225 N. Salem Street). Love their slogan, “We Only Smoke The Good Stuff” – and they note that all their meat products are direct from the farmer and all are North Carolina grown and processed. Check them out here.
  • Got word hat Smashburger is gearing up to open its second Triangle location, this one in Raleigh, on Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the Shops at Falls Village (6679 Falls of Neuse Rd.) in North Raleigh. Get all the details here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Monuts Donuts is officially open in their new location in Durham on Ninth Street in the old Magnola Grill spot (1002 Ninth Street to be exact). They are serving up hot donuts, Counter Culture espresso, bagels, biscuits and more! Get all the details here.
  • According to the Herald-Sun, G2B Gastro Pub has reopened after adding a small-batch brewery and bringing on a new executive chef, Travis Robinson. Previously Robinson trained and gained experience at The Ritz-Carlton up and down the Eastern seaboard. Get a peek at some of the changes at their website here.
  • Durham’s newest addition, The Boot (an Italian off-shoot of Geer Street Garden), has now opened their doors for lunch (they opened right around Thanksgiving for dinner). Anyway, check them out for lunch or dinner. The initial reviews are quite strong! They are located at 2501 University Drive. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • We were sad to learn this week in the News & Observer that Pop’s, a 20-year-old institution in Durham, has closed their doors. But note that Pop’s Backdoor South, the pizzeria in Hope Valley Square, remains open.

Food Trucks 

  • The food truck website Mobile Cuisine is holding a national contest to identify America’s best dessert food truck. In the running is our very own Not Just Icing. Let’s show them our support! Currently, they are just a few hundred votes out of first place. Let’s help them win! Vote here. And as they say, vote early and often!

Events

  • This Saturday, December 13th, Guglhupf over in Durham will host their 6th Annual German Christmas Market from 10 am to 4 pm and it should be a spectacular day! Get a bite to eat and enjoy a glass of glühwein or mulled cider as you stroll through this festive gathering with artists, food and live music. Get all the details here. And don’t forget to get your Christmas Stollen while you are there!
  • Saw in the News & Observer that Mandolin restaurant in Raleigh is hosting a Santa brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Children can listen to Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” enjoy gingerbread cookies and share their last-minute lists. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a brunch with country ham eggs Benedict, figgy pudding and a bloody mary. Reservations are recommended. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Methodist Home for Children. Get all the details here.
  • Warm up this New Year’s weekend with 2nd Annual NC Fresh Catch winter oyster, seafood and music event on January 2nd. The event, titled The Blues & The Blues, will take place indoors from 6-11 p.m. at the downtown Durham Armory. Enjoy live blues, R&B, jazz and soul plus smoked, steamed and fried oysters, smoked bluefish, chef plates, smoked BBQ and more plus craft beer, wine and local ciders. Partial event proceeds benefit Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is in the middle of their Holiday Meals Drive and they need your help to reach their goal of raising $435,000 online before December 31, which would be enough to provide 2.17 million meals! Folks can donate, make a gift in honor of a friend or family member or host a holiday fundraiser. Perhaps your company can join in on this extremely worthy cause. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 5, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  • Daniel Benjamin’s much-anticipated contemporary patisserie/bakery Lucettegrace has opened at 235 S. Salisbury Street in downtown Raleigh. Their tag line probably says it best – a starting point for your day, an escape in the middle, and a reward at the end. Make the effort to stop by sometime soon. Get your mouth watering by checking them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  In the event that you were under a rock somewhere, Asheville’s Tupelo Honey Café opened this past Monday in the 401 Oberlin Apartments complex adjacent to Cameron Village. This place is amazing. Everything from the decor and artwork to the drinks and entrees are simply amazing. These first two weeks, they will only be open for dinner. Lunch hours begin on December 15th. Check them out here.
  • Night Kitchen Bakehouse & Café, which recently opened in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station, will launch an expanded menu on December 16th which will include sandwiches on house-baked breads, quiche by the slice, salads and a soup of the day. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that Smashburger is gearing up to open its second Triangle location, this one in Raleigh, on Wednesday, Dec. 17 in the Shops at Falls Village – 6679 Falls of Neuse Rd. Get all the details here.
  • In Cary, the News & Observer has reported that locals have two more Indian restaurants to enjoy. Biryani Maxx has opened at 590-102 E. Chatham St. in Cary. Check them out here. And less than a block away, Sri Meneekshi Bhavan has opened at 740 E. Chatham St. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Andy Magowan, owner of Durham’s Geer Street Garden, has teamed up again with Andy Perno and opened an Italian restaurant called The Boot. It is located on University Drive in the former Local Yogurt space, across from Nana’s. They are open for dinner now, but beginning on December 10th, they will open for lunch. Check them out here.
  • Over near Chapel Hill, I saw this week that Figs and Honey has opened in the Chatham Downs Shopping Center (Harris Teeter) on 15-501 just across the county line in Chatham County. It is owned by the husband and wife team of Heba Salama and Ed Brantley. Check out their menu here.
  • The News & Observer reported that Charlie Deal, who owns Dos Perros in Durham and Jujube in Chapel Hill, will be opening a new “Asian tapas restaurant” called Juju on Durham’s Ninth Street by mid-December. It will be in the former location of George’s Garage at 737 Ninth Street. Check them out here.
  • According to the Herald Sun, Latin American restaurant Gonza Tacos y Tequila, which has locations in Raleigh and Wake Forest, will be opening a Durham location next month at 604 Fernway Ave. The location previously housed the restaurant 604 West Village. Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal confirmed this week that City Barbecue, which opened its first North Carolina location in Cary earlier this year, will be expanding into Durham. They have purchased an out-parcel on Highway 54 in front of the Kroger-anchored shopping center, between McDonald’s and Ruby Tuesday. No word yet on an open date.
  • And over in Chapel Hill at East 54, The Egg & I breakfast andlLunch restaurant is swinging open their doors next Monday, December 8th. They open at 6 a.m., so get there early if you like! Get all the details here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, on a recent drive down Franklin Street I noticed that Jasmin Bistro, a Mediterranean restaurant with four locations in the Triangle (all in Wake County), is opening at the corner of Columbia and Franklin Streets in the former location of Qdoba. Look for an opening sometime this Spring. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • Reader Mark Ginsberg informed me that Maximillian’s Pizza Kitchen on Chapel Hill Road in Cary has closed. He did note that Maximillian Bar & Grill (next door) is still open.

Food Trucks 

  • The food truck website Mobile Cuisine is holding a national contest to identify America’s best dessert food truck. In the running is our very own Not Just Icing. Let’s show them our support! Currently, they are just a few hundred votes out of first place. Let’s help them win! Vote here. And as they say, vote early and often!

Events

  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit for Triangle Family Services will take place this Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.
  • This will get you in the holiday spirit. Saw in the News & Observer that Mandolin restaurant in Raleigh is hosting a Santa brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Dec. 20. Children can listen to Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” enjoy gingerbread cookies and share their last-minute lists. Meanwhile, parents can enjoy a brunch with country ham eggs Benedict, figgy pudding and a bloody mary. Reservations are recommended. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Methodist Home for Children. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is in the middle of their Holiday Meals Drive and they need your help to reach their goal of raising $435,000 online before December 31, which would be enough to provide 2.17 million meals! Folks can donate, make a gift in honor of a friend or family member or host a holiday fundraiser. Perhaps your company can join in on this extremely worthy cause. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 21, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday – one of my favorites. A time to be thankful for all that we have in this great country of ours. Unless you are the one stuck in the kitchen at 4 a.m. Ok, I’m just kidding, but don’t feel bad about not wanting to cook all day. You should enjoy it too! And Greg Cox from the News & Observer is your hero again this year with his compilation of restaurants open on Thanksgiving day. Check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And if you still want to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, but don’t want to cook the turkey (or the sides), you’ll be glad to know that the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before tomorrow, November 22nd and get all the details here.
  •  Night Kitchen Bakehouse and Café is officially open! They opened their doors, as we told you, last Tuesday. They feature breads, pastries and savory foods and are located in the Seaboard Station complex in downtown Raleigh. Check out their Facebook page for all the details.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Proof, a new neighborhood bar and lounge, is now open in Raleigh’s Five Points district. The bar calls itself a “classic American neighborho od bar” featuring “quintessential cocktails.” The address is 1620 1/2 Glenwood Avenue, next to the Rialto theater. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal also reported this week that NARA Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi has opened in Holly Springs at 7256 GB Alford Highway in the Shoppes at Holly Springs. Check out their Facebook page here.
  • Got word from my friend Dana McCall and his blog GoGoRaleigh, that a new fresh-Mex concept restaurant called Wicked Taco is set to open on Western Boulevard in the former KFC location across from Amedeo’s and next to Cook-Out. Look for them to open this coming Spring.
  • On WRAL last week, in a story about Taverna Agora moving to a renovated building at 326 Hillsborough Street, I happened to notice that they mentioned that a developer group representing Krispy Kreme is negotiating to buy Taverna’s old space, once they move into their new space in the first quarter of next year. That is what I call a win-win!
  • Here is something nice. I got word this week that following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the two biggest shopping days of the year, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar in Raleigh and Morrisville will celebrate giving back on Dec. 2. by donating 10 percent of proceeds from all sales during the day, appropriately named Giving Tuesday, to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wake County. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Saw in the Triangle Business Journal that Counter Culture Coffee is hosting a regional coffee competition in Durham that will feature top barista and brewer talent from the Southeast and Northeast. The three-day event will be at the Durham Convention Center on Nov. 21 and 22 from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The competition is part of the U.S. Coffee Championships that culminate with a final contest in February 2015. Get all the details here.
  • This Sunday, November 23rd, will be the last day of Monuts at their Parrish Street location (their home for nearly 2 years). That is in preparation for the opening of their new location on Ninth Street. But don’t fret, they plan on re-opening the Parrish Street location by the Spring of next year. The Ninth Street location will open in early December at 1002 Ninth Street, the former Magnolia Grill spot. Get all the details here.
  • The News and Observer reported this week that Veteran chef Gladwin Jarvis has opened La Tropicale Café, which touts itself as a Caribbean island bistro, in the former My Sister’s Kitchen building on Highway 55 near RTP. The exact location is 4716 Apex Highway. You can visit them here.

Closings 

  • We got word that The Oakz restaurant, at 510 Glenwood Avenue, has closed. Open for less than a year, there is a rumbling that they might reopen under a new concept. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Food Trucks 

  • Looks like this could be the last multiple food truck event of the year. It is this Saturday, November 22 from 2-6 at Raleigh Brewing Company and will feature GOUGE Wrestling, five food trucks and plenty of brews. Food trucks will feature lunch and dinner and include: All American Food Truck, Bulkogi Korean BBQ, Captain Ponchos Tacos, Cajun Persuasion, and Dump Pho King Truck. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.

Events

  • Urban Ministries of Wake County is hosting their 10th Annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, November 19th from 5-7:30 p.m at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Oberlin Road in Raleigh. The event raises money to end homelessness and hunger and provide healthcare to those in need. You can enjoy the soup creations of chefs from 12 area restaurants and organizations on site, or take some home with you. Get all the details here.
  • The group behind the “secretive” pop up dinners called Snap Pea Underground, is planning their next round of pop-up dinners, this time offering three nights, instead of just two. The next round will be held Thursday, December 4th through Saturday, December 6th and will be held at a location just outside of Chapel Hill (attendees will be notified 24 hours before the event). If you’ve never been to one of these, they are a real treat – plan on spending at least a couple of hours there. Sign-up and get all the details here.
  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit for Triangle Family Services will take place on Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina just launched their Holiday Meals Drive and they need your help to reach their goal of raising $435,000 online before December 31, which would be enough to provide 2.17 million meals! Folks can donate, make a gift in honor of a friend or family member or host a holiday fundraiser. Perhaps your company can join in on this extremely worthy cause. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 14, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  • Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday – one of my favorites. A time to be thankful for all that we have in this great country of ours. Unless you are the one stuck in the kitchen at 4 a.m. Ok, I’m just kidding, but don’t feel bad about not wanting to cook all day. You should enjoy it too! And Greg Cox from the News & Observer is your hero again this year with his compilation of restaurants open on Thanksgiving day. Check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And if you still want to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, but don’t want to cook the turkey (or the sides), you’ll be glad to know that the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before November 22nd and get all the details here.
  •  Saw on their Facebook page that Night Kitchen Bakehouse and Café is holding a series of soft openings today and tomorrow prior to their full opening next week. They feature breads, pastries and savory foods and are located in the Seaboard Station complex in downtown Raleigh. Check out their Facebook page for all the details.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Sardi’s Den Restaurant & Lounge, a rib house staple for the past 20 years in Clemson, SC, will be opening its first franchise location in the former Oliver Twist location in the Brennan Station shopping center on Creedmoor Road in north Raleigh. No word yet on an open date. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • A quick update. As we told you months ago, the Posta Tuscan Grille is transitioning into a Southern eatery & gastropub called Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen in the Raleigh Marriott City Center. We just got word that they are on schedule to open the middle of next month. Check them out here.
  • Back in October, we told you that both WRAL and Raleigh Public Record were reporting that the former Lucky 32 spot in Raleigh had been sold to a restaurant group called Kamado Grille and would open a concept called Bistro 832. Turns out it will in fact open as Kamado Grille in January. Keep up with them on their Facebook page here.
  • And not far from there in Falls Village we learned from Rebecca Calhoun that the former spot of Fork & Barrel is poised to become El Cerro Mexican Grill & Restaurant. They already have a location on Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer is reporting that Greek Garden has opened in the former Yummy Yogurt space in downtown Apex at 124 N. Salem Street. While the website is not live yet, it should go live any day now. They are open Tuesday through Saturday.
  • Last week WRAL reported that the folks over at Tropical Picken Chicken have plans to open a new concept devoted to empanadas called El Guapo Empanadas Y Mas. We learned on their Facebook this week that they have secured a space in Raleigh at the corner of Six Forks and Wake Forest Road where Pronto Pasta used to be. No word yet on an open date. In the meantime, keep up with updates on their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the Triangle is on the verge of getting their 2nd and 3rd Steak ‘n Shake locations. One will be in Fuquay-Varina at 8012 Fayetteville Road (U.S. 401) near the Kings Grant Common shopping center and the other at 5900 Duraleigh Road in Raleigh.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Wake up Chapel Hill! Have I got good news for you. Al’s Burger Shack on West Franklin Street announced this week that they will begin breakfast service next Monday, November 17th! Breakfast will be available from 7-11 a.m., Monday through Saturday. Get all the details here.
  • Saw in the Triangle Business Journal that Counter Culture Coffee is hosting a regional coffee competition in Durham that will feature top barista and brewer talent from the Southeast and Northeast. The three-day event will be at the Durham Convention Center on Nov. 21 and 22 from 8:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. The competition is part of the U.S. Coffee Championships that culminate with a final contest in February 2015. Get all the details here.
  • Ohio-based City Barbecue, which recently opened a location in Cary, is apparently eyeing a second Triangle-area location in Durham at 208 W. Highway 54, according to the Herald-Sun. The articles did note, however, that it may not be open for another year or two. Check out City Barbecue here.
  • According to the Herald-Sun, Dewey’s Bakery will open up a shop in Northgate starting Nov. 15 and will last until Dec. 31. The bakery offers Moravian cookies, Moravian sugar cake, cheese straws and gift baskets. Founded in 1930 in Winston-Salem, learn more about Dewey’s here.

Closings 

  • Drove through downtown Chapel Hill earlier this week and saw that Qdoba has closed at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. The Herald-Sun reported that their lease was up and the owners opted not to renew.

Food Trucks 

  • Looks like this could be the last multiple food truck event of the year. It is Saturday, November 22 from 2-6 at Raleigh Brewing Company and will feature GOUGE Wrestling, five food trucks and plenty of brews. Food trucks will feature lunch and dinner and include: All American Food Truck, Bulkogi Korean BBQ, Captain Ponchos Tacos, Cajun Persuasion, and Dump Pho King Truck. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.

Events 

  • So, long story short. The Raleigh Times recently won a national contest by Draft Magazine. The winner was deemed to have the best craft beer list, most knowledgeable staff, etc. (pretty cool, right?). How does that help you? Well, they “won” a 170-liter oak cask of unfiltered, unpreserved pilsner from Urquell in the Czech Rebublic (this is a big deal). And they are holding a huge party to celebrate on November 15th from noon to 9 p.m. (they are closing down the street). The event is free, but $10 buys you a 1/4 -liter pour from the cask and all proceeds benefit SAFEchild. Buy tickets and get all the details here.
  • Our friends over at Acme Restaurant in Carrboro reminded us of the 2nd annual Salt & Smoke event on Sunday, November 16th from 3 to 6 p.m at Rock Quarry Farm. The event is a celebration of fall in the south and will feature oysters and pork barbecue, collards and cornbread, slaw, smoked mullet and sweet potatoes. It’s beer and wine. It’s bands and bonfires and, above all, it’s a damn good time. The cost is $40 for food, or $48 with a couple of drinks. Check it out on Facebook here and get your tickets here.
  • Urban Ministries of Wake County is hosting their 10th Annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, November 19th from 5-7:30 p.m at White Memorial Presbyterian Church on Oberlin Road in Raleigh. The event raises money to end homelessness and hunger and provide healthcare to those in need. You can enjoy the soup creations of chefs from 12 area restaurants and organizations on site, or take some home with you. Get all the details here.
  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit for Triangle Family Services will take place on Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina just launched their Holiday Meals Drive and they need your help to reach their goal of raising $435,000 online before December 31, which would be enough to provide 2.17 million meals! Folks can donate, make a gift in honor of a friend or family member or host a holiday fundraiser. Perhaps your company can join in on this extremely worthy cause. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 7, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  • It is official. Mark your calendar for Monday, December 1st. That is the official opening day for Tupelo Honey Cafe in Raleigh! Many more details to follow. In the meantime, check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday – one of my favorites. A time to be thankful for all that we have in this great country of ours. Unless you are the one stuck in the kitchen at 4 a.m. Ok, I’m just kidding, but don’t feel bad about not wanting to cook all day. You should enjoy it too! And Greg Cox from the News & Observer is your hero again this year with his compilation of restaurants open on Thanksgiving day. Check it out here.
  • And if you still want to celebrate Thanksgiving in your home, but don’t want to cook the turkey (or the sides), you’ll be glad to know that the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before November 22nd and get all the details here.
  • This is big news in the catering world – Catering By Design has merged with The Matthews House (and subsequently Basil & Thyme Catering Group and The Patisserie Bakery) in Cary according to the Triangle Business Journal. Both organizations will retain their identities for now. We’ll share more information as it becomes available.
  • Also in Cary, the franchise Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers opened their second Triangle location this past Tuesday (the other is in Durham) at 1705 High House Road in the Searstone Retail Village. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week from David McCreary (aka Lunchboy Says) that The Mill is opening next week in downtown Fuquay Varina at the corner of Main and Depot streets. The Mill is a wine bar (and beer) and coffee shop concept. Follow them on Facebook to receive the announcement as to the exact opening day.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  I got my first introduction this past summer to a true Argentine barbecue and I have fallen in love with the Argentine culture and cuisine. So I am happy to report that I was recently introduced to a new concept called Makus Empanadas that currently operates out of The Cookery and offers catering and delivery, but has plans on opening its first of many locations soon. And I’m proud to report that they will soon be available through Triangle Food Guy (give me about a week). Anyway, check out Makus Empanadas here.
  • With growth comes change. And so is the case with downtown Durham’s Blue Coffee Cafe. WRAL reported that renovations to the building they are currently in and a high-rise being built across the street have Gwen Matthews looking to move into a space less than 2 blocks away at 107 N. Church Street. But she needs your help. Check out her Kickstarter campaign here. The move will take place by the end of the year.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • And if the news above about true Argentine cuisine joining our lineup here in the Triangle, I just got word that there is a food truck called Che Empanadas trying to make a go of it with a kickstarter campaign that just launched. The effort is spearheaded by the husband and wife team of Mark and Anabel Rossbach. Check out and support their Kickstarter campaign here.

Events

  • If you have seen me in the last week, or will see me this month, you’ll notice my feeble attempt at growing a little facial hair (trust me, the beautiful and talented Lori Lennard does not like it). It is part of the No Shave November, a month where men raise awareness of men’s health issues by growing a mustache (or beard in my case) during November. Anyway, Zinburger has brought food into the effort by creating a Pumpkin Stache Shake with a portion of sales going to ZERO, an organization dedicated to eliminating prostate cancer (and all cancer!). Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the fifth annual Brew Durham Festival will be held this Saturday (November 8th) at the Scrap Exchange at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. The festival will feature more than 40 home brewed beers and small bites from local restaurants including Bull City Burger and Brewery and Mateo Tapas. There will be two tasting sessions, from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Scrap Exchange reuse arts center in Durham. Get all the details here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal also reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Plan on spending/eating your day in Orange County (Chapel Hill & Hillsborough) next Tuesday, November 12th for the 25th Annual RSVVP Day where participating restaurants contribute 10% of their proceeds (breakfast, lunch and dinner) to the IFC’s Food Pantry and Community Kitchen. Get a complete list of restaurants and details here.
  • Also on Wednesday, November 12th the good folks over at The Cookery in Durham will host the Fall Harvest Veteran Farmer Dinner featuring Six Plates and Foode (out of Virginia). The event is from 6:30 until 9:30 and costs $40. Get all the details and purchase tickets here.
  • So, long story short. The Raleigh Times recently won a national contest by Draft Magazine. The winner was deemed to have the best craft beer list, most knowledgeable staff, etc. (pretty cool, right?). How does that help you? Well, they “won” a 170-liter oak cask of unfiltered, unpreserved pilsner from Urquell in the Czech Rebublic (this is a big deal). And they are holding a huge party to celebrate on November 15th from noon to 9 p.m. (they are closing down the street). The event is free, but $10 buys you a 1/4 -liter pour from the cask and all proceeds benefit SAFEchild. Buy tickets and get all the details here.
  • Our friends over at Acme Restaurant in Carrboro reminded us of the 2nd annual Salt & Smoke event on Sunday, November 16th from 3 to 6 p.m at Rock Quarry Farm. The event is a celebration of fall in the south and will feature oysters and pork barbecue, collards and cornbread, slaw, smoked mullet and sweet potatoes. It’s beer and wine. It’s bands and bonfires and, above all, it’s a damn good time. The cost is $40 for food, or $48 with a couple of drinks. Check it out on Facebook here and get your tickets here.
  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit for Triangle Family Services will take place on Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Did you know that almost 50% of students in our 34 county service area qualify for free or reduced-price lunch? It is difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and funds drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 31, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  • Happy Halloween everyone! There are lots of “Halloween” festivities planned for today (too many to mention), but free ones catch our eye. If you are in the North Hills area today, swing by Saxby’s Coffee between noon and 7 and receive a free Pumpkin Spice Latte! Tell them Triangle Food Guy sent you. Get all the details here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Italian restaurant Schiano’s has opened in Wake Forest in the Gateway Commons shopping center. They have one location already on Strickland Road in Raleigh. Get all the details here.
  • Just a courtesy note to let you know that Jubala Village Coffee in North Raleigh will be closed on Monday, November 3rd to complete some major renovations to their kitchen. Don’t panic. Breathe. Look for more offerings out of their expanded kitchen space. Check back in with them on Tuesday.
  • What time is it? It is turkey time! And the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before November 22nd and get all the details here.
  • Yawn. A Chili’s Grill & Bar is planed for Holly Springs in the new Holly Springs Towne Center on NC 55 according to the Triangle Business Journal. This will be the 10th Chili’sin the Triangle.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Got word from Craig Benner that the third area Penn Station East Coast Subs opened last Sunday next to Rise at Southpoint in Renaissance Village. It is locally owned and operated by Craig, Ellen and Ashley Benner. Check them out here.
  • Downtown Durham’s popular baker Daisy Cakes announced this week the opening of theirDessert Room which will be open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5 until 9 p.m. The room will allow guests to enjoy a special dessert menu and the option to pair their dessert with a dessert wine, champagne, hot tea or coffee. Get all the details here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Saltbox Seafood Joint, located at 608 N. Mangum Street in Durham, is adding a food truck. Keep up with them on Facebook and Twitter for locations. Get all the details here.
  • WRAL reported last week that Garner’s Locked & Loaded Bar & Grill is moving to a new location just down the street in the old Texas Steakhouse building. Their last day in the current location is tomorrow (Nov. 1) and plan to be open at some point next week in the new spot. Keep up with them here.
  • And down in Johnston County, the News & Observer reported that Clayton’s newest restaurant is billing itself as offering “the only rooftop dining in Johnston County,” Manning’s, owned by chef Howard Manning, is located at 406 E. Main Street in downtown. Get all the details and check out their menu here.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The last food truck rodeo of the year at Durham’s Central Park is this Sunday from noon until 4:00 p.m. All the usual suspects will be there (45+ trucks!) and is sure to be a blast with live music as well. Get all the details here.

Events

  • The Raleigh Fall Brew Fest, featuring at least 20 local and regional craft beers and a Halloween costume contest, is this Saturday (Nov. 1) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cardinal Hall at 6015 Lead Mine Road in Raleigh. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event, which is a fundraiser for the N.C. Therapeutic Riding Center. Get all the details here.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina this Saturday, November 1st. Get all the details here.
  • The 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on TuesdayNovember 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • On Wednesday, November 12th the good folks over at The Cookery in Durham will host theFall Harvest Veteran Farmer Dinner featuring Six Plates and Foode (out of Virginia). The event is from 6:30 until 9:30 and costs $40. Get all the details and purchase tickets here.
  • Our friends over at Acme Restaurant in Carrboro reminded us of the 2nd annual Salt & Smoke event on Sunday, November 16th from 3 to 6 p.m at Rock Quarry Farm. The event is a celebration of fall in the south and will feature oysters and pork barbecue, collards and cornbread, slaw, smoked mullet and sweet potatoes. It’s beer and wine. It’s bands and bonfires and, above all, it’s a damn good time. The cost is $40 for food, or $48 with a couple of drinks. Check it out on Facebook here and get your tickets here.
  • Thanks to Kathleen Donnelly, I was reminded that the 12th annual Gingerbread Benefitfor Triangle Family Services will take place on Sunday, December 7th at the Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary. The day begins with a Gingerbread Sneak Preview (at 11:30) and culminates with the Evening Gingerbread Benefit at 6:30, and lots in between for children and the entire family. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Did you know that almost 50% of students in our 34 county service area qualify for free or reduced-price lunch? It is difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and funds drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 24, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series statewide championship will be at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel on November 19-22 where the 5 regional winners will match up head-to-head. Fire in the Triangle champion Dean Thompson of Flights will first compete on November 21st and hopefully in the Championship Dinner on November 22nd. Tickets for the “first round” events (3 dinners) are $129 each and tickets for the final championship battle are $139. Folks, tickets to all the events sold out last year in a matter of minutes. Don’t miss out this year. The tickets go on sale NEXT Wednesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. Get all the details and your tickets here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The first b.good location in North Carolina opened yesterday in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • The Full Moon Oyster Bar and Seafood Kitchen has opened in Morrisville’s Park West Village serving lunch and dinner. This marks their third North Carolina location with stores in Southern Pines and Clemmons and a fourth on the way in Jamestown. Check them out here.
  • Not sure how I missed this, but a huge congratulations to Tammy Calaway-Harper and the successful opening of Belle, Cary’s newest restaurant at the corner of Academy Street and Dry Avenue. Pay them a visit soon. Visit them online here.
  • Back in early October we told you about the latest edition of Smashburger coming to North Raleigh in the Falls Village shopping center. We now have a projected open date of November 26th. This will be the Triangle’s second location, but the first in Raleigh (the other one is in Durham). Check them out here.
  • What time is it? It is turkey time! And the Q Shack is firing up their annual tradition of providing you with turkeys, sides and desserts for your Thanksgiving Day feast. Folks, I don’t endorse many things, but I can speak from personal experience that this is a fantastic (and delicious) way to feed your guests. Seriously, who (besides Tom and his team) want to be in the kitchen cooking up a turkey? Get your orders in before November 22nd and get all the details here.
  • Got word from WRAL that Italian restaurant Schiano’s is opening a Wake Forest location in the Gateway Commons shopping center. No word on an opening date. They have one location already on Strickland Road in Raleigh. Get more details here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Saw in the Herald Sun that Durham has a new food truck called SoomSoom Pita Pockets. They focus on a fusion of Middle Eastern and American cuisine serving pita pockets that include fillings such as smoked fish salad, schnitzel, steak and egg and beef and lamb kebabs. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • Got word this week that Doolin’s Irish Pub and Café on Shannon Road in South Durham has closed their doors.

Food Trucks 

  • You’ve got to love Garner and their creativity. They are hosting their first food truck rodeo this Sunday, October 26th from noon until 4 p.m. They are calling it the Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo and it will feature 12 local food trucks and 2 local craft breweries along with musicians and entertainment. It will take place in downtown Garner on Main Street from Rand Mill Road to Montague Street. Get all the details here.

Events 

  • Thanks to a tip from John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) I was reminded that the Pittsboro Fall Street Fair is tomorrow (October 25th) from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. in downtown Pittsboro. The event will feature local crafters, artists, a wide variety of food vendors & local food trucks, a local beer garden, and free activities for children. Get all the details here.
  • A Tasteful Affair is happening this Sunday (October 26th) over in Chapel Hill. Hosted by The Ronald McDonald House, the event features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants and will take place in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • The Raleigh Fall Brew Fest, featuring at least 20 local and regional craft beers and a Halloween costume contest, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 1 at Cardinal Hall at 6015 Lead Mine Road in Raleigh. The cost is $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event, which is a fundraiser for the N.C. Therapeutic Riding Center. Get all the details here.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, November 1st. Get all the details here.
  • The 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Did you know that almost 50% of students in our 34 county service area qualify for free or reduced-price lunch? It is difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and funds drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 17, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  It is an annual event that everyone (kids and adults) looks forward to – the North Carolina State Fair (coming up October 16-26). And one of the highlights each year is not just the rows and rows of food stands, but what will be deep fried this year! Well, the News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl has all the details here for you, including deep fried barbecue, bananas Foster and mini cupcakes.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Last week we told you about Eschelon Experiences opening their newest restaurant, Faire, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. This week I got an update from G. Patel himself on the opening of their next venture, this time over in Durham as part of the American Tobacco Campus. Basan, a sushi bar and restaurant, will open next month in the Diamond View III building overlooking the Durham Bulls stadium. Not much going on with the website yet, but you can check it out here.
  • And if that is not enough goodness out of Eschelon Experiences, G. also shared that they have inked the deal on the restaurant space in downtown’s newest high-rise building, Charter Square, which is at 555 Fayetteville Street. No information yet on what the concept will be or the timeline on opening, but be assured it will be another top-notch establishment. We will keep you posted. Keep up with Eschelon here.
  • Who’s ready for restaurant musical chairs? So, last week we told you that Crosstown Pub & Grill is coming to downtown Cary. That is still the case and they are looking at an early December opening in the space of Greg Hamm’s Café 121, which closed yesterday. Hamm closed Café 121 (the Sandord location is still open) to focus on opening P.G. Werth’s in downtown Raleigh. And with the opening of Crosstown by Sheila Ryan, she will close Mahoney’s (also in Cary) on November 2nd. Look for Crosstown to open in early December as well. Got it?
  • I forgot to mention it last week, but up in North Raleigh in the Bedford community, our friends at DeMarco’s are no longer there. The restaurant sold and will become Bedford Bistro and Bar, under new ownership. For those missing Clay and Anthony, just head on down to their new establishment, DeMo’s in downtown Raleigh on Glenwood South. Looks like Bedford will open next Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Got word this week from David Prestrud over at Plan A. Architecture, PA that a new fast food vegetarian restaurant called Freshii is coming into the former Dunkin Donuts space on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. No word yet on an open date, but you can check them out here. This will be the third North Carolina location for the franchise.
  • According to their latest post on their Facebook page, it looks like the middle of next week is the opening of the first b.good location in North Carolina. It will be in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • Also in North Hills, got word this week that Kings Bowl of North Hills will hold its grand opening this coming Monday (October 20) beginning at 5 p.m. The first 250 guests get a free year of bowling! Kings is the new dining and entertainment spot that just happens to have an 18-lane bowling alley (and a ton of other fun stuff) in it. Get all the details here.
  • And for the folks down in Holly Springs, I got word this week from David McCreary (aka Lunch Boy Says) that a local establishment called The Mason Jar is coming soon. No word yet on an open date, but you can check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Our friends over at CrankyDiners tipped us off to Small Cakes, a new cupcakery (is that a word?), that is coming into the Woodcroft Shopping Center in South Durham. We don’t have an open date, but you can check them out here.
  • You will get a rise out of this. John Huisman updated me this week that the good folks over at Rise in South Durham are in the process of franchising their store and will open a location in both Cary and Raleigh soon! We will keep an eye on this exciting news. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • And the Triangle Business Journal reported this morning that the concept, Burger Bach restaurants, are coming to North Carolina for the first time and will open a new location in the new Shops at Erwin Mill on Ninth Street in Durham. Look for them to open in the first quarter of 2015. In the meantime, visit them here.

Closings 

  •  Got word from my good friend Keri McCauley that the Roly Poly in Preston Village has closed.

Food Trucks 

  • This Sunday (October 19th) is the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo. Register for the race and get all the details here.

  • I saw in the Triangle Business Journal this week that The Big Gay Ice Cream truck, a popular New York City vendor, is making a stop in Raleigh Saturday as part of its 2014 Southern Tour. The truck will be at Poole’s Diner, 426 S. McDowell St., from approximately 3 to 10 p.m. In May 2013, The Daily Beast and USA Today ranked Big Gay Ice Cream as the #5 best ice cream parlor in the world. Check them out here.

Events

  • This Sunday (October 19th), Raleigh will play host to the inaugural Triangle VegFest to be held at Carolina Pines Park (Lake Wheeler Road less than a mile from the Farmers’ Market) from 12 to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Get all the details here.
  • Got word this week that The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill will be hosting a beer pairing dinner with Aviator Brewing Company on Thursday, October 23rd. The reception starts at 6 and the dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $55 and you can view the menu here. Call 919.918.2735 for reservations.
  • Also on October 23rd, the Garner Rotary Club’s 10th anniversary fundraiser, Oysters & More, will be held at the Fidelity Business Park from 5-8 p.m. Oysters & More features an all-you-can-eat dinner catered by 42nd Street Oyster Bar of Raleigh and live music by the Band of Oz. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Tickets may be purchased from any Garner Rotary Club member or at the Garner Chamber of Commerce, 401 Circle Drive. The event’s rain date is October 27. Get all the details here.
  • Hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, November 1st. Get all the details here.
  • The 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.
  • Triangle Business Journal reminded us that the “Much Ado about Cheese” festival returns again this year on November 9th from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Cotton Room in Durham. The event is free and open to the public. Free cheese samples will be provided, and Raleigh food truck American Meltdown will be selling cheesy delights. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Check them out on Facebook here.

Food Bank Corner   

  •  The next big event for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair on Thursday, October 23! Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state. Here’s how it works: Bring five cans of Food Lion brand food to the State Fair on Thursday, October 23, and you get in for free (and a good feeling that you helped some folks in need)!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – October 10, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  It is an annual event that everyone (kids and adults) looks forward to – the North Carolina State Fair (coming up October 16-26). And one of the highlights each year is not just the rows and rows of food stands, but what will be deep fried this year! Well, the News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl has all the details here for you, including deep fried barbecue, bananas Foster and mini cupcakes.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  Eschelon Experiences announced that its newest restaurant, Faire, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village is opening on October 13th. Faire, a midcentury-modern steak and seafood restaurant marks Eschelon Experiences‘ fifth restaurant in the Triangle area. You can check them out here.
  • Got word this week that the first b.good location in North Carolina will open on October 18th in North Hills (the Midtown Park side). They tout themselves as fast-food made by people, not factories. Check out their local Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the owners of The Goat Bar on Western Blvd. will be opening The Medlin, a neighborhood bar, on Medlin Drive in Raleigh later this month. It is located off Dixie Trail in the same shopping center as Crowley’s. Check their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal is also reporting that Sweet Traditions by LeAne, a popular local food truck featuring cupcakes, custom-order cakes and other baked goods, will be opening a brick-and-mortar location later this month at 12516 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh. Get all the details here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News & Observer reported today that Drew Moore, owner of Venable Rotisserie Bistro in Carrboro, opened B-Side Lounge last night next door to his restaurant in Carr Mill Mall. The two restaurants will share a kitchen, but B-Side will focus on small plates. Check them out here.
  • WRAL is reporting that the popular food truck OnlyBurger has officially opened its second brick-and-mortar location in Durham. This location is at the American Tobacco Campus. Check them out here.
  • Just down the street from American Tobacco Campus, the Triangle Business Journal revealed this week that the new 21c Museum Hotel opening in downtown Durham in February will have its own high-style restaurant called Counting House. It will be under the direction of executive chef Josh Munchel, who comes to us from Cincinnati. Get a peek at the hotel here.
  • Over in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint (out in front of Target) I noticed that Penn Station Subs signs have gone up on the corner spot previously occupied by Momoyama Sushi. We don’t have an open date yet.

Closings 

  • Got word from reader Cindi Stevens that the Hwy. 55 Burgers location on Falls of the Neuse Road in Raleigh next to Red Hot & Blue has closed.

Food Trucks 

  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held this Sunday, October 12th from 1 – 6 p.m. on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Think ½ mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks! Get all the details here.
  • And if you like to run and you like food trucks (or if you run because you love food trucks) you won’t want to miss the 2nd Annual Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo scheduled for Sunday, October 19th. Register for the race and get all the details here.
  • And check this out…I mean, Czech this out. A new food truck, called Czech This Out, made its first appearances last weekend at the Wide Open Blue Grass Festival in downtown Raleigh. Check out their website here or follow them on Twitter here.

Events

  • Hibernian Co. and Napper Tandy’s announced a new outdoor festival in downtown Raleigh’s Glenwood South district. The Raleigh Oyster Fest will be held tomorrow (October 11) from noon until 11 pm. The festival will be held in the parking lot of the Creamery building between North St. and Glenwood Ave and is a free-entry event, open to the public. Get all the details here.
  • For the 19th year in a row, the World Beer Festival will be held in Durham this Saturday (Oct. 11) in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The festival, produced by All About Beer Magazine, has reduced tickets available by 35 percent and raised the price to relieve crowding. General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass to sample from over 200 international beers. VIP tickets are $70 and offer a private air-conditioned hospitality area with private bathrooms and a bonus selection of beers. Get all the details here.
  • This is wild. On Sunday October 12th, The Oxford is hosting a five course Wild Game + Beer dinner. What better way to celebrate fall than to enjoy tender frog legs, savory rabbit and southern fried quail, while sipping on some of the best local brews from Fortnight Brewing Company. Check out the full menu and purchase tickets here.
  • Kudos to Andrea Weigl, the News & Observer and Walter Magazine for pulling this event off. Called “At The Table With Walter” this event will feature four of the area’s most amazing female chefs – Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner in Raleigh, Phoebe Lawless of Scratch Bakery in Durham, Andrea Reusing of Lantern in Chapel Hill and Vivian Howard of Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, N.C. it will be an evening of appetizers prepared by each of the four chefs, drinks and a panel discussion at CAM in downtown Raleigh. Tickets range from $75-$100 depending upon whether you come to the VIP event that starts at 5 p.m. or get reserved seating. Get all the details here.
  • And hold the date for an annual event held by The Ronald McDonald House over in Chapel Hill that features over two dozen of the triangle’s finest restaurants – A Tasteful Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.
  • This year’s 12th Annual Downtown Chili Cook-off will be held on Depot Street in historic downtown Fuquay-Varina on Saturday, November 1. But the deadline to enter a team or the cook-off is this Saturday. Get all the details here.
  • And got word that the 3rd Annual Red & White Food and Beverage Festival will be held on Tuesday November 4th at The State Club from 6-9pm. And for our readers, receive $5 off admission by entering promo code “foodguy” when you purchase tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  •  The next big event for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair on Thursday, October 23! Food Lion Hunger Relief Day is one of the largest one-day canned-food drives in the state. Here’s how it works: Bringfive cans of Food Lion brand food to the State Fair on Thursday, October 23, and you get in for free (and a good feeling that you helped some folks in need)!

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