Friday Fun Food Facts – February 5, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News 

  •   This is pretty cool. Julie Terry out at RTP, was the first to inform me about a new dining option right in the middle of the Triangle. The Farmery is now operating a restaurant out of a 1968 Airstream kitchen at The Frontier in Research Triangle Park. The coolest part is that many of The Farmery’s ingredients are sourced directly from shipping containers located across the Triangle that have been converted into crop boxes. They are currently open 11am – 3pm, Monday – Friday, but expect to begin offering breakfast options soon. You can find them at 800 Park Offices Drive in Research Triangle Park. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We told you about this back in January (everything but the new name), but the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the entity taking over the former Tyler’s Taproom location in Raleigh’s Seaboard Station will be called Oak & Dagger Public House. As reported, it will feature a full-on brewery surrounding diners on all sides. The TBJ reports they will also open a bottle shop. Look for a Spring opening.
  • The News & Observer reported that downtown Raleigh’s Person Street Pharmacy will begin offering a breakfast menu (and opening an hour earlier) next Tuesday, February 9th. Check out all the improvements taking place on their Facebook page here.
  • Changes coming to downtown Raleigh’s Napper Tandy’s was one of the worst kept secrets toward the end of 2015. But it is now confirmed that Napper Tandy’s is no longer. It is now Tremor Bar and Grill, still located at 410 Glenwood Avenue. Check out the new website here.
  • Last week we told you that the doors were temporarily closed to downtown Raleigh’s Cafe de los Muertos (at 300 W. Hargett Street) after the NC Department of Revenue encouraged them to do “a little remodeling.” Well, apparently they have kissed and made up and things are back to normal. Stop by and pay them a visit!
  • Thanks to the keen eyes of the EatRaleigh blog, it looks like there is a bakery making plans to move into the former Zydeco space at 208 Wolfe Street, near Big Ed’s in City Market. Thanks also to Ashton Mae Smith for bringing this to my attention. Stay tuned.
  • Last week we told you that the north Raleigh location of Duck Donuts had opened. As if that is not enough sugary goodness for one corner of the Triangle, this week folks on Yelp were reporting that Baker’s Dozen Donuts has opened at 123 Plantation Square behind Triangle Town Center near First Watch.
  • Not sure how we missed this, but a new authentic Jamaican restaurant has opened at 3901 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh called Mum’s Jamaican Restaurant. Thanks to Janika Reid for reaching out to me. Also loved that her email was signed, “One Love!” Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Friend Darcy Huante, and co-owner of Chef Mario’s, tipped me off to the fact that Michelangelo’s Pizza on Harrison Avenue in Cary has closed. And according to banners that are hanging up, it will be replaced by Randy’s Pizza. Although we don’t have any word on an open date. We will keep you posted. Thanks Darcy!

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Literally just got the press release that tonight, ‘Barbecue Man’ Wyatt Dickson and chef/partner Ben Adams, teamed up with Green Button Farm’s Ryan Butler, will open Picnic. It is just dinner today, lunch and dinner tomorrow. Picnic is a modern roadside barbecue joint where authentic whole hog barbecue – smoked slowly over oak – will share the plate with Adams’ seasonal Southern sides and desserts. They are located at 1647 Cole Mill Road in Durham. Get all the details here.
  • The Chapel Hill Magazine broke the news that the much-anticipated Pizzeria Mercato opened this week at 408 W. Weaver Street. Mercato is operated by Gabe Barker, son of James Beard-award-winning chefs Ben and Karen Barker, former owners of Magnolia Grill in Durham. You can get all the details and check out their menu here.
  • And then there were two. It is official, Cocoa Cinnamon opened their second location this past week at 2627 Hillsborough Road in Durham. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that the good folks at Big Bundts & More Bakery (currently located at 5504 Durham / Chapel Hill Blvd) are moving into new digs in March. They will be moving to 721 Broad Street, occupying the street-level space in the ADF building. Look for the move to take place in March. To keep up with the latest, check them out on Facebook here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Only Burger, the Durham-based food truck and restaurants, will start serving breakfast on weekdays at its American Tobacco location (529 Blackwell Street) starting next week on February 10th. The breakfast menu will be available 7:30-10:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Check out Only Burger here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Lucky Chicken, the Peruvian-style restaurant with locations already in Cary and Clayton, has expanded with a third location now open in Durham’s the Shops at Northgate near Northgate Mall, close to the Sky Zone entertainment center. Check out the Lucky Chicken here.

Closings 

  •  Got word this week that the Johnny Carino’s in Raleigh’s Brier Creek has closed.
  • Also, as previously reported, Michelangelo’s Pizza on Harrison Avenue in Cary has closed.

Food Trucks

  • Chapel Hill’s Al’s Burger Shack announced via Facebook this week that they will debut their food truck, Al’s Burger Truck, this Saturday night (February 6th) at The Kracken, a cool little bar out Highway 54 just west of Carrboro at Dodson’s Crossroads. Get more information on Al’s Burger Shack & Truck on their Facebook page here.
  • Not exactly new, but not sure he got any mention here when he opened at the end of last year, so we wanted to throw some love to Arlton Cangelosi, who you may already know (I haven’t had the pleasure of trying out his truck). He operates Mr. A’s Beignets providing authentic beignets and coffee with chicory of New Orleans. You can usually find him at 400 N. Salem St. in Apex, Wednesday through Saturday 8am – 1pm. Check him out here.
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.
  • Holly Springs is hosting a small Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday, February 6th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center (300 W. Ballentine Street) as part of the 4th Annual Community Arts Festival. The rodeo will feature Stuft, Big C Waffle, and Olio & Aceto. Get more information on the entire festival here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Thanks to a tip from Felicia Perry-Trujillo, I was reminded that the Triangle Wine Experience, which benefits the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, is Feb 4-6, 2016. Get more information here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo also shared with me that over in Cary at The Umstead, you can learn a little with the one you love at this season’s Artisan Confections pastry event on February 7th featuring the Durham Distillery. Join executive pastry chef Evan Sheridan as he bakes his way through gin and chocolate, and hear how this organic distillery combined art and science to create world-class gins and liqueurs. It begins at 3 pm and tickets are $65 inclusive of tax and gratuity and can be purchased by calling 919-447-4050. Get all the details here.
  • Valentine’s Day (guys…that is February 14th) is coming up and the News & Observer has a great list going of all the Valentine’s specials that restaurants are offering. Check it out here.
  • February 20th is the date for the 6th Annual Care to Share Gala to benefit the Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. It will be held at the Kerr Scott building in Raleigh. The event features a chef challenge in addition to the auction. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • SEEDS announced this week that their Fork Less Traveled, a chef dinner series that pairs Durham chefs with local farms and beverage purveyors, will kick off this season on March 13th and will feature Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint. The series is one way they support Durham garden-based programming. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets have already gone on sale. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine will sponsor the third annual TASTE: A Celebration of Food & Drink, happening from April 21 to 23, 2016. The event will feature more than 30 top local chefs and establishments in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Get all the details and updates as well as purchase tickets (they have an early bird price of $85 now!) here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • A huge thank you to all that helped support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s Holidays Meal Drive. They reached their goal of providing 2.4 million holiday meals this season by raising over $485,000 in online donations prior to December 31! We are so very thankful and deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. Thank you for your partnership to help provide hunger relief in our region!

    Unfortunately the need continues. If you are looking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to get involved in your community, I encourage you to take a look at the Food Bank. Find out how you can volunteer here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 29, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  It is here. The News & Observer’s Greg Cox has released his annual “review” of the Triangle dining scene – awarding the “Restaurant of the Year” as well as his list of the best restaurants in the area for 2016. Let me know what you think.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The good folks over at RaleighWhatsUp gave us the heads up that a new Italian eatery is coming to the Brier Creek area. Positalia, a concept out of Wilmington, confirmed they are in fact opening a location here. Go ahead and get familiar with them here, and we will keep an eye on their opening date.
  • We got word this week from reader Jill Anderson, that the Hillsborough Street and North Hills locations of Saxby’s had closed. And thanks to a little help from Dana McCall over at GoGoRaleigh, we learned that Crepe Traditions will replace the North Hills location. Jill also confirmed that a crepe place will replace the Hillsborough location as well, although we can’t 100% confirm that that will also be a Crepe Traditions (but a logical conclusion would suggest that). Check out Crepe Traditions, which has a location in Chapel Hill, here.
  • Over in Cary, reader Fonny Lo tipped us off to the fact that East Garden Restaurant over off Walnut Street (next to the Egg & I) opened this week. Unfortunately, I can’t find a web presence for them. You’ll just have to swing by and check it out.
  • Our catering friends over at Donovan’s Dish (chef TJ and Jill) announced this week that they are moving from their location on Buck Jones Road to to the Old Sweet Memories space at 800 W. Williams St in Apex. The new location will have a retail storefront of chef prepared meals to go, fresh salads by the pound, hors d’oeuvres and seasonal items as well as local NC goods and specialty items. Look for them to be up and running in the new space by the middle of next week. Check out Donovan’s Dish here.
  • And in downtown Raleigh, the Triangle Business Journal reported that Samad Hachby, the owner of Babylon, has completed a renovation that virtually turns the single restaurant into two. The indoor portion will feature Moroccan style food with a French twist and the outdoor portion will feature a more Mediterranean feel, what Hachby hopes will feel like a cafe on a Greek island or in the south of Italy. Check Babylon out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Saw in the Indy that the former Southern Rail in Carrboro will become the latest venture for Andrew Moore, owner of the nearby restaurant Venable. He will convert the space into a barbecue joint called CrossTies Barbecue. They will serve authentic Carolina ‘que with all the fixin’s and feature a variety of smoked meats in a full service menu that features appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. He hopes to have it open by early May. He also announced that he will reopen The Station, hoping to do so by mid-March. Keep up with CrossTies on their Facebook page.
  • Our friends over at Bites of Bull City did a nice feature this week on the opening of the Durham location of Guasaca which opened this past week in the plaza at 2200 W. Main Street in Durham. Check out the feature here and visit the Guasaca website here.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, got word from @Burgeoningbaker that Jenny Li has opened Red Pepper, a Chinese restaurant offering traditional Szechuan dishes, in the former Cafe 35 space on East Franklin Street near Eastgate Shopping Center. We couldn’t find a website, but here is her Yelp listing.
  • The new Asian bistro called Moon Asian Bistro is now open in the northern end of Chatham County just off 15-501 in the Polk Landing shopping center, about 4 miles outside of Chapel Hill. I can’t find a site for it, but here it is on Yelp.
  • Over in Durham I got word that construction is under way for the next location of Happy + Hale, which has its flagship shop on Raleigh’s City Plaza. This second location will be at 703 Ninth Street. Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in Durham, saw on a Yelp message board that there is a ‘coming soon’ sign for Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs at the former Waffle House near the intersection of highways 54 and 55 in Durham. Stay tuned.

Closings 

  •  The social media world “blew up” this week once word got out that Belle at the Jones House, a restaurant that opened in 2014 along Academy Street in downtown Cary, had closed indefinitely after being seized for failure to pay taxes, according to the N.C. Department of Revenue.
  • Not long after that, a similar sign appeared on the doors of Cafe de los Muertos on Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh. While their Facebook page confirmed they are currently closed, it suggests have worked things out and will reopen in 2-4 days. Stay tuned!
  • And we confirmed this week, thanks to a tip from reader Jill Anderson, that Saxby’s has closed both their Hillsborough Street and North Hills locations.

Food Trucks

  • The first Durham Central Park food truck rodeo, appropriately named Winter Rodeo, has been postponed due to last week’s ice/snow to this Sunday, January 31. Same time, from 12-4 at Durham Central Park and will feature 50+ trucks. Get all the details here.
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.
  • Holly Springs is hosting a small Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday, February 6th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center (300 W. Ballentine Street) as part of the 4th Annual Community Arts Festival. The rodeo will feature Stuft, Big C Waffle, and Olio & Aceto. Get more information on the entire festival here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Starting this Saturday night, January 30, Standard Foods will host the first of many Late Nite Pop-Ups. Head bartender, Taylor Homes, will host guest bartenders the last Saturday of every month from midnight to 2am, and together, they’ll offer a one-night-only cocktail menu beginning at midnight. Chef de Cuisine Bret Edlund and Head Butcher Steve Goff will take their cue from the cocktails, and serve an adventurous late-night menu to nosh on while the drinks flow. This Saturday, they welcome Garrett Waddell from Stanbury as guest bartender. Check out their Facebook page for all the details.
  • Thanks to a tip from Felicia Perry-Trujillo, I was reminded that the Triangle Wine Experience, which benefits the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, is Feb 4-6, 2016. Get more information here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo also shared with me that over in Cary at The Umstead, you can learn a little with the one you love at this season’s Artisan Confections pastry event on February 7th featuring the Durham Distillery. Join executive pastry chef Evan Sheridan as he bakes his way through gin and chocolate, and hear how this organic distillery combined art and science to create world-class gins and liqueurs. It begins at 3 pm and tickets are $65 inclusive of tax and gratuity and can be purchased by calling 919-447-4050. Get all the details here.
  • Valentine’s Day (guys…that is February 14th) is coming up and the News & Observer has a great list going of all the Valentine’s specials that restaurants are offering. Check it out here.
  • February 20th is the date for the 6th Annual Care to Share Gala to benefit the Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. It will be held at the Kerr Scott building in Raleigh. The event features a chef challenge in addition to the auction. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets have already gone on sale. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine will sponsor the third annual TASTE: A Celebration of Food & Drink, happening from April 21 to 23, 2016. The event will feature more than 30 top local chefs and establishments in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Get all the details and updates as well as purchase tickets (they have an early bird price of $85 now!) here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • A huge thank you to all that helped support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s Holidays Meal Drive. They reached their goal of providing 2.4 million holiday meals this season by raising over $485,000 in online donations prior to December 31! We are so very thankful and deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. Thank you for your partnership to help provide hunger relief in our region!

    Unfortunately the need continues. If you are looking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to get involved in your community, I encourage you to take a look at the Food Bank. Find out how you can volunteer here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 22, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Rocky Top Hospitality owner Dean Ogan announced that Twisted Fork restaurant and bakery will reopen with updated décor and an enhanced menu on Sunday, January 24 at 11 a.m. Twisted Fork, located at 3751 Sumner Boulevard, in the Triangle Towne Center Commons, has been closed since August 2015 due to a fire. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • New Raleigh reported this week that after a successful soft opening of Cafe Helios on Glenwood South in downtown Raleigh, the popular coffee house will (re)open to the public next Monday (unless the weather throws a kink in the works). Get the latest on their Facebook page here.
  • Crisp Bar & Restaurant opened this past Tuesday at 222 Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh. Crisp features salads and wraps and soups, all featuring the very freshest ingredients. They also have a location in Crabtree Valley Mall. Check them out here.
  • We are getting closer to the opening of the second Raleigh location of b.good. The first opened in North Hills, and the second will open in the new Charter Square building on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Art Sheppard noticed they had posted a “now hiring” message on their Facebook page. Check them out here.
  • This is going to be a fun one to look forward to. It will be the fall before we get to enjoy the goodness of a gluten free bakery and coffeehouse called Connected Bakery. On their Facebook page they list their address as 2305 Wake Forest Road (but I’m not convinced that will be their actual location). Check them out here.  Thanks to WRAL for the tip on this venture.
  • Also, got word from Ashton Mae Smith that downtown Raleigh’s Five Star, located at 511 W. Hargett Street, is discontinuing their lunch hours effective…last week. But starting next Monday, they will begin opening at 3 p.m. Late lunch? Check them out here.
  • Thanks to a tip on Twitter from @stubbleriffic, we learned that another location of Bada Wings is going into the former Vincent’s location on 6300 Creedmoor Road in the Lynnwood Collection shopping center. Haven’t seen an open date, and couldn’t find any website or Facebook page. We’ll keep an eye on it.
  • Over in Cary, the Triangle Business Journal reported that the popular, Austin, Texas-based Tex Mex restaurant chain Chuy’s has confirmed plans to open its second stand-alone restaurant – this one at the Parkside Town Commons retail center in west Cary. According to James Fisher, they are shooting to be open by March of this year. Check out Chuys here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Got word from my friends over at Bites of Bull City that a new coffee shop called George’s Java is expected to open very soon at 764 9th Street in Durham. It is owned by Terry and Debbie Metts. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to reader Diana Harker we learned that things are getting closer to the opening of Treforni (early February) in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center at the intersection of Hwy. 54 and 751 in Durham. Terforni touts that they are known for producing authentic pizza Napoletana and the finest beers.

Closings 

  • What we do know is that Latitudes Fine Food & Spirits in Knightdale is currently closed. What is not 100% confirmed is whether it is permanent or temporary. We will keep an eye on it.

Food Trucks

  • The first Durham Central Park food truck rodeo, appropriately named Winter Rodeo, has been postponed due to the snow from this Sunday to Sunday, January 31. Same time, from 12-4 at Durham Central Park and will feature 50+ trucks. Get all the details here.
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.
  • Holly Springs is hosting a small Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday, February 6th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center (300 W. Ballentine Street) as part of the 4th Annual Community Arts Festival. The rodeo will feature Stuft, Big C Waffle, and Olio & Aceto. Get more information on the entire festival here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The folks over at Plates Neighborhood Kitchen will host a five course beer dinner with Brueprint Brewery on Sunday, January 24th. Each of chef Stephen Day’s courses will be paired with a selection from the Apex brewery. Dinner will include a presentation from the brewmasters themselves, shedding insight into the science, and magic, behind the brewing process. Get all the details here.
  • Thanks to a tip from Felicia Perry-Trujillo, I was reminded that the Triangle Wine Experience, which benefits the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, is Feb 4-6, 2016. Get more information here.
  • Felicia Perry-Trujillo also shared with me that over in Cary at The Umstead, you can learn a little with the one you love at this season’s Artisan Confections pastry event on February 7th featuring the Durham Distillery. Join executive pastry chef Evan Sheridan as he bakes his way through gin and chocolate, and hear how this organic distillery combined art and science to create world-class gins and liqueurs. It begins at 3 pm and tickets are $65 inclusive of tax and gratuity and can be purchased by calling 919-447-4050. Get all the details here.
  • February 20th is the date for the 6th Annual Care to Share Gala to benefit the Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. It will be held at the Kerr Scott building in Raleigh. The event features a chef challenge in addition to the auction. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets have already gone on sale. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine will sponsor the third annual TASTE: A Celebration of Food & Drink, happening from April 21 to 23, 2016. The event will feature more than 30 top local chefs and establishments in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Get all the details and updates as well as purchase tickets (they have an early bird price of $85 now!) here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • A huge thank you to all that helped support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s Holidays Meal Drive. They reached their goal of providing 2.4 million holiday meals this season by raising over $485,000 in online donations prior to December 31! We are so very thankful and deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. Thank you for your partnership to help provide hunger relief in our region!

    Unfortunately the need continues. If you are looking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to get involved in your community, I encourage you to take a look at the Food Bank. Find out how you can volunteer here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 15, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  The News & Observer reported this week that Leon Grodski de Barrera and Areli Barrera de Grodski, owners of the Cocoa Cinnamon coffee shop, expect to open their second Durham location within the next couple weeks at 2627 Hillsborough Road in Durham, next door to Mesa Latin Kitchen. Their original location is on West Greer Street in downtown Durham. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Indy Week reported this week that the former Tyler’s location at Seaboard Station in downtown Raleigh will have new life, as early as May of this year. Apparently before opting out of his lease, Tyler Huntington had recruited some brewers out of Wisconsin. Word is that those brewers will carry out Huntington’s vision for that space, a full-on brewery surrounding diners on all sides. While the individuals behind it, nor the name, have been revealed, they plan on opening a 10-barrel brewpub by May. Stay tuned!
  • We are waiting…and waiting. They say good things come to those that wait. And this is going to be good! Teddy Klopf’s Provenance restaurant on the first floor of the new Skyhouse luxury apartment building on East Martin Street in downtown Raleigh is opening…any day now. Klopf describes the restaurant as “refined new Southern cuisine in a contemporary, casual setting.” He previously worked at McCrady’s in Charleston, S.C., and The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. Check them out here.
  • Got word straight from Brad Barbour that his much-anticipated Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar in Cary’s Preston Corners has officially opened! It is located in the old Caribou Coffee location. Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported yesterday that BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse, a California-based concept, has acquired the former Golden Corral building in the Centrum at Crossroads shopping center. They plan to tear it down, and build from scratch. No word yet on their timeline, but they have plans for an additional 4-5 locations throughout the Triangle. Check them out here.
  • And also in Cary, saw on a Yelp message board that a new Nepali restaurant, called Himalayan Range Nepali Restaurant, is opening in the Reedy Creek Plaza at 910 NE Maynard Road. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News & Observer reported that Six Plates co-owner Matthew Beason announced that he will be closing the popular Durham restaurant and wine bar on March 11. But the good news is that he hopes to reopen with a new concept by April 1. Stay tuned.
  • Next Tuesday, January 19th, M Sushi will open in downtown Durham at 311 Holland Street, across from the Durham Hotel. M Sushi is the latest from chef Michael Lee who also owns Sono sushi restaurant in downtown Raleigh. The folks over at Bites of Bull City did a really nice interview with Lee. Check out the full interview here.
  • The Burgeoning Baker pointed out that Bruster’s ice cream is moving into the former Moonberrie’s location next to Rise near the Streets at Southpoint. No word yet on an open date. Check them out here.
  • Reader Richard Brown tipped us off to the fact that the latest location of Cookout has opened near the intersection of Hwy. 54 & 55 in RTP at 2103 Allendown Drive. Check them out on Facebook here.

Closings 

  • We are sad to announce that after an 8-year run The Oxford will be officially closing its doors on January 24th. But they will go out in class “G” style, with a big bash. Join them from 5 p.m. until midnight for a “Last Day Party” featuring drink specials, and whatever food they have left! Get all the details on their Facebook page here.
  • We can now confirm that downtown Raleigh’s Twisted Mango has closed, but stay tuned. New Raleigh is reporting that it will reopen as a Mediterranean/Italian concept. Needless to say, we will keep an eye on it.
  • And over in Durham, Six Plates on Erwin Road will close on March 11. Look for a new concept in that space by April 1.

Food Trucks

  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.
  • And over in Durham, the first Durham Central Park food truck rodeo, appropriately named Winter Rodeo, takes place on Sunday, Jan. 24. from 12-4 at Durham Central Park and will feature 50+ trucks. Get all the details here.
  • Holly Springs is hosting a small Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday, February 6th from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Holly Springs Cultural Center (300 W. Ballentine Street) as part of the 4th Annual Community Arts Festival. The rodeo will feature Stuft, Big C Waffle, and Olio & Aceto. Get more information on the entire festival here. 
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • The folks over at Plates Neighborhood Kitchen will host a five course beer dinner with Brueprint Brewery on Sunday, January 24th. Each of chef Stephen Day’s courses will be paired with a selection from the Apex brewery. Dinner will include a presentation from the brewmasters themselves, shedding insight into the science, and magic, behind the brewing process. Get all the details here.
  • Things are gearing up for the 2016 version of Triangle Restaurant Week – it will be here before we know it. The next rendition will take place January 25 through the 31st. Start planning your week now.
  • Thanks to a tip from Felicia Perry-Trujillo, I was reminded that the Triangle Wine Experience, which benefits the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, is Feb 4-6, 2016. Get more information here.
  • February 20th is the date for the 6th Annual Care to Share Gala to benefit the Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. It will be held at the Kerr Scott building in Raleigh. The event features a chef challenge in addition to the auction. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets have already gone on sale. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine will sponsor the third annual TASTE: A Celebration of Food & Drink, happening from April 21 to 23, 2016. The event will feature more than 30 top local chefs and establishments in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Get all the details and updates as well as purchase tickets (they have an early bird price of $85 now!) here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • A huge thank you to all that helped support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s Holidays Meal Drive. They reached their goal of providing 2.4 million holiday meals this season by raising over $485,000 in online donations prior to December 31! We are so very thankful and deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. Thank you for your partnership to help provide hunger relief in our region!

    Unfortunately the need continues. If you are looking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to get involved in your community, I encourage you to take a look at the Food Bank. Find out how you can volunteer here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – January 8, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  The News & Observer reported that the owners of the Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck are in the works for a brick-and-mortar-location in Raleigh that will be a collaboration with chef Andrew Schaumann from the former food truck Sol Taco. As you might remember, they were the winners of the most recent season of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” We will keep an eye on this for you. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • While we were sad to learn that The Borough would be closing at the end of this month, we were excited to learn that a new concept called Hadley’s will open in that space, after closing for a month for renovations. They plan to reopen the first week of March. A sandwich-and-soup shop with cocktails, Hadley’s will aim to retain some of The Borough’s best traits. Indy Week has a great write-up on the impact The Borough had on downtown Raleigh and the plans for Hadley’s. Read it here. You can also visit Hadley’s Facebook page here.
  • The News & Observer reported that the family behind the former Bella Mia coal-fire pizzeria in Cary is getting back into the business. Rick Guerra and his pizza-making son, Anthony, are opening Pizza Guerra at 105 E. Martin St. downtown, next door to Fox Liquor Bar. No word yet on a timeline.
  • Also excited to report that Glenwood South’s popular coffee hang-out Cafe Helios will reopen later this month as….you guessed it…Cafe Helios. Obviously it is revamped and under new ownership, but excited to have this option back in my rotation. Not much yet there, but here is their website.
  • “Any day now” is the word from the News & Observer on the opening of chef Teddy Klopf’s Provenance restaurant on the first floor of the new Skyhouse luxury apartment building on East Martin Street in downtown Raleigh. Klopf describes the restaurant as “refined new Southern cuisine in a contemporary, casual setting.” He previously worked at McCrady’s in Charleston, S.C., and The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. Check them out here.
  • Napper Tandy’s on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh is currently closed for renovations according to their Facebook page. No word on when they will reopen or what the renovations entail. We will keep an eye on it.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, Triangle Business Journal reported that The Hive, a late-night club above the Busy Bee at 225 S. Wilmington St., has closed and will reopen as Mash & Lauter, a Belgian inspired concept with a focus on a new food menu that will feature local products meant to pair and complement both bottled and draft beers. Keep up with the changes on their Facebook page here.
  • A little more information was revealed on Gary Bryant’s effort on the former Varsity Theater spot on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Bryant is joined by chef Adam Rose on this project and it was revealed in December that it will be called H-Street Kitchen. It is still too early for an exact open date (other than Spring 2016), but the restaurant is taking shape nicely. Keep an eye on it here.
  • It was announced today, January 8th, that Midtown Grille has a new executive chef. John Childers, who has been the chef de cuisine at Heron’s at the Umstead, will take over the kitchen next Monday. Former chef Ben Harris returns to Charleston to assume the position of executive chef at Poogan’s Porch. He was chef de cuisine there prior to coming up to Midtown Grille. Check out Midtown Grille here.
  • Up in North Raleigh, the Triangle Business Journal is reporting that following its entry into Cary last year, Duck Donuts is opening a second Triangle location at 8323 Creedmoor Road in the Kroger-anchored Towne North shopping center, just south of Strickland Road. The Facebook page is still listing a mid-January opening. Check that page out here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, the Triangle Business Journal is reporting that the owner of the Triangle’s only Toppers Pizza restaurant in Chapel Hill has formed a new partnership to expand the brand into north Raleigh later this year. They are actively looking for at least three new locations between the Glenwood Avenue and Capital Boulevard corridors in north Raleigh over the next three years. Check out Toppers here.
  • Over in Cary, the owners of Cafe Caturra in Cary’s Stone Creek Village have closed the wine bar and plan to open the Triangle’s second Tazza Kitchen in its place. They did a similar makeover with the former Cafe Caturra in Raleigh’s Cameron Village which is also a Tazza now. Tazza’s menu is inspired by the rustic outdoor cooking of southern Italy and Baja California. Construction is set to begin in the next few weeks, with a target opening of mid-spring. Check out Tazza here.
  • Also in Cary, David McCreary (aka Lunch Boy Says) confirmed that Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine has opened in their new location at MacGregor Shopping Center in Cary. Bellini’s moved from Fuquay Varina. Check them out here.
  • The owners of a Holly Springs’ My Way Tavern have opened their second location, in Raleigh at 522 St. Mary’s Street, in the former Ciago’s location, near the Glenwood hospitality district. The My Way Tavern menu includes a variety of freshly made all-American foods such as appetizers salads, soups, burgers, sandwiches and entrées. You can check them out here.
  • And down in Garner, got word from Hugh Autry that Larry’s Southern Kitchen moved into the old Mayflower space at 4205 Fayetteville Road across from WalMart. You can check them out on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Thanks to the News & Observer we got two updates on happenings over at the American Tobacco complex in downtown Durham. Nana’s Scott Howell has announced that he hopes to open Nanasteak by February 1st. We couldn’t find a website for them, so in the meantime, check out Nana’s here.
  • Also in American Tobacco complex, Tyler Huntington, owner of multiple Tyler’s Taproom locations in the Triangle, will be opening a “biscuit and barbecue concept” this spring. No word yet on the name or official open date. We will keep an eye on it.
  • Also in Durham, the News & Observer provided an update that the long-anticipated collaboration on a new barbecue joint (called Picnic), between former Piedmont chef Ben Adams, caterer Wyatt Dickson and farmer Ryan Butler, will open in early February. It will be located in northwest Durham at 1647 Cole Mill Road. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The folks over at Bites of Bull City provided a nice article on the soon-to-open sushi joint in downtown Durham at 311 Holland Street called M Sushi. Look for them to open on January 19th. Check out the full interview here.
  • The News & Observer also gave us a quick update on the next two locations of Rise Biscuits & Doughnuts. One will open in the old Daisy Cakes place in Durham in February. And over in Carrboro, it will open by mid-February. That location is owned by Rick Robinson, former Mondo Bistro chef and owner who has returned to the Triangle, and his colleague Ken Priest. The store’s general manager will be Silvia Pahola, who worked for many years at James Beard Award-winning chef Andrea Reusing’s restaurant, Lantern in Chapel Hill.
  • Over in Hillsborough, the News & Observer reported that the Hot Tin Roof bar plans to add a kitchen and start serving sandwiches, subs, hot dogs and burgers by early March. Additionally, one of the bar’s owners, John Bland, also plans to open two more restaurants this year in downtown Hillsborough: a white-tablecloth steakhouse and a more casual restaurant with a banquet space. Check Hot Tin Roof out here.
  • The News & Observer also reported that Mystery Brewing Co. owner Erik Lars Myers hopes to add a restaurant in his taproom by the brewery’s fourth anniversary in early May. Myers said it will offer more varied pub fare from Belgian frites to lighter, fresher food including vegetarian options. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • Liz Maznik made the difficult decision to close The Borough in downtown Raleigh at the end of this month. But the good news is a new concept has already been announced and plans to reopen in early March. See the details above.
  • Learned from WRAL over the holidays that Battistella’s has closed their doors in downtown Raleigh’s City Market.
  • WRAL reported that McDaids Irish Pub on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh closed last Friday.
  • The Hive, a late-night club above the Busy Bee at 225 S. Wilmington St. in downtown Raleigh, has closed. The Busy Bee continues as normal. See the story above about the changes coming to that spot.
  • Was sad to learn over the holidays that after 3 years of establishing a very cool concept and brand, that Bill, Chas and Dan Morgenstern decided to close all locations of Firewurst. My best to the three of them. Nicest family you’ll ever meet.
  • I was first tipped off by Kevin Donnelly that the Cafe Caturra in Cary has closed their doors. See the story above as to who will replace them in that location.
  • Over in Durham, learned from the Burgeoning Baker (and confirmed on Yelp) that Brightleaf’s Chamas has closed.
  • After 9 years, Carrboro’s Southern Rail closed their doors. No word yet on what might go in that space.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, Franklin Street’s Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub has closed. Apparently a new sports concept will be taking over that space. We will keep an eye on it.

Food Trucks

  • It won’t be long before the weather starts turning warm and food truck rodeos start dotting our calendars again. To help you get in the mood, here are some important dates to go ahead and get on your calendar.
  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.
  • And over in Durham, the first Durham Central Park food truck rodeo, appropriately named Winter Rodeo, takes place on Sunday, Jan. 24. from 12-4 at Durham Central Park and will feature 50+ trucks. Get all the details here.
  • And got word from John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) that there is a new food truck in town serving up Carolina style steamed buns. The describe themselves as Asian/Southern fusion! Love it! Check them out here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Things are gearing up for the 2016 version of Triangle Restaurant Week – it will be here before we know it. The next rendition will take place January 25 through the 31st. Start planning your week now.
  • Thanks to a tip from Felicia Perry-Trujillo, I was reminded that the Triangle Wine Experience, which benefits the Frankie Lemmon Foundation, is Feb 4-6, 2016. Get more information here.
  • February 20th is the date for the 6th Annual Care to Share Gala to benefit the Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center. It will be held at the Kerr Scott building in Raleigh. The event features a chef challenge in addition to the auction. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets have already gone on sale. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine will sponsor the third annual TASTE: A Celebration of Food & Drink, happening from April 21 to 23, 2016. The event will feature more than 30 top local chefs and establishments in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Get all the details and updates as well as purchase tickets (they have an early bird price of $85 now!) here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • A huge thank you to all that helped support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina’s Holidays Meal Drive. They reached their goal of providing 2.4 million holiday meals this season by raising over $485,000 in online donations prior to December 31! We are so very thankful and deeply humbled by the outpouring of support. Thank you for your partnership to help provide hunger relief in our region!

    Unfortunately the need continues. If you are looking to fulfill a New Year’s resolution to get involved in your community, I encourage you to take a look at the Food Bank. Find out how you can volunteer here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 18, 2015

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Santa’s elves will be busy on Christmas this year no doubt, but it won’t just be making toys for little kids. They’ll also be serving up meals at some of your favorite restaurants. To find out where they’ll be, check out the News & Observer’s list of restaurants open on Christmas.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  WRAL reported this week that Trophy Brewing & Pizza Company will open a second location next Monday, just in time for the holidays. The doors will open at 3 p.m. at 656 Maywood Avenue. The original location at 827 W. Morgan Street opened three years ago and has become known for its great beer and pizza. Check them out here.
  • We got word from Brad and Leanne Stewart that their bistro, Stewart’s Bistro up on Rogers Road in Wake Forest, opened this past Monday. Stewart’s Bistro is a specialty coffee, gourmet espresso & full breakfast (and lunch) coffee shop in Wake Forest. The place looks amazing! Check them out here.
  • Got word from reader Michael Hurley that San Marcos Mexican Restaurant out of Danville, VA is going into  the former Crabtree Tavern location behind Crabtree Valley Mall. We confirmed it via their website (although they have the address wrong). No word on a timeline. Check them out here.
  • Saw on a Yelp post that North Raleigh is getting a Baker’s Dozen Donuts in January! There’s a sign up at 123 Plantation Square behind Triangle Town Center near First Watch. Cannot confirm if it is affiliated with the one in the South Hills shopping center on Buck Jones Road, but have to think it is. We will keep an eye on it.
  • Burger 21 announced this week that they will open their second Triangle-area location in the spring of 2016 in Raleigh’s Northridge shopping center.Mitch Neal and Keith Smith will open this location and are the gentlemen behind the Triangle’s first Burger 21 restaurant in Cary at 14220 Bradford Green Square. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The taste of Argentina is coming to the Triangle, more specifically southwest Durham, in a matter of days. December 28th to be exact! Makus Empanadas, located in Durham’s Hope Valley Commons shopping center, announced via social media this week that they will open the Monday after Christmas. Congratulations to brothers Hernan and Santiago Moyano and colleague Ricky Yofre! Check them out here.

Closings 

  • Got word from WRAL that Brewmasters Bar & Grill at 301 W. Martin St. in downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District has closed.

Food Trucks

  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • There are tons of events going on this time of year and the folks over at the News & Observer were kind enough to assemble a great list. So check it out here so as to not miss out on anything!
  • Things are gearing up for the 2016 version of Triangle Restaurant Week – it will be here before we know it. The next rendition will take place January 25 through the 31st. Start planning your week now.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets have already gone on sale. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine will sponsor the third annual TASTE: A Celebration of Food & Drink, happening from April 21 to 23, 2016. The event will feature more than 30 top local chefs and establishments in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Get all the details and updates as well as purchase tickets (they have an early bird price of $85 now!) here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • No child nor family should go hungry during the holidays… and with your help, they won’t! That’s the power of your giving when you contribute to the Food Bank’s Online Holiday Meals Drive. $35 will feed a child for two months. $120 will provide enough food to sustain a family through the winter months. $210 will provide more than 1,000 piping hot holiday meals to local families. Every dollar donated provides five meals! Help them reach the goal of providing 2.4 million meals before December 31 and ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season…Donate Now!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 11, 2015

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Santa’s elves will be busy on Christmas this year no doubt, but it won’t just be making toys for little kids. They’ll also be serving up meals at some of your favorite restaurants. To find out where they’ll be, check out the News & Observer’s list of restaurants open on Christmas.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Lisa and Mounir Saleh, and their two oldest daughters, Noelle and Simone, just yesterday opened a second location of Sassool Mediterranean Cafe in Cary’s Shoppes of Kildaire, just a few doors down from Trader Joe’s. So excited for them and their success! Visit them here.
  • Well this is sad and exciting all at the same time! The original owners of Maximillian’s Grill over in Cary have sold their restaurant to two of their employees – Will and Margie Hennessey. The restaurant originally opened in 1991 and moved to its current location on Chapel Hill Road in 2002. The Schiffer’s last day will be December 31st and then the Hennessey’s plan to close the restaurant for updates for about a month, before reopening on February 1st. Check them out here.  Our best to Michael and Gayle Schiffer as they ride off into the sunset of retirement…at the beach! Thanks to the News & Observer and my friend Amy Leonard for keeping me posted on this development.
  • We told you about this back in September, but reader Michelle Hillison informed me this week that Brad Barbour’s Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar, originally hoping to open in December, will open the first week in January in Cary’s Preston Corners in the old Caribou Coffee location. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, we are getting closer and closer to the opening of The Mayton Inn, a new boutique hotel coming to Academy Street in Cary by the same folks (Colin and Deanna Crossman) behind the King’s Daughters Inn in Durham. But more exciting to me will be chef Jeff Gomper’s menu from The Verandah. I’m getting a sneak peek at it in January, so the opening can’t be far off! Check it out here.
  • Reader Rebecca Calhoun tipped me off to the fact that there is a new comfort food restaurant in Litchford Village Plaza in Raleigh called Milow’s. Check them out here.
  • James Borden’s Raleigh Public Record blog uncovered a fun update near the intersection of Six Forks and Wake Forest Road. A takeout only restaurant called Gorilla Grille Carry Out is moving into the Shell gas station at 210 E. Six Forks Road. No word on a timeline nor whether it will impact the Dunkin’ Donuts currently operating there.
  • A quick update from the folks over at The Twisted Fork in north Raleigh, thanks to a posting on Yelp. They noted that things are moving along nicely with the reconstruction as well as a few new features to the restaurant. They also noted they are still shooting for a January re-opening. Stay tuned here.
  • Also on Yelp, it looks like the Carolina Wings Company in Stonehenge Shopping Center has closed, but will re-open in January under new ownership as Stonehenge Tavern. We were able to confirm a corporate registration with that name in October with the Secretary of State’s office. Stay tuned!
  • Down in Garner, got a press release that Blaze Pizza will open its newest location next Thursday, December 17 at 11 am. Blaze is located at 140 Cabela Drive. This marks the second Blaze Pizza location in the Triangle and statewide. Get more details here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The taste of Argentina is coming to the Triangle, more specifically southwest Durham, in a matter of days. Makus Empanadas, located in Durham’s Hope Valley Commons shopping center, is shooting for a December 21st opening of their brick and mortar operation. Congratulations to brothers Hernan and Santiago Moyano and Ricky Yofre! Check them out here.  Thanks to the update from our friends over at the blog Bites of Bull City.
  •  The Triangle Business Journal reported this week (following the announcement over in Garner) that Blaze Pizza will open its next location over in Durham at Patterson Place, near the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40. At this point, we don’t have a timeline. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report! (which is a relief after last week’s announcements) Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • Who else is missing food truck rodeos? Well, Knightdale hit the jackpot with the weather (temps to reach 70 on Sunday!), and it is all for a good cause. Rudolph’s Holiday Rodeo will be held THIS Sunday, December 13th from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater and will feature 15 food trucks! 20% of sales will go to Meals on Wheels just in time for the holidays! There will also be a truck decorating contest and rumor has it a big ol’ bellied fella in a red suit might show up! Get all the details here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  •  The Guglhupf Bakery & Cafe’s 7th Annual Weihnachts Christmas Market is this Saturday (December 12) from 10 am – 4 pm and will feature a patio filled with local vendors selling unique handcrafted gifts, live music, tasty German street food and plenty of spiced Glühwein! Get all the details here.
  • There are tons of events going on this time of year and the folks over at the News & Observer were kind enough to assemble a great list. So check it out here so as to not miss out on anything!
  • Things are gearing up for the 2016 version of Triangle Restaurant Week – it will be here before we know it. The next rendition will take place January 25 through the 31st. Start planning your week now.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets have already gone on sale. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Durham Magazine and Chapel Hill Magazine will sponsor the third annual TASTE: A Celebration of Food & Drink, happening from April 21 to 23, 2016. The event will feature more than 30 top local chefs and establishments in Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Raleigh. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. Get all the details and updates as well as purchase tickets (they have an early bird price of $85 now!) here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • No child nor family should go hungry during the holidays… and with your help, they won’t! That’s the power of your giving when you contribute to the Food Bank’s Online Holiday Meals Drive. $35 will feed a child for two months. $120 will provide enough food to sustain a family through the winter months. $210 will provide more than 1,000 piping hot holiday meals to local families. Every dollar donated provides five meals! Help them reach the goal of providing 2.4 million meals before December 31 and ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season…Donate Now!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – December 4, 2015

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Social media blew up this week once word got out that The Capital Grille is coming to Raleigh, and more specifically to the Bank of America Tower at North Hills. The Capital Grille is is an elegant steakhouse known for their dry-aged steaks, seafood, freshest ingredients, and award-winning wines. Each location has an onsite butcher for the 18 to 24-day dry-aging process. Look for them to open the 8,000-square-foot concept next summer. This will be their second North Carolina location (behind Charlotte). Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Over in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, Jason Smith recently re-opened Cantina 18 after a 2,000 square foot expansion with upstairs dining, an upstairs bar and an al fresco dining area. For the most part, the menu remains the same. They are now open for lunch and dinner. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cameron Village, the latest edition of Rise will have their grand opening tomorrow, December 5th from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m…just in time for the holidays! This one is located at at 530 Daniels St. at the corner of Daniels and Smallwood (former Best Buy mobile shop). Check out Rise here.
  • Out in Morrisville, thanks to the keen eyes of reader Lee Langston, we learned that construction has started on a building at the corner of Chapel Hill Road and Carrington Mill Blvd. According to permits, it looks like 35 Chinese Restaurant is behind the new activity. No word yet if it is the same owners that used to be on Kildaire Farm Road. We’ll keep an eye on it. Thanks Lee!
  • In downtown Raleigh, WRAL let us know that restaurateur and bar operator Jon Seelbinder will soon be opening Virgil’s Original Taqueria at 126 S. Salisbury Street. The restaurant will be located in the same building as Linus and Pepper’s and The Level Up Kitchen and Barcadium. Virgil’s will be providing a variety of tacos with a southern twist. Look for them to open sometime this month. Stay tuned!
  • So I checked in one more time with Vita Vite (Italian for “life” and “vine”), a new wine bar that doubles as a gallery for local and regional artists, coming to downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District. They were hoping to open before Thanksgiving, but it appears they are still waiting on their alcohol permit. Best I can tell you now is to check out their Facebook page to get the latest. They will be opening in the remodeled space at 313 W. Hargett St. that was formerly a nightclub.
  • According to a couple of sources now, the Camos Brothers Pizza location on Six Forks Road in Raleigh is now Peri Brothers Pizza. You can check them out on Facebook here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Sometimes you can’t rush good coffee. And apparently that is the case with the newest edition of Joe Van Gogh Coffee that opened this week (finally!) in the Woodcroft Shopping Center in south Durham. This is the fourth coffee house for Joe Van Gogh. Congratulations to owner Robbie Roberts! Check them out here.
  • We reported back in May about an Asian bistro coming to the northern end of Chatham County in the Polk Landing shopping center. At the time it was listed as Vine Asian Bistro, but the buildout is nearly complete and the sign on the building now reads Moon Asian Bistro. No other information is available at this time.
  • And the News & Observer gave us a bit of an update on the much anticipated Pizzeria Mercato that is coming to Carrboro (408 W. Weaver Street). If all goes according to plans, they will be open before year’s end. Mercato is being brought to us by Gabe Barker, son of Ben and Karen Barker formerly of Magnolia Grill in Durham. You can keep up with Gabe’s progress here.
  • Over in Durham, we got word from the folks at The Durham that they are now open for Sunday Brunch 11am-2pm weekly. They’re serving brunch classics with a few twists inspired by NC ingredients, along with an expanded cocktail menu. The menu is available here.

Closings 

  • We got word from multiple sources that the downtown Raleigh (Seaboard Station) version of Tyler’s Taproom has closed. The Durham, Carrboro and Apex locations remain open. Negotiations are ongoing for a new restaurant concept in that space. Stay tuned.
  • Our friends over in Carrboro took two big blows just before Thanksgiving. Both Tom + Chee and Cafe Symmetry both closed their doors. Tom + Chee for good, and Cafe Symmetry owners list them as “closed for reinvention.” Stay tuned on that one.
  • Got word first from my friend Gregory Ng that Durham’s Fishmonger’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar has closed after 20+ years. Looks like the tax man came knocking.
  • It looks like we can finally stick a fork in the “former” PieBird location. Our friends over at EatRaleigh blog noted that the space has been completely emptied. Oh well, we held out hope as long as we could.
  • And finally, my friend David McCreary (aka Lunch Boy Says) has confirmed that the Fuquay-Varina location of Beef O’Brady’s has closed.

Food Trucks

  • Who else is missing food truck rodeos? Well, Knightdale ain’t scared of a little cold, especially when it is for a good cause. Rudolph’s Holiday Rodeo will be held on Sunday, December 13th from 12 – 4 p.m. at the Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater and will feature 15 food trucks! 20% of sales will go to Meals on Wheels just in time for the holidays! There will also be a truck decorating contest and rumor has it a big ol’ bellied fella in a red suit might show up! Get all the details here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Heavenly Smoke, a Triangle-based food truck that features smoked beef brisket, pork and turkey, has opened a shop in Durham’s Northgate Mall. Check them out on Facebook here.
  •  For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Today (December 4) at 5:30 p.m., the Washington Duke Inn will host “Bubbles – A Sparkling Holiday Affair” for an evening of festive fizz and toast to the holidays with champagnes and sparkling wines perfect for entertaining this season. In addition to a flight of four bubbles from around the globe, guests will be treated to holiday canapés and seasonal melodies. Check out all of their holiday events here.
  • Triangle Family Services will host its 13th annual Gingerbread Benefit on Sunday, Dec. 6 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina. The daylong fundraiser features more than 20 elaborate handmade gingerbread houses created by area celebrity chefs. The “Sneak Preview” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and tickets are $25. Santa’s Gingerbread Workshop will take place from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. but tickets are sold out! The evening Gingerbread Benefit, for adults only, will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Get tickets to that here.
  • The good folks over at Oval Park Grille and Fullsteam Brewery are teaming up for a 5-course beer dinner on Thursday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m. I’ve seen the menu and it is off the hook! To reserve a spot (or two, or eight) call 919-401-6566. Cost is $45 per person. Check out Oval Park Grille here and Fullsteam Brewery here.
  • Things are gearing up for the 2016 version of Triangle Restaurant Week – it will be here before we know it. The next rendition will take place January 25 through the 31st. Start planning your week now.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets go on sale today (November 20th) at 12 noon. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • No child or family should go hungry during the holidays… and with your help, they won’t! That’s the power of your giving when you contribute to the Food Bank’s Online Holiday Meals Drive. $35 will feed a child for two months. $120 will provide enough food to sustain a family through the winter months. $210 will provide more than 1,000 piping hot holiday meals to local families. Every dollar donated provides five meals! Help them reach the goal of providing 2.4 million meals before December 31 and ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season…Donate Now!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 20, 2015

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • You are hearing it here first. At a Raleigh Chamber event yesterday, Eschelon Experiences head man G. Patel revealed some details on his next venture – this one on the ground floor of the new Charter Square building in downtown Raleigh. Construction begins November 30th on Haymaker, a bar concept that will occupy roughly 2,000 square feet. Look for an opening in Spring 2016. In the meantime, check out Eschelon here.

Turkey Day Dining Information

If you are looking to eat out for Thanksgiving, you better move fast. Check out the News & Observer’s list of Triangle area restaurants that will be open on turkey day! Better get your reservation in now!

But what if you still want to host, but simply don’t want to do all the cooking? Or at least not the turkey. Well, Raleigh’s Q Shack at North Hills will take care of that for you. But you have to get your order in by tonight (Friday) at 8 p.m.! Everything from the turkey to all the sides you want. Trust me, I’ve been doing this at the Lennard residence for two years now and it is great! Get all the details here on ordering your turkey and/or sides and make your Thanksgiving much more enjoyable this year!

And finally, I will be in a food coma next Friday. Therefore, no Friday Fun Food Facts next Friday. Enjoy your time with family and friends…and hug them a little tighter this year!

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The News & Observer reported this week that Daniel Whitaker, owner of Green Planet Catering, has taken over as managing partner at The Person Street Pharmacy Cafe, located at 702 N. Person Street in downtown Raleigh. Patrick Cowden, who folks will remember from Jean-Claude’s in the ‘90s, will become the executive chef for the restaurant and for Whitaker’s catering company beginning in December. Look for an expanded breakfast offering, an expanded lunch menu and a makeover in the dining area. Keep up with all the changes on their Facebook page.
  •  The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that following quickly on the heels of the opening of the North Raleigh store, the next location of Rise, in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, will open on December 5th…just in time for the holidays! This one is located at at 530 Daniels St. at the corner of Daniels and Smallwood (former Best Buy mobile shop). Check out Rise-Cameron Village here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported last week that Vita Vite (Italian for “life” and “vine”), a new wine bar that doubles as a gallery for local and regional artists, is coming to downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District. Owner Lindsay Rice is now hoping to open prior to Thanksgiving, but check out their Facebook page to get the latest. They are opening in the remodeled space at 313 W. Hargett St. that was formerly a nightclub.
  • According to the Triangle Business Journal, Charlotte-based Hickory Tavern will be opening their second Triangle-area location in Holly Springs in the Harris Teeter-anchored Southpark Village shopping center. They have another location in Carrboro. No word yet on a timeline. Check out Hickory Tavern here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • WRAL reported this week that the folks over at The Bagel Bar on Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill just announced that they will be opening a second location over in Durham. All we can tell at this point is that they will be in the “heart of downtown.” Keep up with their latest announcements on their Facebook page here.

Closings 

  • And then there were none. Got word this week from reader Rob Longo that the Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Morrisville’s Park West shopping center has closed. With that, you’ll have to head to either Florida or Texas to get your Lime fix.

Food Trucks

  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Rocky Top Hospitality is partnering with A Place At The Table, a pay-what-you-can cafe coming to Hillsborough Street, by hosting a Seasonal Community Dinner on Tuesday, November 24th at 5:30 pm at 1705 Prime in Raleigh. RTH Executive Chef Adam Reid has created an incredible three-course meal, each course paired with a delicious Double Barley beer. Come enjoy a great dinner, support a worthy cause, and become part of APATT’s quickly growing community. All proceeds will go directly to A Place at the Table. Each “Dinner with Beer Pairings” ticket is $40 and includes appetizers and one beer before dinner, as well as a three-course meal and an 8 oz. beer paired with each course. The “Dinner without Beer” ticket is $30 and includes everything but the beer. Purchase tickets here. And get more information on A Place At The Table here.
  • Things are gearing up for the 2016 version of Triangle Restaurant Week – it will be here before we know it. The next rendition will take place January 25 through the 31st. Start planning your week now.
  • The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10th, but tickets go on sale today (November 20th) at 12 noon. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges. Check them out on Facebook here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • No child or family should go hungry during the holidays… and with your help, they won’t! That’s the power of your giving when you contribute to the Food Bank’s Online Holiday Meals Drive. $35 will feed a child for two months. $120 will provide enough food to sustain a family through the winter months. $210 will provide more than 1,000 piping hot holiday meals to local families. Every dollar donated provides five meals! Help them reach the goal of providing 2.4 million meals before December 31 and ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season…Donate Now!

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Friday Fun Food Facts – November 13, 2015

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  You’ve been waiting patiently for it. And we all know what an effort it is to host and cook for Thanksgiving. So why not leave the cooking (and cleaning) to any one of dozens of restaurants that will be open Thanksgiving Day? Check out the News & Observer’s list of Triangle area restaurants that will be open on turkey day! Better get your reservation in now!
  • But what if you still want to host, but simply don’t want to do all the cooking? Or at least not the turkey. Well, Raleigh’s Q Shack at North Hills will take care of that for you. Everything from the turkey to all the sides you want. Trust me, I’ve been doing this at the Lennard residence for two years now and it is great! Get all the details here on ordering your turkey and/or sides and make your Thanksgiving much more enjoyable this year!

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Vita Vite (Italian for “life” and “vine”), a new wine bar that doubles as a gallery for local and regional artists, is coming to downtown Raleigh’s Warehouse District. Owner Lindsay Rice is targeting a Nov. 21 opening in the remodeled space at 313 W. Hargett St. that was formerly a nightclub. Check them out on Facebook. Cool looking space.
  • We’ve been talking about this for weeks now, but today is the grand opening of more. kitchen and bar, the latest offering from the JMR Kitchens restaurant group that also operates Taste and The Oak. more. is located at 116 N. West Street in downtown Raleigh. They open to the public today, November 13th, at 5 p.m. Check them out here.
  • Up in north Raleigh, WRAL shared that Rise Biscuits & Donuts will open its second franchise location this Saturday, November 14th at 7am. in the Sutton Square shopping center at 6325 Falls of Neuse Rd. According to the press release, free donuts will be given away from 12-2 today (Nov. 13). Keep up with all the activities surrounding their opening on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in north Raleigh, the Triangle Business Journal shared this week that a new retail shopping center, called Olive Park, will soon break ground at the corner of Litchford Road and Falls of the Neuse Road. It will be anchored by a Sprouts specialty grocery store, but will also be home to the area’s third Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar restaurant and the area’s fourth location of City Barbecue. Stay tuned.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Young Kim opened Oiso Sushi & Korean last week in Cary’s Maynard Crossing shopping center. Prior to opening Oiso, Kim worked in some well known sushi establishments across the Triangle – Mura, Sono, Asuka, Yuri and Oishii. In addition to sushi, the kitchen turns out a modest selection of Japanese and Korean dishes. He doesn’t have a website yet, but you can read the write-up in the News & Observer here.
  • And over in Cary, saw on a Yelp message board that a new location of Randy’s Pizza will open at 941 N. Harrison Avenue where the former Michelangelo’s Pizza used to be. No word yet on a timeline. Check out Randy’s here.
  • Also in Cary, the area’s latest rendition of Chick-fil-A is set to open next week on November 19th at Parkside Town Commons shopping center according to the Triangle Business Journal. A one-year supply of free Chick-fil-A products will be given to each of the first 100 eligible adults 18 and older who are in line when the doors open at 6 a.m. on Nov. 19.
  • And finally, look to Cary if you want to try the newest offering in the Triangle-area’s growing international palate. Got word this week that Rayana Adams was recently approved by the Town of Cary to establish PieMe and sell her South African treats. She is selling original South African savory pies, sausage rolls, and samosas. She is selling the foods as frozen and prepared, and is also considering catering. Check her out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Thanks to a tip from our Twitter friend BurgeoningBaker, we learned that the brick and mortar location of American Meltdown has opened in the food court at The Streets at Southpoint Mall in Durham. Joining Porchetta, they become the second food truck to open at the mall. Check them out here.
  • The transition is complete. This past week the former Merlion in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village reopened as Rasa Malaysia. I haven’t been yet, but was a big fan of Merlion, and can’t wait to check it out. We have been unable to find anything online. Will just have to go “old school” and visit!
  • Clouds Brewing, currently located at 126 N. West Street in downtown Raleigh, is on its way to opening a second location, this one in Durham’s Brightleaf Square. They are listed on the Brightleaf Square site map and their Twitter account says they will open in the Spring of 2016. If you are not familiar with Clouds, it is a bar and restaurant focused on craft beer and has technology that allows you to pour your own beer, and pay by the ounce! Check out their website here. Thanks to Dave Scocca for the tip on this!

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  •  John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) informed me about the fact that every Thursday from September through November, the town of Knightdale is hosting “Food Truck Thursdays” with a new food truck scheduled each week. The weekly truck will be parked at Knightdale Station Park near the amphitheater each Thursday 11am to 2pm. Check out the schedule here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.

Events

  • Over in Durham, the Refectory Cafe has put together a six-course dinner (including a glass of wine) for a flat $45 that will delight your tastebuds for this Saturday, November 14th. Contact the cafe for more details.
  • Expressions V. A Celebration of Food and Art will bring together philanthropists, food and wine enthusiasts and lovers of the arts. The annual event will be held on Friday, November 20 at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C., and will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Lucy Daniels Center. The featured artist for this year’s event is Beverly McIver. Get all the details and learn who the guest chefs are this year here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • No child or family should go hungry during the holidays… and with your help, they won’t! That’s the power of your giving when you contribute to the Food Bank’s Online Holiday Meals Drive. $35 will feed a child for two months. $120 will provide enough food to sustain a family through the winter months. $210 will provide more than 1,000 piping hot holiday meals to local families. Every dollar donated provides five meals! Help them reach the goal of providing 2.4 million meals before December 31 and ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season…Donate Now!

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