Friday Fun Food Facts – September 12, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •   Typically I feature restaurant news here, but this event is too big and too much fun not to highlight in this space. It is the FoodBank’s 24 Hour Telethon beginning at noon on Friday, September 26 with a goal of raising $60,000 (or 300,000 meals) for hunger relief as part of Hunger Action Month. There are lots of ways to participate (in addition to your donation), so check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  New Raleigh reported this week that City Market Cafe will open in the old Benelux space in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. Not much on their Facebook page yet, but keep up with them here.
  • And speaking of Benelux, they are slated to open next week in the Crescent Cameron Village building according to the News & Observer. Visit their website here.
  • And speaking of the Crescent Cameron Village building, Brixx Pizza will open their newest Triangle area location there tomorrow, Saturday, September 13th. Brixx has locations in Brier Creek and Chapel Hill. Visit them here.
  • And one last bit of Crescent Cameron Village news, the Triangle Business Journal also reported that Faire, a new steak and seafood restaurant concept by the Raleigh-based restaurant group Eschelon Experiences, is scheduled to open by the end of the month. Visit Eschelon here.
  • The News & Oberver’s Greg Cox reported this week that Virginia transplant Sonya Garris has opened Seven Cities Seafood and Southern Cuisine in North Raleigh at 3611 Spring Forest Road, and is billing the menu at her counter service eatery and takeout shop as “a taste of Tidewater.” Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Got word this week that Full Moon Oyster Bar will be opening their third store the first week in October in Park West in Morrisville. They currently have locations in Clemmons and Southern Pines. Get a sneak peek at them here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Aiko Bar + Lounge is coming to Glenwood South in the Creamery Building at 410 Glenwood Avenue. It will feature cocktails and Japanese cuisine. An opening date has not been announced. Get an early look at them here.
  • OK, I lied. One last bit of news from Cameron Village. Saw in the News & Observer this week that Cameron Village’s Village Draft House is undergoing renovations that include a new interior, storefront and signage. The new space, which will be smaller, will also get a new menu. The space the Draft House is vacating will become a different restaurant that has not yet been announced. They remain open during the renovation. See what is going on here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Got word this week from The Daily Tar Heel that Time-Out reopened Sept. 5 in its new location at 201 E. Franklin St., on the corner of Henderson Street and Franklin Street. Check them out here.
  • Got word from a dear friend (who doesn’t want me to publish her name) that Aunt Serafina’s Pizza has opened in Hope Valley Commons shopping center in Durham. Peter Turner (a Dunkin Donuts franchisee) and Alan Tyndall (a former Domino’s Pizza franchisee) opened the independently owned pizzeria.
  • And over in Durham, G2B Gastropub announced this week that they will be opening G2B Brewery in late September or early October. The nano brewery is a small batch, one-barrel set-up and is located in the restaurant. Get more details here.
  • Also in Durham, the News & Observer is reporting that he owner of the now-closed Intrepid Life Coffee & Spirits says he is looking to hire four new employees and open in a new location in about a month. Apparently Victoriano is now looking at two spaces, including one at Golden Belt currently occupied by a pop-up shop for Carrboro Coffee Roasters. We will keep an eye on this one.

Closings 

  • So, 604 West Village located in downtown Durham closed their doors last Thursday. That is the bad news. The good news is it could be yours! Yep, it is for sale. If you are at all interested, please let me know and I’ll get you in touch with the right person.

Food Trucks 

  • Got word from Natalie Goodman that the Draft Line in Fuqua-Varina is hosting an event on September 14th from 3-8 p.m. to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lots of activities going on all afternoon and plenty for the kids as well. And of course, a few food trucks will be on hand. Get all the details here.
  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on 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 one last bit of food truck news, got a tweet this week that food truck Deli-icious is moving forward with a brick and mortar location. They have a spot identified, but no other details at this point. In the meantime, track down the truck here.

Events

  • They are selling out! (I told you so!) Get this on your calendar and buy your tickets today! This is one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Then mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival on Saturday, September 20th. Get all the details here.
  • My buddy Chris Duke (owner of Anna’s Gourmet Goodies) turned me onto an event coming up on September 21, 2014 called Dinner in the Meadow. Held on a farm just outside of Louisburg, the dinner will feature 8 amazing chefs with locally and naturally raised ingredients and locally sourced wines, beers and cheeses. Get tickets and all the details here. 
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • If you, or someone you know, requires a gluten free diet, you’ll want to get this event on your calendar. The North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair will be held on September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Put this one on your calendar as well – the 7th Annual Pepper Festival hosted by Briar Chapel community in Chapel Hill on October 5, 3-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food, beer and North Carolina culture in a spicy new way. Top chefs across North Carolina compete to create dishes–from beer to chocolate–using the locally bred and grown N.C. pepper. Get all the details here. 
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on 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.
  • 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.
  • And just 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 Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – September 5, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • A huge congratulations to AJ Viola and Mike Sholar, the guys behind BREW, a new coffee and beer bar that just opened in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station. Serving up locally roasted Raleigh Coffee Company coffee beans, cold brew, in house baked goods, and they have plans to serve craft beer in the near future. Get by and check them out – cool space. Here is their website.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Joe & Sarka Leli just yesterday hung the “now open” sign up at Leli’s Deli in Wake Forest at 3325 Rogers Road and will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have known Joe for a number of years and excited to see him with his own place again. Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that a restaurant called Organic Festival is coming to the Poyner Shopping Center near Triangle Town Center in north Raleigh. The restaurant, at 5951 Poyner Village Parkway, is expected to open in November. Check them out here.
  • We’ve been watching this one for a while, but the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that a deal to build a new Chick-fil-A restaurant and drive-thru at the Lake Boone Shopping Center in west Raleigh has been finalized with plans to open the new location by the spring of 2015. The Wendy’s building that is currently there will be torn down to make way for the new store.
  • The News & Observer reported today that Maui Wowi, a restaurant that serves Hawaiian coffees and smoothies in flavors such as strawberry banana, mango orange, lemon and pina colada, has opened in Cary at 919 N. Harrison Ave. near Walmart. Check them out here.
  • And reader Bryan Kay provided a quick update on the former KFC location at 5900 Duraleigh Road that is being converted into a Steak & Shake. Bryan notified us that in the last week construction crews have begun making significant progress and it won’t be long now before burgers and shakes are rolling out of there. We will keep an eye on it. Thanks Bryan!

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Say cheese! WRAL and Triangle Business Journal reported that a Cincinnati-based grilled cheese restaurant made famous on the reality show “Shark Tank” announced plans for a Carrboro location. Tom+Chee specializes in more than 20 types of grilled cheese and three versions of tomato soup. Their menu also includes salad and vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The location is not known just yet. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • Got word from Natalie Goodman that the Draft Line in Fuqua-Varina is hosting an event on September 14th from 3-8 p.m. to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lots of activities going on all afternoon and plenty for the kids as well. And of course, a few food trucks will be on hand. Get all the details here.
  • The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year will be held on 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.

Events 

  • They are selling out! (I told you so!) Get this on your calendar and buy your tickets today! This is one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Little Hen Restaurant in Holly Springs will host a Western Wake Farmers’ Market dinner on Monday, September 8, 2014, during which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the market. Get all the details here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Then mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival on Saturday, September 20th. Get all the details here.
  • My buddy Chris Duke (owner of Anna’s Gourmet Goodies) turned me onto an event coming up on September 21, 2014 called Dinner in the Meadow. Held on a farm just outside of Louisburg, the dinner will feature 8 amazing chefs with locally and naturally raised ingredients and locally sourced wines, beers and cheeses. Get tickets and all the details here. 
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • If you, or someone you know, requires a gluten free diet, you’ll want to get this event on your calendar. The North Carolina Triangle Gluten Intolerance Fair will be held on September 27 from 1-6 p.m. Get all the details and ticket information here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on 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.
  • 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.
  • And just 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 Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 29, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • This past week marked the closing of Benelux Coffee in downtown Raleigh’s City Market, but also the announcement that they will be opening their new location in Cameron Village Shopping Center (402 Oberlin Street to be exact) next month. In the meantime, you can visit them at their Alexander Family YMCA location on Hillsborough Street. We’ll keep an eye on their opening date. Keep up with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  In other coffee news, Carolina Business Connection reported earlier this week that Wake Forest-based coffee shop Bean Therapy has opened a second location at The Galleria in North Raleigh at 9650 Strickland Road. They will have an open house on September 6 from 10 – 6 p.m. with door prizes and free coffee samples. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Italian restaurant Posta Tuscan Grille and its bar at the Marriott City Center in downtown Raleigh are transitioning into a Southern eatery and gastropub that will be called Rye Bar and Southern Kitchen. Look for renovations to begin in early October with a planned “reopening” the second week of November.
  • Got word this week from a Yelp message board that a Supreme Hibachi Asian Buffet is set to open in the location that used to be Blinco’s at 6711 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. No word yet on an open date, but we’ll keep an eye on it.
  • Gary Lane let me know this week that Clouds Brewing, a locally owned craft beer bar and restaurant in downtown Raleigh, is holding their grand opening tonight (August 29) beginning at 5 p.m. Get all the details here.
  • Beginning at 11 a.m. on September 1st, World of Beer is opening their second Triangle area location at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Westin Parkway. Here are the numbers: 55 taps; 500 bottled beers; 19 flat screens. And that does not include the pretty yummy pub faire that will be offered. Also, on September 2nd (their official grand opening) 10% of all sales will go to SAFEChild. Check them out here.
  • Got word from several sources this week that Blackfinn Ameripub is set to open September 3rd (as with any opening, that is subject to change) in Morrisville’s Park West Village at 3201 Village Market Place. With other locations throughout the country, this marks the first Triangle area location. It looks pretty cool. Check it out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News and Observer reported that Foster’s Market Chapel Hill, a restaurant and market that opened in 1998, is changing its name to The Root Cellar Café & Catering in September. Everything you have come to love will remain the same. But look for some new things on the horizon. Check them out here.
  • Looks like hot dogs are joining the list of hottest places on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill – joining pizza joints and t-shirt shops. The Daily Tar Heel is reporting this week that Trolly Stop Hot Dogs is well on its way to opening a Chapel Hill location at 306 W. Franklin Street, in the same complex as Vespa Ristorante. This follows the opening of Sup Dogs, which just opened several weeks ago. Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal is reporting this morning that Nzinga’s, a new breakfast and brunch cafe, is coming to 828 Fayetteville Street in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center in Durham. They are having a “tasting party” on September 4th from 6-7:30 p.m. Check out their Facebook page here.

Closings 

  • Bummed to have to report this week that Dorry’s Downtown closed their doors in downtown Cary last weekend. My best to Ray on whatever he takes on next.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board, and confirmed by a posting on Twitter, that just over a year after opening, the OC Bar & Grill on Oberlin Road in Raleigh has closed.
  • Got word from reader Pat Price this week that the View Bar on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh has closed. That is the bad news. But coming out of that, it appears as if Big Mike’s BBQ (which was operating out of View Bar) will be opening a new location over in Cary next month at 1222 NW Maynard Road in Cary. Website says it is opening in October. We will keep an eye on it.

Food Trucks 

  • The next food truck rodeo in Durham’s Central Park is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on August 31. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and gather at the farmers’ market pavilion at Durham Central Park. Get all the details here.
  • Got word from Natalie Goodman that the Draft Line in Fuqua-Varina is hosting an event on September 14th from 3-8 p.m. to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Lots of activities going on all afternoon and plenty for the kids as well. And of course, a few food trucks will be on hand. 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.

Events

  • They are selling out! (I told you so!) Get this on your calendar and buy your tickets today! This is one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Little Hen Restaurant in Holly Springs will host a Western Wake Farmers’ Market dinner on Monday, September 8, 2014, during which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the market. Get all the details here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Then mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival on Saturday, September 20th. Get all the details here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • Raleigh City Farm’s Annual Harvest Dinner will be held this year on Sunday, October 5 and will feature Chef Scott Crawford of Standard Foods. The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Raleigh City Farm is located at Person Street Plaza at 800 North Blount Street. Tickets can be purchased here beginning next month.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on 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.
  • 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.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 22, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  There is a new dog in town and they open today at 121 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh in the former Spize Café location. Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Company will feature 8 gourmet dogs, 8 dipping sauces, 8 delicious shakes and 8 beers on tap. The impressive renovations to the space include a take-out window and a very fun and welcoming space to enjoy the sites and sounds of downtown Raleigh. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got a tip from reader Lauren Landis that Duck Donuts, with a wildly popular location on the Outer Banks, is planning to open a location in Cary. According to their website, they will be coming to Wrenn Plaza this fall. Check them out here and keep up with all their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Cary as we know it is about to change. Beginning at 11 a.m. on September 1st, World of Beer is opening their second Triangle area location at the corner of Harrison Avenue and Westin Parkway. Here are the numbers: 55 taps; 500 bottled beers; 19 flat screens. And that does not include the pretty yummy pub food that will be offered. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, got a posting on my blog last week that a Mexican restaurant called Totopos is getting ready to open in the old Chili’s space on Kildaire Farm Road opposite Trader Joes (1388 Kildaire Farm Road to be exact). No word yet on an open date, but they tout themselves as chef-driven menu focused on the diverse street foods accompanied by an amazing tequila bar. We’ll be keeping an eye on this one for sure!
  • Got word from several sources this week that Blackfinn Ameripub is set to open September 3rd (as with any opening, that is subject to change) in Morrisville’s Park West Village at 3201 Village Market Place. With other locations throughout the country, this marks the first Triangle area location. It looks pretty cool. Check it out here.
  • Also in Morrisville, the Triangle Business Journal is reporting that Cafe Anar, a Mediterranean and central Asian restaurant, has opened in the Factory Shops in Morrisville in the former Moustache Café spot. Check out their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that the owners of the Cleveland Drafthouse at I-40 and Highway 42 in Cleveland (between Garner and Clayton) are opening a second location in Clayton at the intersection of US 70 and Shotwell Road behind the CVS Pharmacy. According to their Facebook page, they are targeting a mid-September opening. Check them out here.
  • The Carolina Ale House continues to grow, this time into Garner. The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the Carolina Ale House restaurant group has been named as the first tenant to commit to the expansion of the White Oak Crossing shopping center in Garner that will be anchored by Cabela’s outdoor retail store. Look for an opening in the first quarter of 2015.
  • And also in Garner, my friends Melissa and Alvin Cotto have opened up Big Al’s Pizza and Wings at 5176 NC 42 West. A scratch made kitchen, they make their own dough, pizza sauce, wing sauces, and even sausage in house. Get by and check them out here.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill continues to grow its presence in the Triangle with two new locations on the way in North Raleigh. The first is along with the new Gander Mountain outdoor store at the Triangle Plaza shopping center on Capital Boulevard. Look for it to open in the next month. The other is at the Harvest Plaza shopping center at Strickland and Six Forks roads at the spot of the leveled Burger King.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • G Patel is extending his Eschelon Experiences empire over into Durham with the report this week by the Herald Sun that Basan, a modern Japanese restaurant, is coming to downtown Durham’s American Tobacco Campus in the Diamond View III building adjacent to the DPAC and overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The menu is inspired by the West Coast style of Japanese cuisine and focuses on specialty sushi rolls, seafood, appetizers and a sake selection. They hope to have it open by the end of the year. Check them out here.
  • Got a little bit more information this week on Heavenly Buffaloes in Durham. It is the creation of Dain Phelan, owner of Dain’s Place, and is on course to open next week. It is located just off Ninth Street on Markham Avenue in what was formerly Sam’s Grill. Check them out here.
  • And the Herald Sun also reported this week that a restaurant chain Pholicious is coming to the Streets at Southpoint. This will be their first venture into North Carolina. The restaurant specializes in Pho, a Vietnamese noodle soup. Our guess is that it will be in the food court. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The next food truck rodeo in Durham’s Central Park is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on August 31. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and gather at the farmers’ market pavilion at Durham Central Park. 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.

Events 

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week wraps up this weekend with more than 41 downtown restaurants participating. The venues will offer different packages, including a three-course prix fixe dinner and, at some places, beer or wine pairings. Reservations are recommended. For more information about the participating restaurants and available food packages, click here.
  • Little Hen Restaurant in Holly Springs will host a Western Wake Farmers’ Market dinner on Monday, September 8, 2014, during which a portion of the proceeds will benefit the market. Get all the details here.
  • Picture this. Downtown Apex. 6 food trucks. 7 restaurants. A giant wine and beer garden. And wall to wall Jazz music. Does that “peak” your interest? (I know it is pique, but Apex is known as the Peak of Good Living!) Then mark your calendar for the 4th Annual Apex Jazz and Music Festival on Saturday, September 20th. Get all the details here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details here.
  • For the 19th year in a row, The World Beer Festival will be held in Durham on 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.
  • 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.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 15, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Happy to announce that Boulted Bread, downtown Raleigh’s newest bakery, is officially open for business. They are located at 614 W. South Street. Congratulations to Fulton Forde, Sam Kirkpatrick, and Joshua Bellamy. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word this week from John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, that a new smokehouse called The Blistered Pig Smokehouse is coming to downtown Apex (225 N. Salem Street to be exact). It looks like they are shooting for a late October opening, but we’ll keep an eye on it. Get a sneak peek at them here.
  • Also in Apex, Ashley Mills tipped me off to the fact that Dohertys Irish Pub, with a location on High House Road in Cary, is opening a new location in Apex off Hwy 55 (at the intersection with Apex Peakway) in the old Sparks Wings & Ribs location. Check out Doherty’s here.
  • And if that is not enough good Apex news for you, I got a tweet this week from Nick Thomas that it looks like a fish and chips restaurant named Chippy’s is scheduled to open in the old Dixie Belle’s Smokehouse location at 1001 Davis Drive. No other information is available at this time, but we’ll keep an eye on it. Thanks Nick!
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that the Tampa, Florida-based Burger 21, an upscale burger franchise, will soon be opening their second location in North Carolina this time in Morrisville. No word yet on an exact location, but they plan to be open by the summer of next year. We will keep an eye on this. Check them out here.
  • Alison Mecca, who recently opened a permanent brick-and-mortar location for her popular food truck, Iced Cupcakes, will hold a grand opening celebration on Thursday, August 21st from 6-9pm. The celebration will be held at Iced Cupcakes’ new location, 5911 Poyner Village Parkway, Suite 103, Raleigh, NC 27616. Get more details here.
  • Got a tweet this week from Rebecca Calhoun that there is a Firehouse Subs sign up in the old Cici’s Pizza spot in North Raleigh’s Bent Tree Plaza. No word yet on an open date.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Saw in Chapel Hill Magazine that Time-Out is officially closing their current home in University Square on September 1st, but only days later will open on the corner of Franklin and Henderson Streets (where East End bar used to be) with one location, and yet another, this one a Time-Out Express, inside the Time Out Sports Bar & Restaurant across from Eastgate Shopping Center. Glad to know this year’s UNC freshman class will not miss out on a Chapel Hill institution. Get more details on Time-Out here.
  • We were the first to tell you back in June that the Egg & I was taking over the space formerly occupied by Piola in Chapel Hill’s East 54. Got an update this week that they are looking to open before year’s end. Check them out here.
  • We also learned this week that the Egg & I is not the only new restaurant headed to Chapel Hill’s East 54. Durham’s very own Enzo’s Pizza will open their second location and will join the mix (in the 3000 building) at East 54. They are looking to open before year’s end as well. Check them out here.
  • Got a press release this week that the first North Carolina location of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurant opened on Wednesday in Durham at the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40. But their plans in North Carolina don’t end there. Plans are now underway to begin construction on a second location in Cary in the Searstone Retail Village at the corner of Davis Drive and High House Road. Check them out here.
  • And a Christina G. posted on a Yelp message board this week that a place called Heavenly Buffaloes (tagged as the wing joint you’ve been looking for) is going into the space on Markham Avenue in Durham that was formerly Sam’s Grill. Nothing much up on their website yet, but says it is coming in August. We’ll keep an eye on it.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The next food truck rodeo in Durham’s Central Park is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on August 31. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and gather at the farmers’ market pavilion at Durham Central Park. 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.

Events

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets are on sale now! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week starts Aug. 18 with more than 35 downtown restaurants participating during the event that ends Aug. 24. The venues will offer different packages, including a three-course prix fixe dinner and, at some places, beer or wine pairings. Reservations are recommended. For more information about the participating restaurants and available food packages, click here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with 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 Tastefull Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 8, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Congrats to Chef Dean Thompson of Flights at the Renaissance Hotel on Main at North Hills in Raleigh who became the first two-time regional champion last week overcoming the battle of spiced honey liqueur and grits. Thompson beat out Chef Steve Zanini of Jimmy V’s Steak House & Tavern in Cary in the final Triangle dinner competition after rising to the top of the 16-chef regional tournament that started back in June. The Got to Be NC Competition Dining Series heads back to Raleigh for the Final Fire in November. Additional information and ticket reservations are available here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, tipped me off to the fact that Wake Forest is getting a new eatery in September called Leli’s Diner at 3325 Rogers Road. Not much on their website yet, but they are throwing some delicious looking pictures up on their Twitter feed.
  • Also in Wake Forest, WRAL reported that Rosati’s Pizza has opened off of South Main Street. This marks the second Triangle-area location (Morrisville is the other) for the Chicago-based franchise that serves up pizza, pasta and sandwiches. Check them out here.
  • A big congratulations to the folks over at Sassool (formerly Neomonde) in North Raleigh as they hold their official grand re-opening tomorrow (August 9) beginning with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Get a list of all the events going on tomorrow here.
  • Got word this week from a tweet from Joseph Wells that Jet’s Pizza, a deep-dish pizza chain out of Michigan, has opened another store at 3004 Wake Forest Road in North Raleigh. This marks the 4th Triangle location. Check them out here.
  • We have an update to a new restaurant we told you about earlier this year in downtown Raleigh. When we first reported it, they were looking at a summer-time opening, but got an update this week (via their Facebook page) that Chef Gregory Hamm, who owns Café 121 in Sanford and Cary, will be opening P.G.Werth’s at 927 West Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh in late October. Check their Facebook page here.
  • And one last update via a Facebook feed. We learned that the Cary location of World of Beer is shooting for an August opening – as in, this month! Keep up with them here.
  • And David McCreary (author of Lunch Boy Says) reminded me last week that the Firehouse Subs on Main Street in Fuquay Varina has opened. Thanks David!

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The News & Observer reported this week that Durham chef Scott Howell (owner of Nana’s and Nanataco) will be expanding his restaurant group with the opening of Nanasteak at American Tobacco Campus, tentatively scheduled to open next spring.
  • And if that is not enough to keep Scott busy, he also has another new restaurant and cocktail bar called Bar Virgile, which will be at the corner of Main and Mangum streets in downtown Durham. The focus is cocktails but there will be a small kitchen that will serve housemade frankfurters, sausages, pates, terrines, some imported meats and local and imported cheeses. Howell hopes to open Bar Virgile later this year. Not much is there, but here is their Facebook page if you want to “like” them.
  • The Chapel Hill Magazine reported this week that a new restaurant is opening soon in the Chatham Downs Shopping Center (Harris Teeter) on 15-501 just across the county line in Chatham County. Called Figs & Honey, it is owned by the husband and wife team of Heba Salama and Ed Brantley. I’m looking forward to this one. Check them out here.
  • I got a tweet this week that the Colorado Burrito Company has opened in the Shops at Daniel Boone Village in Hillsborough. I was unable to find a website or Facebook page for the new eatery.
  • Caught wind this week that Bella’s over in Durham has moved to Carrboro in the old Ba Da Wings location at 360 W. Main Street. Started three years ago in Durham, they now call Carrboro home and are called Bella’s International Cuisine. You can check them out here.

Closings 

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  •  The next Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is this Sunday, August 10 from 4pm-9pm. Think 50 food trucks spread out over a 1/2 mile of downtown with all your local favorites as well as trucks from as far away as Wilmington and Charlotte. Get all the details here.
  • The next food truck rodeo in Durham’s Central Park is scheduled for noon-4 p.m. on August 31. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair and gather at the farmers’ market pavilion at Durham Central Park. 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.

Events 

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets go on sale this Sunday, July 20! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • This Saturday is the second Saturday of the month (August 9), so that means another edition of Second Saturday Raleigh, an open celebration of food and community along the Raleigh Food Corridor in downtown Raleigh. Get all the details here.
  • Downtown Raleigh is getting cheesy – at least on Wednesday, August 13 when thousands will gather for a day celebrating locally made, artisan cheeses during the third annual Cheese Please! event at City Plaza from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The event is hosted by the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market and will give cheese lovers a chance to sample cheese from cheese-makers located within 80 miles from downtown Raleigh. In addition to a cheese tasting, you’ll have the chance to see downtown Raleigh chefs battle in a grilled cheese cook-off. Get all the details here.
  • Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week starts Aug. 18 with more than 35 downtown restaurants participating during the event that ends Aug. 24. The venues will offer different packages, including a three-course prix fixe dinner and, at some places, beer or wine pairings. Reservations are recommended. For more information about the participating restaurants and available food packages, click here.
  • The Angus Barn is again holding their very popular Seafood Celebration Dinner at Bay 7 at the American Tobacco Campus on Saturday, August 23rd. The cost is $125 plus tax and includes a wine pairing and tip. More details and ticket ordering can be found here.
  • Derrick Minor turned me onto an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with 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 Tastefull Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to announce that they will hold their 3rd Annual FoodBank24 New Media Telethon on September 26-27, 2014. The 24-hour event begins at noon on September 26th and continues for 24 straight hours of entertaining and enlightening activities as part of Hunger Action Month. Put it on your calendar and get all the details here. There are lots of ways to participate.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 25, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  If you read this early enough you’ll have the opportunity to scoot over to downtown Durham for the first ever Durham Breakfast Food Truck Rodeo happening TODAY until 10 am at 505 S. Duke Street in the parking lot of the main BB&T branch. It features The Wicked Biscuit Company, Belgian Waffology and Caffee Bellezza. Can’t make it today? It appears as if this is a “every Friday” event!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We learned from the website Raleigh Public Record that a Shucker’s Oyster Bar is getting built out at the 510 Glenwood Avenue building in downtown Raleigh. No word yet on a timeline.
  • We also learned from Raleigh Public Record that Glenwood Avenue, in the Pleasant Valley area, will be home to a new First Watch, a breakfast, brunch and lunch chain out of Florida. The Glenwood location will be the first in North Carolina (125 across the country) and is one of five scheduled to open in the region. Get a peek at them here.
  • We told you about this concept back in early June, but the Triangle Business Journal is reporting this week that Farm Table has opened at 960 Gateway Commons Drive in Wake Forest in the space formerly occupied by Girasole Trattoria. Farm Table is part of the Giorgios Hospitality and Lifestyle Group. Check out all their concepts here.
  • Got a tweet from Matthew Andrako that Wild Cook’s Indian Grill has opened in the space on Hillsborough Street that was formerly India Mahal. Couldn’t find a website for them, but here is a link on Yelp.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • For you ice cream lovers out there (ok, that is everyone) – there is a Ben & Jerry’s that has popped up at the Streets at Southpoint between The Cheesecake Factory and Firebirds. Apparently it is just a kiosk, but who cares – it is ice cream! Thanks to reader Mary Moorefield for that tip.
  • The Meadowmont location of Market Street Café is currently undergoing renovations. Got word last week that the contractor anticipates they will be able to re-open in about 2 weeks now. Can’t wait to see what the renovations will bring. Keep up with them here.

Closings 

  • We learned this week, from multiple sources, that Papa Mojos Roadhouse, a Creole restaurant and music venue on Highway 55 in Durham, has closed after a seven year run. Our best to Mel Melton on his next venture.

Food Trucks 

  • Pittsboro Roadhouse will host the next Pittsboro Food Truck Rodeo this Saturday, July 26th from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will feature 7 food trucks, 2 beer trucks and of course, Pittsboro Roadhouse and their delicious offerings. Be sure to stop by. Get more details here.
  • Also on Saturday the good folks at Rebus Works are holding another one of their Gouge Wrestling and Food Truck events. The fun begins tomorrow (July 26) at 5 pm with the following food trucks: : All American, American Meltdown, Bulkogi, Chirba Chirba Dumplings and Sol Taco’s. Get all the details here.
  • Head over to Wake Forest this Sunday, July 27th from 12-4 for the first official Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. It will take place at 419 S. Brooks St. at Over the Falls Shopping Center. Get all the details here.
  • Mark your calendars for the next Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo which will be Sunday, August 10 from 4pm-9pm. Think 50 food trucks spread out over a 1/2 mile of downtown with all your local favorites as well as trucks from as far away as Wilmington and Charlotte. 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.

Events 

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets go on sale this Sunday, July 20! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • The Carolina RailHawks’ 3rd Annual Pig Pickin’ Festival is Saturday, July 26th at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park.  It will take place prior to the RailHawks hosting Ottawa Fury FC at 7:30 p.m. The cost is only $16 and includes all-you-can-eat BBQ, beer from White Street Brewing Co., and many other great items. Live music will be presented by ReverbNation.com. A Pig Pickin’ Fan Contest will take place on Friday, July 18-entries are still available. Contest winners will receive RailHawks’ tickets, an authentic home jersey and more. Get all the details here.
  • If beer, bourbon or barbecue peek your interest, you’ll definitely want to check out the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival next Friday (August 1st) at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. With your entrance ticket you’ll get a souvenir glass for tastings, unlimited beer and bourbon tastings (there are 40 bourbons and 60 beers on tap) and BBQ galore from a variety of vendors. Get all the details (and tickets) here.
  • Just got word from my buddy Derrick Minor about an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with 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 Tastefull Affair will be held on Sunday, October 26th in The Blue Zone at UNC’s Kenan Stadium. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • With three locations in the Triangle, locally owned Firewurst has launched their 10,000 for 10,000 Summer Hunger Campaign for the month of July. Firewurst is charging the community to come out and eat one of their famous Certified Angus Beef hot dogs in celebration for National Hot Dog month. The goal is to sell 10,000 hot dogs throughout the month, and Firewurst will donate $10,000 to the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger program that feeds local children in need. Visit one of these Firewurst locations to participate: 1377 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (next to Trader Joe’s); 1823 N. Harrison Ave., Cary, (next to Bass Pro Shops) and 8531 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh (next to Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14). Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 18, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  Just made the announcement yesterday that my corporate catering website has officially moved to an “all local” status (over 60 restaurants and caterers). All of the restaurants and caterers that we work with are locally owned and operated. We are very proud of this (and should have done it sooner). At any rate, to celebrate we did a promotion with our current clients yesterday and we extend it to everyone today. Anyone that places an order today for delivery next week will receive a $20 gift card to any local store of their choice! Order away!

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The News & Observer reported this week that Arken Elhicheri, a veteran restaurateur in the Triangle, has opened Garibaldi Trattoria in the former Daniel’s on Main building in Fuquay-Varina. The menu is 95% Italian (there are a few French dishes) and they are open for lunch and dinner daily. You can check out their Facebook page here.
  • Thanks to a tip from John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, we learned that Butcher Block American Grill next to Bella Italia on Durant Rd. in N. Raleigh is now open. Check them out here.
  • Got wind of a new restaurant coming into downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station on the local Yelp message board. The Night Kitchen Bakery and Café will be located next to Marigold Parlour. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal broke the news this week that the old Lucky 32 restaurant building on Spring Forest Road in north Raleigh has been sold to a new restaurant group called Kamado Grille. It will specialize in foods prepared on ceramic, kamado-style grills. Other than that, there isn’t much else to report at this point. Suffice it to say, we are curious and will keep an eye on this one.
  • WRAL reported last week that Wake Forest has a new restaurant. One Whirled Café, an upscale eatery featuring global cuisine, has opened in the former home of Blue Fins Bistro off of Rogers Road. Check them out here.
  • If you love cheese, have we got great news for you. John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) tipped us off to the fact that Six Forks Cheese Shop, in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village, will open today (July 18)! Be sure to stop by and check them out. Get all the details here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that both Ledo Pizza and Firehouse Subs have committed to opening new restaurants in the 54 Plaza buildings now underway at the intersection of Miami Boulevard and N.C. 54 near Morrisville. The project’s first building is slated to open early next year.
  • AJ Viola and Mike Sholar, the guys behind BREW, a new coffee and beer bar coming to downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station, are very close to successfully fulfilling their Kickstarter campaign, but need a little more support to push them over the top. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
  • A quick update from my friend Dana McCall over at GoGoRaleigh. Taverna Agora is now looking at mid December date for their move to Hillsborough St. (next to Second Empire). Thanks Dana for the update.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • The big news out of Durham this week was the “major announcement” that Monuts will open a second location after they signed a 10-year-lease on the former Magnolia Grill location on Ninth Street. Look for a November opening in the space that will more than double their original space. Keep up with them here.
  • The other big news out of Durham is that the Herald Sun is reporting that Pizzeria Toro, which has been closed since November 2013 due to a fire, plans to reopen the downtown shop by Saturday. Get all the details here.
  • Got word from the Triangle Localista that the folks behind the food truck Olio & Aceto (and Blue Sky Oil & Vinegar) are opening their brick and mortar location this Saturday in Chapel Hill at 400 S. Elliot Rd (former location of Tracy’s New York Deli). Their celebration is from noon until 5 p.m.
  • The Meadowmont location of Market Street Café is currently undergoing renovations. Got word this week that the contractor anticipates they will be able to re-open in about 3 weeks. Can’t wait to see what the renovations will bring. Keep up with them here.

Closings 

  • Making way for a new apartment and retail building on Hillsborough Street, we learned from a Yelp message board that Two Guys Pizza has closed. No word on whether it will open elsewhere.

Food Trucks 

  • Pittsboro Roadhouse will host the next Pittsboro Food Truck Rodeo on Saturday, July 26th from 6 – 9 p.m. The event will feature 7 food trucks, 2 beer trucks and of course, Pittsboro Roadhouse and their delicious offerings. Be sure to stop by. Get more details here.
  • Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 27th from 12-4 for the first official Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. It will take place at 419 S. Brooks St. at Over the Falls Shopping Center. Get all the details here.

Events

  • The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets go on sale this Sunday, July 20! Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.
  • This event kind of snuck up on me, but there is still time to enjoy it. Ten counties are featured in the North Carolina Department of Agriculture’s 10-day “Dig into Local Restaurant Week,” and most of the venues are in the Triangle. Instead of fixed-price menus, the promotion involves “fixed-source” menus. From July 14-23, selected local restaurants will feature North Carolina-grown or processed products in at least four dishes, along with a North Carolina wine selection. The menus will identify the local ingredients and their sources. Thanks for the Triangle Business Journal for bringing this to my attention. Check out the participating restaurants here.
  • Our friends over at Guglhupf in Durham will hold their Beer and Whole Hog dinner on Wednesday, July 23rd at 7 pm. They have teamed up with Steel String Brewery and Green Button Farm for this annual event. Dinner will pair 6 beers with 5 courses featuring pasture raised pork. The cost is $55 per person and reservations can be made by calling 919.401.2600. More details here.
  • The next variation of Latte Art Throwdown will be held at the Carrboro Coffee Roasters Coffee Bar at Golden Belt in downtown Durham on Thursday, July 24th. The Throwdown begins at 7:30 p.m. it is open to the public. Get all the details here.
  • The Carolina RailHawks’ 3rd Annual Pig Pickin’ Festival is Saturday, July 26th at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park.  It will take place prior to the RailHawks hosting Ottawa Fury FC at 7:30 p.m. The cost is only $16 and includes all-you-can-eat BBQ, beer from White Street Brewing Co., and many other great items. Live music will be presented by ReverbNation.com. A Pig Pickin’ Fan Contest will take place on Friday, July 18-entries are still available. Contest winners will receive RailHawks’ tickets, an authentic home jersey and more. Get all the details here.
  • Just got word from my buddy Derrick Minor about an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details on Twitter here. 
  • Fire in the Triangle, a chef competition being held in Raleigh, June 23-August 4, is under way. All the events WILL sell out (several rounds have already sold out). Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • With three locations in the Triangle, locally owned Firewurst has launched their 10,000 for 10,000 Summer Hunger Campaign for the month of July. Firewurst is charging the community to come out and eat one of their famous Certified Angus Beef hot dogs in celebration for National Hot Dog month. The goal is to sell 10,000 hot dogs throughout the month, and Firewurst will donate $10,000 to the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger program that feeds local children in need. Visit one of these Firewurst locations to participate: 1377 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (next to Trader Joe’s); 1823 N. Harrison Ave., Cary, (next to Bass Pro Shops) and 8531 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh (next to Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14). Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 11, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  The word is out! Mark your calendars for one of the Triangle’s annual “can’t miss” foodie events – Terra Vita 2014. It will be held October 9 – 11 and tickets go on sale July 20. Lots of great folks involved this year. Follow @terravitafoodie on twitter and Instagram for more updates. The website is here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week that Tammy Calaway-Harper is targeting early August for the opening of Belle, an ambitious new farm-to-table restaurant, coffee shop/bakery and cafe in the Jones House, a historic structure at the corner of Academy Street and Dry Avenue in Cary. Follow her progress here.
  • Got word this week that Ajisai Japanese Fusion + Sushi has opened in the old Sushi Gami location in Cameron Village.
  • Triangle Business Journal reported last week that the Triangle is home to another location of WhichWich Superior Sandwiches. The latest location opened up in the food court at Crabtree Valley Mall. This is the chain’s first mall location.
  • It was recently announced that Tasty 8’s Gourmet Hot Dog Company will open next month at 121 Fasayetteville Street, in the former Spize Café location. We will keep an eye on it. In the mean time, visit them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Via twitter, @Burgeoningbaker tweeted me yesterday that Primal Restaurant, a gluten-free restaurant and bar, is now open in Durham. They are located at 202 West Highway 54 in the former location of Souper Salad. Check them out here.
  • Noticed on a recent stroll down Franklin Street in Chapel Hlll that Pita Pit has closed, and a sign for Campus Calzones has gone up. No word yet on an open date, but the Herald Sun noted that there is a Campus Calzones location in Greenville, NC. Get a peek at them here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal also reported that seven months after a building fire closed their pizza pie restaurant, the owners of Pizzeria Toro at Five Points in downtown Durham will reopen in late July at its original spot at 105 E. Chapel Hill Street. Keep up with them here.
  • According to the Herald Sun, a Krispy Kreme shop is coming to 3536 Hillsborough Road in the former George’s Diner location. Plans for renovation are under review at Durham City-County Planning. Stay tuned.
  • The Herald Sun reported this week that Straw Valley in Durham has moved its lunch service to The Black House. Previously, lunch was offered at the cafe and wine bar space and surrounding outdoor spaces. Reservations will be accepted for lunch at The Black House. Also, The Black House will be open seven nights a week for dinner service. They are located between U.S. 15-501 and the New Hope Commons shopping center. Check them out here.

Closings 

  • After more than 46 years in business, the first Dunkin’ Donuts shop to open in North Carolina closed its doors at 1801 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. Our best to Groover and Joyce Blitch.

Food Trucks 

  • Got word from John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) that there is a new truck in town called Jakki’s Juice Jam. They have been on the road for a few months now and offer fresh pressed juices and smoothies as well as salads and vegetarian/vegan/ and gluten free options. Check them out here.
  • Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 27th from 12-4 for the first official Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. It will take place at 419 S. Brooks St. at Over the Falls Shopping Center. Get all the details here.
  • Got word recently that Valentino’s Food Truck has launched a kickstarter campaign for some much needed upgrades, a cookbook and web show. Get all the details here.

Events 

  • This is a fun food event that happens once a month that you might want to add to your calendar. Called Second Saturday (i.e. tomorrow, July 12), it is an all-day event featuring all sorts of food related activities along a 2-mile corridor in downtown Raleigh. Check it out here.
  • The 13th Annual Acme Tomato Festival is this weekend (July 11 – 13) where they will feature the very best in local tomatoes in every color and shape and culinary guise imaginable at Acme Restaurant in Carroboro. OK, maybe not every one. But close. Nearly 500 lbs of local, oh-my, goodness. If you’ve never been to Acme over in Carrboro, now is the time to go. Check them out here.
  • The Western Wake Farmers Market is hosting their Peach Day this Saturday, July 12, 2014. Market hours are 8 a.m. – noon. In addition to the regular market offerings, WWFM will highlight peaches with samples, market recipes and chef demonstrations. Get all the details on the market here.
  • The Harvest Abundance Dinner and Auction is Sunday, July 20th, at Oakleaf in Pittsboro from 5-8pm. 100% of the proceeds go to Abundance Foundation & Chatham Mills Farmers’ Market. Get your tickets today ($45 in advance; $55 at the door). Get more information here 
  • The Carolina RailHawks’ 3rd Annual Pig Pickin’ Festival is Saturday, July 26th at 5:30 p.m. at WakeMed Soccer Park.  It will take place prior to the RailHawks hosting Ottawa Fury FC at 7:30 p.m. The cost is only $16 and includes all-you-can-eat BBQ, beer from White Street Brewing Co., and many other great items. Live music will be presented by ReverbNation.com. A Pig Pickin’ Fan Contest will take place on Friday, July 18-entries are still available. Contest winners will receive RailHawks’ tickets, an authentic home jersey and more. Get all the details here.
  • Just got word from my buddy Derrick Minor about an event in September that you’ll want to get on your calendar. Mark your calendars now for September 27 for Beericana. What is Beericana? 50 breweries + 10 food trucks + 4 Americana bands + Awesome People = Beericana! The event will be held at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs. More details to follow. Keep up with details on Twitter here. 
  • Fire in the Triangle, a chef competition being held in Raleigh, June 23-August 4, is under way. All the events WILL sell out (several rounds have already sold out). Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • With three locations in the Triangle, locally owned Firewurst has launched their 10,000 for 10,000 Summer Hunger Campaign for the month of July. Firewurst is charging the community to come out and eat one of their famous Certified Angus Beef hot dogs in celebration for National Hot Dog month. The goal is to sell 10,000 hot dogs throughout the month, and Firewurst will donate $10,000 to the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger program that feeds local children in need. Visit one of these Firewurst locations to participate: 1377 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary (next to Trader Joe’s); 1823 N. Harrison Ave., Cary, (next to Bass Pro Shops) and 8531 Brier Creek Parkway, Raleigh (next to Regal Brier Creek Stadium 14). Get all the details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 27, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  • Got word yesterday that a new concept to North Carolina will take over the space formerly occupied by Piola in Chapel Hill’s East 54. Look for a concept called The Egg & I to take over that space. They serve breakfast and lunch. No word yet on an open date. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Juice and salad delivery service Happy + Hale opened a brick and mortar location today in downtown Raleigh at 443 Fayetteville Street in front of the Bank of America building. They have grand opening activities planned all day. Check them out here.
  • We got word this week that popular food truck Sarges Chef had a soft opening this past Wednesday at their new brick and mortar location at 400 Southtown Circle in Rolesville in the old JD’s Grill location. Get more details here.
  • Saw on a Yelp message board that Almadina Bakery, which closed for renovations, has reopened as Kader’s French Pastry (1007 Method Rd.) and features nice French and Mediterranean desserts! Check them out here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Benjamin Harris, a native of Raleigh, has returned from the Charleston area to become the new executive chef at Midtown Grille at North Hills following the departure of Scott James. He will take over the reigns on July 3rd. Congrats to Benjamin!
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Lorraine’s Coffee House and Music, a coffee shop that features live music, has opened in Garner. It is located at at 101 Timber Pointe Lane, on the corner of Timber Drive and Vandora Springs Road. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • We were the first to break the news that Durham’s Bean Trader’s was expanding into the space next door. The expansion means Bean Trader’s will offer more roasting, coffee classes, a full alternative brew bar, and a craft waffle and dessert bar with beer and wine. Congrats to Christy and David! Expect the renovations and expansion to take place in stages. Check them out here.
  • The Herald Sun reported this week that the kitchen has opened at Triangle Brewing Co.’s Pint & Plate to allow for the bar (and now restaurant) to start serving food. They opened last year at 802 W. Main St., but didn’t start offering food until the kitchen opened on May 29. Check them out here.
  • This week the Triangle Business Journal noted that the much anticipated Japanese ramen shop Dashi announced their location – 415 E. Chapel Hill Street. Kelli and Billy Cotter, owners of the popular Downtown Durham paninoteca, Toast, and Rochelle and Nick Johnson, owners of the culinary incubator and event space, The Cookery, are behind this new concept. Check them out here. 
  • Carpe Durham noted this week that Gocciolina, a small Italian restaurant, has opened at 3314 Guess Road in Durham. Locals will recognize Aaron Benjamin, the man behind the concept, who spent time at Rue Cler and Pops. Gocciolina has been open just over a week and is serving up small plates of Italian comfort food. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer is reporting that Mi Peru, owned by the husband and wife team of Edwin Vergaray and Gladis Muñoz, has opened in Durham in the space formerly occupied by Rick’s Cafe and more recently, Bear Rock Cafe and Fresno Cafe. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal also reported this week that seven months after a building fire closed their pizza pie restaurant, the owners of Pizzeria Toro at Five Points in downtown Durham will reopen in late July at its original spot at 105 E. Chapel Hill Street. Keep up with them here.

Closings 

  •  No closings to report! Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • On June 28th, Pittsboro is going to have a food truck rodeo in the parking lot across from Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store from 6-9 p.m. featuring the following trucks: Tailgater Toby BBQ; The Greek Devil; Sol Tacos; Belgium Waffology; Pittsboro Food Guy Pete Da Heat; and Little Dippers Italian Ice. And there will be an after-party at the Pittsboro Roadhouse with fantastic live entertainment. Mark your calendars.
  • Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 27th from 12-4 for the first official Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo. It will take place at 419 S. Brooks St. at Over the Falls Shopping Center. Get all the details here.

Events

  • It was so popular last year that Kim Hunter is holding the 2nd Annual Korean BBQ at Kimbap at 111 Seaboard Avenue in Raleigh tomorrow, June 28th from 11 until 3 pm. A tent will be set up outside and it is a rain or shine event. Get all the details here.
  • Fire in the Triangle, a chef competition being held in Raleigh, June 23-August 4, is under way. All the events WILL sell out (several rounds have already sold out). Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • Go ahead and mark your calendar for the Food Bank’s Annual 24 Hour Telethon (#FoodBank24). This year it will be held on September 26-27, 2014. It will start at 12 noon on Friday and will air through Saturday at noon. The Food Bank and Gregory Ng of Freezer Burns are coming together once again to raise food, funds, and awareness as part of the national Hunger Action Month movement. Learn more here.

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