Friday Fun Food Facts – July 22, 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 the much-anticipated H Street Kitchen is aiming to open by Aug. 2 in the former Varsity Theater on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. A huge congratulations to Gary Bryant and Adam Rose as this project, which will be a huge boost to the revitalization of Hillsborough Street, has been a long-time coming….but it will be well worth the wait. Learn more about the restaurant’s history, vision, menu and more on their Facebook page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported that Raleigh chef and restaurant owner Jason Smith has confirmed plans to open a second iteration of Cantina 18 – the contemporary, Tex-Mex-style restaurant he owns at Cameron Village in Raleigh, with plans to open the new location in Morrisville’s Park West Village in early 2017. Get familiar with all of Jason’s concepts here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Jeff Mickel and Michael Thor are targeting the 2nd week in August to roll up the garage doors at downtown Raleigh’s newest watering hole and restaurant, Whiskey Kitchen. This place looks so cool. Not much on the website, so keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • New Raleigh reported this week that Brewerks Bakery and Cafe in Oakwood (formerly Quality Grocery) plans to open by the end of the month at 701 E. Lane Street. Look for fresh brewed coffee, in-house baked pastries and breads as well as breakfast and lunch dishes. Keep up with them here.
  • WRAL reported that Chihua Grill will be opening “any day now” in Raleigh’s Villa Latina Plaza just outside of downtown Raleigh next to Renaissance Park. Learn more about Chihua Grill here.
  • Got word a little earlier this month that the newest Five Guys is now open on Capital Boulevard (5501 Capital Blvd. to be exact) in Raleigh. This looks like the 11th Triangle area location, with another in the works for 64 West in Apex. Check out Five Guys here.
  • Also on Capital Boulevard, WRAL reported this week that McAlister’s Deli will open their second Raleigh location at the Shoppes on Capital (in the same shopping center as Five Guys) on Monday, July 25th. Check out McAlister’s here.
  • Over in Cary, got word this week that Giardino Gourmet Salads, a new concept out of Florida, will be coming to the Bass Pro shopping center on Harrison Avenue next to the former Firewurst spot (where Dame’s Chicken and Waffles is going). Get familiar with Giardino’s here.
  • Got a tip from David McCreary (aka Lunch Boy Says) that Blaze Pizza is coming to Holly Springs and will be located at Holly Springs Towne Center. Blaze also has another location heading to Durham. Check out Blaze here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this past week that chef Matt Kelly, who is building a restaurant empire in downtown Durham, has signed a lease for the former Fishmonger’s restaurant. Kelly, who owns Mateo, Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s Deli and is still a partner in Vin Rouge, hopes to open the new seafood restaurant by Christmas. We will keep an eye on it.
  • And speaking of fish, the Durham Convention and Visitor’s Bureau announced this week that Durham’s popular Ninth Street area will soon be home to Zen Fish, a new Poké style restaurant slated to debut this fall. So what is poké? It is a Hawaiian dish with marinated raw fish and a variety of toppings, including a greens, rice, edamame and scallions. The new venue will be located in the Solis Ninth Street mixed-use community.
  • Last edition we told you that Urban Food Group’s Durham venture, Lucia, was closed for “big changes.” Well, they weren’t kidding. They have completely converted Lucia in Durham’s West Village to a new concept called Motto, which will be run by chef James Huff and manager Brandon Carr and will serve New American cuisine. They are also bringing over a lot of the staff from the recently closed Four Square. Expect Motto to open later this month. Check out Urban Food Group here.
  • And finally over in Durham, we got word this week that a location of Built Custom Burgers is on the way to the food court at the Streets at Southpoint mall. If you aren’t familiar with Built, check them out here.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, got word that there are two additional restaurants coming to Eastgate Crossing as part of their renovations (Zoe’s has already been announced). Joining them will be Babalu Tacos & Tapas (serving up chef-inspired gourmet tacos and Spanish-style tapas with a Southern twist) and Chopt (self-described as salad specialists, looking for ways to push the boundaries of what a salad can be). Both are targeting a spring 2017 opening. Check out Babalu here and Chopt here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!
Food Trucks

Events

  • If you want to quickly check out some of the coolest spots to eat on Durham’s Ninth Street, you’ll want to mark your calendar for Saturday, August 6th. From 1 – 4 p.m. the folks over at Bites of Bull City will start you out at Happy & Hale and take you on a tasting frenzy to include 3 other stops. All within easy walking distance. Tickets are $30. Get tickets and all the details here (you even get a car magnet!).
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Got word that Panciuto is hosting an outdoor cookout on August 16th to benefit Girls Rock NC! Noodles, pork tacos, beer and rock ‘n’ roll – all for a good cause. What more do you want? The event will be help from 6-9 at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion and tickets are $50. Reserve tickets by calling Panciuto at 919-732-6261. Get more information on Girls Rock NC here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.
  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will (and are already) sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get all the details on TerraVita here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • We have only one week left to reach our 3.3 million meals goal before July 31. Nearly 300,000 children in our 34 counties rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them through the day. For them, summertime doesn’t mean a fun-filled vacation. For them, no school means no meals. Stop Summer Hunger is our annual food and funds drive that provides additional food to feed these children and their families during this season of increased need. Find out more and how to donate here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 8, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Tickets to TerraVita are now on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We need to let everyone know that Gumby’s on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh is still open. We got several tips last week that they were closed – they are not. Turns out they scale back their hours (they open at 4 p.m.) in the summer. Please stop by and/or order a pie! Our apologies.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that a longtime Sullivan’s Steakhouse general manager, Todd Henderson, plans to open Parkside Restaurant in the downtown Raleigh spot that used to be home to Brewmaster’s Bar & Grill and Joe’s Place (301 W. Martin St.). Henderson has hired chef Matt Scofield, who worked for six years as the executive chef at Sitti. Look for them to open in 4-6 weeks. Keep up with their progress on Facebook here.
  • A quick update. Downtown Raleigh’s newest coffee shop, 42 & Lawrence, opened this past week on the ground floor of SkyHouse (308 S. Blount Street). The endeavor is brought to us by Larry Larson (think Larry’s Beans and Larry’s Coffee). Check them out on Facebook here.
  • The News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl reported this week that Matt Fern, the longtime beverage director of Raleigh’s AC Restaurant Group, is leaving to open a deli in Raleigh. That is the great news. The “bad” news is we will have to wait two years! Fern plans to open a Raleigh restaurant that takes from the Jewish and Italian deli traditions. The location hasn’t been disclosed at this point. Stay tuned!
  • It is official, Raleigh has earned its wings. Well, at least the newest location of Wings Over in the form of Wings Over Raleigh. It opened yesterday at 2900 Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Over in Chapel Hill, the town announced that Pieology and b.good would both open on downtown Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street in the newest development, Carolina Square, when it opens in the summer of 2017. Pieology has one location in Raleigh with a second on the way. And b.good has two Raleigh locations, one in North Hills and one in downtown Raleigh. Check out Pieology here and b.good here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Urban Food Group’s Durham venture, Lucia, is closed just this week with big changes on the way. We will keep an eye on this. Check out their website for the latest.
  • Durham’s Boheme Restaurant will hold its grand opening this Sunday, July 10th for its Bohemian Garden with a Luau BBQ featuring traditional Caribbean dishes, drink specials and live music from 5pm onwards. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks.

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

  • Voting for the WRAL Out and About 2016 Voters’ Choice Awards is open through this Sunday, July 10. This is your chance to vote for your favorites in categories ranging from food, nightlife and lifestyle.
  • Ray Price Harley-Davidson in Raleigh is hosting its annual Buffalo Chicken Wing Cook-off this Saturday (July 9) from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Teams compete to see who can make the best wings; judges and the public decide the winners. The cost is $5. Get all the details here.
  • What if you could have free pizza AND help a good cause? Well, that is exactly what is happening on Sunday, July 17th at the newest location of Pieology at North Hills (in the former Sam’s spot next to Starbucks) from 11:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. While the pizza is free, donations to Carroll’s Kitchen are welcome! Get more information on Pieology here and Carroll’s Kitchen here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Piedmont’s new executive chef John May will welcome chef Jay Pierce of The Marshall Free House in Greensboro for a 7-course celebration of sustainably raised NC shrimp on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm. The $65/ person, 7-course menu is also available for $85, with beer pairings. Contact 919-683-1213 for reservations.

Food Bank Corner 

  • West 94th St. Pub celebrates 22 years of doing business with their 4th Annual Grill Master Cook Off Competition. They are calling all local “Grill Masters” to show off their grillin’ skills to help raise funds to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. This family friendly competition will be held Sunday, July 17 from 9am-1pm with live entertainment, family games, food tasting and more. The “grill master” winner will receive a special package valued at $250. Interested contestants must register via email to Kerry Bryant at  by July 11th. Get more information on their website here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 1, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • This week tickets to TerraVita went on sale. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place September 28th through October 1 right here in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink. Get tickets (NOW!) here. And get additional details on TerraVita here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from Vinty Judge herself that she is bringing the European gelato cafe Amorino to downtown Raleigh – more specifically to the street level of the Edison Lofts at 109 Davie St. If you are not familiar with Amorino, check them out here. They have US locations in New York, Boston, Beverly Hills, Chicago…and soon, Raleigh!
  • Raleigh & Company writer Jen Baker gave an update this week on the newest coffee joint opening soon in Raleigh. 42 & Lawrence will open in the “next 2 weeks” on the ground floor of SkyHouse (308 S. Blount Street) in downtown Raleigh. The endeavor is brought to us by Larry Larson (think Larry’s Beans and Larry’s Coffee). Not much up yet on their Facebook page, but check them out here.
  • And speaking of coffee, New Raleigh noted this week that Sir Walter Coffee is coming soon to Raleigh. That is it. That is all we know. No date. No location (other than Raleigh). So, stay tuned. Here is the website.
  • We are getting closer and closer to the opening of Fayetteville Street’s latest restaurant, a burger joint by the name of Bare Bones. It will open any day now in the former home of Zinda’s at the PNC Plaza. Check their website out here and their Facebook page here.
  • A quick update to the opening of Wings over Raleigh. WRAL reported this week that they will open on July 7th at 2900 Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.
  • We learned this week via “Cindy Who” on Twitter that the Dalat Oriental Restaurant in Raleigh’s Mission Valley shopping center is changing ownership. The transition is to be complete by the middle of July. Check them out here.
  • Related to that, New Raleigh is reporting that the current Dalat owner will open a fusion Vietnamese subs, pizza, and burrito joint with arcade games off Hwy 42 called 42 Funland. We will keep an eye on that.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • This is kind of cool. The recent opening of Boheme Restaurant in Durham is getting rave reviews. Now, the next component of that property is coming online – in the form of their Bohemian Garden. Open on Thursday and Sunday nights from 8pm onwards the lush garden will host live music and drink specials, not to mention dogs are encouraged. Calling this their “soft” opening, the grand opening is Sunday, July 10th with a Luau BBQ featuring traditional Caribbean dishes, drink specials and live  from 5pm onwards.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
  • And a quick update. Last week we told you that that Tonya Council (of the family that brought us Mama Dip’s) is about to open Tonya’s Cookies. We learned from readers that the location will be on Rosemary Street (near Mitchell Lane), almost right across the street from Mama Dip’s. Check them out here.

Closings

  • It appears that Back in the Day Cafe in Cary’s Millpond Village is now permanently closed as there is a “For Sale” sign in the window.
  • Also learned from David Warpole that Checkers on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street has closed.

Food Trucks

  • Every Friday through August 5, Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new “Creekside Wind Down” event series. Stop by the mall’s Creekside Cafe food court entrance from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to grab a bite, listen to live music and enjoy a local brew from Compass Rose Brewery. 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

  • Voting for the WRAL Out and About 2016 Voters’ Choice Awards is open until July 10. This is your chance to vote for your favorites in categories ranging from food, nightlife and lifestyle. Vote here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • West 94th St. Pub celebrates 22 years of doing business with their 4th Annual Grill Master Cook Off Competition. They are calling all local “Grill Masters” to show off their grillin’ skills to help raise funds to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. This family friendly competition will be held Sunday, July 17 from 9am-1pm with live entertainment, family games, food tasting and more. The “grill master” winner will receive a special package valued at $250. Interested contestants must register via email to Kerry Bryant by July 11th. Get more information on their website here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 24, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Amber Watson’s Bites of Bull City blog broke the exciting news this week that the owners of Pizzeria Toro have quietly opened downtown Durham’s newest spot, Littler, in the former Monuts spot on Parrish Street. It is aptly named, as it has a small bar and only about a dozen tables. While the menu will change frequently, it includes a few permanent items, like oysters and a lamb burger. It is open for dinner, except Tuesdays. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Just four months after taking over The Borough in downtown Raleigh and converting it to Hadley’s, the Indy is reporting that the owners have listed it on Craigslist for $120k. Co-owners Drew Schenck and Kevin Barrett are interested in putting Hadley’s behind them and focusing on their new venture, Dram & Draught opening soon on Hillsborough Street. Check out the listing here.
  • We told you about this back in December, but now an open date has been set for The Capital Grille restaurant in the newly opened Bank of America Tower at North Hills. Looks like Monday, July 11 is the official opening date. The Capital Grille is is an elegant steakhouse known for their dry-aged steaks, seafood, freshest ingredients, and award-winning wines. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • Thanks to a tip on Yelp, we learned that Five Guys Burgers and Fries is opening their next location in Raleigh in the new shopping center at the intersection of Oak Forest Drive and Capital Boulevard (5501 Capital Boulevard to be exact). No word on the exact date, just “opening soon.” We’ll keep an eye on it. Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that Cary’s The Daily Grind (Highhouse and Davis) is no more, and has been replaced by Elixir Coffee in the Stonecreek Village shopping center. They serve coffee and pastries (from LucetteGrace!) all day, and offer lunch service featuring soup and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Check out their website here and their Facebook page here.
  • Also in Cary, the developers of the (currently under construction) Alston Town Center retail center near the intersection of N.C. 55 and the N.C. 540 Triangle Expressway announced this week that Moe’s Southwest Grill will occupy one of the ancillary retail buildings which will be anchored by Whole Foods (opening in early 2017). We will keep an eye on this. Check out Moe’s here.
  • And just south of Raleigh (in Harnett County), WRAL reported this week that Ed’s Family Restaurant & Catering has opened in the former Rebecca’s Restaurant space at 43 East Depot Street.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • This is kind of cool. The recent opening of Boheme restaurant in Durham is getting rave reviews. Now, the next component of that property is coming online – in the form of their Bohemian Garden. Open on Thursday and Sunday nights from 8 p.m. onwards, the lush garden will host live music and drink specials, not to mention dogs are encouraged. Calling this their “soft” opening, the grand opening is Sunday, July 10th with a Luau BBQ featuring traditional Caribbean dishes, drink specials and live  from 5 p.m. onwards.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL reported this week that Bruster’s Real Ice Cream is now being served on Renaissance Parkway near Southpoint Mall (just a few doors down from Rise Biscuits & Donuts). Check them out here.
  • And over in Chapel Hill, things are about to get a lot sweeter, as WRAL reported that Tonya Council (of the family that brought us Mama Dip’s) is about to open Tonya’s Cookies. Can’t exactly tell where it is from the storefront photo she just posted, but we’ll keep an eye on it. In the meantime, check them out here.

Closings

  • After a 23 year run, we are sad to report that Durham’s Spartacus Restaurant will be closing their doors on June 26. Our best to the family on their next venture!

Food Trucks

  • The latest installment of the Chatham Street Chowdown series in beautiful downtown Cary happens this Sunday (June 26). The weather this weekend looks perfect, and the fun starts at 5 p.m. and goes until 9:30 p.m. and will include food trucks, local breweries and live music. Get a full listing of trucks (and map) and all the details here.
  • Every Friday through August 5, Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new “Creekside Wind Down” event series. Stop by the mall’s Creekside Cafe food court entrance from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to grab a bite, listen to live music and enjoy a local brew from Compass Rose brewery. 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

  • Carolina Ale House in downtown Raleigh is hosting their 2nd Annual The Spirited Pig Summer Shindig event this Saturday (June 25th). It is a Spirits, Beer and BBQ event featuring 6 local breweries, a variety of spirits including TOPO distillery and live music. Tickets are $35 and guests will receive a souvenir tasting glass on the day of the event. Event proceeds will go to Stop Hunger Now. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced this week the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn’t last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, they are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 17, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Ed Mitchell is back. Well, almost. He is opening a location in Raleigh’s Brier Creek that will also be combined with a food truck, Ed Mitchell’s Q on Wheels. Similarly, the brick and mortar location will be called Ed Mitchell’s Q at the Creek. No exact date on an opening, but website suggests it will be before year’s end. Check out the food truck site here and the store’s page here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • We first told you about this in April, 2015, but reader Sandy Fore reminded us that J. Alexander’s is coming to Raleigh’s Crabtree area! No word yet on the open date, but the website is saying 2016. And there is speculation that there might be a second J. Alexander conept, Stoney River Steakhouse, coming to the area as well. Stay tuned! Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that Chicago-based Potbelly Sandwich Shop will open its first Triangle location in Raleigh before year’s end. But that is all we know at this point. They haven’t released the location. So stay tuned. In the meantime, check them out here.
  • In Cary, got word from a reader that Gonza Tacos Y Tequila continues their growth, this time taking over the former Barberitos space in Waverly Place. No word yet on an open date, so stay tuned. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • In case you missed it last week, the long-awaited replacement for Mimi’s Cafe near Cary Towne Center has an opening date. La Madeleine, the acclaimed French-inspired bakery café, will swing open their doors on July 12th. If you are not familiar with La Madeleine, check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • It happened! Both Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s Deli have opened! The two joints, located right next to each other on W. Chapel Hill Street in downtown Durham, are the creation of Mateo owners Matt Kelly and Josh DeCarolis along with Drew Brown. Check their Facebook pages here and here for the latest.
  • And opening just in time for Father’s Day (this Sunday, June 19th) is the latest addition to the Chapel Hill dining scene – Chronic Tacos. They officially open this Sunday in the Meadowmont shopping district, a few doors down from Brixx Pizza and across from Cafe Carolina and Firehouse Subs. Congrats to Sean and his team! Check them out here.
  • Also, the guys behind the Jersey Mike’s locations in Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill North and Elliott Road) have announced they are opening a third location just across the county line in Durham in the Falconbridge Shopping Center. This location will be just a few doors down from Mardi Gras bowling alley. Congrats to Charlie and Clint on their latest endeavor. Check them out here.
  • And a quick update on something we told you about back in May. Living Kitchen has plans to open a second Triangle-area establishment later this year in Chapel Hill’s new (and currently still under construction) Village Plaza on Elliott Road adjacent to Whole Foods. The News & Observer reported this week that they are targeting a November opening. Check them out here.

Closings

  • The Triangle Business Journal was the first to report that Cameron Village’s Faire restaurant had closed their doors. No word yet on what Eschelon Experiences will do next – stay tuned!

Food Trucks

  • This Sunday, June 19th is Durham’s Annual Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park. It will feature over 50 local food trucks from 12-4pm. Local beer will also be available for purchase (a great Father’s Day gift idea! Just sayin’). Get all the details here.
  • Every Friday through August 5, Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new “Creekside Wind Down” event series. Stop by the mall’s Creekside Cafe food court entrance from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to grab a bite, listen to live music and enjoy a local brew from Compass Rose Brewery. Get all the details here.
  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!

Events

  • Carolina Ale House in downtown Raleigh is hosting their 2nd Annual The Spirited Pig Summer Shindig event Saturday, June 25th. It is a Spirits, Beer and BBQ event featuring 6 local breweries, a variety of spirits including TOPO distillery and live music. Tickets are $35 and guests will receive a souvenir tasting glass on the day of the event. Event proceeds will go to Stop Hunger Now. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced this week the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn’t last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, they are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 10, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Good things come to those who wait. That is true if you visit Dame’s Chicken & Waffles in downtown Durham, or if you are a resident of Wake County and have jealously watched Durham-ites enjoy the goodness of Dame’s. Well, Wake County’s wait is over as my friend Ursula Littlejohn informed me this week that Dame’s has plans to open a Wake County location in Cary on Harrison Avenue in the former Firewurst location next to Bass Pro Shop. Look for an early August opening. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The latest edition of Rise Biscuits & Donuts opened this past Saturday in the Brier Creek Shopping Center across from Caribou Coffee where Elevation Burger used to be. Check them out here.
  • In downtown Raleigh, chef Susan Tower of Deli-icious Food Truck is doing a pop-up menu at Hadley’s Martini Bar June 9-11 from 5 p.m. until midnight each day. Hadley’s is located at 317 W. Morgan Street. This is the first in a series that will be offered at Hadley’s. Get all the details on their event Facebook page here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, thanks to a tip from Lisa Jeffries, we learned this week that Cafe Helios has introduced a new dinner menu. I haven’t had a chance to go by and try it out, but it looks fantastic. You can view the entire menu here. Cafe Helios is located at 413 Glenwood Avenue.
  • Got word from brothers Patrick and Ryan Malley that they are bringing their Wings Over Chapel Hill and Wings Over Greenville concept to Raleigh in the form of, you guessed it, Wings Over Raleigh. The are looking to open this location on July 7th at 2900 Hillsborough Street. Get a sneak peek at them here.
  • The second Triangle-area location of Burger 21 opens this coming Monday, June 13th, at 6196 Falls of the Neuse Road. The other local location is over in Cary. Check them out here.
  • Up in Wake Forest, WRAL reported that over in Wake Forest, Italian Trattoria by Bruno has opened at 1248 S. Main Street.
  • Over in Cary, the long-awaited replacement for Mimi’s Cafe near Cary Towne Center has an opening date. La Madeleine, the acclaimed French-inspired bakery café, will swing open their doors on July 12th. If you are not familiar with La Madeleine, check them out here.
  • And a quick shout out of congratulations to the folks over at Village Deli who are celebrating their 20th anniversary! Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Lots of big announcements in Durham this week. Pay attention. Chef Greg Gettles is leaving Durham’s Piedmont Restaurant and moving to Charleston, SC. His last day in the restaurant will be this Sunday, June 12th. That led to the announcement that The Boot’s John May will move over to take the helm at Piedmont beginning on August 1. With that announcement, came the announcement that Rob Kinneen, May’s right-hand man at The Boot, will move into the lead role there. Since his move from Alaska, Kinneen has spent time at Magnolia Grill, Pop’s and Elaine’s on Franklin. He even has his own website – meet him here. Thanks to the News & Observer’s Andrea Weigl for keeping me straight on all this!
  • Bites of Bull City blogger Amber Watson reported this week that both Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s Deli will POSSIBLY be opening this weekend. The two joints, located right next to each other on W. Chapel Hill Street, are the creation of Mateo owners Matt Kelly and Josh DeCarolis along with Drew Brown. Check their Facebook pages here and here for the latest. Any day now!!
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that one of the first franchise owners of Built, a new burger spinoff of California-based The Counter Custom Built Burgers, has signed a lease to open the company’s first North Carolina location at The Streets at Southpoint mall in south Durham. Look for them to open in early 2017 in the food court. The local owners have the rights to open 5 additional Triangle area locations. In the meantime, check them out here.

Closings

  • After 16 years of phenomenal service, owners Shane Ingram and Elizabeth Woodhouse announced this week that Four Square Restaurant in Durham will close June 25. Make your reservations now (if you can).
  • Got word from Jimmy Chhay that his restaurant, Chais Noodle Bar and Bistro in Durham, will close at the end of this month. However, see the news below about his food truck.

Food Trucks

  • As noted above, Jimmy Chhay is closing his brick and mortar establishment at the end of this month. That is the bad news. The good news is that you can still get his food through his recently purchased food truck Buddhalicious (how can you not LOVE that name!). Check him out here.
  • Every Friday through August 5, Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new “Creekside Wind Down” event series. Stop by the mall’s Creekside Cafe food court entrance from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. to grab a bite, listen to live music and enjoy a local brew from Compass Rose Brewery. Food trucks stopping by this Friday (June 10) include Not Just Icing, Snowie of NC, Mixed Korean Truck and Howard Lee’s Sum ‘Teat. Get all the details here.
  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  •  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 Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown tomorrow (Saturday, June 11th) from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and all the details here.
  • Carolina Ale House in downtown Raleigh is hosting their 2nd Annual The Spirited Pig Summer Shindig event Saturday, June 25th. It is a Spirits, Beer and BBQ event featuring 6 local breweries, a variety of spirits including TOPO distillery and live music. Tickets are $35 and guests will receive a souvenir tasting glass on the day of the event. Event proceeds will go to Stop Hunger Now. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced this week the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week – it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar. Get all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn’t last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, they are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – June 3, 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 Andrew Shepherd and Will Jeffers, two of the partners in Raleigh’s popular Stanbury restaurant, are opening Cafe Lucarne in the former Benelux spot in City Market. Cafe Lucarne will be a casual, counter-service restaurant that will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Look for an early summer opening. They also are taking over the former Battistella’s space off Moore Square in Raleigh and hope to open that restaurant later this year. Keep up with their progress on Facebook here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In downtown Raleigh, Eschelon Experiences’ newest concept, Haymaker, opened this past weekend in the Charter Square building at 555 Fayetteville Street. Keep up with the latest here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, thanks to a tip from New Raleigh, we learned that during the transition to a new chef and new team, Standard Foods will be closed until the middle of July. However, the attached grocery store and butcher remain open during this transition. As well, look for some “pop-up” dinners to be announced next week. Keep up with the latest here.
  • Over at North Hills in Raleigh, the Triangle Business Journal reported that the first Grabbagreen Food + Juice restaurant in the Triangle will open by the fall near the Sur La Table store. It also looks like an additional location will open in Cary at the corner of Northwest Maynard and Chapel Hill roads. Get familiar with the concept here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, WRAL noted that Burger 21 is opening a location in north Raleigh off of Falls of Neuse near Chipotle. They also have a location in Cary near the intersection of Davis Drive and High House. Check them out here.
  • Over in Apex, reader Jane Long tipped me off to the fact that downtown Apex has a new wine bar called Peak of the Vine at 115 N. Salem Street. Check them out here.
  • Also in Apex, after a five-week long soft opening, Southern Peak Brewery will host their grand opening this Saturday, June 4th from 2 p.m. until close. They are located at 950 Windy Road and they will host Chirba Chirba and Big Mike’s BBQ during their celebration. Get all the details here.
  • And over in Holly Springs, reader Barbara Calise tipped me off to the fact that the latest restaurant/movie concept in the Triangle, Ovation Cinema Grill, will be opening at Holly Springs Town Center in August. I literally drove by yesterday and it looks cool and is conveniently located fairly close to where 540 dumps into Highway 55. Check them out here.
  • If your travels take you a little north of the Triangle, in Franklinton to be exact, you’ll want to check out the newest addition to that area, Wilton Pizzeria. It looks delicious and might very well be worth the drive even if you don’t live up that way! Check them out there.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • After a successful soft opening for “Friends & Family” (which I was not invited to…it’s OK, I’m slowly getting over that), Giorgios Bakatsias’ newest concept, Boheme, opened this past week in the historic Black House at Straw Valley near the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40 near the Durham/Chapel Hill border. Get by and pay them a visit.
  • And in the category of Durham’s gain, Raleigh’s loss, the Peace Street bridge redesign on Capital Boulevard is forcing Raleigh’s legendary Finch’s to move. And WRAL noted this week that the move will take it to Durham after calling Raleigh home for nearly 70 years. In the meantime, get by before they close, and keep up with the latest here.

Closings

  • The North Raleigh location of Z Pizza has closed. That leaves the one location, and their coolest location, still open in downtown Raleigh. If you haven’t paid them a visit recently, you should – they just completed a major renovation of that space.

Food Trucks

  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • 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

  • As if I even needed to tell anyone this, but today, June 3rd, is National Donut Day. You know what to do. Now go. Eat a donut.
  • The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration this Saturday, June 4th from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages. Get all the details on their website here.
  • The 5th Annual Bull City BBQ Classic is scheduled for this Saturday, June 4th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at at the Scrap Exchange located at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. The bbq competition welcomes cooks/ Pitmasters (beginners and experts alike – the even have a kids rib competition) from across North Carolina.  The $10 entry fee gets you sample BBQ from every cook station. Get all the details here.
  • The annual Triangle Restaurant Week is set to run next week (June 6-12th). During the event, participating restaurants within Raleigh, Cary,Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas will offer a special, 3-course prix fixe lunch menu ($15) and/or 3-course prix fixe dinner menu ($20, $25, $30) each day they are open. For all the details and a full list of participating restaurants, check out their website here.
  • The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn’t last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, they are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 27, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The big news of the week, and great news for the Triangle dining scene, is that Scott Crawford will be staying here after his recent departure from Standard Foods. A four-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist for Best Chef: Southeast, Crawford will opening Crawford & Son in the former Piebird location on Person Street in downtown Raleigh sometime this fall. Prior to Standard Foods, Crawford was the executive chef at Herons at The Umstead Hotel. Not much on the website yet, but you can check it out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported this week some sweet news! Nicole Evans Groth, former head confectioner at Videri Chocolate Factory, is opening a bake shop, Anisette, in Raleigh’s Five Points neighborhood hopefully by late August. She is taking over the space of children’s boutique, Progeny, at 209 Bickett Blvd. In the 800-square-foot space, Groth plans to serve coffee, cold brew, cookies, tea cakes, candies and more. What will not be on the menu are any of the chocolate confections she was known to make at Videri. Keep up with her on Instagram here.
  • Over in Cary, Chris Creighton tipped us off to the fact that Back in the Day Cafe is taking a break. According to their Facebook page, “We’ve been on a break, will be opening again in June with new hours & new menu.” Stay tuned and keep up with them on their Facebook page here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • After a three-week transition from the old location to the new location, it is official that the Beyu Cafe has opened in their new (and improved) location at 341 W. Main Street in downtown Durham. Check out all the shows booked this weekend and the weeks to come via their Facebook page here.

Closings

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Tasu Asian Bistro’s Cary location has closed.

Food Trucks

  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • 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 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Awards are back! The nomination period is open now and continues through Sunday, May 29.This year they are putting the focus on local businesses and encouraging people to avoid the larger chains! Here’s a rundown of the categories, including some great new ones and the voting link.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats‘ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ’til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration on Saturday, June 4th from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages. Get all the details on their website here.
  • The 5th Annual Bull City BBQ Classic is scheduled for Saturday, June 4th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at at the Scrap Exchange located at 2050 Chapel Hill Road in Durham. The bbq competition welcomes cooks/ Pitmasters (beginners and experts alike – they even have a kids rib competition) from across North Carolina.  The $10 entry fee lets you sample BBQ from every cook station. Get all the details here.
  • The annual Triangle Restaurant Week is set to run the week of June 6-12th. During the event, participating restaurants within Raleigh, Cary,Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas will offer a special, 3-course prix fixe lunch menu ($15) and/or 3-course prix fixe dinner menu ($20, $25, $30) each day they are open. For all the details and a full list of participating restaurants, check out their website here.
  • The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner 

  • For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn’t last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, we are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website to learn more about how you can get involved.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 20, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Saw a tweet from Alex Krawchick that Tazza Kitchen opened this past Tuesday in Cary’s Stone Creek Village at the intersection of High House and Davis. This is the second location in the Triangle, with the other being in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. They are open for dinner. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Living Kitchen (originally to be called Luna’s Living Kitchen) is targeting an opening date around the week of July 6. It will be located on the ground floor of the Charter Square building in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street. Living Kitchen has plans to open a second Triangle-area establishment later this year in Chapel Hill’s new Village Plaza on Elliott Road adjacent to Whole Foods. Check them out here.
  • Friend Susan Tu reminded me that they have opened a second location of Spring Rolls, this one in the Wade Park development adjacent to the PNC Arena at 5433 Wade Park Blvd. Their original location is in North Hills. Check out Spring Rolls here.
  • In Apex, we told you in early April about a new establishment that just opened there called The Provincial. At the time, they didn’t have much of an online presence and we didn’t know much about the chef. Since then we’ve learned a little more and thought we’d share. The chef/owner is Wayne Alcaide who was the the executive chef at both Nobhill in Las Vegas as well as at WaterColor Inn & Resort in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. Here is a link to their Facebook page.
  • Got a tip from reader Ronnie Taborn that East Coast Wings & Grill is now open in Wake Forest at 12646 Capital Blvd. This looks to be their first Triangle area location. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Over in Cary, got a note from reader Diane PIsano that Mazaa Zabiha has opened in Cary’s Harrison Pointe Shopping Center, where the Cary Cafe used to be. However, the name changed slightly just prior to opening and is actually Desi Mazaa. Check it out here.
  • And down in Knightdale, WRAL noted this week that Cassidy’s Sports Bar & Grill is slated to open next week at 7425 Knightdale Blvd. (under the water tower) and will feature sandwiches, pizza, burgers and more. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a presence on Facebook or the web. Stay tuned.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The official grand opening of Durham’s City Barbecue is this Sunday, May 22nd. The doors will open at 11, but the “grand opening” festivities are planned from 2-3:30 p.m. They are located in Durham at Southpoint Crossing between McDonald’s and Ruby Tuesday. This is the third Triangle-area location. The Triangle Business Journal reports that a fourth location is planned in 2017 at the new Olive Park retail center in north Raleigh. Check them out here.
  •  Also in Durham, got word from Dorian Bolden that Beyu Caffe will be in their new space and kicking off “Beyu 2.0” next Thursday, May 26th. As with any renovation project, changes happen. So you are advised to keep up with the latest on their Facebook page here.
  •  Over in Chapel Hill, we are getting closer and closer to the opening of Chronic Tacos in Meadowmont. Early June is what we are hearing, but we should have an exact date soon. Grand opening celebrations will follow a few weeks after opening and there are several big announcements surrounding their opening that we will fill you in on as we get closer. Believe me, you won’t want to miss their grand opening. Check them out here.

Closings

  • Reader Chris Creighton reminded me that Campbell’s Diner, a legend in Fuquay-Varina, will close their doors for the last time on Saturday, May 28th. Our best to the Campbell family.
  • And this isn’t really a closing, but a cancellation. If you had plans to attend LaFayette Village’s Pork Out event this weekend, they have cancelled the event due to the weather. But, please make a donation to the Raleigh Rescue Mission by going here.

Food Trucks

  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  •  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 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters’ Choice Awards are back! The nomination period is open now and continues through May 29.This year they are putting the focus on local businesses and encouraging people to avoid the larger chains! Here’s a rundown of the categories, including some great new ones and the voting link.
  • This Saturday, May 21, from 3-9 p.m. North Hills will host their 2nd annual Kickin’ It Country, a celebration of North Carolina and the South in Midtown Park and will feature live music along with a sanctioned BBQ cook-off. Get all the details here.
  • This Sunday, May 22, Compass Rose Brewery is celebrating their one year anniversary with a celebration beginning at 2 p.m. featuring beer (duh!), food trucks and live music. Check out all the details on their event Facebook page here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats’ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ‘til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The Chef’s Palette on Ten Ten Road in Cary will hold a huge celebration on Saturday, June 4th from 6 p.m. until closing to celebrate their 6th anniversary. Look for food, fun, live music and tasty beverages. Get all the details on their website here.
  • The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11th from 12 – 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen). Get tickets ($55) and all the details here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – May 13, 2016

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • David Sadeghi’s footprint in the Triangle (currently Bolt in downtown Raleigh; Town Hall Grill in Chapel Hill’s Southern Village; and Town Hall Burger and Beer in Durham near the Streets at Southpoint) is expanding over into Chatham County. Sadeghi just announced that they have plans to open the Brier Chapel location of Town Hall Burger and Beer this fall at the entrance to the Brier Chapel development, just a few miles south of Chapel Hill on 15-501. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Ashton Mae Smith directed us to the New Raleigh post on Twitter that announced that in June Person Street Pharmacy Cafe will turn into an “ice cream cafe” in the evenings featuring ice cream, coffee, beer and wine. Stay tuned to see what else Daniel Parker has up his sleeve!
  • Also, Ashton Mae Smith noted that Leo Suarez indicated that China O has opened, replacing the short-lived International Breakfast and Burger on Glenwood South. China O will focus on serving Chinese and authentic Szechuan style cuisine and is owned by the same folks at Sushi O. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to a tip from Leo Suarez, it looks like TLC Wings and Grill is now open on Peace Street near Broughton High School. Nothing up on their website about the Raleigh location (another location in Pineville), but their Facebook page is up here.
  • Thanks to a tip from reader Andrew Hatchell, I learned that Peng’s Asian Cuisine opened last week next to Carmen’s in the outbuilding by the old Prime Outlets Mall off Airport Blvd. (the actual address is 108-A Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560). You can check them out here.
  • Over in Cary, got word this week that there are plans to open Another Broken Egg Cafe this fall at 1111 Parkside Main Street in the Parkside Town Commons shopping center. This marks the fourth location in the Triangle, in addition to current locations in Durham, Morrisville and Raleigh. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Got a note from David McCreary that southern food outpost The Mason Jar Tavern has opened a sister location at 305 South Main Street in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. Check out their Facebook page here. The original location in Holly Springs is still going strong.
  • And if you live up in Wake Forest, I am hearing that Rudino’s is actively looking for space to open another location. We will keep an eye on this for you. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Got word from David Prestrud that Clouds Brewing Company is opening a second location (original location is on West Street in downtown Raleigh) in Durham at Brightleaf Square. No word on an exact open date, but you can keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here. Thanks David!
  • Saw in the News & Observer that The Art Institute of Raleigh-Durham has opened its student-operated restaurant in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus. The restaurant, The District at 410, is open for lunch from noon-2 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. The District is located in the lobby of the Fowler Building at 410 Blackwell St. Check them out here.
  • If you thought you missed the grand opening of City Barbecue (originally scheduled for May 7th), you are in luck. They had to push back the opening to May 17th, with the grand opening celebration to take place on May 21st. They are located in Durham at Southpoint Crossing between McDonald’s and Ruby Tuesday. Check them out here.
  • Beyu Caffe is in the process of moving into their new, larger space at 341 W. Main Street in downtown Durham. We just got word that they will remain in their current space through today (May 13th) before beginning the move into their new space. Keep up with the latest on their Facebook page here.
  • And the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club has a “son” on the way – well sort of. The JB Duke Hotel in Durham is slated to open in early January 2017 and will feature 198 guest rooms, a full-service restaurant, two bars and state-of-the-art meeting accommodations. It will be located at 230 Science Drive, and you can check it out here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). For all the details and the truck schedule, check them out here. Thanks to Mark Ginsberg for the heads up!
  • 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 Boot’s chef John May has teamed up with the folks over at Starpoint Brewing for a four course prix fixe dinner paired with a craft brew at each turn on Tuesday, May 17th. It is $50 per ticket. Get all the details here.
  • Ãn Cuisine in Cary is hosting its first ever Rosé Wine Dinner next Friday, May 20 at 7pm. It will feature a 5-course fare with rosé wine pairings. Weather permitting, this experience will be on their outdoor patio to match the jovial nature of cuisine and libations combined. The full experience is $85 per person and reservations must be made in advance. For a sneak peek at the menu, click here.
  • The Piedmont Dinner Series continues on May 25th as Piedmont’s Greg Gettles and The Boot’s John May will host a late spring bbq in partnership with Locals Seafood. The multi-course dinner is $65, plus $20 for wine pairings. Get all the details and the menu on the events page here.
  • Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it’s too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a “foodie” event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or “water activity” challenge of varying distances. Sign up and get all the details here.
  • The Museum of Life and Science in Durham will again host their ‘Science of Eats’ event this year on June 2nd from 6:30 ’til 10 p.m. They are bringing sweet, sour, and science together for one grand night of eating and exploration. All of your favorite local food vendors will be on hand with samples while our friends from Duke, UNC, and NC State share the latest in food science research. Chat with local chefs and explore demonstrations and experiments on everything from what happens to your brain on sugar to how your genes affect your perception of flavor. And if interested, there is a special reception from 5-6:30 p.m. with Vivian Howard. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Andrea Weigl at the News & Observer noted on her Twitter account recently that tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3rd through June 5th. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year’s festival – September 28th through October 1st. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June. More details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • The Letter Carriers Food Drive is back for its 24th year – and will be THIS Saturday, May 14th. It’s easy! Pack a bag of food and set it by your mailbox. Your letter carrier will do the rest! Check out the list of most needed items here!

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