Friday Fun Food Facts – November 10, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  WRAL reported this week that The Remedy Diner moved into a new home in downtown Raleigh this past Tuesday to 927 W. Morgan St. – that is the old home of P.G. Werth’s, which closed in February after two years in business. Remedy has been around for eight years. Check them out here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Whitaker & Atlantic, chef Coleen Speaks’ new private event venue, is now open and available for holiday parties, weddings, pop-up dinners, fundraising galas, corporate dinners and community events. It is located at 1053 East Whitaker Mill Road and can accommodate 150 for dinner and 275 for cocktails. Get all the details here.
  • In North Raleigh, the ITB Insider reported this week that the Falls Pointe Shopping Center on Falls of Neuse Road will soon become the second Falls of Neuse shopping center to house a Moe’s Southwest Grill. Permits were issued for the renovation of the space that previously housed CasaSan Carlo Italian Bistro. San Carlo closed in July. No timeline yet on when this location of Moe’s will open. Check out Moe’s here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, Chopt Creative Salad Co. opened its second Raleigh location this week and 51st store on the East Coast at the North Ridge Shopping Center. It is located in half of the space that used to be Tribeca. The other half is slated to be a Zoës Kitchen. Check out Chopt here.
  • Doel Gonzalez and Antonio Rodriguez owners of Spanglish Food Truck purchased Nashers Sandwich House on Durant Rd, Raleigh and plan to keep the menu the same but change the name to Pressed Sandwich House. The deal was brokered by Neal DePersia of National Restaurant Properties. Check out Nashers here and Spanglish here.
  • And we can’t leave Raleigh before mentioning the panic that ensued with the closing of the Starbucks in the Harris Teeter at Cameron Village as they moved into a stand-alone building across the street. The transition to the new space forced them to close for a few days. Eegad! Last we checked, everyone survived and the new location is now open. Thank goodness!
  • Over in Cary, the second Cary location of Shuckin’ Shack’ will be part of a Harris Teeter anchored shopping center at Tryon Village. They are targeted to open November 14th. Check out Shuckin’ Shack here.
  • Got word from Ravi Patel that he and his business partner opened Built Custom Burgers in the new Whole Foods shopping center at Alston Town Center in Cary. This is their second location, the first being in the food court at the Streets at Southpoint. Get familiar with them here.
  • And down in Holly Springs, the latest Famous Toastery opens today (November 10th)  in the Holly Springs Towne Center. They already have locations in Cary and Morrisville. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • After operating for nearly 70 years in Raleigh, the News & Observer reported that the legendary Finch’s Restaurant will open in Durham next Friday, November 17th at 3211 Chapel Hill Road in the former Family Garden plant store and greenhouse. In addition to their breakfast offerings, look for the new location to offer dinner and outdoor seating. A huge loss for Raleigh; an amazing gain for Durham; and a lot of smiling faces for all of those in the Triangle that have missed Finch’s since they closed. Not much has changed on their Facebook page.
  • Nothing like family to help during a transition. And so it is with restaurants as well. Alberello’s big sister restaurant, Oakleaf, is moving locations from Pittsboro to Carrboro (last meal in Pittsboro isn’t until November 25) and while the new space is under construction, they will both be operating out of the Alberello’s space in Briar Chapel. From December 1 through January 27, Alberello’s menu will be available for lunch from 11 a.m. -2 p.m. and then they will reopen at 5:30 p.m. operating as Oakleaf for dinner. What could be better than two awesome restaurants under one roof?! Check out Oakleaf here and Alberello here.
  • And just on the outskirts of downtown Durham in Erwin Square, the Triangle’s second location of Shuckin’ Shack just opened at 2200 West Main Street. They opened at the end of October. Check out Shuckin’ Shack here.

Closings

  • WRAL reported this week that Earth To Us, a 100% vegan farm to table restaurant in The Shops at Northgate, has closed after operating for less than a month.
  • The News & Observer reported that Korean Garden in Cary announced on Facebook that it will close its restaurant at 748 E. Chatham St. at the end of the month.
  • And got word from several clients in downtown, that Cafe Carolina will close their doors in the Wells Fargo building on November 13th. The News & Observer noted that it was an 18 year run. And word is they are looking for a smaller, downtown spot so stay tuned.

Food Trucks

  • One final Food Truck Thursdays of the season in Knightdale. Next Thursday, November 16th, Mama Voula’s will be at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 6 pm to 8 pm near the amphitheater (rain or shine – shelters are covered). Thanks to Mark Ginsburg for the heads up. Get all the details here.

Thanksgiving Made Easy

  • It is turkey time! Donovan’s Dish is serving up chef prepared Thanksgiving meals to you and your family. Think fresh, made from scratch, locally-sourced and of course delicious; all without you having to spend hours in front of the stove. All this and they’ll deliver it right to your door! Order your Thanksgiving dinner and take the day off to enjoy friends and family. You’ll be THANKFUL you did! Get all the easy details here.
  • If you don’t want to spend your Thanksgiving in the kitchen, we have some information you will be interested in. Raleigh’s Q Shack offers up everything from whole smoked turkeys, to sides, to the entire turkey-day meal! My family has been doing this for several years and it has been fantastic! Order online here.

Events

  • The new WRAL.com Voters’ Choice Awards voting begins next Monday, Nov. 13th. The awards all you to vote for your favorite North Carolina people, places and businesses, from the mountains to the coast. Starting Monday, vote here.
  •  On November 11th, the folks over at Mofu Shoppe are holding their inaugural Pho-All Fest at Mofu Shoppe on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh. All proceeds to benefit Neighbors to Neighbors. In addition to their truck, there will be lots of music and fun activities including several eating contests. Come join in the fun! Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.
  • It’s time for the 2017 Triangle Chili Challenge. On Sunday, November 12 in Downtown Cary, restaurateurs and food trucks compete alongside the Cary Police and Fire Departments for the “Best Chili in the Triangle”. The event also features live music, craft beer, art vendors, raffles and cash prizes. The winner will go home with $300 in cash, a trophy and serious bragging rights. Registration is now open. For sponsorship packages, competitor registration and more information, go here.
  • Also on November 12, the Much Ado About Cheese Festival is taking place from 1-4 p.m. at the Rickhouse in downtown Durham. American Meltdown, Durham’s gourmet grilled cheese food truck (and now restaurant!) aims to bring the wonders of the Triangle’s local cheeses to the community. Tickets are $8-$15. Tickets and all the details can be found here.
  • Reap the spoils of competition while top Triangle chefs compete to be named Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, November 15  at NCSU McKimmon Center. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide healthcare to low income individuals living within Wake County. Guests receive unlimited bowls of specially crafted soup from more than a dozen chefs. Guests also receive one piece of artisan pottery, hand-crafted by the Triangle Potters Guild. Get all the details here.
  • Mattie Beason of Black Twig Cider House will host TxotxFest on November 18 from noon to 4 pm. TxotxFest returns for a second year, offering award-winning regional and national ciders with North Carolina cuisine, and features the txotx – a traditional Spanish cider barrel. Beason introduced TxotxFest in 2016 as the first event of its kind in the Southeast to celebrate cider, the fastest growing segment in the beverage industry. This year, Beason kicks off TxotxFest November 17th with a $50 five-course cider-paired dinner at Black Twig Cider House featuring Asheville’s chef Steven Goff of Brinehaus Meat & Provisions and ciders from Noble Cider, Urban Orchard, Appalachian Mountain, and James Creek. Get all the details here 

Food Bank Corner

  • No child or family should go hungry during the holidays… and with your help, they won’t! That’s the power of your giving when you share a meal from your table to theirs. Help reach the goal of 2.5 million meals before December 31!
  • A gift of $35 will feed a child for twoFOUR months
  • A gift of $85 will provide groceries to an elderly couple for over twoFOUR months
  • A gift of $120 will provide enough food to sustain a familyTWO FAMILIES through the winter months
  • A gift of $210 will provide more than 1,0002,000 piping hot holiday meals to local families

    And your gift goes even further this winter. To help make sure our neighbors have enough to eat, friends of the Food Bank have generously agreed to match donations, up to $56,000, now through December 31st. Help ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season…Share a meal today!

Raising a Ruckus

  • Fellow restaurateurs, Ruckus Pizza has created a non-profit organization, Raising a Ruckus (RAR), which works with local guidance counselors to help identify families most in need in our Wake County School system. These are families that without someone stepping in to help, would not have what many of us know as “Christmas.” In the spirit of the season, we would like to reach out to our fellow restaurant owners and see if you would be open to partnering with us for collaboration on this annual project.

    Ruckus will take care of the organization of the project, including identifying the families needs, creating marketing materials, putting together all materials your restaurant would need and coordinating the pickup and delivery of the items to these families. What we are asking of you is to consider “adopting” one of these families with us and promoting the giving tree in your location and working to collect all items on the family’s wish list. More often than not, most items are basics like socks, pants, a jacket, a gift card for groceries, a new doll and other basic items.

    With several of us working together, we can partner to help provide for those most in need in our area and allow our customers to get involved in the giving process. This is a brief summary of the program, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on how to get involved or if you have more questions. We hope you will consider a partnership together during the time of year that can often be one of the most difficult for those in need. For more information contact: Robert@ruckuspizza.com

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