Friday Fun Food Facts – December 1, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Alright Ursula Littlejohn, here is the spot for our next lunch! WRAL shared the great news that Dame’s Chicken and Waffles will be opening a third Triangle-area location. Located on the ground floor of Liberty Warehouse Apartments at 530 Foster Street, this one is not too far from their original Durham location on Main Street. They also have a location in Cary as well as in Greensboro.  If you haven’t already done so, get familiar with Dame’s here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from JMR Kitchens Restaurant Group owners Justin and Ryan Riek that their Medlin Drive location of Taste has changed to Tuesday through Sunday dinner service until January 27th – at which time that location will close. That’s the bad news. The great news is they have opened another Taste location (Five Points) at 1912 Bernard St in the Highpark Shopping Center off Whitaker Mill. In addition to dinner service (same menu as Medlin location) seven days a week, they also run coffee/brunch service from 7a to 1p Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday Brunch from 10a to 2p. Check out all their restaurants here.
  • Coleen Speaks, who recently launched the event venue Whitaker & Atlantic, has opened a cocktail bar and café called Hummingbird in the adjacent space. Located at Dock 1053, at the corner of Whitaker Mill and Atlantic Ave., it is open Monday through Saturday from 8am until midnight. Check it out here.
  • The on-again, off-again story of Boylan Bridge Brewpub continues with WRAL reporting that is has closed again, but just temporarily. The restaurant reopened in May after being closed for more than a year after a wall collapsed. A drop-off in business, attributed to street closures due to the construction of the multi-use development The Dillon, led to the most recent closure. Look for it to reopen early next year. Read the full article here.
  • The ITB Insider reported that permits have been issued for Kaiju Bowl & Bao, the latest offering from Ken Yowell who also owns the Oak City Meatball Shop and Calavera Empanadas and Tequila. The new restaurant, located at 170 East Davie Street in the former home of Dickey’s BBQ, will offer a kind of “Asian chicken wing.” Keep up with their progress on their Facebook page here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, it was announced this week that Barcelona Wine Bar, a wine and tapas restaurant inspired by the culture of Spain, will be opening at The Dillon in the Warehouse District at 223 W. South Street. They currently have locations throughout Connecticut and in Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, Nashville, Reston Virginia and Washington DC. The Dillon location will be their first restaurant in the Raleigh market. Get familiar with them here.
  • In North Raleigh, reader Rebecca Calhoun notified us that the Nothing Bundt Cakes location at Falls Village (6643 Falls of Neuse Rd.) opened yesterday, and they have opening events schedule for today (December 1) and tomorrow. Check out their website for all the details.
  • Also in Falls Village, the ITB Insider reported that a wine and craft beer shop with a taproom called Falls Village Wine & Beer opened its doors for the first time last week. So now bundt cakes and beer. What else could North Raleigh possibly need? Not much on their website yet, but get the latest on their Facebook page here.
  • Reader Hugh Autry notified us that La Roca Mexican Grill has opened in Raleigh at the Garner Station shopping center at 1431 Garner Station Blvd. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • Over in Cary, Autry also noticed that there is a Buffalo Brothers moving into the former Outback location at Saltbox Village on Kildaire Farm Road. Buffalo Brothers already has locations in Raleigh, Garner and Wake Forest. No word yet on a timeline. Check them out here.
  • Sassool continues their explosive growth announcing that their Cary location has added a new grocery and retail section. The addition opened November 27 in the space formerly occupied by Neighborhood Bottle Shop in the Shoppes of Kildaire at 1347 Kildaire Farm Road. Check out Sassool here.
  • Also in Cary, congratulations to Cary-based ice cream shop, Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream as their French Vanilla ice cream won second place at the National Ice Cream Retailers Association (NICRA) conference this November, a coveted prize among national ice cream shop owners. Check them out here.
  • And we were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Wake Forest’s Bill Joyner, who owned and operated Shorty’s Hot Dogs with his son Chris. Bill Joyner’s grandfather and Uncle “Shorty” opened the restaurant in 1916. We lost a truly great man. Rest in Peace. Shorty’s.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Chapel Hillians rejoice! You no longer have to drive to Durham for your holiday stollen! This week the much-anticipated location of Guglhupf opened in Eastgate Crossing. Guglhupf Bake Shop is just a few doors down from Trader Joe’s. Check them out here.
  • Antonio McBroom, who owns the Franklin Street location of Ben & Jerry’s, opened a location in November in the Streets at Southpoint mall according to The Daily Tar Heel. Check them out here.
  • And Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street is getting (wait for it) another pizza place. Reader Delonda Alexander notified us that MidiCi, The Neopolitan Pizza Company, will move into the former Ackland Art Museum gift shop space below Top of the Hill at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. Check them out here.


  • Got word from the folks over at Market Street Coffee that after over ten years of serving the Meadowmont community in Chapel Hill, they will be closing on December 15th. They still have locations on Elliot Road in Chapel Hill and in Carrboro. Get more information on those locations here.

Food Trucks

  • RDUMFA is hosting their 3rd Annual Rudolph’s Holiday Rodeo at Knightdale Station Park on Sunday, December 3rd from noon to 4 pm. Eleven decorated trucks will be there donating proceeds to Meals on Wheels of Wake County. Meals on Wheels of Wake County will be there to share information about their programs (donate, sign up and/or volunteer). There will also be a 50/50 raffle. Get the details on this rodeo on their Facebook event page here. Thanks Art Sheppard!
  • So, with the cold months upon us there simply aren’t many “official” food truck rodeos happening. So, you will have to act like a squirrel and really work to find your food trucks for the next several months. Here are a couple of online resources to help you do just that (please note, this is not an endorsement of any of these sites, just an effort to help my readers find their favorite trucks). Street Food Finder is one, check them out here. And another is aptly named Roaming Hunger and you can find them here.


  • The new Voters’ Choice Awards voting is under way now through December 17. The awards all you to vote for your favorite North Carolina people, places and businesses, from the mountains to the coast. Vote here. And while you are there, if you love my blog I would be greatly honored if you’d throw a vote my way for Best Blogger! 🙂
  • The Raleigh Beer Garden will host an International Tasting Festival this Saturday, December 2 from 11:30 until 2:30. Your $35 ticket gives you access to over 220 national and international beers as well as a sampling mug. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • The 3rd Annual Bull City Holiday Food & Wine Soirée will take place again this year at the Rickhouse in Durham on Sunday, December 10th from 1 to 5 pm.  It is a food and beverage-centric pop-up holiday market with over 25 local NC producers.  This year pick up your stocking stuffers, Secret Santa gifts and holiday treats all in one place while you support local businesses. 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:

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