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Friday Fun Food Facts – August 7, 2020

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The Giorgios Hospitality Group announced this week that Kipos Greek Taverna (which was up on W. Franklin Street) is relocating to the East end of Franklin Street into Eastgate Crossing Shopping Center in Chapel Hill at 1800 East Franklin Street, in the former Babalu space. No word yet on an open date. Stay tuned. See them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Reader Brad Young shared the great news that Bowstring Pizza & Brewyard will be open today (August 7) in for a “Sneak Peak” from 4pm to 11pm, and Sat/Sun from 11am to 11pm. The space has two patios, wood fired pizza from a catering trailer they converted into an outdoor kitchen of sorts, and beers on tap with lots of TVs. It is a very cool space in an a 100 year-old garage/bar on Wake Forest Rd – 1930 Wake Forest Rd. (Across from Snoopy’s). Follow them on Instagram here.
  • Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has officially tapped Raleigh as its first location in the Carolinas. The fine dining, Texas-based restaurant will celebrate a grand opening on August 27th in Crabtree Terrace. The actual address is 4509 Creedmoor Road in the new building across from the old Sears. Get familiar with them here.
  • Over in Morrisville, got word that Carmen’s Cuban Café — which for 15 years has serving up authentic Cuban food and Salsa dancing — has been diligently preparing their staff and the space for the new safety procedures and requirements under Covid 19. They just announced that they will re-open Monday, August 10th (open 11-8 weekdays; 4-8 on Saturday (and soon on Sunday!). Visit them here.
  • In Cary, David McCreary shared the news that Brecotea Baking Studio is now open at 1144 Kildaire Farm Road. This modern Asian-style bakery, tea and coffee shop serves up unique offerings like matcha sweet potato buns, chicken curry donuts and avocado cream tea along with abundant highly approachable sweet and savory items. Check them out here.
  • Also in Cary, got word from reader Holly Bodner that the current owners (Paige and Tom) of the Great Harvest Bread Company (1240 NW Maynard) are ‘retiring.’ The good news is that they have found new owners and will be around for another week or so helping train them before handing over the keys. Keep up with the transition on their Facebook page here.
  • Looking for outdoor dining options in Downtown Raleigh? The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has put together a great list of those options, and they even divided it up by district. Check out that list here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • The good folks over at Bites of Bull City shared the news that last Friday night, M Sushi and M Kokko reopened for dinner service. They also shared that M Tempura and Pocha will follow in the coming weeks. Check out their announcement and future announcements on their Facebook page here.
  • Also out of Durham, friend Glenn Gillen shared the news that there is a new watering hole coming to Ninth Street (752 Ninth Street) in the not-to-distant future called Flying Bull Brewery. Not much on their website but you can follow their progress and the pending announcement on their Facebook page here.
  • And if that isn’t enough new beer news for Durham, Glenn Gillen also shared (perhaps he should be Triangle Beer Guy!) that he saw a sign in the Homestead Market shopping center in the space directly next to the new Milk Lab for Beer Tooth Taproom. Could not find an online presence for them. Stay tuned. Hopefully Glenn our “beer guy” can provide an update soon! 🙂
  • The Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership recently reported that Goodness Cooks is now open at Blue Dogwood Public Market on Franklin Street. You can order from a weekly menu (next posting is Thurs. Aug. 6) and pickup fresh, sustainable, local bulk meals from Lizzie and Cordon. Get to know them here.
  • The Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership also shared more great news that two Chapel Hill institutions have re-opened just in time for the return of students to campus. Both Crossroads at the Carolina Inn and Top of the Hill Restaurant have reopened! Follow both on Instagram – Crossroads here and Top of the Hill here.
  • Some great news coming out of Chapel Hill…After numerous pop-ups and their announcement that they were moving into the space at 505 W. Rosemary Street, Brandwein’s Bagels is now open. Get by and check them out! Follow them on Instagram.

Closings / Cancellations

  • Got the sad news this week from Barbara Weeks that with the recent passing of their patriarch Robert “Anvil” Thompson, and the unfortunate reality of COVID-19, their family decided to close Anvil’s Cheesesteaks permanently after 10 years in business. Their small restaurant made more than a quarter million cheesesteaks over the years! Gonna be missed.
  • My buddy Julia Rummage passed along the news that Som’s Cafe (3700 Glenwood Avenue in the Regions Bank building) is closing. Their last day will be August 15th. The good news is that you can still get their coffee and tea as a subscription service and bulk delivery. They also have plans to open an event service for coffee, wine and tea events. Stay tuned here.
  • Reader Ivan Royster shared that Viva Chicken in North Hills has close permanently. Looks like the closest one is in Greensboro.
  • And WRAL reported that Lady Luck, which opened on Glenwood South in March, has closed and deleted all social media profiles.

Food Trucks 

  • Triangle on the Cheap shared the news that Food Truck Flix is a recurring event that combines drive-in movies with food trucks, for a safer entertainment experience just announced their schedule for the upcoming weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). The events will be taking place at Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices, Durham, and at Focus Church, 7000 Destiny Drive, Raleigh. You can purchase tickets in advance for any of the drive-in movies. The price is $25 per car. Of course, you’ll also want to bring money for the food trucks. Get the movie schedule, purchase your pass and get all the details here.
  • Here are a  couple of sites to find and stalk your favorite food trucks here and here.

Events

  • Taste Carolina has partnered with five local food and drink artisans on a small group online class that will begin in mid-August. It meets once a week for live demonstrations by each artisan and a social and fun experience led by Lesley at Taste Carolina. The businesses represented are: Cookie Gurlie, The Mad Popper, Carrboro Coffee Company, Sweet Little Something, and Alley Twenty Six. All the artisan products are included in the price of the class! Taste Carolina wants to thank you for reading this, so the code, TFG, will get you $10 off when you sign up here.
  • If there is any good to be found in the pandemic (there really isn’t!) it might be the resurgence of drive-in and outdoor movies! Some are your traditional drive-in/car venues, while others are outdoor spaces in the grass with market off “spaces” maintaining safe physical distancing and some even involve watching a movie with babygoats! (I’m serious) Our friends over at Triangle On The Cheap have a great list of drive-in and outdoor movie options for you and your family. Of course, bringing food or ordering food on site makes it that much better! Check out their complete listing of options here.
  • Raleigh’s Angus Barn continues the celebration of their 60th Anniversary with their Wine Cellar Dinner Part II August 7th-9th in their Wine Cellar. The five-course offering allows you to feast on the cuisine that made the Angus Barn legendary featuring the most iconic dishes from the Eures, Chef Walter, Ms. Betty and wines specially selected by their sommelier, Henk. The cost is $150 plus tax (inclusive of wine pairings and gratuity) and seating is limited. To purchase tickets call Nicole at 919-987-1270 or Tiffany at 919-987-1260.
  • Congrats to the good folks over at Union Special in Raleigh as they celebrate their One Year Anniversary on Monday, August 10th from 4-7 p.m. with a special dinner where they will be giving 100% of the proceeds to Safechild NC. Check out the amazing menu here! Happy Birthday Union Special!
  • I can’t think of a better cause – Keep NC Beer Alive! To that end, there is another Brewgaloo Drive Thru happening at the Lincoln Theater in downtown Raleigh on August 15 from 2-6 p.m. Keep North Carolina breweries going by purchasing a six pack of your favorite style of beer or grab a Taste of NC mix pack to try 24 different brews from around the state. Place your order today and they will have it packed and ready for curbside pickup. Place your order here.
  • Restaurant Week is happening August 14-23 (two weekends!) for Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Holly Springs, Morrisville and Wake Forest. Simply go to “city name”restaurantweek.com (here is the link for Apex as an example) to find a list of participanting restaurants where you can enjoy special prix-fixe meals.  Also find them on Facebook. Join the restaurant week event in your town to win $25 gift cards to participating restaurants!
  • The Fest in the West is back for its fifth year on Saturday, November 7 from 11 am- 5 pm at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. The event features food & beer, music, arts & crafts, a KidZone, contests and a petting zoo. A great way to spend time with 7,000 of your closest friends. Admission is free! Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Covid 19 and the impact will be with us for a long time and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina stands ready for the challenge – but they need your help! Here’s how you can help:
  • DONATE FUNDS. As we shift our inventory and operations to meet the ever-changing need as well as prepare ourselves for Hurricane Season, funds are the resource we need most. Financial donations allow us to stay nimble, to change our operation as needed, and to reach new people with our efforts. 
  • INVOLVE FRIENDS. Want to mobilize your neighborhood, church group, or other circle of friends? Holding a Virtual Food Drive is a great way to help – while practicing social distancing. We even re-launched our Virtual Food Drive platform. Visit foodbankcenc.org/vfd to set yours up today.
  • USE YOUR VOICE. Research the policies that impact hunger and speak out! Contact your state, local, and federal representatives to let them know policies like SNAP, TEFAP, and WIC need to be strengthened in order to break the cycle of hunger and help relieve families of the burden of hunger. Visit foodbankcenc.org/advocacy to learn more.
  • DONATE TIME. The Food Bank greatly relies on our volunteers, especially in times of crisis. If you are a healthy adult and want to volunteer, you can self-schedule a shift here. #noonegoeshungry

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 31, 2020

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Sean Umstead and Michelle Vanderwalker, owners of Durham’s Kingfisher Cocktail Bar, are flipping the concept inside out and introducing QueenBurger in Kingfisher’s backyard in mid-August. QueenBurger will serve “smash burgers” two ways – double stacked beef patties and house-made veggie (vegan) burgers with griddled onions, hoop cheese, Duke’s mayo and pickles — seared to perfection on an outdoor flattop alongside Umstead’s award-winning cocktails: pre-bottled, plus wine and beer. Fifteen percent of profits from QueenBurger will support we are, an anti-racist education organization based in Durham. Check out QueenBurger on Instagram here and we are here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Looking for outdoor dining options in Downtown Raleigh? The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has put together a great list of those options, and they even divided it up by district. Check out that list here.
  • On a recent drive around Raleigh, the lovely and talented Lori Lennard noticed signage for Perry’s Steakhouse & Grill coming to Crabtree Terrace across from Crabtree Valley Mall (4509 Creedmoor Road). This will be their first North Carolina location. No word on an open date. Get to know them here.
  • The folks over at RalToday shared that Durham-based record store and taproom Hunky Dory will open its Raleigh location at Seaboard Station tomorrow. According to the new spot’s Facebook page, hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 pm. + Sunday, 12 to 6 p.m.
  • Somewhat food related news, thanks to reader Jeanette Hauser we now know that the former Earth Fare location in Brier Creek will become the next location of Fresh International Market. It will be their seventh location in the United States, which originated in Lansing, Michigan. Get familiar with them here.
  • Blogger EatRaleigh shared the news (and I confirmed on a recent drive-by) that Cutie Pies on Hillsborough Street is now open. The took over the old Raleigh French Bakery space at 1213 Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.
  • And over in Cary, reader Kris Shuford shared with us that we are getting another Cha House, an Asian-inspired tea house, coming to the Shoppes of Kildaire on Killdaire Farm Road. They already have locations on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street and Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street. Get familiar with them here.
  • This weekend (August 1) is the grand opening of The Lodge, located inside Cypress Manor at 1040 Buck Jones Rd. The Lodge will be Raleigh’s newest cocktail and music lounge where you can enjoy a constantly changing schedule of local and regional musicians while enjoying craft cocktails and draft beverages and a signature cast iron cuisine. They will be offering partial-capacity indoor dining, as well as a full to-go menu for pick-up or partnered delivery service. Check them out here.
  • And over in Apex, Mike DePersia with DePersia & Associates tipped me off to a couple of new concepts. First up is Bonafide Bakeshop & Cafe has opened in the former Belgian Cafe spot at 1232 W. Williams Street. He also noted that Peak City Hots is under new ownership at 841 Perry Road. Check out Bonafide here and Peak City here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Thanks to Amber Watson at Bites of Bull City, we learned that Bull City Solera and Taproom, located in the former Chick-fil-A on University Drive, officially opened this past Monday, July 27th. The opening menu features Tex-Mex-style burritos, rotisserie chicken, a few sides, beer (without the taps), and soft serve ice cream. Bull City Solera and Taproom is the sister restaurant to downtown’s beloved Bull City Burger and Brewery and Pompieri Pizza. Get to know them here.
  • Over in Carrboro, we saw on their Facebook page that Akai Hana will reopen next Wednesday, August 5th for curbside pick-up and patio dining. They just completed a project that leveled and renovated the patio, updated electrical work, and installed new flooring. Visit them here.
  • Some great news coming out of Chapel Hill…After numerous pop-ups and their announcement that they were moving into the space at 505 W. Rosemary Street, Brandwein’s Bagels is very, very close to swinging open their doors as a permanent brick and mortar location. Follow them on Instagram for their pending announcement.
  • And down in Chatham County, the Chatham Food Hub will begin operations on Wednesday, August 5. It will be a drive-through food court allowing you to safely buy food from multiple local businesses that you know and love. You will be able to buy special family-size meals and local produce through the Food Hub once a week. Your purchases will support the local economy and create jobs for Chatham County residents. CORA Food Pantry will also offer FREE food boxes through the Food Hub. Participants include: Rojo Canela, CORA Food Pantry, Ever Reach Farm, Root Cellar Cafe and Catering, Green Panda Farms, Compadres Siler City and Bestfood Cafeteria. Get all the details here.

Closings / Cancellations

  • For the first time since World War II, and only the third time ever, the NC State Fair, originally planned for October 15-25 at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, will not be held, due to coronavirus-related concerns.
  • Jacqueline Atlas shared with the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Group that Lula’s, on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street in the former Spanky’s spot, shared on Facebook that they have decided to close. That also now means that all three food establishments on Chapel Hill’s most famous corner (intersection of Franklin and Columbia Streets) are now closed.
  • And after moving their event twice, the 5th Annual Raleigh International Food Festival will not take place this year. Look for their return on June 5, 2021.
  • Several members of the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Group confirmed that McAlister’s Deli in Durham off 15-501 (near intersection with I-40) has closed. They also confirmed that the Jimmy John’s across 15-501 next to Chipotle has also closed.

Food Trucks 

  • Triangle on the Cheap shared the news that Food Truck Flix is a recurring event that combines drive-in movies with food trucks, for a safer entertainment experience just announced their schedule for the upcoming weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). The events will be taking place at Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices, Durham, and at Focus Church, 7000 Destiny Drive, Raleigh. You can purchase tickets in advance for any of the drive-in movies. The price is $25 per car. Of course, you’ll also want to bring money for the food trucks. Get the movie schedule, purchase your pass and get all the details here.
  • Up in Hillsborough, Eno River Farm (2127 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough) begins their bi-weekly food truck rodeos called Food Trucks on the Farm. The first was on July 22. You can stop by and grab a bite to eat, throw a blanket on the lawn, and top it off with their homemade ice cream! Don’t forget your mask! Get details here on their Facebook event page.
  • Here are a  couple of sites to find and stalk your favorite food trucks here and here.

Events

  • If there is any good to be found in the pandemic (there really isn’t!) it might be the resurgence of drive-in and outdoor movies! Some are your traditional drive-in/car venues, while others are outdoor spaces in the grass with market off “spaces” maintaining safe physical distancing and some even involve watching a movie with babygoats! (I’m serious) Our friends over at Triangle On The Cheap have a great list of drive-in and outdoor movie options for you and your family. Of course, bringing food or ordering food on site makes it that much better! Check out their complete listing of options here.
  • Raleigh’s Angus Barn continues the celebration of their 60th Anniversary with their Wine Cellar Dinner Part II August 7th-9th in their Wine Cellar. The five-course offering allows you to feast on the cuisine that made the Angus Barn legendary featuring the most iconic dishes from the Eures, Chef Walter, Ms. Betty and wines specially selected by their sommelier, Henk. The cost is $150 plus tax (inclusive of wine pairings and gratuity) and seating is limited. To purchase tickets call Nicole at 919-987-1270 or Tiffany at 919-987-1260.
  • We learned from RalToday and Triangle on the Cheap that The Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill will be hosting Conversations in Philosophy each Thursday at 6 p.m., now through August 27. The free events will include discussions in philosophy plus farm-based beverages! Social distancing and masks are required AND dogs are allowed! If you’ve never been, this is a great reason to check them out. Visit them here.
  • The Fest in the West is back for its fifth year on Saturday, November 7 from 11 am- 5 pm at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. The event features food & beer, music, arts & crafts, a KidZone, contests and a petting zoo. A great way to spend time with 7,000 of your closest friends. Admission is free! Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • A quick Covid-19 updated from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. In the last fiscal year, which includes 4 months of crisis response, the Food Bank distributed nearly 92 million pounds of food, a Food Bank record. This equates to more than 75 million meals. It took an incredible amount of resources, support, and partnership to get this done. Thank you for being part of this monumental effort! In 4 months (March, April, May, June) the Food Bank had to spend $2.3 million to buy food in order to keep food going out to the community. That is more than twice our typical annual food purchase budget. Make a donation today here. #noonegoeshungry

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