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Friday Fun Food Facts – February 16, 2024

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • WRAL shared the news this week that a new food hall is coming to Raleigh in a spot where folks are used to getting good food. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced this week that a new two-story food hall, The Midway Event Center, would replace the 70-year-old Lunch Stand building (or Church Row as I’ve always called it) at the NC State Fairgrounds. The new food hall will be open year-round and will serve “fair food” when the State Fair is in town. It is part of an overall ground improvement project that will take 3-4 years to complete. No specific timeline was given on the food hall. Read the full article here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Over in Raleigh’s Mission Valley, reader Erik Mazzone noticed signage up for the newest location of Chicken Bee. Mazzone noted that it will be in the same building with Schoolkids and the Cookie People. If you are not familiar with Chicken Bee, they feature Korean-style fried chicken and a variety of savory Asian fusion dishes. They currently have locations in Durham, Cary (H-Mart) and Greensboro. No word on the timeline. Get to know them here.

  • Reader Chris Creighton shared with me that there is a new Mexican restaurant coming to Cary at 2026 Kildaire Farm Road called A.C.P.’s Mexican Grill and Bar. No opening date yet. They don’t have their website up just yet, and their Facebook page doesn’t offer much information at this point.

  • Down in Johnston County, the Triangle Business Journal reported that Rocky Mount-based Barley and Burger opened yesterday at a new location at 728 North Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield. They had been a tenant in the Old North State Food Hall in Selma since the hall opened, but needed a larger space due to the support and following. Their new space previously housed Island Foods Authentic Jamaican Restaurant. Check them out here

  • Back in downtown Raleigh, RALtoday shared that downtown bar Kings, owned by Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler, will be open every night of the week (starting February 26th), even when there are no shows. They’ll have a packed calendar of events (movie nights, game nights, open mics, community talks, markets, team-ups with local pals like Nice Price Books and much more. Keep up on Instagram here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Over in Chapel Hill, there was a post on the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook page that Zayka Indian Grill and Bar is coming to 105 E. Franklin Street in the spot most recently occupied by Basecamp. it does appear to be a second location for the Brier Creek location of Zayka in Raleigh as one of their Instagram posts suggests a “coming soon” announcement. Visit them here

  • Triangle Business Journal shared this week that after 20 years on Erwin Road, Nosh is moving to a space over on Broad Street (717 Broad Street). They have already closed the Erwin Road location (noted that they are all currently working out of the Grub space) and will open in their new location this Spring. Might be best to follow along on Facebook here and Instagram here.

  • Saw on the Durham Downtown Community Facebook page that Del Taco, the second-largest Mexican fast food chain, is coming to North Carolina. The Triangle area will have five locations starting with the first in Durham at 4716 Apex Hwy (Hwy. 55/Hwy. 54). Started in California in the early 1960s, their menu features everything from tacos and tostadas to cheeseburgers and fries. Look for the first location to open this September. Location of the remaining four locations hasn’t been disclosed yet. Start getting familiar with them here.

Closings

  • The News & Observer shared that news that the Durham location (at American Tobacco Campus) of Five Star has closed. The original Raleigh location remains thriving!

  • The News & Observer also shared the news that last location of Tropical Picken Chicken closed last month on Wake Forest Road. It ended a fifteen-year run in the Triangle. 

Food Trucks

  • Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking them and simply don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.

Events

  • Sassool will host an exclusive Pizzette Party this Saturday (February 17) from 3 to 5 p.m. at both locations (Raleigh and Cary). Admission is $5. Traditionally called “Manouche” in Lebanon, pizzettes are simliar to a personal pizza, made on thin pita crust, without marinara sauce. The pizzettes will be arranged and labeled by type and samples will be self-serve, and replenished throughout. Just grab your samples and enjoy! They’ll also be running drink specials. Get tickets and all the details for the Raleigh location here and for the Cary location here.

  • Rocky Top Catering announced this week the sixth annual Cooking for the Kids. This cooking competition brings together eight of the Triangle’s premier chefs. All proceeds benefit Overflowing Hands and A Place at the Table. Participating chefs include: Alejandro Uribe of University Club; Jaime Adams of The Ugly Mug Bean and Brew; Blake Gotliffe of Under the Oak; Bobby McFarland of Wye Hill; Preeti Waas of Cheeni; Harry Monds of Lula and Sadie’s; David Mitchell of Plates Kitchen; and Kevin Ruiz of Oro. The first round begins the week of February 26, with the second round March 6 & 7, and the Finale on Thursday, March 14th. Get tickets and all the details here.

  • Downtown Raleigh’s Whiskey Kitchen, on the corner of West Martin and South McDowell streets, announced their second How To: The Cocktail Series where guests are able to create their own Manhattan made with George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. The three part series begins on February 20 at 6 p.m. and continues at the same time on March 19th and April 23rd. For each event, attendees will have the opportunity to customize their drink with different bar selections. Get details on the Whiskey site here.

  • CORA’s 12th Empty Bowls charitable fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, at its new venue, Pittsboro United Methodist Church, from 5 to 8 pm. The evening will feature amazing soups from favorite local restaurants, live music from the Popcorn Blue Band, local pottery, and homemade bread and desserts. 100% of the proceeds go to helping neighbors facing food insecurity in Chatham County! Get all the details here.

  • My buddy Neha Shah, director of the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, shared that the annual Farm to Fork Picnic, celebrating local food and local farms, will take place Sunday, June 2 from 4pm – 7pm, again at Fearrington Village. Get details and tickets here.

  • Tickets are on sale now for the 9th Annual Dinner in the Meadow which will take place on September 15, 2024 on a grassy knoll at Meadow Lane Farm, in bucolic Franklin County, offering beautiful pastoral views and clear, starry skies. Some of the region’s most sought-after chefs will be preparing delicious dishes using ingredients from local farms and food artisans. It is an annual fundraiser for the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2014 to support and cultivate small farms in our region of North Carolina. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • No doubt we live in a wonderful corner of the world. But here are some things to remember and not forget. Right now, one in five people in central and eastern North Carolina don’t have enough to eat. The Food Bank provided over 88 million meals to families and individuals last year. The Food Bank’s partner agency network has reported up to a 60% increase in neighbors visiting for food assistance. The need is real and right here in our backyard. Consider helping in 2024. See how here.

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Friday Fun Food Facts – February 9, 2024

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Over in Durham, Durham Downtown shared on a Facebook post that Fonda Lupita has opened in downtown Durham’s Brightleaf Square at 905 W Main Street. As you will recall, Fonda Lupita (original location in Sanford) was named one of Eater’s best new restaurants in the United States. Expect the exact same quality from the new location featuring homemade stews, gorditas, tacos, quesadillas, tortas, burritos and more alongside unique Mexican hot and cold beverages. Get familiar with them and order online here.a

Wake County Restaurant News

  • So today is the day. Raleigh Magazine shared that the much-anticipated Tamasha – Modern Indian Kitchen will officially open in North Hills today, Friday, February 9th. This highly anticipated upscale progressive and modern Indian concept is the brainchild of restaurateurs Mike Kathrani and Tina Vora and executed by renowned executive chef Bhavin Chhatwani, boasting Michelin Star experience. Learn more about them and get your reservations in here.

  • The Triangle Business Journal shared the news this week that a Charlotte restaurant group (Conway Restaurant Group) is bringing it latest concept to Raleigh. Napa at Glenwood will be an upscale wine bar and restaurant in Glenwood Place, located just inside the Beltline off Glenwood Avenue. They will join Sushi Mon, The Iron Oaks and Ladyfingers Market and Eatery and Quarter Note Coffee as Glenwood Place’s food and beverage tenants. Expect them to open in late 2024 with a Napa Valley-inspired food menu and a California-focused wine list according to TBJ. Start getting familiar with them here.

  • Up in North Raleigh, reader Tyler Glover shared that he saw a “coming soon” sign for Epic Wings at Brennan Station. The actual address is 8107 Creedmoor Rd., Suite 105 (beside Five Guys). Looks to be their first Triangle-area location, and the first in North Carolina. Epic Wings started in Southern California in 1982 and currently has 26 locations throughout Southern California and Arizona. Get to know them here.

  • Also in North Raleigh, saw on the Triangle Foodies Facebook page that Mon Macaron has opened their third Triangle-area location at 5249 Capital Blvd. Naturally gluten-free macarons made fresh every day, delicious espresso drinks and more. They also have locations in downtown Raleigh’s Seaboard Station and in Cary. Visit them here.

  • Further up in North Raleigh, got word this week that Zaxby’s opened a new restaurant off Louisburg Road (at 7400 Louisburg Rd.) a mile or so up from Interstate 540 (just across from the Wendy’s). And to celebrate their opening, they are offering a special “Buy One, Get One Free” offer on 10 Boneless Wings tossed in one of Zaxby’s eight signature sauces. It’s the chain’s fourth location in Raleigh. Visit Zaxby’s here.

  • Back in downtown Raleigh, RALtoday shared that downtown bar Kings, owned by Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler, will be open every night of the week (starting February 26th), even when there are no shows. They’ll have a packed calendar of events (movie nights, game nights, open mics, community talks, markets, team-ups with local pals like Nice Price Books and much more. Keep up on Instagram here.

  • Out on New Bern Avenue, Triangle Business Journal shared that one of the last Ruby Tuesday locations (there is still on in Garner) has been demolished and will be replaced by the Triangle’s 40th location of Chick-fil-A. If you are not familiar with Chick-fil-A….just kidding. No word on a timeline.

  • And in Fuquay Varina, the folks over at Today in the Quay (a great way to keep up with everything going on in Fuqua Varina) shared that a steak house called The Library will be opening in the old (you guessed it) library at 133 South Fuquay Avenue. No word on a timeline. Keep up with them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Durham Downtown also broke the news this week that newest Thai restaurant, Thaiangle, opened this week in the former Dos Perros spot at 200 N Mangum Street. They noted on their Facebook post that Jack U, chef and owner, followed his mother’s craft of cooking from a young age. From his homeland of Thailand, to Los Angeles, to Billings, Montana, and most recently Carrboro. Jack and his family are thrilled to settle in the heart of Durham. Get familiar with them here.

  • Szechuan Village, which opened in the former Moon Asian Bistro spot (111 Knox Way) just south of the Orange County line on 15-501, is holding their ribbon cutting and grand opening today, Friday, February 9th, at 11:30 a.m. followed by an open house. Visit them here.

  • Further down into Chatham County, reader Jay Beaton noticed that Ni Armors Hawaiian & Polynesian BBQ “Coming Soon” sign was down. After speaking with the manager, he learned that they had their soft opening Thursday and will be holding their grand opening this Saturday (February 10th). Keep up with everything on Facebook here.

  • Back over in Durham, we learned this week that Alley Twenty Six, the nationally recognized craft cocktail bar, is bringing back its late night menu starting February 16. Guests will soon be able to enjoy the Alley Burger, Caviar and Tots, Deviled Eggs and more until closing. Visit them here.

Closings

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking them and simply don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.

Events

  • We are in the last few days of Geer Street’s annual Chinese Week (February 5-11) when they dedicate their whole specials menu to Chinese cuisine. Don’t forget that they’ll be doing an all-dim sum brunch on Sunday, February 11. Get the menu and all the details on their Facebook page here.

  • Don’t have Valentine’s plans just yet? Well, good news. The folks over at Taste Carolina have special Valentine’s Tours lined up for you – both in Raleigh and Durham. Imagine strolling along historic city streets with your sweetie – or your friends or family – on a guided walking tour. Guests are treated like VIPs at several locally owned restaurants per tour while enjoying delicious food and drink. The Raleigh dinner tours will include a combination of the following locations: Beasley’s, Bittersweet, Longleaf Swine, Che Empanadas, and Raleigh Wine Shop. The Durham lunch tour will include visits to: Bull City Burger & Brewery, Pie Pushers, Toast, Boricua Soul, and The Parlour. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • CORA’s 12th Empty Bowls charitable fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, at its new venue, Pittsboro United Methodist Church, from 5 to 8 pm. The evening will feature amazing soups from favorite local restaurants, live music from the Popcorn Blue Band, local pottery, and homemade bread and desserts. 100% of the proceeds go to helping neighbors facing food insecurity in Chatham County! Get all the details here.
  • Downtown Raleigh’s Whiskey Kitchen and Videri Chocolate Factory have teamed up to craft decadent chocolate and spirit pairings just in time for Valentine’s Day. Throughout February, Whiskey Kitchen will feature signature pairings of six of Videri’s chocolate bars alongside a selection of different spirits. Guests can look forward to sipping each spirit presented with mini bars of the corresponding chocolate. Special Valentine pairings will run February 12 through February 18. Follow along on Instagram here.
  • My buddy Neha Shah, director of the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, shared that the annual Farm to Fork Picnic, celebrating local food and local farms, will take place Sunday, June 2 from 4pm – 7pm, again at Fearrington Village. Get details and tickets here.
  • Tickets are on sale now for the 9th Annual Dinner in the Meadow which will take place on September 15, 2024 on a grassy knoll at Meadow Lane Farm, in bucolic Franklin County, offering beautiful pastoral views and clear, starry skies. Some of the region’s most sought-after chefs will be preparing delicious dishes using ingredients from local farms and food artisans. It is an annual fundraiser for the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2014 to support and cultivate small farms in our region of North Carolina. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • No doubt we live in a wonderful corner of the world. But here are some things to remember and not forget. Right now, one in five people in central and eastern North Carolina don’t have enough to eat. The Food Bank provided over 88 million meals to families and individuals last year. The Food Bank’s partner agency network has reported up to a 60% increase in neighbors visiting for food assistance. The need is real and right here in our backyard. Consider helping in 2024. See how here.

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