Friday Fun Food Facts – November 22, 2019

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Got word this week from Jennifer Noble Kelly that Picnic’s Wyatt Dickson will be opening his second bbq restaurant – Wyatt’s Whole Hog Barbecue –  in Raleigh’s Gateway Plaza at 2431 Crabtree Blvd near downtown. The concept will be bringing the wood-smoked pastured pig pickin’ style of whole hog barbecue. In 2016 Dickson opened Picnic in Durham with partners Ben Adams and Ryan Butler. Look for Wyratt’s to open in the fall of 2020. Follow their progress on their website here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The team over at Trophy Brewing opened into their expanded space this week over on Morgan Street – announcing that they had brought fermentation back to Morgan Street, expanded and improved their outdoor patio space, and added new menu items.  As they “slide” into their new space, they will begin renovations of the “old” space on Morgan Street to match the design of the expansion, which should be completed sometime early next year. Keep up with all of Trophy’s success here.
  • WRAL reported that the owners of Acme Food & Beverage Co. in Carrboro and Tin Roof Brewery of Baton Rouge, Louisiana will open a joint venture – a new brewery and neighborhood restaurant located at 5401 North, a traditional neighborhood development in Northeast Raleigh. The new concept, named Heyday Brewing, will be located in 5401 North’s new City Farm, now under construction. The space will feature a unique collaboration with Wake Tech Community College by providing students in Wake Tech’s craft beer classes access to commercial brewing equipment, classroom and lab space. The restaurant will also serve produce grown in 5401 North’s Purple Martin Community Farm. Plans are to open the property in summer 2020. We couldn’t find an online presence.
  • Rosewater Kitchen & Bar in Raleigh’s North Hills will begin brunch service this weekend and will be served both Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Rosewater is the latest concept from the Giorgio’s Hospitality & LIfestyle Group and opened at the end of last month in the former Bruegger’s spot. If you haven’t already, check them out here.
  • Saw on their Facebook page this week that the newest location of BREW Coffee Bar is now open in the McNeil Pointe development at the intersection of McNeil Street and Wake Forest Road (across from Mami Nora’s). Visit them here.
  • The folks over at NC Triangle Dining posted on social media that the Cha House, an Asian-inspired tea house influenced by the tastes and traditions of Taiwan, is now open open at the Stanhope Apartments at 3001 Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.
  • Got an update this week from Cherith Andes on some news we initially shared with you back in July. Australian-based Zambero, a Mexican restaurant concept that also donates a meal to someone in need from disadvantaged communities across Africa, Asia and the Americas, will open in January, 2020 and will be located in One Glenwood. This will be just their second location in the United States. And more good news, the next two US location will be in Durham and Cary (University Hill in Durham and Parkside Town Commons in Cary). Tell me the Triangle ain’t where it’s at!?! Keep up with them here.
  • Over on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street, reader Tyler Glover shared that a “Coming Soon” sign for Crafty Crab Seafood went up this week at the old Applebee’s location. Looks to be part of a chain out of Florida and they currently have just one North Carolina location, in Charlotte. No word on an open date. Start to get familiar with them here.
  • Up in North Raleigh, got a tweet from “Gavin” that Papaya Chicken & Grill in Bent Tree Plaza at 7909 Falls of Neuse Road is changing things up. Not sure if this is a new concept or a re-concept, but there is a “coming soon” sign in the window for El Rincon Peruano Restaurant Fusion. Stay tuned
  • And down in Zebulon, got word from Randy Wester of Wester Auctions that Smithfield Chicken and BBQ will be demolishing their Zebulon location within the next 2-3 weeks to make room for their new and improved building. Stay tuned.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Quick update thanks to several readers. We had a possible “coming soon” with a “Well” sign hanging in front of the former Carolina Ale House on Chapel Hill’s West Franklin Street. Bad news is it isn’t a restaurant. Good news is it is a 400-employee Healthcare IT company. Nice boost for the eateries on that end of Franklin!
  • Down in Carrboro, I got word of Tyler’s being closed. Turns out it is just temporarily… thankfully. Sign on the door reads, “The restaurant side is closed temporarily for some much needed renovations. Please join us for next door we are serving our full menu & 42 beers on tap! Sorry for the inconvenience, we appreciate your patience.” Visit Tyler’s here.
  • Also in Carrboro, reader Jeremy Simon spotted a “Thai Restaurant coming soon” banner up at the spot formerly occupied by Southern Rail/Crossties. We don’t have any other details at this point, so stay tuned.
  • And my Twitter buddy, BurgeoningBaker, shared with me that Don Gallo Taqueria (former Tacos Nacos) at 3411 University Drive in Durham is now serving breakfast 7 am -11 am  7 days a week. Need to make my way over there! Check them out here.


  •  Reader Barbara Bender broke the news to us that the Brier Creek location of Donovan’s Dish (mostly take out dinners and such) has closed. Their catering business is still booming and they have their location in Apex. Check out Donovan’s here.

Food Trucks 

  • As things get cold, here are a  couple of sites to find and stalk your favorite food trucks here and here.


  • The fifth-annual Voters’ Choice Awards presented by Millennium Buildings launched in a major way. Over 20,000 nominations were made for the area’s best events, restaurants, businesses and more. And thanks to my amazing readers and followers, yours truly (Triangle Food Guy) was nominated for Best Blog AND Best Twitter personality ! But now that I am in the final five, the real work begins! Voting is now open through December 1st and I would greatly appreciate your support! Thanking you in advance. Vote early and vote often!!! Vote here!
  • And if you need one “smore” reason to head downtown, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance has something for you this Friday (November 22). Moore Square has partnered with Marbles Kids Museum to celebrate the release of Frozen 2! So come out for S’Moore Square from 6-8 p.m. where the party will include a bounce house, imagination playground, crafts, roasting over firepits and s’mores. This event is FREE and Square Burger will be providing free s’mores. Get all the details here.
  • Photography extraordinaire Felicia Trujilo was kind enough to remind me that the Triangle Family Services’ Gingerbread Benefit is back and better than ever! This year’s event is December 5th from 6:30-10pm. It will feature hors d’oeuvres and drinks, live and silent auctions, gingerbread house creations by the Triangle’s finest chefs, and dancing to live music by Sidecar Social Club. The dollars raised in the Gingerbread Benefit allow credentialed case managers and licensed therapists to provide the extra time and attention needed to move people from crisis to stability. Get ticket information and all the details here.
  • And the good folks over at Chatham County’s Root Cellar will host their New Year’s Eve Wine Dinner – on December 31. The dinner features an all-inclusive 3-course meal, featuring the creative talents of chef Sera Cuni and wine pairings from Vino Wine Shop. Tickets are $75. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Help us set a larger table this year at Thanksgiving! Right now your donation to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina goes twice as far thanks to some very generous matching donors. Right now, every $10 you give will help provide 100 meals for children, hardworking families, and seniors in our community facing hunger this Thanksgiving. Give now — and make twice the difference!

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