Friday Fun Food Facts – April 11, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  With the delivery of Tupelo Honey Café Cookbooks to various individuals throughout the Triangle yesterday, it was revealed that Asheville’s wildly successful and popular Tupelo Honey Café will be bringing their 8th location to Raleigh’s Cameron Village. No word yet on an open date (they’ll announce that on Monday). In the meantime, if you’d like a cookbook for your own, just email me your favorite Tupelo Honey Café menu item and we’ll select two lucky winners on Monday. Check out Tupelo Honey Cafe here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • And speaking of barbecue, the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Red Hot & Blue will open a second Triangle area location in the Waverly Place shopping center in Cary, near Barberito’s. No opening date has been set yet. Check them out here.
  • Got word via Twitter from Joseph Wells that Mami Nora’s in Morrisville is shooting for a June 1st opening. This location will be in the old Bear Rock Cafe spot at the corner of Cary Parkway and Chapel Hill Road. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to the observant eyes of John Huisman (aka Triangle Explorer) he saw a “Coming Soon” sign for a Quail Corners Creamery in the Quail Corners Shopping Center in Raleigh next to The Meat House. No other details are available at this point, but we’ll ask John to keep an eye on it for us. Thanks John!
  • Tomorrow (April 12th) City Barbecue in Cary will hold their grand opening at1305 Kildaire Farm Road. This is the first North Carolina location for the Ohio-based chain. Get more details here.
  • Got word from a Yelp message board that the former 618 Bistro on Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh (which was sold to new owners on March 15th) will reopen as The Oak on April 18th. No other details are available at this point.
  • Also got word from the same Yelp message board that Maui Wowi Hawaiian, a coffee and smoothie chain, will be opening where Java Jive used to be on Harrison Avenue in Cary. It’s apparently a surf themed franchise specializing in gourmet Hawaiian coffees and healthy fruit smoothies. Not sure of an opening date, but Diane reports that they have their sign up. Get a sneak peek at them here.
  • And one last Yelp message board note this week, Calavera Empanada and Tequila Bar on Blount Street in downtown Raleigh, has simplified their name to CalaVela. With the name change, also comes a few tweaks to the menu. Check them out here.
  • Got word from our friends over at New Raleigh that the Quiznos on West Lane Street in downtown Raleigh (beside the Days Inn) is now NC Deli. No other information is available at this point.
  • Thanks to a tweet from “The Beeghly”, we learned that a Tropical Smoothie Café is going in next to the new Bass Pro Shop on Cary’s Harrison Avenue. Check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  •  Tonight (April 11th) the folks over at Straw Valley Food & Drink will hold a grand opening event for their Wine & Raw Bar from 6 to 11 p.m. The celebration is to launch their full menu and evening hours. Next up will be the launching of their patio beer garden. Stay tuned. Keep up with them here.
  • The News & Observer is reporting that Cinnamon roll store Cinnamonster is moving into the former Dairy Queen shop in Northgate Mall in May. Check them out here.


  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • Fairview Garden Center’s second annual Flora and Food Trucks Spring Series will host their next event on April 19th which will be followed again on May 17th. Get all the details here.
  • If you are looking for something to do for your father on Father’s Day, take him to Durham’s Central Park for the next Food Truck Rodeo. For those that haven’t marked this on their calendar, Father’s Day is June 15th. Get all the details here.
  • And over in Raleigh, the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo series kicks off on Sunday, May 4th (the first of 4 this year). Get all the details here.


  • Get tickets now for Taste 2014 – a five-day festival of food, wine & beer events, that celebrates the vibrant Durham-Chapel Hill culinary scene, taking place between April 23 and 27. Get all the details of the event(s) here.
  •  The Great Grapes! Wine & Food Festival will be held Saturday (April 12th) from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Get all the details here.
  •  The 3rd annual Brewgaloo local beer festival is on Saturday April 26th (2-10pm) in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza. Brought to you by Shop Local Raleigh, Brewgaloo 2014 will feature more than 40 craft breweries from North Carolina, 30 local food trucks and live music. Get all the details here.
  • Celebrate the opening of the 2014 Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market at the Pig Pickin’ Kickoff, Wednesday, April 30, from 10 am-2 pm at City Plaza. Enjoy delicious eastern North Carolina barbecue from The Pit BBQ, a local craft beer tasting from Crank Arm Brewing Co. (a new event feature) and connect with North Carolina’s highest quality growers and food artisans. Get all the details here.
  • The good folks over at Triangle Raw Foods will hold their first Café Love Pop-Up Dinner on Friday, May 2nd with a 7 p.m. seating. The cost is $30 per person and will feature a Mexican themed menu. Reservations for this dinner go live today (April 4th) at high noon. Book quickly, as this will sell out. Check it out here.
  • The 2nd Annual East Meets West food and performance festival celebrating Morrisville’s diverse community will be on Saturday, May 17, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is free, tickets will be available for purchase to buy food, beer and wine.Get all the details here.
  • The dates are set and tickets are already on sale for this year’s edition of Fire in the Triangle. The fun runs from June 23rd through the finale on August 4. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • And finally, tickets are on sale now for the 2014 Farm to Fork Picnic, which will be held on Sunday, June 8th from 4-7 p.m. The event celebrates local food and local farms and promises food, beverages, live music and fun. Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner   

  • The Pit’s 6th Annual ‘Cuegrass Festival returns to Raleigh Saturday, April 26, with a jam-packed day full of great food and music, with all proceeds benefiting the Food Bank! Get all the details here.

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