Friday Fun Food Facts – April 25, 2014

Triangle Restaurant News

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

 Featured Restaurant News

  •  The weather this weekend is going to be absolutely perfect, so we feature one of the many outdoor activities to enjoy this weekend – The Pit’s 6th Annual ‘Cuegrass Festival this 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.

Wake County Restaurant News

  •  The legendary Clyde Cooper’s BBQ is back open (as of yesterday) in their new home at 327 S. Wilmington Street. It looks great! Get by soon and check out the new space. Until you can get by, check them out yourself on Facebook here.
  • And the next big news in downtown Raleigh will be the opening next week of DeMo’s Pizzeria and Deli which is going into the former Bada Bing site at 222 Glenwood Avenue. An exact open date hasn’t been nailed down, but it will be one day next week (possibly 4/28). DeMo’s is brought to us by the guys from DeMarco’s up in North Raleigh Check them out here.
  • Got word this week that Chef Gregory Hamm, who owns Café 121 in Sanford and Cary, will be opening P.G.Werth’s at 927 West Morgan Street in downtown Raleigh. Look for a mid-July opening. Learn more about Chef Hamm here. The menu will be inspired by Café 121 but different.
  • Atlas Mediterranean Cuisine, located at 914 Kildaire Farm Road in Cary, will hold their grand opening tomorrow (April 26) from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. For $10, you’ll get an appetizer, entrée, drink and dessert. Check them out here. Congrats to Said Bouleqcha!
  • Also in Cary, the News & Observer reported this week that Himalayan Nepali Cuisine has opened in an already diverse collection of ethnic shops and eateries on Chatham Street near downtown Cary. Check them out here.  Congratulations to Amar and Sangita Karki. Look for menu items native to Nepal as well as dishes from India.
  • Here is an interesting twist… The Twisted Fork, located at Triangle Town Center, has introduced a new Twisted Q to Go takeout program featuring pulled Eastern North Carolina-style pork, beef brisket, beer can chicken, pork ribs and turkey breast, all smoked in house. Get all the details here and stop by and pick some up for your next outing.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • Over in Durham, Café Love (brought to you by the folks at Triangle Raw Foods) is now open…well, at least for takeout. Due to facility challenges, they are only able to offer takeout, but they have a nice deck area to enjoy their goodness. They will have their “official grand opening” on Monday, May 5th, but they are open now. A huge congratulations to Jane Howard Crutchfield and Matthew Daniels. 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 May 17th. 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.
  • 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.


  • The 3rd annual Brewgaloo local beer festival is this Saturday (April 26th) from 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 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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