Friday Fun Food Facts – October 30, 2020

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • The News & Observer reported that starting next month Morrisville will be the beneficiary of the expansion of Sister Liu’s Kitchen. They will be opening a second location in the former Buns Barn location at 3524 Davis Drive. For those not familiar with Sister Liu’s, they serve up handmade dumplings and Chinese hamburgers from their original location in Durham’s Straw Valley shopping center (near the intersection of Interstate 40 and 15-501). Congrats to Cuiying Liu Blythe and her husband, John Blythe! Oh, and they are very close to unveiling their food truck! Check them out!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Ashton Mae Smith shared via twitter (and RalToday picked up on it) that Iris Coffee Lab officially opened at 725 Tucker Street in Glenwood South giving us another spot to enjoy a great cup of coffe, tea or a bite to eat. Give them a look here.
  • Shannon Helm notified me that she and her husband have opened Black Fire Brewing , a nanobrewery (2bbl) in Raleigh off of Progress Court (E. Whitaker Mill/Five Points area). A unique feature of this brewery is that they offer both regular and gluten removed versions of all of their beers on tap. You can see their beer offerings on their website here. Give them a visit soon!
  • David McCreary passed along that Esteamed Coffee, a nonprofit coffee shop that will employ people with various disabilities, will open soon at 114 S. Academy St. in downtown Cary. I can already tell it is going to be great as the two founders are UNC grads! Start to get familiar with them here.
  • Bullseye Grill, located in the “lobby” of the Triangle Shooting Academy at 6501 Mount Herman Road, will have their grand opening this Sunday, November 1st. Their menu features burgers, custom mac-n-cheese, melts, soups, salads and even apple cobbler. Give them a shot! (see what I did there…)
  • ELK Local Foods, a specialty foods retail store, will hold their grand opening on November 3rd in downtown Apex (103 E. Chatham St.). They will be selling high-quality, artisanal foods sourced from all across North Carolina including coffees and teas, spices, sauces, oils and vinegars, nut butters, jams, honey, snacks and sweets from vendors like Big Spoon Roasters, Carolina Kettle Chips, Slingshot Coffee, Videri Chocolate Factory, Crude Bitters and more. Learn all about them here.
  • And down in Smithfield, Jersey Mike’s Subs opened about a month ago at 1233 N. Brightleaf Blvd. Jasmine Mobley is the operating partner. Visit Jersey Mike’s here.
  • Looking for all the 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 folks at Bites of Bull City let us know that Goorsha’s new cafe, GoJo, opens in soft open mode today (Friday, October 30). They are located directly behind the restaurant at 910 W. Main St. By day, GoJo will serve Ethiopian coffee and tea along with lunch offerings and in the evening it will be a lounge and bar serving beer, cocktails, food and eventually hookah. Take a peek at their menu here.
  • WRAL’s Sarah Krueger shared the news that Indian Monsoon Restaurant & Bar has opened at the corner of Morgan and Mangum streets (105 W. Morgan St.) in downtown Durham (on the Durham Loop). Visit their website here to learn more about them and see their menu.
  • Giorgios Bakatsias’ 29-year old flagship restaurant Parizade introduced The Grande Café at Parizade this week. Open weekdays from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., it is a European café popup offering a full coffee program, local pastries, and in-house nibbles with plenty of socially distanced seating, both inside and in the garden courtyard. You can check it out yourself here.
  • Kudos to Bull City Ciderworks as they expand their operations into nearby Greensboro. Triangle Business Journal shared the news that they will open before the end of the year in the former Gibb’s Hundred Brewing facility at 504 State St. TBJ shared that they were founded in 2014, and are the Triangle’s first locally owned and operated cidery, and one of the largest cideries in the Southeast. Visit them here.

Closings / Cancellations

  • This is a sad one. Jeff Gimondo shared that Papa Shogun, the unique concept that blended Classic Italian dishes with traditional Japanese ingredients and techniques, has closed their doors due to Covid-19. But their farewell note left the door open for “something cooking.” Fingers crossed.
  • Kimberli Holton was the first to share with us that Subconscious Subs in Raleigh on Hillsborough St has closed permanently. They had been serving up subs to Raleigh and NC State since 1984. Sorry to see them go.
  • On the same day, several readers also noted that the IHOP, which had moved down Hillsborough Street from its iconic store front, 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.
  • Here are a couple of sites to find and stalk your favorite food trucks here and here.


  • Today (Friday, October 30) the Downtown Raleigh Alliance will hold their Dine Out Downtown from 5 to 9pm in the Warehouse District. West Street will be closed for extended outdoor dining from local restaurants (like Morgan Street Food Hall, Heirloom Brewshop, and Barcelona Wine Bar) and will have other tables to enjoy takeout. Get all the details here.
  • This Saturday from noon until 4 p.m. (or until the pig runs out) is the final day of Whole Hog Saturdays, where St. Roch chef/owner Sunny Gerhart will welcome pitmaster Wyatt Dickson and co-owner and pig farmer Ryan Butler to serve their Eastern North Carolina Whole Hog pig pickin’ style barbecue from Picnic at St. Roch. Proceeds from the $9 BBQ sandwiches and plates will support downtown Raleigh’s A Place at the Table. Reservations for Whole Hog Saturdays at St. Roch can be made by calling 919-322-0359 or by reserving via RESY. Walk-in’s are also welcome, and orders may be called in for curbside pickup as well. Visit St. Roch’s here, Picnic here and Wyatt’s here.
  • Harvest Dinner, Raleigh City Farm’s annual fundraising event to celebrate a successful growing season, has a new format this year! Harvest Dinner “At-Home Edition” is a four-week series of take-home Sunday dinners featuring amazing local chefs. The final date is with Andrew Gravens of A Place at the Table on November 1. The event series helps support the farm and local agriculture as well as the local restaurant community. For more information, visit here.
  • Like most things in 2020, this year’s Sip+Savor wine and food event is coming at us with a cool little twist – you’ll get to select an at-home food and wine experience for contactless pickup on Nov. 7 at Johnson Lexus of Durham! Each of the four adventure options (Latin, Roots, European and World) includes dishes prepared by some of the best chefs in the Triangle and a handpicked wine flight. Your adventure includes: 5 dishes for two, 4 split bottles of wine, coffee and a swag bag. In addition,chef-tells-all video and virtual wine class by Ryan Vet, Sommelier at the Oak House. Cost is $145. See the offerings and get all the details here.
  • On Saturday, November 14h from 2-9 p.m., Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro will hold their Third Annual Oyster Roast with live music by Tommy Edwards and Carolina Lightning. Visit Carolina Brewery here.
  • Ashley Christensen Restaurants are now doing Picnic Pop-up at the Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art. You order your picnic (take-out breakfast, picnic boxes, snacks, and beverages) ahead of time and pick it up on Thursday and Friday 8 am til 2 pm and/or Saturday and Sunday from 9 am til 6 pm. Order ahead here and get contactless pick-up located along the walking path on the south side of the brick East Building at NCMA, behind the amphitheater, facing the sculpture park.
  • Alley Twenty Six, one of Downtown Durham’s staple businesses, announced a weekly outdoor pop-up event titled “Alley Freezes Over” happening every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) from 12 pm to 8 pm. It continues throughout the summer and early fall. The pop-up includes new frozen cocktails and the choice of “boozy” or alcohol-free snow cones using their local, all-natural Alley Twenty Six syrups, plus a revamped food menu from chef Carrie Schleiffer. Seating will be available outside, in the namesake alley (26 Alley) located directly adjacent to the cocktail bar and will be following safety guidelines, including mask wearing, practicing social distancing, and sanitizing surfaces between guests. Visit them here.

Food Bank Corner

  • It is nice to find good news it what has been an extremely difficult year for so many. But I am excited to share the news that the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina was named Feeding America’s Food Bank Member of the Year!
  • From the Food Bank: At this difficult time, we are humbled and honored to receive this distinguished award, out of our 200 peers across the nation. Our mission is to nourish people, build solutions, and empower communities, which we could never do without your support. Receiving this award affirms the work we are proud to do, and your investment in our community. Of course, we could not do what we do without the support of our: Partner agencies who help us serve the front lines of hunger; Programs that help us target our most food insecure neighbors; Volunteers that help keep our operation lean; and Donors like you! You have invested in our mission and you make this work possible. Thank you for helping us become Member of the Year! Visit this page to learn a little more about their 40 year history. #noonegoeshungry

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