Friday Fun Food Facts – January 8, 2021

Featured Restaurant News

  • David Sadeghi has done it again, this time bringing his popular Town Hall Burger and Beer to Raleigh, specifically north Raleigh at 13100 Falls of Neuse Rd. They are open for dine-in and take-out. This location joins his other locations in Durham, Chatham County and Holly Springs. Get to know THB&B here. Thanks to Michael DePersia with DePersia & Associates for the tip.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from It’s Just Raleigh that Sushi Mon, which was on Hillsborough Street, will find a new home at 3700 Glenwood Avenue in the former Som’s Cafe spot. According to Raleigh Convergence, this is a temporary spot until they finally reside across the street in the new Brasfield & Gorrie building at 3800 Glenwood Avenue. No word on an official open date, but the sushi and Japanese small plate restaurant hopes to be open this month. Stay in touch with them here.
  • RalToday shared the news that Mon Macaron will be moving into Seaboard Station in the former Papa Shogun space at 111 Seaboard Avenue and is looking to open in the Spring of 2021. The cafe sells gluten-free French macarons in 20+ different flavors. Get to know them here.
  • Over in Cameron Village we learned that the Noodles & Company closure is only temporary. A sign on the door indicates they are NOT closed, just “simmering.” A second sign indicates they will reopen soon, but no date nor timeline has been provided. I’m certain my buddy Gordon Brown will be the first to let me know when they reopen.
  • Dave’s Hot Chicken is heading east, and specifically North Carolina, where it will open 10 locations from the Triangle to the coast. These will be the first locations on the East coast. No exact locations have been announced, nor timeline so stay tuned. But take the time now to learn about the Nashville hot chicken concept that started in southern California. They specialize in hot chicken tenders and sliders, with spice levels ranging from “No Spice” to “Reaper.” Each restaurant also serves sides of house-made kale slaw, creamy mac & cheese and crispy fries or Cheese Fries. Get familiar with them here.
  • There is a new brewery in Raleigh, at least virtually/online. Got word that Altered State Brewing Company, which focuses on heavily fruited sours, juicy IPAs and pastry stouts is currently just releasing 4-5 beers once a month (no tap room). Their next release will go on sale (online) on Friday, January 22. Follow them on Instagram 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

  • A quick update on something we first told you about back in November, 2020. The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that The Loop, which is opening a third Triangle-area location in the former DeeLuxe Chicken on Broad Street in Durham, will open this month! They also have locations on Duke’s campus (Bryan Center) and in Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Crossing shopping center. They are known for their salads, pizzas, burgers and shakes. Get ready for them here.
  • And here are a couple of wonderful resources for those looking to dine in downtown Durham or downtown Chapel Hill – Downtown Durham Inc. has an up-to-date listing of the status of each restaurant in downtown Durham. Check out the list here. And the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership has put together a similar list for Chapel Hill here.

Closings / Cancellations

  • WRAL shared the news this week that Mia Franseca in North Hills permanently closed its doors last week. The Italian restaurant opened up beside the Renaissance hotel in October 2011.
  • Reader Christine Johnson shared the news that Bruegger’s Bagels in Apex has closed.
  • WRAL reported that after seven years in business on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, Coglin’s Raleigh, the popular 80s themed bar, has closed its doors. Despite the closure, the owners plan to one day reopen in a new location.

Food Trucks 

  • Here are a  couple of sites to find and stalk your favorite food trucks here and here.

Events

  • Simply eating out has become a bit of an event. The creativity, caution and care our restaurants have taken (and added expenses!) is nothing short of impressive. One thing they are not short on is passion! Anyway, blogger Beck Eats World has put together a pretty impressive list of restaurants with outdoor heaters. Check out the list here.
  • Not exactly an event per se, but rather some things to celebrate. Visit Raleigh put together a list of the best restaurants that opened in 2020 in the greater Raleigh area. Check that list out here. And WRAL’s Out and About put out a broader list of Triangle-wide openings in 2020. Check that list out here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Own a restaurant, food truck or catering company and want to help feed kids this summer? Well, the Food Bank’s Programs Team is gearing up to resume free kids meals across the Food Bank’s service area, and is recruiting meal vendors. Interested folks can sign up for the January information session to learn more about joining our Kids Summer Meals effort this year. Sign up here. #noonegoeshungry

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