Friday Fun Food Facts – August 27, 2021

Featured Restaurant News

  • So, big news from the folks at Gym Tacos this week. First up, they will be moving into the space formerly occupied by the Public House in Bedford (1540 Dunn Rd Suite 150). They did share via Instagram that it will be “a slightly different concept.” No further details on what that may mean. Second up, they are “very close” to opening their location on Hillsborough Street across from Meredith College in the former Burger King/Hieu Bowl Vietnamese Kitchen spot (3701 Hillsborough St.) noting that the city has approved all their permits. So we are down to “any day now” on that location. And finally, they confirmed that the truck will remain in operation amidst all this growth (220 E Six Forks Rd.). If you are not already, get familiar with them here. Thanks to John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, for the lead on this.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Iris Coffee Lab on Tucker Street (601 Tucker Street) off Glenwood South shared the news this week that they have added food to their menu! Think specialty bagels, bagel sandwiches, pastries, donuts and more! Stop by and include a bite to eat with your coffee. Visit them here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, blogger EatRaleigh shared that a new taqueria is coming into the former Riddle/Growler USA spot on Blount Street. Shared that the concepts is from the folks behind El Toro Loco food truck. Keep up with any updates on their Facebook page here.
  • And before leaving downtown, a couple of quick updates. Matt Fern and his team have now opened (ish) delicatessen for dinner service. And Centro is now back open for indoor dining. Check out ish here and Centro here.
  • Down in Clayton, Craften Food Hall founders Max Trujillo and Kip Downer shared the news of their next tenant at their Clayton location – Dampf Good BBQ. The Clayton location will be the second location of Craften, with the first opening in Knightdale (permits have been issued!) this fall. Their confirmed tenants for the Knightdale location are: The Corner Venezuelan, Poblanos Tacos, Fiori Trattoria, and Finca Burger. Get all the details on both the Knightdale and Clayton locations here.
  • And saw on Offline Raleigh that Raleigh is about to get an “exotic cereal bar” called Day and Night Cereal Bar. Sound like something straight out of Los Angeles? That’s exactly what this is. With a location already in Charlotte, the Sutton Square location in Raleigh on Falls of the Neuse Road will be their first location in the Triangle. Learn more about them 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

  • Lisa Jeffries shared the news that Dram & Draught co-founders Kevin Barrett and Drew Schenck have brought their neighborhood bar concept to downtown Durham at 701 W. Main Street, Suite 123. The craft cocktail and whiskey bar is located inside of The Chesterfield, a 286,000 sq. ft. adaptive reuse historic building. Tonight (August 27), they will celebrate the expansion into Durham with a grand opening celebration beginning at 4 p.m. They also have locations in Raleigh as well as Greensboro. Check them out 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

  • None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • The Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo originally scheduled for Sunday, September 5th (Labor Day weekend) has been postponed due to the rise in Covid cases and the Delta variant. Keep up with any updates (possibly in November) on their Instagram page here.
  • Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking them and simply don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.


  • Downtown Durham Inc. announced that The Streetery will return tomorrow, Saturday, August 28 at Golden Belt with added outdoor seating and buskers. Join them from 12 – 9 p.m. to shop, carry out, dine in or dine out. The Streetery happens on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Get all the details here.
  • Raleigh’s International Food Festival returns to City Plaza tomorrow Saturday, August 28 from 12 noon -10 p.m. The festival features a variety of international food, beer and wine, as well as international performers. Admission is free. Get all the details here.
  • The 45th Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is this weekend — August 28 and 29 at Cary’s Town Hall campus on Academy Street. The two-day arts festival will feature over 350 artists, live music, children’s activities and a variety of food and drink vendors. Get all the details here.
  • Want to go back to school…to learn some cool cooking techniques? Well, Wake Tech has teamed up with chef Trey, executive chef at Top of the Hill restaurant (and a native of New Orleans), to teach you some classic Louisiana recipes. You’ll start with making the Creole seasoning, next, a traditional Jambalaya followed by agua de fresa (strawberry water), beignets, and finish with buttermilk pralines. Best of all, you get to eat what you make! Class takes place at A Place at The Table in downtown Raleigh. Register and get all the details here.
  • You might want to go ahead and plan on spending your Labor Day weekend in Pinehurst for the inaugural Pinehurst Barbecue Festival – a three-day event, staged in and around the historic Village of Pinehurst from September 3-5, 2021. The event will offer a unique culinary sampling experience of various barbecue meats and traditional sides. Choose to experience the entire three-day festival, or attend just one signature event. A multi-ticket VIP package, as well as individual tickets for each event are available. The pitmaster lineup includes: Ed Mitchell, The Preserve (Raleigh); Christopher Prieto, Prime Barbecue (Knightdale); Adam Hughes, Old Colony Smokehouse (Edenton); Joe Lumbrazo, Backyard Bistro (Raleigh); and Ashley Sheppard, Pik N Pig (Carthage). Get tickets, schedule and all the details here.
  • Indy Week reminded us that the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival returns to Cary September 10-11 at Koka Booth Amphitheater. Not much else to say as the event name pretty much sums it up – a weekend full of beer, bourbon and pig. Get all the details here.
  • Get ready for the seventh-annual Voters’ Choice Awards! Each year, your nominations and votes help WRAL recognize local favorites. Mark your calendars because the nomination period will begin September 13! Get all the details here.
  • The 8th annual Sola Hot Mini 5K is happening this year on Saturday, September 18th and registration is now open. You can register to run/walk, volunteer, donate or sponsor as they look to top last year’s effort to raise money towards finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Three years ago, Jeanne, the co-owner of Sola Coffee, was diagnosed with ALS. Get all the details on their website here.
  • Our friends over at RalToday pointed out a few events you might want to go ahead and get on your calendar. So exciting to think of some of our favorite events actually happening in 2021! First up, Raleigh Veg Fest 2021 originally scheduled for April 4 has moved to October 31 in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square. Details here. And Brewgaloo is now scheduled for September 17 & 18 in downtown Raleigh. Details here.
  • And there is a new event in the works for the Triangle – our first Triangle Vegan Restaurant Week which is scheduled for November 1-7 this year. Organizer Karen Pullen has lined up 16 participating restaurants so far and is looking for more. So if your restaurant is interested in participating (a special menu for that week–at least two creative vegan options, or a three-course fixed price meal) reach out to her at or visit the site here for more details.

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