Friday Fun Food Facts – November 25, 2022

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Got word this week that 321 Coffee is gearing up to open its first Durham location at 300 Morris St. Join the coffee shop and roastery for its grand opening and ribbon cutting on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 9:30 a.m. 321 Coffee is a coffee shop and roaster built on inclusion. They currently employ over 40 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). If you are not already familiar with them, get to know them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • If you haven’t noticed, there is a new place to get your coffee in North Raleigh. Biggby Coffee has been open for a little over a month on Six Forks Road (5424 Six Forks Road to be exact) near the intersection with E. Millbrook Road. And to make matters even better, reader Birkir Gunnarsson shared that he saw a sign for the next location of Biggby at 4208 Pleasant Valley Road. Their website confirms a “coming soon” for that address. Get to know Biggby here.
  • Over in Cary, we told you back in June that Nice Bowls in Cary had closed. This week, Catering By Design chef James Murdock shared with me that Kongfu Dumplings has opened in that spot at 4224 NW Cary Pkwy). Get to know them here.
  • Up in Wake Forest, reader Julie Barnes shared that Smith’s Smokehouse and Smoothies has opened in a more permanent location at 1318 South Main Street. Get to know them here.
  • A quick update on the Mexican food scene in Apex thanks to reader David Amann. Mezcalito is not going to Beaver Creek (like we reported last week), but they are coming to Apex, next to Bottle Theory at 3675 Green Level W Rd #103. Also, Mamacita’s Modern Mexican + Cocktails is going in where Big Mike’s was. Couldn’t find a web presence, but the banner is up. Visit Mezcalito here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Learned from Douglas Everett in the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook group that there is a new shop in New Hope Commons near the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40. Salt N Cocoa has opened serving up ‘novelty’ coffee and ice cream. We were unable to locate an online presence, so you will just have to driver over!

Closing / Cancellations

  • Triangle Business Journal shared the new this week that The Plaza Cafe, a family-owned NY-style deli specializing in Indian cuisine, closed its doors this week. The downtown spot on Fayetteville Street had served the community for 10 years.

Food Trucks

  • On a recent visit to Pine State Coffee just outside of downtown Raleigh, I noticed that De Plantas, a Latin fusion food truck, has opened there at 1614 Automotive Way. Check out their vegan Birria style tacos and tortas or try their Al Pastor or Carne Asada! Get to know them 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.


  • Tickets are now on sale for Holiday Market at The Durham on Dec. 7, featuring 25 N.C. artisans and makers. A wide variety of gifts from succulents, jewelry, fashion, artisan foods, candles, dinnerware, books and more will be available for purchase from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7. Tickets for attendees cost $10 for either the 6-7:30 p.m. or 7:30-9 p.m. shopping event. The public will be able to shop for thoughtful gifts while enjoying sweet bites from the Durham’s pastry chef Kelsey LeGaux as well as eggnog and champagne, which will be served at the bar. Buy tickets here.
  • And looking to do some good this holiday season? The Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Group on Facebook is holding a holiday charity partnership again with Chapel Hill Service League’s annual Christmas House event. They are looking to raise as much money as possible allowing them to buy/distribute grocery gift cards for local families in need. If you’d like to donate, please do so here.
  • And looking to continue dining outside even as the temperatures start to drop? No problem. The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has compiled a list of restaurants in downtown Raleigh keeping you warm all-year long! Check out that list here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Looking for an easy way for you and/or your office to make a HUGE DIFFERENCE in people’s lives this Holiday season? Host a VIRTUAL Food Drive! Forget the hassle of a trip to the grocery store for your next food drive… create a food drive without the heavy lifting using our Virtual Food Drive, and maximize your donation times five! For every $1 donated, the Food Bank can provide FIVE meals! You can make a difference in your community by hosting a Virtual Food Drive for your friends, family members, or coworkers.  It is easy! Start here. #noonegoeshungry

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