Friday Fun Food Facts – December 2, 2022

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • He’s at it again! Raleigh Magazine shared the news that Scott Crawford is planning a new concept called Brodeto which will be located inside Raleigh Iron Works (1101 East Whitaker Mill Road). The menu will feature a blend of Italian and Croatian dishes centered around “Adriatic Cuisine.” This concept joins Crawford’s growing portfolio of establishments – Crawford and Son, Jolie, Crawford Cookshop in Clayton, as well as the planned Crawford Brothers Steakhouse in Fenton and Crawford’s Genuine at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The menu will include both raw and cooked seafood options, handmade pasta, risotto and dishes like a Croatian lamb peka. The space itself will be Crawford’s largest, featuring an open kitchen, live fire hearth, outdoor dining and a large bar. Look for it to open in 2023. Best to follow along on Instagram for updates and announcements.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • North Hills will soon be home to Tamasha, an upscale, modern Indian restaurant, opening in the Park District of North Hills. Located on the ground floor of the new Advance Auto Parts Tower, the restaurant is expected to open in 2023. They describe their concept as a quirky, chic, modern Indian restaurant, where guests will enjoy a sensory experience through the finest modern Indian cuisine, with a high energy ambiance. Learn more about it here.
  • This is the month! We are anticipating the opening of the Glenwood South’s newest cocktail bar, Cuya, being brought to us (and upstairs from) the team at The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail. The name comes from Maracuya, which is Spanish for passion fruit. Best to follow them on Instagram here where they will announce the official opening date once they have it.
  • A new wine and beer retail shop has opened in north Raleigh. Local 919 Craft Beer + Fine Wine opened to the public on Sept. 15th inside the Bedford Village off Falls of Neuse and Dunn roads in North Raleigh in the space previously occupied by Triangle Wine Company – Raleigh. The official grand opening celebration will take place on Saturday, Dec. 10, between 2 pm and 7 pm, with wine and beer tastings, giveaways, and more. Visit their events page on Facebook here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, Everbowl, a California franchise serving up acai bowls and smoothies, is moving into the former Planet Smoothie space in Sutton Square by Fresh Market. This will be their first NC location. No word yet on an open date. Start getting familiar with them here. Thanks to Liz Arcos for the tip!
  • This is something to keep our eye on. Reader Megan Hershey shared with us that she saw a “coming soon” sign for a place in Apex called Neat & Sweet which appears to be a dessert and cocktail lounge. The signage also indicated that it is affiliated with the folks behind Scratch and will open this winter. Exciting! Stay tuned (we couldn’t find an online presence).
  • Also in Apex, we got word this week that Tandoori Trail has opened in Beaver Creek Crossings (at 2017 Creekside Landing Drive) offering a wide variety of Northern Frontier and Awadhi dishes by the inventors of Butter Chicken and Tandoori Chicken! Check them out on Facebook here.
  • And if that is not enough Apex news for you, David McCreary passed along the information that Crumb & Cream Bakery has opened in the former Utica Bakery location (430 Upchurch Street). Looks like their offerings include Norwegian Waffles (you had me at Norwegian Waffles), cakes, cookies, muffins, coffee, chai tea…and so much more. Get to know them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • 321 Coffee is opening its first Durham location at 300 Morris St. Join the coffee shop and roastery for its grand opening and ribbon cutting THIS 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.
  • Triangle Business Journal informed us that ZincHouse Winery & Brewery, located on 80+ acres in Durham near the Falls Village Golf Course, is now open. The winery offers tastings and is available for corporate events and weddings. Muscadine grapes are grown on site, which will eventually be used to produce in-house wine. Congrats to owners Mike and Kimberly Tenoever. Get to know them here.
  • Black-owned, woman-owned Bull City Sweet Shoppe is having their soft opening this Sunday, December 4th at 2022 Angier Avenue in Durham from noon until 4 p.m. This is your one stop shop for all things decadent, sweet and tasty. Stop by and show your support…and buy up lots of sweet yumminess! Congrats to Stacy Ramos! Check them out here.
  • Over in Hillsborough, Chapel Hill Magazine shared the great news that Colorado Burrito opened their second location in the downtown area at 122 S. Churton Street (in the space formerly occupied by the Bandido Mexican Café & Cantina at the corner of Churton and Margaret Lane). Their other location (which was originally in Hillsborough) is in Mebane. Both locations serve up burritos, tacos, quesadillas and more. Check them out on Facebook here. Congrats to owner Jesus Sanchez and his team.

Closing / Cancellations

  • RalToday just shared the news that Raleigh’s Community Deli on Oberlin Road closed earlier this week…at least for now. They noted that owner and operator Crystal Bish is stepping away from the business. Any future plans/changes are unknown at this time. Stay tuned.
  • RalToday also shared the news that after serving the community for 10 years, Nourish Raleigh, a healthy smoothie spot, has closed. You can still grab healthy shakes and energy bars at its sister location, Blend Raleigh.
  • And Triangle Business Journal shared the news that Bendito, a Raleigh-based Puerto Rican-inspired restaurant that opened in May 2022, has closed its doors. Owner and chef Kevin Ruiz will be moving to the position of co-executive chef at ORO in downtown.

Food Trucks

  • 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.
  • Chefs Amanda Orser and Matthew Butler have teamed up to host occasional Ellerbee + Joy pop-up dinners in Durham. Orser and Butler worked together at Durham’s Littler where she was chef de cuisine for five years after a decade at the closed Magnolia Grill. The next dinners are 5:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17. The five-course dinner costs $75 per person with optional wine pairings for an additional $30. Vegan menu available. Seatings are limited to 20 people. Location TBD but diners will be informed five days before the event. Purchase tickets and see the menu 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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