Friday Fun Food Facts – April 21, 2023

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • If you are a fan of diners (who isn’t!?!), we’ve got big news for you this week! Over in Apex we got word that James and Michelle Park, owners of The Shiny Diner (formerly Gypsy’s Shiny Diner) in Raleigh off of Buck Jones Rd., will be opening up a similar concept, Peak City Diner, off of Perry Road and Highway 55. They are aiming for a late May soft opening and a grand opening in mid-June. Looks like they are upgrading their website to incorporate the new location. Stay up with them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • The Triangle Business Journal shared the news that Rosecomb Beer Garden, serving a variety of local craft brews, has opened a new taproom next to Ashley Christensen’s newest restaurant concept, BB’s Crispy Chicken, in Parkside Town Commons. Rosecomb is managed by Raleigh-based MDO Holdings, the investment and management that partnered with Christensen to establish BB’s. The two are located in a newly built outparcel in the shopping center off Highway 55 just north of Highway 540. Visit them here.
  • WRAL shared the news that Raleigh Union Station, when it is completed, will have a small food hall. The food options at the hall will include coffee, sandwiches, crepes, pastries and other light items. The space will include one storefront and a shared kitchen for three vendors to share.
  • Up in North Raleigh, Triangle Business Journal shared that two new restaurants are slated to open in the Poyner Place shopping center near Triangle Town Center. Raleigh-based Bullard Restaurant Group has plans to open a Moe’s Southwest Grill and Brunches, a Wilmington-based restaurant described as a laid-back eatery offering breakfast classics, burritos, burgers and bowls, plus mimosas and cocktails. Get to know Brunches here and Moe’s here.
  • 321 Coffee announced this week that they are partnering with Relias to open their second in-office cafe, this one in Morrisville at 1010 Sync St. in Perimeter Park. The company will fully sponsor beverages and pastries from the 321 Cafe for its employees as an amenity. 321 already operates a location inside Pendo’s downtown Raleigh headquarters. Construction on the space is set to begin in May with an opening planned for the summer. If you are not familiar with 321, fix that here.
  • Reader Burke Williams let us know that Ton Noodle is going into the old Subway space at 8711 Six Forks Road. Their sign is up but they are not open yet.
  • Thanks to a tip from the folks over at RalToday, we learned that Trophy Brewing is celebrating 10 years this Sunday, April 23 from 12-5 p.m. Head to the brewery’s Morgan Street location for live music from Thick as Thieves, throwback specialty pizzas, and exclusive beer releases. Visit them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Back in March we told you that Gov’s Burger & Tap (50050 Governors Dr.) had been sold to Jose Torralva Fernandez and Claudia P. Martin. Got word from friend Denny Marcin that they have converted the name to Gov’s Fusion Cantina, adding handmade empanadas, blackened fish tacos and shrimp tacos to the popular burger menu. They are open every day from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. (10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday). Visit them and their new menu here.
  • Over in Durham and RTP (and a truck rolling around the Triangle), the folks at Spanglish informed us this week that they have changed their name (for legal reasons having to do with someone several states away already having that name) to Koki. The creative Puerto Rican kitchen has locations at 104 City Hall Plaza in Durham and 10970 Chapel Hill Rd. in Morrisville (not open yet). Probably best to keep up with them on Instagram here.
  • Indy Week reported that Rofhiwa Book Café owners Bev Tumi Makhubele and Naledi Yaziyo are opening a second cafe, Congress Durham, just blocks from Rofhiwa at 419 South Driver in East Durham. This second concept will have morning cafe hours with grab-and-go breakfast options as well as evening hours as a bar. They don’t have an exact opening date but are hoping for late May, to mark the second-year anniversary of Rofhiwa being open. Follow their progress here.


  • Nothing to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food Trucks

  • The next Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is June 11 from 12-4 p.m. Get out your calendar and make note of the dates for the rest of the 2023 Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeos. September 3 | October 29 – and all the rodeos are from 12-4 p.m. Giddyup! Here is the link.
  • 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.


  • Brewgaloo is back starting today through Saturday – Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22. For the next two days, craft beer from 100+ breweries will be flowing on Fayetteville Street. The annual event attracts more than 50,000 people each year. Get all the details here.
  • The folks over at RalToday shared that Black Restaurant Week, founded in 2016 by Warren Luckett, Falayn Ferrell and Derek Robinson, will come to the Triangle Friday, April 28 through Sunday, May 7. This is the third time the campaign has visited the Carolinas. The week will highlight Black-owned restaurants, food trucks, sweets, and more. Find participants in our area.
  • On Sunday, April 30th at 6:30 p.m., Plates Neighborhood Kitchen on Raleigh’s Glenwood Avenue is bringing back their extremely popular Hops vs. Grapes pairing dinner. What is it? A fun five course ‘Beer vs Wine’ dinner, each course paired with one beer and one wine, expertly chosen by their own certified cicerone Carter Perry (beer) and owner Justin Gallus (wine). The theme this time around will be North Carolina Libations. Pairings will be revealed on the night of the event. This event is RSVP-only, and space is limited. Visit them here.
  • Crawford & Son announced the long-awaited return of their guest chef dinner series, Oakwood and Friends! It will return on Sunday, April 30th at 7pmwith a 7-course dinner featuring guest chefs Josh Finger and Maggie McConnel. This tasting menu highlights contemporary American cuisine and includes a wine pairing for each guest. Cost is $225 per person plus tax and gratuity, and can be booked through tock here.
  • The Wine Feed, with locations in Raleigh and Durham, has some food-focused events coming up. First up, Flights & Bites: A Wine and Food Pairing with Brewery Bhavana on April 30th from 12 – 5pm. This Flights & Bites combines delicious food from Brewery Bhavana with a perfectly paired flight of wine! Get tickets and see the menu here.
  • Hospitality mavens Sarah Shepherd of Height House Hotel and chef Liz Grandchamp of Grandchamp Hospitality recently introduced Raleigh’s newest pop-up dining experience – Supper Club – hosted monthly at Heights House Hotel. They have one more on the schedule and tickets for it “opens up” three weeks prior. Mark your calendars for Supper Club May 22 (Italian American). After this one, Supper Club at Heights House will then resume in the Fall. So get ready! Follow along here and get ready for the next one.
  • Join Vino!! Wine Shop for the Pittsboro Wine Fest on Sun, May 21, 2-4pm at Postal Fish Company. There will be eleven wine vendors pouring 40+ wines from around the globe. The entry fee gets you a taste of all these fabulous wines, a spread of delectable food catered by Postal Fish Company, live music from the local band “Radio”, and door prizes. The food and lineup will be announced closer to the date of the festival. Get all the details here.
  • Got word from Neha Shah, director of the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, that Farm to Fork is making its return in 2023 on June 4th from 4-7 p.m. at Fearrington Village. Held in the Triangle for more than 15 years, the Farm to Fork Picnic is a showcase of North Carolina chefs, artisans, and farmers paired together to create sips and nibbles of the region’s best flavors and seasonal ingredients! You can get tickets and all the details here.
  • Tickets are on sale now for NC F&B Podcast’s 3rd Bubbles & Brisket at Smoky Hollow scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd from 2-6 p.m. The event features 10 BBQ pit-master chefs and an array of sparkling beverages. With the purchase of a ticket, guests will enjoy various styles of brisket and side dishes prepared by the best talent in the state, along with sampling multiple styles of sparkling wine from around the world. Get tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Between June 2021 and May 2022, inflation caused a 10.7% increase in food costs in the U.S. For people in our community, making some family’s budget untenable. Your gift today to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina can support families whose budgets are being stretched because of the rising cost of food and living. There have also been significant increases in fuel, housing, and energy costs because of inflation. This means the average living costs for households in our country are up $460 per month! Your gift today can provide nutritious food for our neighbors in need. Donate here, and thank you! #noonegoeshungry

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