Friday Fun Food Facts – May 19, 2023

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • After a nine-year run on South Street in downtown Raleigh, award-winning Boulted Bread has moved into a larger warehouse space just around the corner at 328 Dupont Circle in the Boylan Heights neighborhood. They open today, May 19th. I got a chance to visit earlier this week and it is absolutely gorgeous – with an open, airy feel with plenty of indoor seating to take in all their yumminess! Their opening hours for the first few weeks will be Wednesday through Friday from 7-2 and Saturday and Sunday from 8-2. Congrats to owners Josh Bellamy and Sam Kirkpatrick and their entire crew! Best to follow along on Instagram here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word this week that Cape Fear Seafood Company will open their Wake Forest location on May 29th at 3612 Roger’s Branch Road. This will mark the sixth overall and third Wake County location for the celebrated Wilmington seafood brand (the other two in the Triangle are in the Village District and on Spring Forest Road). The opening to the public will be preceded by four “reservation-only” charity events on May 25, 26, 27 and 28 to benefit community partners The First Tee of the Triangle, The Joel Fund and the Trawick Pediatric Cardiology Fund at Duke Children’s Hospital. Fifty percent of all sales from these events will be donated to those charities. Visit Cape Fear here.
  • A quick update to something we ran last week. The Triangle Business Journal shared the news this week that Chido Taco will open their second Triangle location next week. It is located next to Trader Joe’s at 151 SE Cary Parkway in the former Tijuana Flats space. Chido is owned by cousins Salvador Alvarez and Joel Ibarra (they also own Totopos across the street from the new location). They have plans to open a third Chido location in July at 555 Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Visit Chido here.
  • Over in Apex, Eggs Up Grill, a breakfast, brunch and lunch concept, opened yesterday at 1421 Kelly Road in the Publix Pointe Shopping Center. The restaurant is the first for franchise partners Chris and Krystal Nichols. This is the fifth Eggs Up Grill restaurant to open in the Triangle. Get to know them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Got word this week that owner Jen Kremer and chef Ray Williams have opened Corner Yaki in the Durham Food Hall in the former Old North Meats & Provisions space. The opening menu showcases a melting pot of flavors from Asia while featuring North Carolina’s local bounty. They also own Napoli Pizzeria & Gelateria and Everything Bagels. Order here.
  • Saw on a Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook post that Mel’s Commissary and Catering is back open Monday through Friday for lunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and for “snacks and brews” from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. They are located at 109 W. Main Street in downtown Carrboro. Visit them here.
  • And speaking of Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies group, their fearless leader, Carrie Brogren, kept us up-to-date on the ever elusive opening of Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street (127 E. Franklin Street). As the date moved, she stayed on top of it. It is official now. Their grand opening celebration is this Saturday, May 20th at 10 a.m. Check out their Facebook event page here.


  • My buddy David McCreary shared the news that O’Charley’s Restaurant & Bar at 101 Ashville Avenue in Cary has permanently closed. (Anyone else ever wondered why there isn’t an “e” in Ashville Avenue in Cary?) O’No! That also means there are no more O’Charley’s locations in the Triangle.
  • A posting on the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook group noted that New China on Farrington Road in Durham (think Mardi Gras bowling alley) has closed.

Food Trucks

  • A Place at the Table announced their second annual Pay-What-You-Can Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, June 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This fun-filled community day will consist of delicious meals, refreshments, and desserts from a variety of food trucks including: Q-spresso, Interfaith Food Shuttle: The Spinning Plate, Bulkogi, Magdalena’s Chimney Cakes, Locopops, AMPM Burritos, Season It Up Vegan, Aries Dish Delivered, and Goodness GraceUs. All food trucks will have special menus prepared for the event. The rodeo will take place in the parking lot on the corner of West Hargett and South Harrington street across from A Place at the Table. Purchase tickets ahead of time here.
  • 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.


  • Today through Sunday the Raleigh Wine Shop is celebrating their 12th anniversary and you are the beneficiary! They are celebrating with up to 30% off over 100 wines – both in store and online (if you can’t make it by, just jump online). Throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday they will have live music, tastings, food (Tacos Las Gringas Food Truck, Locals Seafood, Geluna Gelato) and more! Visit their website here for a complete schedule of events this weekend. They are located at 317 S. Bloodworth Street. Congrats on 12 years!
  • The NC State Fairgrounds (Jim Graham building) will be the site for the Carolina Pig Jig this Saturday, May 20th from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. The all-you-can-eat event will feature BBQ tastings, hush puppies, slaw and more from 25 teams from across North Carolina all vying for your vote for the coveted People’s Choice Award. The event is in conjunction with the Got to Be NC Festival. All proceeds go to charity. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • And if that is not enough pig for you, this Sunday, May 21, Jake Wood (Lawrence BBQ) has assembled and all-star lineup of 11 pitmasters (from all over the Triangle and across the country) to fill your bellies and raise money for the Frankie Lemmon School. The Gettin’ Piggy With It BBQ festival will take place at Trophy Brewing at Maywood Hall & Garden (622 Maywood Avenue). Doors open at noon and a few tickets still remain. Get tickets and all the details here. Kudos to the Leadership Raleigh team from the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and all the sponsors for making this event possible.
  • 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.
  • Friend Kitty Kinnin reminded me that tickets are now available for the 5th Roots for Reece Chef’s Picnic being held on June 11th from 3-7 p.m. at Haven Farm in Knightdale. At the event you will be able to sample small plates and beverages from over 25 local food and beverage establishments. Check out this list: Longleaf Swine BBQ; Glass House Kitchen; Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing; The Umstead Hotel and Spa; Craften Neighborhood Food & Drink; Postal Fish Company; Under The Oak Catering; Locals Seafood; Mebane Crafted; Cucciolo Terrazza Raleigh; Viv’s Fridge; Jolie Restaurant; Elevated Catering Company; Layered Croissanterie; Native Fine Diner; ORO Restaurant & Lounge; Lawrence Barbecue; Leroys Taco Shop; William & Company; Revival 1869 – A Drinkery; Trophy Brewing Company; Umbrella Dry Bar; Deep River Brewing Company; and Double Barley Brewing. All proceeds go to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, which saves lives through education and prevention of opiate overdose. Visit the site here to get your tickets.
  • The folks over at Acme are bringing back Salt & Smoke on Saturday, October 28th. This year’s event will be held at The Barn at Sonark Media (located just off of Old 86 in Hillsborough). If you are not familiar with the event, it is a full afternoon and evening of live music, whole hog barbecue, raw oysters, roasted clams and plenty of the right beverages to wash it all down – local beer, wine and cocktails. And if you get your tickets now, through the end of this month there is a $25 discount for all tickets purchased (just use the code FINALLY when checking out). Get all the details and tickets here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Right now, one in five people in central and eastern North Carolina don’t have enough to eat. Your tax-deductible gift helps provide food and hope to families, children, and seniors right here in our community. Together, we can help people in our community during their greatest time of need. Give here. Every $10 you donate provides 50 meals! #noonegoeshungry

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