Friday Fun Food Facts – October 27, 2023

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • Chapelboro shared the news this week that Chapel Hill will be able to keep one of its most beloved dining spots. They first shared the news that Purple Bowl would be moving out of its 306 West Franklin Street home next summer. And a few days later they delivered the news that everyone wanted to hear…that they will move into the building at 505 West Franklin Street, at the corner of Franklin and Graham streets. The spot is the former home of the Chapel Hill Newspaper and, more recently, Top of The Hill’s distillery. This location is larger and will feature a sizable outdoor dining area. Follow along on Instagram with Purple Bowl here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • A reminder that Lon Bounsanga, the longtime executive chef at Bida Manda and Brewery Bhavana, will open his own Laotian restaurant, SAAP, in Cary on Nov. 15 on the ground floor of The Walker (370 S. Walker Street). Start getting familiar with SAAP here.
  • Kane Realty Corporation announced recently that True Food Kitchen, an award-winning full-service restaurant and bar serving wholesome food made with quality ingredients, will be opening in the spring of 2024 in the Main District of North Hills. This will be the brand’s first restaurant to open in the state of North Carolina and will be located on the street-level of the 5-story 4114 Creative Offices building and feature a large outdoor dining space. Start getting familiar with them here. Thanks to RalToday for bringing this to our attention.
  • Triangle Business Journal shared that a new bar has popped up on Glenwood South in the heart of Raleigh’s entertainment district. Devolve is located at 304 Glenwood Avenue next to Tin Roof in the former space of Devolve Moto – a retail store and coffee bar that had a motorcycle theme. The new bar comes from some of Glenwood South’s main ownership groups, a team consisting of Charles Long, Dan Lovenheim and Matt Kenner. Visit them on Instagram here.
  • Speaking of alcohol, RalToday shared the news that Incendiary Brewing Company is hosting its grand opening on Saturday, Nov. 4 at Bloc 83 (612 W Morgan St.) from 12 to 11 p.m. All are invited to come celebrate the Winston-Salem based brewery’s first Raleigh location with music, games on the jumbo tv, bites from food trucks and Vic’s Pizzaria, and yard games. Check them out here.
  • Over in Morrisville, Julie Singer shared on The Better Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook group that Peng’s Asian Cuisine in Morrisville (108 Factory Shops Road) has reopened. Visit them here as well as order online.
  • My friends over at Boulted Bread are rolling out their Thanksgiving pre-ordering next week! Beginning on Wednesday, November 1st they will have their Thanksgiving Menu available online. Offerings will include pies, quiche, bread, and pastry available for pre-order on their website. Pick up will be on Wednesday, November 22nd from 8-3 at their new shop at 328 DuPont Circle. Bread, pastry, and coffee will also be available first come first serve. Visit their site here.
  • And a quick shout out to Scott Crawford as Crawford & Son celebrates 7 years! To celebrate, join them on Saturday, November 4th with a menu of their “Greatest Hits” through the years! Look for some of their most beloved dishes – such as their Apple Soup and Rabbit Pot Pie. Congrats to Scott and his entire team! Visit thm here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Rebecca Simmons shared in the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook group that Saffron Indian Cafe by Chef Rawat is coming soon to the former location of Itaewon Grill on Erwin Rd in Durham (2608 Erwin Rd.). Saffron has a location in Cary. No word on an open date. Visit Saffron here.
  • Rise Southern Biscuits and Righteous Chicken, the award-winning breakfast and lunch concept, announced this week an extensive menu update including new signature sandwiches, breakfast boxes, tater tots, and brewed iced coffee. The new menu will roll out on November 2nd with all dishes served from 7am-2pm daily. Rise has 9 locations here in the Triangle. Visit them and their menu here.
  • And a couple of reminders for those in Chapel Hill. First up, Raising Cane’s will open at the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets on Tuesday, November 7. And the following day, November 8th, Snooze, A.M. Eatery will open their doors in Eastgate Crossing. I know where I’ll be those two days! Get to know Snooze here and Cane’s here.
  • AN UPDATE: The West End Kitchen grand opening has been rescheduled for Wednesday, November 8th. They are moving into the former Angelina’s Kitchen space on Rectory Street in Pittsboro and are describing their eatery as a chef-driven gastropub where they plan to offer breakfast and lunch. Get to know them here.


  • Got word this week that the Your Pie Pizza restaurants in Raleigh and Durham are closing for good at the end of October.

Food Trucks

  • The final Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo of the year is this Sunday, October 29th from 12-4 p.m. This is the Halloween version so wear your costumes for the last rodeo of the year! 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.


  • The ninth-annual WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards is open for voting! Celebrate the Triangle’s local businesses by voting for your favorites across over 140 categories. You can vote once per category through Nov. 19. Cast your votes here!
  • This Saturday, October 28th the town of Morrisville will celebrate with their 2023 Diwali Festival from 5-8 p.m. at Cedar Fork District Park (228 Aviation Pkwy). The celebration includes hands-on activities, music, food, and fireworks. Food trucks on site will include Curry in a Hurry; Flavor Junction; Bruster’s Ice Cream; and Annapurna Indian Kitchen. Diwali is India’s biggest and most important festival of the year to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and the human ability to overcome. Get all of the details here.
  • Kitty Kinnin reminded me that the NC Wine Festival will take place this year on Saturday, October 28th at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. For over 20 years the North Carolina Wine Festival has been bringing you local North Carolina wineries, artisans, music, food and fun! Buy tickets and get all the details here.
  • 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.
  • This is really cool. Raleigh’s Brookside Bodega is hosting a family-friendly campout on Nov. 4 at Haven Farm, a wedding and special event venue in Knightdale. Tickets are now on sale for the campout, which includes activities for the whole family. The family-friendly campout is BYO-tent but includes catered dinner and breakfast, s’mores, live music and more. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • All three Triangle-area locations of Cape Fear Seafood Company are hosting True Bayou, a French Quarter Seafood & Wine Experience on Tuesday, November 7th from 6 ’til 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 and each location is limited to 24 reservations. To reserve your spot, you must call your specific location (Village District – 984-200-5455; Spring Forest – 984-242-4600; Wake Forest – 919-295-2455). See the evening’s full menu and pairings on their Facebook page here. Pro tip: these will sell out quickly, so act quickly. Pro tip 2: they will do more of these.
  • Sola Coffee Cafe in North Raleigh will welcome Italian bluegrass group La Terza Classe (all the way from Naples, Italy) for a one-night-only concert at the cafe on Saturday, Nov. 11. This will be La Terza Classe’s fourth stop at Sola, and wine, beer and popcorn will be available to attendees. Details here.
  • Carolina Brewery is hosting their Sixth Annual Oyster Roast on Saturday, Nov. 18th from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m at their Pittsboro location (120 Lowes Dr, Pittsboro). The event includes free admission with steamed or raw oysters available for purchase by the half-dozen or dozen. Pair those with Carolina Brewery’s special oyster stout. Carolina Brewery will also offer their full menu during the event. Visit Carolina Brewery here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Think you can’t make a difference in someone’s life? Think you don’t have enough money to make a difference? Would you believe me if I told you that as little as $1 equates to 5 meals through the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina!?! It is true. Nearly 510,000 people face hunger across our 34-county service area. And thanks to your generosity, the Food Bank provided over 81 million meals to families and individuals last year! Make a donation today!

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