Friday Fun Food Facts – May 22, 2015

Triangle Restaurant News

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

Featured Restaurant News

  •   Big Ed’s City Market Restaurant announced this week that they are opening a second location in mid-July. The second location of the popular downtown southern eatery will be in Quail Corners Shopping Center in North Raleigh, located at 5009 Falls of the Neuse Road. Check out Big Ed’s here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • New Raleigh noted this week that Raleigh Beer Garden, on Glenwood South in Raleigh, is getting closer and closer to opening. In fact, they noted that they are opening next month. RBG is being brought to us by Niall Hanley and Cliff “CliffyB” Bleszinski and will feature one of the largest line-ups of beer, cocktails and a menu featuring gourmet thin-crust pizzas, crostinis, salads, local cheeses, German sausage and German pretzels. Not much to see on their website yet, but you can keep up with them on their Facebook page here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Buffalo Brothers, a locally owned pizza and wings joint with three Triangle locations, is expanding into Garner. The newest location will be at 7245 White Oak Rd. next to Target in the White Oak Crossing shopping center. Buffalo Brothers currently has two restaurants in Raleigh, on Capital Boulevard and Lake Boone Trail, and one in Wake Forest. Check them out here.
  • The News & Observer reported this week that Sam Zein has opened Pita Bon, an authentic Mediterranean restaurant, in Cary’s Kildaire Plaza shopping center in the space formerly occupied by The Loop. Pita Bon’s website isn’t live yet, but you can keep up with them on Facebook here.
  • I saw this on WRAL and I only include it because it is a slow news week (and I’m a sucker for a good milk shake – especially when it is free), but this coming Monday (May 25), all Triangle area locations of Wendy’s will be offering a free small Frosty as part of their Customer Appreciation Day. There is no coupon required and no purchase is necessary. There. Don’t ever say I didn’t give you anything.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News 

  • We first told you of this back in May, 2014, but the Triangle Business Journal reported a few more details on Cafe Symmetry, a new “fresh casual” restaurant with a cafeteria-style setting that is coming to Carrboro’s Carr Mill Mall. It is expected to open next month and is run by the same folks over at Elmo’s Diner, also in Carr Mill Mall. It will occupy the space formerly occupied by Panzanella. You can check them out on Facebook here.


  • None to report. Keeping eating local, folks!

Food Trucks 

  • And if that is not enough Indian cuisine for you, over in Durham this week it was announced that Tan-Durm, a food truck specializing in Indian cuisine and Indian street foods, will hit the streets soon thanks to Durham native BJ Patel. Check them out on Facebook here.
  • For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.


  • The good folks over at Ninth Street Bakery are bringing back their extremely popular Vegan Brunch. It kicks off again on Saturday, May 24th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their downtown Durham location. Get all the details and menu here.
  • Tickets went on sale recently for one of my favorite events of the year (a weekend of events really) – Farm to Fork – which will take place this year Friday, June 5th through Sunday, June 7th. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • June 20th is the date for the 3rd annual Fresh Catch Festival that will be held in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square from 1-9pm. Enjoy fresh cooked seafood, BBQ and more from local chefs and restaurants from 1-6 in the park and food trucks from 5-9 in the street. Tickets are $8 in advance, and $10 at the door (food and drinks are separate). Get all the details here.
  • Also on June 20th, Village Lanes, one of the oldest bowling alleys in Durham, is holding their Spring Fling featuring live music, cold beer, an art fair/craft market, and a diverse lineup of food trucks. The event runs from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Get all the details on Facebook here.
  • The dates are set for one of my other favorite food events of the year – the TerraVita Food & Drink Festival held in Chapel Hill every year. It simply can’t be missed. Go ahead and start setting aside your money for the tickets – they go on sale soon. Take a look at all the initial details here.
  • And finally, WRAL’s Out and About has launched its first Voters’ Choice Awards where they are seeking nominations in categories like Best Food Truck, Bakery, Brewery, Restaurant, BBQ and more. The nomination period ends May 24 and in June they will reveal the finalists and open up voting. The winners will be honored at a party in August! Start voting here.

Food Bank Corner   

Part of a letter from Peter Werbicki, President & CEO of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina:

In just a few short weeks, school will be ending. Most kids will be headed to camp or going on family vacations. Unfortunately, over 300,000 children will not be focused on activities of fun and relaxation. These kids will be focused on one thing: an empty stomach.

When schools close for summer break, cafeterias close. Children who have relied on free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch go without these meals during the summer. The loss of this vital resource puts an additional strain on family food budgets that are already tight.

But together, we can help.

The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, we are committed to providing 3.2 million meals.

Click the link above to see how you can help!

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