Friday Fun Food Facts – February 16, 2024

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • WRAL shared the news this week that a new food hall is coming to Raleigh in a spot where folks are used to getting good food. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced this week that a new two-story food hall, The Midway Event Center, would replace the 70-year-old Lunch Stand building (or Church Row as I’ve always called it) at the NC State Fairgrounds. The new food hall will be open year-round and will serve “fair food” when the State Fair is in town. It is part of an overall ground improvement project that will take 3-4 years to complete. No specific timeline was given on the food hall. Read the full article here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Over in Raleigh’s Mission Valley, reader Erik Mazzone noticed signage up for the newest location of Chicken Bee. Mazzone noted that it will be in the same building with Schoolkids and the Cookie People. If you are not familiar with Chicken Bee, they feature Korean-style fried chicken and a variety of savory Asian fusion dishes. They currently have locations in Durham, Cary (H-Mart) and Greensboro. No word on the timeline. Get to know them here.

  • Reader Chris Creighton shared with me that there is a new Mexican restaurant coming to Cary at 2026 Kildaire Farm Road called A.C.P.’s Mexican Grill and Bar. No opening date yet. They don’t have their website up just yet, and their Facebook page doesn’t offer much information at this point.

  • Down in Johnston County, the Triangle Business Journal reported that Rocky Mount-based Barley and Burger opened yesterday at a new location at 728 North Brightleaf Boulevard in Smithfield. They had been a tenant in the Old North State Food Hall in Selma since the hall opened, but needed a larger space due to the support and following. Their new space previously housed Island Foods Authentic Jamaican Restaurant. Check them out here

  • Back in downtown Raleigh, RALtoday shared that downtown bar Kings, owned by Cheetie Kumar and Paul Siler, will be open every night of the week (starting February 26th), even when there are no shows. They’ll have a packed calendar of events (movie nights, game nights, open mics, community talks, markets, team-ups with local pals like Nice Price Books and much more. Keep up on Instagram here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • Over in Chapel Hill, there was a post on the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook page that Zayka Indian Grill and Bar is coming to 105 E. Franklin Street in the spot most recently occupied by Basecamp. it does appear to be a second location for the Brier Creek location of Zayka in Raleigh as one of their Instagram posts suggests a “coming soon” announcement. Visit them here

  • Triangle Business Journal shared this week that after 20 years on Erwin Road, Nosh is moving to a space over on Broad Street (717 Broad Street). They have already closed the Erwin Road location (noted that they are all currently working out of the Grub space) and will open in their new location this Spring. Might be best to follow along on Facebook here and Instagram here.

  • Saw on the Durham Downtown Community Facebook page that Del Taco, the second-largest Mexican fast food chain, is coming to North Carolina. The Triangle area will have five locations starting with the first in Durham at 4716 Apex Hwy (Hwy. 55/Hwy. 54). Started in California in the early 1960s, their menu features everything from tacos and tostadas to cheeseburgers and fries. Look for the first location to open this September. Location of the remaining four locations hasn’t been disclosed yet. Start getting familiar with them here.


  • The News & Observer shared that news that the Durham location (at American Tobacco Campus) of Five Star has closed. The original Raleigh location remains thriving!

  • The News & Observer also shared the news that last location of Tropical Picken Chicken closed last month on Wake Forest Road. It ended a fifteen-year run in the Triangle. 

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.


  • Sassool will host an exclusive Pizzette Party this Saturday (February 17) from 3 to 5 p.m. at both locations (Raleigh and Cary). Admission is $5. Traditionally called “Manouche” in Lebanon, pizzettes are simliar to a personal pizza, made on thin pita crust, without marinara sauce. The pizzettes will be arranged and labeled by type and samples will be self-serve, and replenished throughout. Just grab your samples and enjoy! They’ll also be running drink specials. Get tickets and all the details for the Raleigh location here and for the Cary location here.

  • Rocky Top Catering announced this week the sixth annual Cooking for the Kids. This cooking competition brings together eight of the Triangle’s premier chefs. All proceeds benefit Overflowing Hands and A Place at the Table. Participating chefs include: Alejandro Uribe of University Club; Jaime Adams of The Ugly Mug Bean and Brew; Blake Gotliffe of Under the Oak; Bobby McFarland of Wye Hill; Preeti Waas of Cheeni; Harry Monds of Lula and Sadie’s; David Mitchell of Plates Kitchen; and Kevin Ruiz of Oro. The first round begins the week of February 26, with the second round March 6 & 7, and the Finale on Thursday, March 14th. Get tickets and all the details here.

  • Downtown Raleigh’s Whiskey Kitchen, on the corner of West Martin and South McDowell streets, announced their second How To: The Cocktail Series where guests are able to create their own Manhattan made with George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. The three part series begins on February 20 at 6 p.m. and continues at the same time on March 19th and April 23rd. For each event, attendees will have the opportunity to customize their drink with different bar selections. Get details on the Whiskey site here.

  • CORA’s 12th Empty Bowls charitable fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 2nd, at its new venue, Pittsboro United Methodist Church, from 5 to 8 pm. The evening will feature amazing soups from favorite local restaurants, live music from the Popcorn Blue Band, local pottery, and homemade bread and desserts. 100% of the proceeds go to helping neighbors facing food insecurity in Chatham County! Get all the details here.

  • My buddy Neha Shah, director of the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau, shared that the annual Farm to Fork Picnic, celebrating local food and local farms, will take place Sunday, June 2 from 4pm – 7pm, again at Fearrington Village. Get details and tickets here.

  • Tickets are on sale now for the 9th Annual Dinner in the Meadow which will take place on September 15, 2024 on a grassy knoll at Meadow Lane Farm, in bucolic Franklin County, offering beautiful pastoral views and clear, starry skies. Some of the region’s most sought-after chefs will be preparing delicious dishes using ingredients from local farms and food artisans. It is an annual fundraiser for the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2014 to support and cultivate small farms in our region of North Carolina. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • No doubt we live in a wonderful corner of the world. But here are some things to remember and not forget. Right now, one in five people in central and eastern North Carolina don’t have enough to eat. The Food Bank provided over 88 million meals to families and individuals last year. The Food Bank’s partner agency network has reported up to a 60% increase in neighbors visiting for food assistance. The need is real and right here in our backyard. Consider helping in 2024. See how here.

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