Friday Fun Food Facts – July 24, 2020

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • If there is any good to be found in the pandemic (there really isn’t!) it might be the resurgence of drive-in and outdoor movies! Some are your traditional drive-in/car venues, while others are outdoor spaces in the grass with market off “spaces” maintaining safe physical distancing and some even involve watching a movie with baby goats! (I’m serious) Our friends over at Triangle On The Cheap have a great list of drive-in and outdoor movie options for you and your family. Of course, bringing food or ordering food on site makes it that much better! Check out their complete listing of options here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Raleigh Convergence shared that Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream opened a second shop in East Cary at 1008 Ryan Road. Andia’s has a full menu of classic and creative ice cream flavors such as baklava, ube and rose pistachio. You can also pick up their pints to go at the new shop. Hours (for both shops) are 2-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 12-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 12-9 p.m. Sunday. Visit Andia’s here.
  • Friend Keri McCauley shared with us that she saw a sign in the window of the place next to Bruegger’s on Cary Parkway (a few doors down from LaFarm) for a Catalan Tapas Bar. They will serve up small plate tapas-style food, as well as an incredible offering of wines, cocktails and N.C. craft beer on tap. No word on an open date. Follow their progress on Facebook here.
  • On Buck Jones Road in Raleigh, got word from Chad Hyatt that they are about a week away (August 1) from opening The Lodge, located inside Cypress Manor at 1040 Buck Jones Rd. The Lodge will be Raleigh’s newest cocktail and music lounge where you can enjoy a constantly changing schedule of local and regional musicians while enjoying craft cocktails and draft beverages and a signature cast iron cuisine. They will be offering partial-capacity indoor dining, as well as a full to-go menu for pick-up or partnered delivery service. Get to know them here.
  • Efrem Yates, owner and operator of Your Pie, a pizza restaurant franchise located in Cary, is opening a second location in Raleigh this week (website still says opening soon) at 6320 Capital Boulevard near Triangle Town Center. Get familiar with them here.
  • WRAL shared the news this week that Plant Cakes Bake Shop owners Mark Deskus and Jess Reilly are opening their first brick-and-mortar location in a new building in downtown Wake Forest. They’ll be making desserts like cakes, donuts, cookies and even cinnamon rolls a reality for vegans and people with food allergies. The bakery is slated to open in October in the new PowerHouse Row building at 410 South White Street. In the meantime, get to know them here.
  • Just last week we told you about the “official” closing of BurgerIM up in Wake Forest. This week Michael DePersia of National Restaurant Properties shared with us that a Pizza Hut is moving into that space. No word on an open date.
  • And Starbucks lovers rejoice! Despite the news that Starbucks plans to shutter 400 cafes across the country, that is not necessarily the case here in the Triangle according to the Triangle Business Journal. The Seattle-based coffee giant is opening/will open: Midtown East, Raleigh (by Wegmans; opened in early April); Carraway Village, Chapel Hill (opened in mid-June); and Beaver Creek, Apex (will open this month). All three locations will have drive-thrus. Starbucks hasn’t announced which (if any) Triangle locations will close, but this is an indication that they are moving quickly toward “on-the-go” store models.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • WRAL reported that Saint James Seafood has reopened with a special menu focused on to-go orders. Dubbed Jimmy’s Dockside, the menu features a more casual version of their menu including peel and eat shrimp, lobster rolls, fried seafood, barbecue ribs and fried chicken buckets. Additionally, they are selling “Ready to Slurp” oysters by the half dozen (vacuum sealed with crushed ice) as well as curated wine, local beers and party bowl cocktail mixes! Pick-up is available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 4 to 8 pm. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Curbside pickup orders can be placed online for contactless payment and curbside pickup at the restaurant. Check it out here.
  • In Durham, we learned that Mohit Kishore and Tulshi Bhakar have opened Potbelly Sandwich Shop at 6815 Fayetteville Road inside the Renaissance Center, directly across from the Streets at Southpoint. The shop has significant outdoor seating available for up to 26 guests. Check out their new location here.
  • Not exactly Durham news, but an opportunity to celebrate one of Durham’s own and their success/expansion. Durty Bull Brewing Company is opening a second location in Gastonia, NC’s FUSE District across the street from the new multi-use sports stadium at 126 S. Trenton Street. This second location, which will house a small brewing system showcasing experimental beers, will include a taproom and plentiful outdoor seating, a patio, on site kitchen, and stage. Congrats to their continued success! Visit them here.

Closings / Cancellations

  • Reader Chris Creighton shared the news that the Firehouse Subs on Wrenn Drive in Cary has closed.
  • And the rest of the closings were shared with us by Michael DePersia with National Restaurant Properties. Thanks Michael for always having your finger on the pulse of the restaurant industry!
  • First up, The Brunch Box is Morrisville has closed their brick and mortar location. That is the bad news. The good news is they are moving their operation onto wheels in the form of a food truck! Follow them on Facebook for announcements here.
  • Nekter Juice Bar in Raleigh has closed.
  • The Triple Barrel Tavern (Garner location) has closed. Again, that is the bad news. The good news is they have their location in Fuquay-Varina still open! Visit them here on Facebook.

Food Trucks 

  • Triangle on the Cheap shared the news that Food Truck Flix is a recurring event that combines drive-in movies with food trucks, for a safer entertainment experience just announced their schedule for the upcoming weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). The events will be taking place at Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices, Durham, and at Focus Church, 7000 Destiny Drive, Raleigh. You can purchase tickets in advance for any of the drive-in movies. The price is $25 per car. Of course, you’ll also want to bring money for the food trucks. Get the movie schedule, purchase your pass and get all the details here.
  • Up in Hillsborough, Eno River Farm (2127 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough) begins their bi-weekly food truck rodeos called Food Trucks on the Farm. The first is on July 22 from 5-8 p.m. and will feature Cilantro, Crispy Gyoza, Smokehouse Bandits and Street Fare. You can stop by and grab a bite to eat, throw a blanket on the lawn, and top it off with their homemade ice cream! Don’t forget your mask!
  • Here are a  couple of sites to find and stalk your favorite food trucks here and here.

Events

  • OK. Today (July 24) is National Tequila Day. Need I say more? Check out Triangle on the Cheap for some special deals and recipes (besides straight up shots!).
  • Raleigh’s Angus Barn continues the celebration of their 60th Anniversary with their Wine Cellar Dinner Part II August 7th-9th in their Wine Cellar. The five-course offering allows you to feast on the cuisine that made the Angus Barn legendary featuring the most iconic dishes from the Eures, Chef Walter, Ms. Betty and wines specially selected by their sommelier, Henk. The cost is $150 plus tax (inclusive of wine pairings and gratuity) and seating is limited. To purchase tickets call Nicole at 919-987-1270 or Tiffany at 919-987-1260.
  • We learned from RalToday and Triangle on the Cheap that The Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill will be hosting Conversations in Philosophy each Thursday at 6 p.m., now through August 27. The free events will include discussions in philosophy plus farm-based beverages! Social distancing and masks are required AND dogs are allowed! If you’ve never been, this is a great reason to check them out. Visit them here.
  • The 5th Annual Raleigh International Food Festival has decided to move their event to Saturday, November 14th in the 100-200 block of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. While there you will be able to try authentic international food, desserts as well as  imported beer and wine! There will also be lots of music and entertainment at this child and pet friendly event. Admission is free and parking on the street is as well. Obviously, keep up with their Facebook event page for any announcements and/or rescheduling. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.
  • The Fest in the West is back for its fifth year on Saturday, November 7 from 11 am- 5 pm at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. The event features food & beer, music, arts & crafts, a KidZone, contests and a petting zoo. A great way to spend time with 7,000 of your closest friends. Admission is free! Get all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  • A quick Covid-19 updated from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. In the last fiscal year, which includes 4 months of crisis response, the Food Bank distributed nearly 92 million pounds of food, a Food Bank record. This equates to more than 75 million meals. It took an incredible amount of resources, support, and partnership to get this done. Thank you for being part of this monumental effort! In 4 months (March, April, May, June) the Food Bank had to spend $2.3 million to buy food in order to keep food going out to the community. That is more than twice our typical annual food purchase budget. Make a donation today here. #noonegoeshungry

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Friday Fun Food Facts – July 17, 2020

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

Featured Restaurant News

  • After closing their doors for four weeks for an expansion, A Place At The Table (APATT) is set to reopen next Wednesday, July 22 for walk-up and phone-in ordering only.  During the four weeks, the pay-what-you-can cafe on West Hargett Street expanded into the former Alli boutique space next door, allowing them to build a full commercial kitchen with a flat top, hood system and fryer, and add about 50 more seats. Keep up with them here. Congrats Maggie and crew!

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Felicia Trujillo at Food Seen shared via Instagram the news that Bul Box (serving up amazing Asian cuisine) has opened their second location (this one in Morrisville; the original is in Transfer Co. Food Hall) at 1125 Hatches Pond Lane in the new Twin Lakes Center (think Wegman’s). Trujillo also shared that they will be opening a third location this fall at North Hills in Raleigh. Get to know them here.
  • Well, that didn’t take long. The Triangle Business Journal shared this week that High Horse’s chef Katsuji Tanabe (he closed High Horse) has landed a new role as the chef in residence at LM Restaurants’ Vidrio on Glenwood South in downtown Raleigh. He will be sharing his brand and techniques, including bringing some of the fan favorites from High Horse over to Vidrio. Visit Vidrio here.
  • RalToday shared that Beasely’s Chicken + Honey in Raleigh announced on their Instagram that they are now be open for takeout orders only. A limited menu of their staples will be offered from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Orders can be picked up curbside. Visit Beasely’s here.
  • RalToday also shared that Five Star Chinese Restaurant has opened at their new location — 301 N West Street — after 25 years in the warehouse district. You can place an order online or call 919-833-3311 for takeout and delivery orders. Visit Five Star here.
  • Thanks to a series of tips from David McCreary, we learned that Bonafide Bakeshop & Cafe has opened at 1232 W. Williams Street in Apex at the former Belgian Cafe spot. They serve breakfast, salads, sandwiches, soup, coffee drinks and more. Get to know them here.
  • McCreary also gave us an update on Mookie’s New York Deli as they swung open their doors for dinner service and catering this past Monday at 1010 Tryon Village Drive in Cary (former location of Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar). They are serving up hand-sliced corned beef, pastrami and more. Check them out here.
  • And McCreary certainly earned every bit of his paycheck this week by also letting us know that Peak City Hots has opened at 841 Perry Road in Apex. This is the brick-and-mortar location of a popular food truck serving up hot dogs and New York “trash plates,” which involve a base of French fries and macaroni salad topped with cheeseburger patties and/or hot dogs, mustard, onions and a special sauce. If that doesn’t sound amazing, I don’t know what does. Check it out here.
  • Over in Garner, Neal DePersia at National Restaurant Properties shared with me that Simple Twist, a cafe, bar and taproom, opened in Garner at 21 Technology Drive. They also have locations in Smithfield and Clayton. Visit them here.
  • In Cary, reader Kristina Shuford shared that there is a Burrito Shak coming to Cary at 2982 Kildaire Farm Road (near the intersection with Penny Road) in the ACE Hardware Plaza. No word yet on an open date. Check them out here.
  • As we shared last week, three Triangle-area locations of PDQ (Raleigh, Durham and Wake Forest) reopened and all three restaurants are now open for dine in, to-go orders and drive through from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. seven days a week. And if you missed the Sunday grand reopening event, the goodness has not ended – customers can choose to round up their checks throughout the month of July, and the proceeds will benefit the Food Bank. Visit them here.
  • Bruce Kohler shared via Twitter that Crave Hots Dogs and Barbecue is coming to Raleigh. No word yet on the location nor the timeline. This will be Crave’s second North Carolina location (Wilmington). Learn more about Crave here.
  • And, not exactly the Triangle, but certainly a fan favorite of folks in the Triangle as they head through Goldsboro heading to North Carolina’s coast – Wilber’s Barbecue, which opened in 1962 and closed in March 2019, shared the great news this week that they are now offering barbecue curbside! They have a limited menu that can be seen here allowing you to plan your beach trip accordingly.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  • In Chapel Hill you will have to put a pause on getting your Breadman’s fix for a few weeks. As they prepare for the move into their new location at 261 S. Elliott Road (former Haw River location), they have closed the Rosemary Street location. Look for them to open in their new location this month according to an article on Chapelboro.com. Breadman’s has been in operation since 1974. Visit them here.
  • Last week we shared the news about a brick and mortar location of El Jefecito in the former Libby’s Too spot at 4910 Hillsborough Road in Durham. Got word shortly after that post that they are now open! Get to know them by visiting their food truck website here.
  • Up in Franklin County we are getting closer and closer to the opening of  Rustic Roots, the creation of Russ and Vanessa Vollmer of the Vollmer Farm. The restaurant is located at 20 Cheves Road in Bunn. Keep up with their pending announcement here.

Closings / Cancellations

  • Last Saturday we saw the closing of Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store near the circle in downtown Pittsboro. That is the sad news. The good news is that Greg Lewis and his team (along with his catering operation, 39 West) will be moving down the road to Chatham Mills and opening a steak house! Stay tuned for more details.
  • And got word from a follower that PeakFest in Apex scheduled for September 19, has been canceled for this year.

Food Trucks 

  • Triangle on the Cheap shared the news that Food Truck Flix is a recurring event that combines drive-in movies with food trucks, for a safer entertainment experience just announced their schedule for the upcoming weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). The events will be taking place at Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices, Durham, and at Focus Church, 7000 Destiny Drive, Raleigh. You can purchase tickets in advance for any of the drive-in movies. The price is $25 per car. Of course, you’ll also want to bring money for the food trucks. Get the movie schedule, purchase your pass and get all the details here.
  • Eat Raleigh shared the news that Gym Tacos announced they are opening a brick and mortar. They haven’t disclosed the location yet, but great to see their success. Visit their truck at 220 E. Six Forks Road and visit their Instagram here to keep up with their pending announcement. The truck will still operate as well.
  • Up in Hillsborough, Eno River Farm (2127 St Marys Rd, Hillsborough) begins their bi-weekly food truck rodeos called Food Trucks on the Farm. The first is on July 22 from 5-8 p.m. and will feature Cilantro, Crispy Gyoza, Smokehouse Bandits and Street Fare. You can stop by and grab a bite to eat, throw a blanket on the lawn, and top it off with their homemade ice cream! Don’t forget your mask!
  • Here are a  couple of sites to find and stalk your favorite food trucks here and here.

Events

  • Wanted to take a moment to share two sites that help to find Black-owned restaurants. The first is EatOkra that was founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Anthony and Janique Edwards in an effort to preserve Black spaces. Check them out here. And secondly, got word this week that Kyle Umemba has created Five Fifths, a list of black-owned restaurants and online businesses as well as a curation of black business news and interviews with black entrepreneurs. Check out the restaurant listing here.
  • Taste Carolina is offering boxes of favorite restaurant dishes, treats, and artisan goods from local providers. Boxes, which include reusable cooler bags, are available in Raleigh, Durham, and Wilmington, with additional cities coming soon. Weekend boxes are available for pickup or delivery, with bulk orders throughout the week. Advance purchase is required at the company’s new ecommerce website.
  • Raleigh’s Angus Barn will hold their annual Seafood Celebration Dinner in the Angus Barn Wine Cellar on Saturday, July 18th with a menu inspired by seafood from the North Carolina coast. The social begins at 6 pm, followed by the dinner at 7 pm. The cost is $130 per person plus tax (inclusive of wine pairings and gratuity) and there is limited seating availability. They will also have a 60th Anniversary Dinner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 24-26. To purchase tickets call Nicole at 919-987-1270 or Tiffany at 919-987-1260.
  • The 5th Annual Raleigh International Food Festival has decided to move their event to Saturday, August 8th from noon until 10 p.m. in the 100-200 block of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. While there you will be able to try authentic international food, desserts as well as  imported beer and wine! There will also be lots of music and entertainment at this child and pet friendly event. Admission is free and parking on the street is as well. Obviously, keep up with their Facebook event page for any announcements and/or rescheduling. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.
  • The Fest in the West is back for its fifth year on Saturday, November 7 from 11 am- 5 pm at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. The event features food & beer, music, arts & crafts, a KidZone, contests and a petting zoo. A great way to spend time with 7,000 of your closest friends. Admission is free! Get all the details here.
  • Thanks to Triangle On The Cheap, here are some updates on event cancellations and rescheduling: Meet in the Street Festival in Wake Forest was rescheduled to September 5; Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh was rescheduled to October 10 and 11; and the Pimento Cheese Festival in Cary has been canceled.

Food Bank Corner

  • A quick Covid-19 updated from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. In the last fiscal year, which includes 4 months of crisis response, the Food Bank distributed nearly 92 million pounds of food, a Food Bank record. This equates to more than 75 million meals. It took an incredible amount of resources, support, and partnership to get this done. Thank you for being part of this monumental effort! In 4 months (March, April, May, June) the Food Bank had to spend $2.3 million to buy food in order to keep food going out to the community. That is more than twice our typical annual food purchase budget. Make a donation today here. #noonegoeshungry

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