Raleigh, N.C. — The owners of Toast and The Cookery in Durham are teaming up to open a ramen shop and Japanese gastropub in downtown Durham. Dashi, which is expected to open in the summer, will serve ramen noodle bowls and small plates. The first floor will feature an open kitchen and the second floor will be home to an extensive sake and shochu menu, in addition to craft cocktails, wine and beer, including a special Japanese-style beer brewed exclusively for the restaurant by Ponysaurus Brewing Company. The idea came after The Cookery hosted the very popular pop-up restaurant Hakanai in February.
Garland opened its dining room this weekend. Serving Indian-inspired cuisine, they are located next to Kings Barcade and also operate a walk-up window.
Zinburger Wine and Burger bar opened its door on Tuesday at the Streets at Southpoint mall. Look for our review of the place next week!
A new food truck is coming to the Triangle! Dump Pho King is set to begin operation in April. They will serve Asian-inspired cuisine centered around dumplings and pho. They currently have a Kickstarter campaign going. We'll be keeping an eye on them for some pop-up events coming soon!
This next story really got my attention because it hits close to home - my original home. A new Louisiana-inspired restaurant is headed to Hillsborough, according to the News and Observer. La Place, named for owner Joe Tullos' hometown near New Orleans, will serve Cajun fare like home-made sausages. They are also planning a retail counter. Tullos, who also owns Gulf Rim Cafe, is teaming up with Wooden Nickel Pub owner Matt Fox. They are hoping to open early next year. I actually grew up in LaPlace, La., too so I expect to see tons of andouille on the menu!