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Triangle restaurant news (March 28, 2014)

Posted March 28, 2014

Chubby's Tacos

— First up, we have some tasty news in North Hills! 

The Raleigh shopping center announced this week that Edible Art Bakery will be relocating there from Hillsborough Street. The local bakery is expected to open this fall next to Coquette Brasserie.

More North Hills news, Triangle Food Guy is reporting that the Massachusetts burger franchise B. Good is planning to open a location there. No word on exactly where they would open or when. 

Groucho's Deli has opened its fourth North Carolina location. They are located on Horne Street off of Hillsborough, and serve a selection of salads and sandwiches. 

Jason Smith, owner/chef of 18 Seaboard and Cantina 18, has opened a third restaurant, the News and Observer reports. Harvest 18 is located near Southpoint Mall and serves farm-to-fork cuisine. 

Salem Street Pub in Apex has started an expansion project that will connect them to the adjoining building, Triangle Food Guy reports. 

Chubby's Tacos will be opening its sixth Triangle location in Cary's Tone Creek Village, but it won't be named Chubby's! Triangle Business Journal reports that Chubby's owner Jody Lytton will be introducing the brand's new name Guacamaya next month. He had been running a contest to find a name for the franchise, since a Colorado restaurant already owns the name "Chubby's." By changing the name and filing for a trademark, Lytton will be able to expand outside of North Carolina. Guacamaya is a Spanish word for colorful birds known as "macaw." No word on who came up with the name.

Carolina Ale House will be opening its 14th location in the Triangle. Triangle Business Journal reports that Ale House owner Lou Moshakos has teamed up with UNC-Chapel Hill alum and Fayetteville real estate investor Joe Riddle to turn the former University Chrysler-Plymouth auto dealership at 419 W. Franklin Street into the popular restaurant and bar. They plan to start working on the building this year.


Goodbye, Hello

Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern will close its doors in downtown Raleigh this weekend. Owners say that as their lease began to wind down at 112 Fayetteville St., their landlord, Pete Gillis, decided to go in a different direction, striking a deal with the owner of 606 Nightclub and Myst in Glenwood South to replace the tavern with a new concept. Isaac Hunter's will remain open from 4:30 p.m. until 2 a.m. daily until March 31. Their official goodbye party will be this Sunday. 

The Berkeley Cafe reopened last week, according to their Facebook page. It is now under the management of former Sadlack's owner Rose Schwetz, who has brought the restaurant's menu with her. 

A few more closings of note: Fig Cafe and Wine Bar has closed its doors in downtown Wake Forest and Fat Daddy's on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh will be closing down Monday (March 30). Triangle Business Journal reports that the space has been sold and the developers plan to tear it down and redevelop it into something else.  

Clyde Cooper's BBQ is finishing up its last week at its old location at 109 E. Davie St. in downtown Raleigh. They will likely be serving just takeout on Saturday. They hope to open in their new location around the corner at 313 S. Wilmington St. by April 9, according to the N&O.

Coming up next week: 

A new food truck is gearing up to make its debut next week. Dump Pho King, a dumpling and pho food truck based in Raleigh, is holding a launch party at Noir from 4-7 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Tickets are $20.

Gregoria's Cuban Steakhouse, which had a soft opening at its new location in January, will be holding its grand opening celebration Friday, April 4. From 6-8 p.m., enjoy free food, festive music from a nine-piece salsa tribute band and all day $2 mojito, sangria and draft beer specials. Make sure to RSVP to Gregorias@boltpr.com if you want to attend the grand opening party. Gregoria's closed at its previous location last year after a fire. 


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  • A person Mar 28, 2014

    The Berkley should not have reopened with that management. Sadlocks lost track of its customer base. The last time I was there a sandwich was $10. That is allot of money for a sandwich, especially across the street from a college.

  • Bill Brasky Mar 28, 2014

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    Best order at the counter taco joint for sure....But Gonza Tacos and Tequila is the best in NC

  • Pseudonym Mar 28, 2014

    As long as the name of Chubby's Tacos is the only thing they change, I don't mind. Best Mexican restaurant around here.

  • dwntwnboy2 Mar 28, 2014

    Coopers has been a zoo all week!!! Still got in to get my hush puppy and bbq fix one more time at the old location though- hate to see em move. Lots of great memories there going back as long as I can remember. Got a bag of fresh skins too- just to get through the bball games this weekend :-)