Raleigh, N.C. — Beer and baking - some great restaurant news this week!
Durham has a new sports bar just in time for the NCAA basketball tournament! West End Billiards and Bocce has six full-sized pool tables, indoor bocce, shuffleboard and a regulation-sized indoor basketball goal. In between games, enjoy cocktails, wine and beer from their full service bar.
North Street Beer Station has opened off of Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh. They are just getting going but plan to have more than 500 types of craft beer available, 13 rotating taps and wine by the glass.
Daniel Benjamin, pastry chef at The Umstead, has announced plans to open a bakery in downtown Raleigh. LucetteGrace is expected to open in late spring on Salisbury Street. The GadAboutFood blog reports that it will "specialize in sweet and savory breakfast pastries, desserts and light lunch."
Cary has a new Indian restaurant. Cilantro Indian Cafe is located in the MacGregor Village shopping center, the News and Observer reports.
Person Street Neighborhood Bar, which had to delay its opening last week, has finally opened. This private bar (you need to apply for membership) is open everyday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
A new PDQ is opening off of Watkins Road in Durham. This latest location of this chicken franchise opens on Sunday.
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.
Isaac Hunter's Oak City Tavern will close its doors in downtown Raleigh on March 31. 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 Sunday, March 30.