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Triangle restaurant openings, closings (June 28, 2013)

Posted June 28, 2013
Updated July 2, 2013

— Some great restaurant news this week!

First up, as we told you earlier this week Ashley Christensen (Poole's, Beasley's) is planning a new venture in downtown Raleigh. Read our feature to find out more about Death and Taxes (we love the name!) wood fired cuisine and The Bridge event space.

Also in Raleigh, Ohio-based chain Donatos Pizza opened in Seaboard Station this week. They are famous for their "edge-to-edge" pizza – toppings covering the entire pie.

Sip, Wine and Coffee in Holly Springs officially opened this week. In addition to coffee and wine, they are serving breakfast sandwiches, waffles and small plates for lunch.

Chatham Hill Winery is opening the doors to its new location in downtown Cary on Saturday, according to their Facebook page. The winery moved in late April from its original location - the Gateway Center near RDU - to 8245 Chapel Hill Road. 

Radius Pizzeria and Pub in Hillsborough held its ribbon cutting on Wednesday.The restaurant is located at 112 N. Churton St. They specialize in wood-fired pizzas but also serve paninis, entrees and salads. 

More pizza news: The Wisconsin-based pizza deliver chain Topper's Pizza is planning a Chapel Hill location. The Herald-Sun first reported that the restaurant is planned at 306 W. Franklin St., in the location Gumby's used to occupy. They serve pizza, cheese sticks, grinders, wings and quesadillas. No word on when it is opening. 

Hungry Leaf, a new health restaurant, has opened on Erwin Road in Durham. According to their website, they offer a variety of salads and wraps. 

Thanks to Facebook commenter Emily for the tip on this one. Food car Sunset Slush is opening a North Raleigh brick and mortar location Monday.

And we got word this week about a new food truck. Cakes by Caren, a Raleigh-based bakery, has started a food truck. They have done a few dates with other trucks, so we look forward to checking out! One of their signature items is the "cake shot" – a layered cupcake in a cup. Sounds like my kind of shot! 

Tropical Smoothie Cafe will be expanding its presence in Raleigh. The franchise announced yesterday that it had signed a multi-unit development deal with Raleigh entrepreneur Sherman Dye to bring five locations to the city in the next three years. The chain already operates three in the Raleigh-Durham market and six others throughout the state. No word on where these new locations will be.

In the retail world, popular apparel store H&M held the grand opening for its Triangle Town Center location on Thursday. 


Klausie's Pizza announced this week that it is ceasing operation of its food truck and focusing on opening a restaurant. No brick-and-mortar location has been announced, but we are keeping our eye on this one. 

Another tip from Facebook (thanks to William for this one), The Skinny Dip in the Shoppes at Kildaire in Cary has closed. A representative with Regency Centers, the company that owns the shopping area, said a TCBY will be moving in there by the end of the year. 

The Berkeley Cafe is hosting its final concert on the music hall side of the building this Saturday. Southern Culture on the Skids and The Dune Dogs hit the stage at 9 p.m. Doors open an hour earlier. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 day of the show. The cafe side will remain open, but the music hall will be closed. The owners are unable to work out a lease extension to keep that side open. 

Know of any restaurant openings or closings we need to know about? Tell us about them in the comments section below.


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