Raleigh, N.C. — If you have gone to dinner or tried to check out a bar in the Triangle recently, you may have been surprised to find it was no longer there.
Here is a rundown of a few of the places that we have noticed have taken on new ownership, changed names or closed in the past couple of months.
Hot Point Cafe, which was located in North Hills, has closed. The building reopened as the Black Cat Cafe. It is owned and operated by two vegetarians, Sharon and Steve Jones. They want to provide foods that are locally sourced and high quality. They are featuring local beers with six selections on tap. Also on the menu - mouth-watering homemade desserts, and custom blended coffee from Raleigh's own Red Rooster Coffee. And they kept the same chef from Hot Point and some of Hot Point's menu items. (Note: This is not the same Hot Point we reviewed last month near Cary. Hot Point Deli is still in business but recently relocated around the corner to 1718 Walnut St.)
IPub in Cary has become the Cary Pub. They opened last month and serve traditional American cuisine.
Raleigh's "black sheep rock n' roll bar," Dive Bar has closed. They celebrated their last call on Dec. 31, 2012, but the owners are already on the hunt for a new location.
Draft Carolina Burgers and Beers in downtown Raleigh marked their closing on New Year's Eve with a 12-day holiday celebration focused on giving back to local charities. They raised over $6,500.
Krave, located in downtown Raleigh, is now Myst but is still under the same ownership of Michael Rattenni and Shervin Tahssili. The main change besides the name is that it is now only a nightclub not a restaurant. Myst features a renovated large central dance floor and upgraded sound system. They have DJs from across the state and nation as well as VIP areas and an extensive alcohol section. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
UPDATE: The Franklin Street staple Pepper's Pizza will be closing its doors on Monday (March 4). Representatives said they would be open until about 8 or 9 p.m.
What other places have you noticed in the Triangle that have closed, changed names, or taken on new ownership?