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Top Triangle restaurant news for 2016

Posted December 27, 2016
Updated December 28, 2016

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— This was a big year for Triangle area restaurants!

Here are the biggest restaurant openings and closings for 2016:


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  • Provenance opens on the first floor of the Skyhouse building in downtown Raleigh.
  • Nanasteak opens in American Tobacco Campus in Durham.
  • Whole hog barbecue restaurant Picnic opens in Durham.
  • Jubala opens second location on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh.
  • Mimi's Cafe at Cary Towne Center closes.
  • Boylan Bridge Brewpub closes after one of its basement walls collapses.
  • The Square Rabbit closes in downtown Raleigh.
  • Tremor Bar and Grill opens in old Napper Tandy's space.
  • Cocoa Cinnamon opens their second location at 2627 Hillsborough Road in Durham
  • International Breakfast & Burger Company opens on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.


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  • Raleigh Raw opens in downtown Raleigh.
  • One Restaurant in Chapel Hill, G2B in Durham and Black Cat Cafe in Raleigh closed.
  • Happy and Hale opens Durham location.
  • International Breakfast & Burger Company closes on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.
  • Tandem opens in Carrboro's Carr Mill Mall.


  • China O opens in the old home of International Breakfast and Burger on Glenwood South.
  • City Barbecue opens in Durham's Southpoint Crosing.

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  • Sarah Feld Dec 28, 2016
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    Fair enough, the way the initial article came across was that this was present-tense. I don't have the version of the article before the update, so it's entirely possible that I just read it wrong. If so: My apologies for my sass.

  • Jared Johnson Dec 27, 2016
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    This is a year in review. Seeing how this is the current 2016 year these events are current. Twisted Fork reopened long ago after their fire and some of the links only reference the events that got them on this list.

  • Sarah Feld Dec 27, 2016
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    Y'all, I'm about 95% sure this is last year's list. Partly because the links go to articles posting in mid-January, which is long gone, and partly because I was at the Twisted Fork a couple weeks ago, and it was unsinged.