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Triangle Foodie News: Brier Creek getting new pub, beer garden

Posted April 22

Brier Creek Beer Garden (Facebook)

Featured Restaurant News

Arguably the area’s biggest “foodie” event, TerraVita, announced this week the dates for this year’s festival - Sept. 28 through Oct. 1. The Chapel Hill-based festival, now in its seventh year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” - educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. TerraVita concludes with a Grand Tasting on the Green featuring over 65 chefs, artisans and beverage producers for tastings, live chef demonstrations and cookbook signings. TerraVita’s ticket launch and full schedule will be released in mid-June.

Wake County restaurant news

According to New Raleigh, Brewerks Cafe and Bakery is moving into the former Quality Grocery spot at 701 E. Lane St. in Oakwood in downtown Raleigh.

Pieology will officially open Monday (April 25) on Raleigh's Hillsborough Street, but on April 23, free pizza will be offered to all those that donate to Junior Achievement of Eastern North Carolina from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and again from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Pieology is located in the Stanhope Center at 3001 Hillsborough St.

Also on Hillsborough Street, I saw on James Borden's Development Beat blog - Raleigh Public Record - that Pho Vietnam will be opening a new location on the ground floor of the 2811 Hillsborough apartment building. I have to think this is related to the Pho Vietnam on Buck Jones Road, but not sure if this is a new location or a second location. Will keep an eye on it (or if you know, let me know).

Got word from Mario Longo that Vic’s, with their original location in downtown Raleigh’s City Market, has opened their second location in the Market Place at Lake Boone shopping center (think Buffalo Brothers, WhichWich, Guasaca).

Cary Magazine reported this week that the Cary version of Chuy’s is now open in the Parkside Town Commons. Chuy’s is a Texas-founded establishment that has been around since 1982.

Also over in Cary, Sassool will hold the grand opening celebration of its second location on Mother’s Day, May 8 from 1-4 p.m. Sassool’s second location, which opened in December, is located at 1347 Kildaire Farm Road in the Shoppes of Kildaire (Trader Joe’s).

Out in Brier Creek, saw on a Yelp posting that Brier Creek Beer Garden is very close to opening, possibly next week. Their Facebook page notes that they will have more than 50 beers on draft (mostly NC) and more than 100 bottles.

Also in Brier Creek, according to their website Positalia Italian Eatery, a concept out of Wilmington, has opened in the same building as Rack Room Shoes. Apparently they opened this past Tuesday.

Durham, Orange & Chatham county restaurant news

The News & Observer gave us an update this week on what Durham chef Matt Kelly, who owns Mateo Tapas and Vin Rouge, has been up to. They indicated that he will open his next two concepts next to Mateo Tapas in downtown Durham by the end of May. Mothers & Sons Trattoria, an Italian restaurant that Kelly is opening with chef Josh DeCarolis; and Lucky’s Deli with Drew Brown, former co-owner of Piedmont restaurant and staff chef at Firsthand Foods. Kelly’s trio of restaurants will all be on 100 block of West Chapel Hill Street.

Also in downtown Durham, the News & Observer informed us that Durham cocktail bar Alley Twenty Six has ambitious plans to nearly double in size into the space next door, adding a full-size kitchen to expand their menu to include more small plates and pairings. Check them out here.

Happy + Hale has successfully opened their second location, which is in Durham at 703 Ninth St., and will hold their grand opening on April 30.

Beyu Caffe, located in the heart of downtown Durham, will be closing for one week next week to move to its larger quarters at 341 W. Main Street, just two doors down!

Counter Culture Coffee has moved to downtown Durham, 812 Mallard Avenue to be exact, and they will be holding a grand opening event on Saturday, April 30 at 10 a.m. and everyone is invited! Take a tour, taste (both coffee and tasty treats provided by local chefs) and visit their pop-up store. RSVP and get all the details here.

And speaking of Counter Culture Coffee, congrats to Lem Butler, head of wholesale customer support at the Durham coffee roaster, who was recognized as the top barista in the nation at the U.S. Barista Championship competition in Atlanta. Next stop, the World Barista Championships in Dublin, Ireland in June. Congrats Lem and good luck!

Also moving to downtown Durham, the good folks at Big Bundts and More Bakery have moved into their new digs at 721 Broad St., occupying the street-level space in the ADF building.

And finally, thankfully the damage was minimal at the legendary Bullock’s BBQ in Durham. A fire broke out this past Wednesday, but most of it was contained to the hood and ventilation system. Durham’s oldest restaurant should re-open shortly. Thanks to the Durham Fire Department for their quick response!


None to report. Keep eating local, folks!

Food trucks

TABLE will hold its 4th Annual Food Truck Rodeo on April 30 from 3-7 p.m. at Chapel Hill's Orange United Methodist Church on MLK Boulevard. The event is to benefit one of TABLE's program, called the Weekend Backpack Program, a year-round hunger relief program that provides food to hungry kids when school is not in session.

With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday from April through June, the town will host a new truck at Knightdale Station Park for lunch and dinner. Just look for it from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. near the amphitheater (rain or shine - shelters are covered).

The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo has announced its dates for this year: May 1, June 12, Aug. 7 and Oct. 9. VIP early admission wristbands, which let you get in to buy food before the general public, are on sale now. Get all the details here.

For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art’s page, The Wandering Sheppard, on all things food truck related here.


If you are into craft beer you don't want to miss Brewgaloo Friday and Saturday (April 22 & 23) in downtown Raleigh. In celebration of their 5th anniversary, they've added a Friday night block party in addition to the regular events on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be 85 breweries and more than 50 food trucks to enjoy. Avoid the line and order your drink tickets online.

Tickets to one of my favorite annual events, Farm to Fork, have gone on sale. The event this year will be held on the weekend of June 3 through June 5. Get all the details and tickets here.

The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market will host the 21st Annual Piedmont Farm Tour on Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24, from 2-6 pm on both days. This year’s tour features 38 sustainable working farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Person counties.

The 2nd Annual Shuck ‘n Cluck will take place on Thursday, April 28 at the Lynnwood Brewing Concern at 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Road from 6-10 p.m. The event will feature fresh oysters, chicken, beer, wine and live music. All proceeds benefit Rebuilding Together of the Triangle.

The annual Hook + Vine seafood and wine festival is scheduled for April 24 from 12 - 4 p.m. in downtown Raleigh at The Wine Feed, and co-hosted by Locals Seafood. The third annual festival will focus on pairing fresh seafood with high-quality wines found from around the world. Featured restaurants include Centro, Capital Club 16, Provenance, Plates Neighborhood Kitchen and Boiler Room Oyster Bar. Purchase tickets and get all the details here.

The folks over at Snap Pea Underground are holding two weekend’s of a Thai street food pop-up dinners at Midway Community Kitchen in Chapel Hill April 28 through May 1 and again May 5 through May 8th. Ticket prices vary and will go on sale today (April 1) at noon. These events will sell out, so act quickly.

Chef John Childers over at Midtowne Grill is hosting a beer dinner with the folks over at Compass Rose Brewery on Thursday, April 28. Tickets are $65 and it begins at 6:30 p.m.

Felicia Perry-Trujillo sent over a note to remind me that this year's edition of the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival, a four day event, will be held May 19-22.

Ok, this is a bit of a stretch to include, but it's too fun/funny not to include. It is the 2016 Doughman event being held in Durham on May 28. What is it? It is a "foodie" event that combines the elements of a triathlon with competitive eating. 4-member teams basically down a delicious treat from a Durham establishment which is then followed by a bike, run or "water activity" challenge of varying distances.

Food Bank Corner

Help "Feed the Need" in our communities! Donate at the register of your local Harris Teeter from April 1-23 or come on out for a special "Feed the Need Day" drive-through food drive on Saturday, April 23 at select stores. Get more information and store locations or you can donate online.

Sean Lennard covers food news on his blog, Triangle Food Blog.


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