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Triangle Foodie News: Dame's Chicken and Waffles to open in Cary

Posted June 10
Updated June 17

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Good things come to those who wait. That is true if you visit Dame’s Chicken & Waffles in downtown Durham, or if you are a resident of Wake County and have jealously watched Durham-ites enjoy the goodness of Dame’s. Well, Wake County’s wait is over as my friend Ursula Littlejohn informed me this week that Dame’s has plans to open a Wake County location in Cary on Harrison Avenue in the former Firewurst location next to Bass Pro Shop. Look for an early August opening.

Wake County restaurant news

The second Triangle-area location of Burger 21 is opening Monday, June 13, at 6196 Falls of Neuse Road near Chipotle. They also have a location in Cary near the intersection of Davis Drive and High House.

The latest edition of Rise Biscuits & Donuts opened this past Saturday in the Brier Creek Shopping Center across from Caribou Coffee where Elevation Burger used to be.

In downtown Raleigh, chef Susan Tower of Deli-icious Food Truck is doing a pop-up menu at Hadley’s Martini Bar June 9-11 from 5 p.m. until midnight each day. Hadley’s is located at 317 W. Morgan Street. This is the first in a series that will be offered at Hadley’s. Get all the details on their event Facebook page here.

Also in downtown Raleigh we learned this week that Cafe Helios has introduced a new dinner menu. I haven’t had a chance to go by and try it out, but it looks fantastic. Cafe Helios is located at 413 Glenwood Ave.

Got word from brothers Patrick and Ryan Malley that they are bringing their Wings Over Chapel Hill and Wings Over Greenville concept to Raleigh in the form of, you guessed it, Wings Over Raleigh. The are looking to open this location on July 7 at 2900 Hillsborough St.

Up in Wake Forest, WRAL reported that over in Wake Forest, Italian Trattoria by Bruno has opened at 1248 S. Main St.

Over in Cary, the long-awaited replacement for Mimi’s Cafe near Cary Towne Center has an opening date. La Madeleine, the acclaimed French-inspired bakery café, will swing open their doors on July 12. If you are not familiar with La Madeleine, check them out here.

And a quick shout out of congratulations to the folks over at Village Deli who are celebrating their 20th anniversary!

Durham, Orange & Chatham county restaurant news

Lots of big announcements in Durham this week. Pay attention. Chef Greg Gettles is leaving Durham’s Piedmont Restaurant and moving to Charleston, S.C. His last day in the restaurant will be this Sunday, June 12. That led to the announcement that The Boot’s John May will move over to take the helm at Piedmont beginning on August 1. With that announcement, came the announcement that Rob Kinneen, May’s right-hand man at The Boot, will move into the lead role there. Since his move from Alaska, Kinneen has spent time at Magnolia Grill, Pop’s and Elaine’s on Franklin.

Bites of Bull City blogger Amber Watson reported this week that both Mothers & Sons and Lucky’s Deli will POSSIBLY be opening this weekend. The two joints, located right next to each other on W. Chapel Hill Street, are the creation of Mateo owners Matt Kelly and Josh DeCarolis along with Drew Brown.

The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that one of the first franchise owners of Built, a new burger spinoff of California-based The Counter Custom Built Burgers, has signed a lease to open the company’s first North Carolina location at The Streets at Southpoint mall in south Durham. Look for them to open in early 2017 in the food court. The local owners have the rights to open five additional Triangle area locations.


After 16 years of phenomenal service, owners Shane Ingram and Elizabeth Woodhouse announced this week that Four Square Restaurant in Durham will close June 25. Make your reservations now (if you can).

Got word from Jimmy Chhay that his restaurant, Chais Noodle Bar and Bistro in Durham, will close at the end of this month. However, see the news below about his food truck.

Food trucks

As noted above, Jimmy Chhay is closing his brick and mortar establishment at the end of this month. That is the bad news. The good news is that you can still get his food through his recently purchased food truck Buddhalicious (how can you not LOVE that name!).

The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is this Sunday, June 12, from 1 to 6 p.m. More than 50 local food trucks will line Fayetteville Street, so make sure you get there early.

Every Friday through Aug. 5, Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new "Creekside Wind Down" event series. Stop by the mall's Creekside Cafe food court entrance from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. to grab a bite, listen to live music and enjoy a local brew from Compass Rose Brewery. Food trucks stopping by this Friday (June 10) include Not Just Icing, Snowie of NC, Mixed Korean Truck and Howard Lee's Sum 'Teat.

With the warm weather returning, it also means the return of the Food Truck Thursdays in Knightdale. Every Thursday 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).

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


The 2016 WRAL Out and About Voters' Choice Awards are back! The top five finalists in each category were revealed this week. You can vote for your favorites now through July 10.This year they are putting the focus on local businesses and encouraging people to avoid the larger chains! Here's a rundown of the categories, including some great new ones and the voting link.

Carolina Ale House in downtown Raleigh is hosting their 2nd Annual The Spirited Pig Summer Shindig event Saturday, June 25th. It is a Spirits, Beer and BBQ event featuring 6 local breweries, a variety of spirits including TOPO distillery and live music. Tickets are $35 and guests will receive a souvenir tasting glass on the day of the event. Event proceeds will go to Stop Hunger Now. Get all the details and tickets here.

The good folks over at the Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced this week the dates for the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant week - it will be held this year August 15-21. Go ahead and mark your calendar.

Arguably the area's biggest "foodie" event, TerraVita, recently announced the dates for this year's festival - September 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.

The Carolina Inn will host a Bar-B-Que Throwdown on Saturday, June 11 from 12 - 3 p.m. featuring local chefs preparing their twist on barbecue. Participating chefs include the Carolina Inn’s James Clark; Kim Hunter (Kimbap Cafe); James Johnson (Tribeca Tavern); Isae Allen (The Eddy Pub & Restaurant); Regan Stachler (Little Hen); Serge Falcoz-Vigne (Saint-Jacques); Bob Compton (Mebane Downtown Table); and Adam Rose (H Street Kitchen).

The annual Triangle Restaurant Week is set to run the week of June 6-12. During the event, participating restaurants within Raleigh, Cary,Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas will offer a special, 3-course prix fixe lunch menu ($15) and/or 3-course prix fixe dinner menu ($20, $25, $30) each day they are open.

Food Bank Corner

For many of us, summertime means family vacations and cookouts with friends and neighbors. But instead of trying to decide where to go on your next trip, imagine having to decide between putting gas in your car to go to work or buying groceries for dinner. Instead of getting supplies for the barbecue, imagine standing in line at the food pantry because your paycheck didn't last through the end of the month. For the families of nearly 300,000 children in our service area, this is the difficult situation they will face this summer when school is closed. The Food Bank's Stop Summer Hunger Campaign aims to provide meals and groceries to children and their families over the summer months. Through July 31, we are committed to providing 3.3 million meals. Visit their website for more information on how to get involved.

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


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