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Triangle foodie news: European gelato cafe coming to Raleigh

Posted July 1, 2016
Updated July 7, 2016

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Correction: A previous version of this story reported that Gumby's on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh had closed. That report was not true. Gumby's is serving daily from 11 a.m. to the wee hours.

Tickets to TerraVita are on sale now. And you better jump fast, as many of these events will sell out soon. Trust me. If you aren’t familiar with TerraVita, it is arguably the premier “foodie event” in the southeast and it will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 1 in Chapel Hill. In a nutshell, it is a multi-day celebration that brings together top chefs, food artisans, sommeliers, baristas, brewers, educators, distillers, cookbook authors and industry luminaries from across the Southeast to celebrate culinary excellence and sustainability in food and drink.

Wake County Restaurant News

The new bar Dram & Draught is expected to open next week in downtown Raleigh, owners told WRAL. The new private tavern is located in a former auto body shop located at 623 Hillsborough Street, across from Char-Grill and near the intersection with Glenwood Avenue.

The Capital Grille restaurant will open on Monday, July 11, in the newly opened Bank of America Tower at North Hills. The Capital Grille is is an elegant steakhouse known for their dry-aged steaks, seafood, freshest ingredients, and award-winning wines.

Got word from Vinty Judge herself that she is bringing the European gelato cafe Amorino to downtown Raleigh - more specifically to the street level of the Edison Lofts at 109 Davie St. If you are not familiar with Amorino, they have U.S. locations in New York, Boston, Beverly Hills, Chicago...and soon, Raleigh!

Raleigh & Company writer Jen Baker gave an update this week on the newest coffee joint opening soon in Raleigh. 42 & Lawrence will open in the “next two weeks” on the ground floor of SkyHouse (308 S. Blount Street) in downtown Raleigh. The endeavor is brought to us by Larry Larson (think Larry’s Beans and Larry’s Coffee). Not much up yet on their Facebook page, but check them out here.

And speaking of coffee, New Raleigh noted this week that Sir Walter Coffee is coming soon to Raleigh. That is it. That is all we know. No date. No location (other than Raleigh).

We are getting closer and closer to the opening of Fayetteville Street's latest restaurant, a burger joint by the name of Bare Bones. It will open any day now in the former home of Zinda's at the PNC Plaza.

A quick update to the opening of Wings over Raleigh. WRAL reported this week that they will open on July 7 at 2900 Hillsborough St.

We learned this week via “Cindy Who” on Twitter that the Dalat Oriental Restaurant in Raleigh’s Mission Valley shopping center is changing ownership. The transition is to be complete by the middle of July. Related to that, New Raleigh is reporting that the current Dalat owner will open a fusion Vietnamese subs, pizza, and burrito joint with arcade games off Hwy 42 called 42 Funland. We will keep an eye on that.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

This is kind of cool. The recent opening of Boheme restaurant in Durham is getting rave reviews. Now, the next component of that property is coming online - in the form of their Bohemian Garden. Open Thursday and Sunday nights from 8 p.m. onwards, the lush garden will host live music and drink specials, not to mention dogs are encouraged. Calling this their “soft” opening, the grand opening is Sunday, July 10, with a Luau BBQ featuring traditional Caribbean dishes, drink specials and live from 5 p.m. onwards. Tickets are $25.

And a quick update. Last week we told you that that Tonya Council (of the family that brought us Mama Dip’s) is about to open Tonya’s Cookies. We learned from readers that the location will be on Rosemary Street (near Mitchell Lane), almost right across the street from Mama Dip’s.


It appears that Back in the Day Cafe in Cary’s Millpond Village is now permanently closed as there is a “For Sale” sign in the window.

Food Trucks

Every Friday through August 5, Raleigh's Triangle Town Center will host food trucks at its new "Creekside Wind Down" 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.


Voting for the WRAL Out and About 2016 Voters’ Choice Awards is open until July 10. This is your chance to vote for your favorites in categories ranging from food, nightlife and lifestyle.

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.

Food Bank Corner

West 94th St. Pub celebrates 22 years of doing business with their 4th Annual Grill Master Cook Off Competition. They are calling all local “Grill Masters” to show off their grillin’ skills to help raise funds to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. This family friendly competition will be held Sunday, July 17, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. with live entertainment, family games, food tasting and more. The “grill master” winner will receive a special package valued at $250. Interested contestants must register via email to Kerry Bryant by July 11.

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


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