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Triangle Foodie News: Several new restaurants opening this month

Posted November 4, 2016

— The latest on restaurant openings, closings, food trucks, foodie events and more in the Triangle and beyond.

Featured Restaurant News

We told you about it last week, but Crawford and Son is officially opening Friday night. Located at 618 North Person St., you can make reservations on Open Table. Crawford and Son is the first project from Crawford Hospitality.

Tir na Nog is returning to downtown Raleigh! Former manager and unarguably the heart of Tir na Nog and the city's Irish community, Annie Britton-Nice, announced via Facebook early Wednesday that the pub will be opening at 108 Hargett St., just around the corner from its previous home on South Blount Street. It will be located in the newly acquired extension to London Bridge Pub. While the pub opened yesterday, the new kitchen won't be operating until late December, so Tir na Nog will be inviting food trucks to all public events. The venue will still be able to cater private events on site.

Wake County Restaurant News

Joule Coffee is closing on Dec. 31 after three years. But it’s only a bittersweet exit, as Joule chef Sunny Gerhart will actually reopen the space early next year as St. Roch Oyster + Bar, inspired by his childhood in and around New Orleans. Ashley Christensen will remain involved as an investor and adviser.

Also in Raleigh, former Videri Chocolate Factory head confectioner Nicole Evans Groth and her husband, Jason will hold the grand opening of the neighborhood treat shop Anisette on Saturday, Nov. 19, in Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood (at 209 Bickett Blvd).

In Wake Forest, got word from reader Erica Stevens that The Olde English Tea Room on White Street will be closing on Dec. 24th. In its place will be Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium with plans to open by February, 2017.

Up in Rolesville, got word from friend Jo Smith that Off The Hook restaurant has opened in the former Fitzgerald’s Seafood Restaurant space at 308 Southtown Circle. The new restaurant is owned by the McDonald family of Louisburg.

Down in Apex, got word that the newest location of McAlister’s Deli is opening next week at 1061 Pine Plaza Drive on Monday, Nov. 7.

Durham, Orange and Chatham Restaurant News

The openings in Chatham County just south of Chapel Hill continue with the announcement from David Sadeghi that his Town Hall Burger & Beer at Briar Chapel will open on Nov. 7, next Monday. It is located in the Veranda complex at the 15-501 entrance to Briar Chapel.


In Wake Forest, got word from reader Erica Stevens that The Olde English Tea Room on White Street will be closing on Dec. 24.

And as mentioned above, Joule Coffee in downtown Raleigh will close Dec. 31. St. Roch Oyster + Bar will open a few months later in that spot.

Food Trucks

Reader Mark Ginsberg reminded me again that the food trucks are back in Knightdale on Thursdays through November. Check out all their dates here.


This past Wednesday, the Carolina Hurricanes announced details for the “Hurricanes Homegrown Series." The set of eight games will have a local flare that include local art, music, beer and, of course, food. Un-arena-like food appearances will include chicken and waffles, State Fair burgers, pimento grilled cheese sandwiches with fried pickles and more.

On Nov. 6, the folks over at Acme will bring back the fourth edition of Salt & Smoke Festival to beautiful Rock Quarry Farm on Highway 54 just outside of Carrboro. This is becoming quite the event, as over 500 people attended last year.

Teddy Diggs, executive chef of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, and renowned author Katie Parlaare teaming up to host a culinary tour of Italy’s capital. Hosted at Il Palio on Nov. 15, this Tasting Rome feast will feature recipes from Parla’sacclaimed cookbook, Tasting Rome, along with classics from Chef Diggs’ regional Italian repertoire. Tickets may be purchased for $125 by calling 919-918-2545 and include signed copies of the Tasting Rome cookbook, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

This is really cool. They are setting up a 1,000-seat table in the middle of Fayetteville Street (between Morgan and Martin Streets) on Sunday, Nov. 13 from 12-4 p.m. to host “The Sunday Supper” to to support businesses and families impacted by the catastrophic flooding. Ticket sales and donations will go online soon.

Enjoy soups from top Triangle chefs as they compete to win the title of Soup-erior Chef at Urban Ministries of Wake County’s 12th annual Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, Nov.16tat the McKimmon Center at NC State University. For a $25 donation, guests receive unlimited bowls of artisan soups from more than 10 competing chefs and one hand-crafted piece of pottery from the Triangle Potters Guild. Funds raised from the event will be used to feed, shelter, and provide healthcare to low income individuals.

Next Tuesday, Nov. 8 is not just Election Day, but is also the 28th annual RSVVP (restaurants giving 10 percent) to benefit the IFC's FoodFirst food programs. All you do is eat breakfast, lunch and/or dinner at any participating restaurant, and 10 percent will go to the IFC. Check out the list of participating restaurants.

Next Friday, Nov. 11 (Veterans Day), the Triangle Dairy Queen locations will offer a free medium-size Blizzard to all veterans and active service members. This will take place at locations in Raleigh, Cary and Morrisville. They will also make a donation to the US Veterans Corps.

Friend David McCreary tipped me off to SAVOR Fuquay-Varina, a culinary event with music, auctions, great food and a celebratory atmosphere. The event will take place Saturday, Nov. 12 from 2-6 p.m. at the Bob Barker Company, 105 N. Main St. in Fuquay-Varina. Area restaurants and caterers come together in a friendly competition. Local breweries share their current selections. Tickets are $50 per person.

Food Bank Corner

Exciting things have been happening at your Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina! They have moved to a much larger facility to accommodate their expanded operations and the continued need for food assistance. In celebration of this move, they invite you to their Community Open House on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (tours, food truck rodeo and fun & games). The new facility is at 1924 Capital Blvd.


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