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Triangle Restaurant News: Bar and arcade opens in downtown Raleigh

Posted December 19, 2014

Boxcar Bar + Arcade (Facebook)

— Lots of news this week! 

First, congrats to our friends in the pink school bus...

The Parlour, located at 117 Market St. in Durham, has announced that it will be expanding into the space next door formerly occupied by Playworks. That will give them an additional 1,000 square-feet. The move will allow owners Vanessa and Yoni Mazuz to expand the menu, serve more people and host events. Seating will be increased from 24 to 60. New menu options will include more non-frozen desserts and a larger coffee selection. 

“Our new pastry case and display will allow us to stock a much wider variety of confections, from vegan chocolate mousse to salted caramel pots de creme. We will also have room in our case to offer pre-packed hot fudge and caramel sauce to customers who want to make sundaes at home,” said Vanessa. “With a beautiful new coffee station, we’ll be able to produce consistent, delicious coffee drinks without a wait, and we’ll be able to showcase seasonal beans from our coffee partner, Carrboro Coffee Roasters. We’ll also be able to offer a greater variety of hot drinks to accompany our pastries in the colder months.”

Construction on the Parlour's new addition will start in January. Owners expect to close the shop for a few weeks during the construction. 

The Parlour started out as a food truck, serving out of an old pink and white school bus. 

Some big openings this week: 

Boxcar Bar + Arcade has opened at 330 W. Davie St. in Raleigh. As the name implies, this bar includes classic and modern arcade games, and skee-ball. 

Popular Outer Banks shop Duck Donuts opened its location in Cary's Wrenn Plaza on Thursday.

Smashburger opened its north Raleigh location on Wednesday. This fast-casual burger chain already has a location on Erwin Road in Durham. The Raleigh location is in the Falls Village Shopping Center on Falls of Neuse Road. Ten percent of total proceeds through Friday, Dec. 19, will be donated to the nonprofit Communities in Schools of Wake County. I highly recommend the barbecue bacon burger and the salted caramel milkshake!

Organic Festival is expected to open Friday (today) near Triangle Town Center mall in north Raleigh, the News and Observer reports. The restaurant, which will be 100 percent organic, will open for lunch and dinner daily. Owners hope to add breakfast items in the spring. 

Asian fusion tapas restaurant Juju has opened in the Shops at Erwin Mill off of Ninth Street in Durham. It is open for dinner Monday through Saturday 5-11 p.m. and closed on Sundays.

A new Wingstop has opened in the Alexander Promenade shopping center off of Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. 

Two bottle shops have opened in Raleigh: State of Beer craft bottle shop has opened in the 400 block of Hillsborough Street. It is from the same people who brought you Trophy Brewing Co. It is actually named after the beer radio show run by the brewery's founders. Bottle shop Drink Drank Drunk has opened at 905 W. Morgan St. near Irregardless Cafe. The shop sells beer, wine and coffee. 

The build-your-own-pizza franchise Blaze Pizza opened its doors in Park West Village in Morrisville this week.

Coming soon: 

Three restaurants are planning new locations in Garner's White Oak Crossing shopping center next year, Triangle Business Journal reports. In addition to the previously announced Carolina Ale House, Longhorn Steakhouse, City Barbecue and Five Guys Burgers and Fries are all planning locations there. 

Nothing Bundt Cakes, a bakery specializing in bundt cakes,  is targeting a February opening in a location near the Gander Mountain store at Park West Village in Morrisville, TBJ reports. 

Holly Springs officials approved the location of TapLine Growler store and taproom this week, TBJ reports. The store will be located at 7005 Kentworth Drive in  Main Street Square. It hopes to open in the spring.


Sam and Wally's Eatery on Fayetteville Street will be closing its doors on Tuesday, Dec. 23, at 2 p.m. According to a sign on the restaurant's window, the closure is due to a non-renewal of the lease. The restaurant has been open for 20 years. 


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  • Curt Sherrill Dec 19, 2014
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    Check out Duck Donuts! We stopped by yesterday, and got a dozen - VERY good, and they were hot - right off the belt! Cinnamon Sugar, Maple iced, and Strawberry iced - VERY good!

  • PowderedToastMan Dec 19, 2014

    Smashburgers - pre-cooked so they can serve you quicker at lunch.....and terrible fries. That sums this place up. Just go to Hardees.

  • Jack Miller Dec 19, 2014
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    Boxcar Bar is not open yet. I just went to their website and it says "coming soon" surely if they were open for business this would be updated.

  • dwntwnboy2 Dec 19, 2014

    Hate to see Sam & Wallys close :-( They are good folks, good food and downtown will be losing one of the good ones.