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Triangle Restaurant News: Gourmet hot dog shop opens in downtown Raleigh

Posted August 22, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014

Tasty 8's hot dog shop opens on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh on Aug. 22, 2014. (Image from Facebook)

Tasty 8's hot dogs will officially open its doors and walk-up window Friday (today) at 11 a.m. It will be open until 3 a.m. The menu also includes shakes, fries and beer. 

Durham Distillery will be moving into the space next to The Blue Note Grill. It will be located at 711 Washington St. 

The World of Beer's Cary location will open on Sept. 2, Triangle Business Journal reports. The tavern is in the Arboretum in the Weston shopping center. 

Also in Cary, Mexican restaurant Totopos is going to be opening in the old home of Chili's on Kildaire Farm Road, Triangle Food Guy reports. No word on when they will be opening. 

Heavenly Buffaloes, the new wing place from the owner of Dain's Place in Durham, is planning to open as early as next week, The Herald Sun reports. The restaurant, located on West Markham Avenue, will serve up 15 flavors of wings, waffle and sweet potato fries and bottled beer. There will even be vegan wings. 

Kings North Hills, a bowling alley that is moving into the old Sparian's location in the north Raleigh shopping area, is planning to open its doors Oct. 22. I took a tour yesterday and crews are hard at work transforming the place. 

The Carolina Ale House plans to open a location in the new expansion of the White Oak Crossing shopping center in Garner, Triangle Business Journal reports. The expansion will be anchored by Cabela's, which is expected to open April 2015.

The Raleigh Marriott City Center will be getting a new dining concept this winter, TBJ reports. Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen will feature local beer and Southern cuisine.

Foster's Market Chapel Hill will be changing its name to The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering the first week of September, according to a press release. The same core breakfast, lunch and dinner menu will be available, but look for a few new items and expanded service. The Root Cellar will serve breakfast until 2 p.m., offer blue plate lunch specials and expand efforts on dinner service and off-site catering. 

A popular Outer Banks doughnut shop will be opening a Triangle location. Duck Donuts plans to open in Cary's Wrenn Plaza this fall, Triangle Food Guy reports. 


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  • Anita Woody Aug 22, 2014

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    I just don't think the novelty of man expensive hot dog is sustainable. Plus, if your menu is just 1 item and you only serve it 8 ways, it better be spot on perfect every time. And when you read the menu, it says hot dogs are the perfect cure to stop a hangover, I just don't believe a bunch of drunk kids from the club are going to stop in and fork over $7 for a "gourmet" hot dog, especially when he clubs are in different areas of downtown and he vendors are out in front of the clubs after 2:30am. I just don't see it being sustainable but I wish them well.

  • Bill Brasky Aug 22, 2014

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    There is also "Roast grill" down the street. Small, unique, and much cheaper....but if this place serves great food, great service and is unique, they could do very well. Downtown is booming.

  • RaleighNCGuy Aug 22, 2014

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    I'm sure that she's appreciative. Keep up the good work!

  • glarg Aug 22, 2014

    The mistake is that for a "hot dog place" there isnt much emphasis on the hot dog.

    Are they steamed, boiled, fried? Charcoal broiled? Rippers? Does the customer get the choice?

    Whats the dog? Can we pick Sahlens, Wardynski, Saags? Hoffy?

    The web site just says generic all beef, which is frankly a Ball Park Frank.

    It looks like a lot of toppings and little focus on the dog. Which is a mistake. The town could use a quality hot dog.

  • I promise 2 b good Aug 22, 2014

    I'll never pay $7 for a hot dog. Good luck with that.

  • A cold, hard dose of Hans Aug 22, 2014

    Man, I kind of feel bad for the owners. This one is destined to fail.

  • dwntwnboy2 Aug 22, 2014

    Seems kinda pricey for a hot dog when you have street vendors outside their door selling hot dogs for $1.

  • Citizen Sober Aug 22, 2014

    The Sabrett's cart on the corner has a hot dog, chips and soda for $3. It might not be called "gourmet" but it's still a hot dog! My Momma would slap me for paying $7 for a hot dog.

  • iwatchabc11news Aug 22, 2014

    $7 for a hot dog, $3 for fries and $5 for a shake, probably more for a beer?
    And for $15 I would not expect to be charged an extra 50 cents for a little more dipping sauce. I hate to see a business fail, but I honestly cannot imagine a place with 8 item menus this expensive staying in business long. After the new novelty is off, I just cannot imagine this place staying open very long. IT'S A HOT DOG!

  • Anita Woody Aug 22, 2014

    I looked at the menu too. No matter what kind of meat is used, it's still a hot dog.

    I wonder how long this guy's lease is for?