What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Triangle restaurant news (June 20, 2014)

Posted June 20, 2014

A sign that sits outside the future home of Common 414 in downtown Raleigh.

— An exclusive sneak peek at the new roaring 20s cocktail bar opening in downtown Raleigh and a Wake Forest farm to table restaurant opening next month - all in this week's Triangle Restaurant News!

It's not a low-key speakeasy

We are finding out more about Common 414, a new upscale cocktail bar coming to Fayetteville Street. Out and About got an exclusive sneak peek of the club slated to open next month next to the Sheraton hotel. Owner Zack Medford said the place is much more "The Great Gatsby" – a roaring 20s feel, crystal chandeliers and great drinks – than a low-key speakeasy. When we visited, gold and teal colors adorned the walls and crystal lighting hung from spaces that would soon house VIP booths.

Local artist Adam Peele will be painting a mural on the back wall, creating a perfect backdrop for live jazz bands and DJs who will play everything from classic jazz to electro-swing. Common 414 has teamed up with Raleigh's Crude Bitters and Sodas for local twists on classic cocktail menu items. There will be bitters and drinks that you can only get at Common 414 like the Old Sport, a twist on The Old Fashioned. 

In a first for the Triangle area, Common 414 will be admitting women ages 21 and older and men ages 25 and over. Medford said the club is designed to appeal to young professionals and an older crowd as opposed to a college student targeted bar. 

And more news: 

Farm Table is eyeing a mid-July opening in Wake Forest. Located next to Gatehouse Tavern, this restaurant will utilize fresh produce and proteins from local farmers. Look for menu items to range from small to large plates for $6 to $22. We got a sneak peek of the menu this week – braised short rib ravioli, duck and dumplings, shrimp and grits – we left quite full! Look for a feature on them next week! 

The Oak, which opened two months ago in the old 618 Bistro spot off of Lake Boone Trail in Raleigh, is holding its grand opening June 28 with a cook-out. For $15 a person (children eat for free), you can get an all you can eat buffet featuring pork (they are roasting a whole hog), chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs and a side dish/dessert table. There will be live music and a bounce-house for the children. Most importantly, they will be opening up a barrel of their house aged bourbon. And for bourbon fans: They are adding new ones constantly and hope to have up to 30 different ones available.

A new Starbucks is headed to Durham. The Herald-Sun reports that the latest store in this coffee chain will be located at 4201 N. Roxboro St. 

Yum, a dessert shop in Hillsborough, is temporarily closed to fix their cooler, the News and Observer reports. They hope to be open by the end of the month.

Food truck news

Sarges Chef on Wheels food truck is making our dreams come true by opening a brick-and-mortar location. We don't know much, but they did Tweet this week that they have a location secured in Rolesville! Shrimp and grits! Shrimp and grits!

Congrats to Not Just Icing on inking a deal to have their cupcakes served at Dominic's NY Pizzeria in north Raleigh's Poyner Place shopping center. To celebrate, if you buy a large cheese pizza between 6-8 p.m. on Monday, June 23, you get free cupcakes.

Craft breweries on tap

Holly Springs Nano Brewing is planing to open later this year in downtown Holly Springs. Triangle Business Journal reports that they will be in the space that formerly housed a bank.

Draft Line Brewing will open its brewery and taproom in Fuquay-Varina on June 28. They are located on Broad Street.

YesterYears Brewery is planning to open in April 2015 in Carrboro. They will be located between Cat's Cradle and Amante's Gourmet Pizza, TBJ reports. 


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  • UpChuck Jun 20, 2014

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    I would think as a private business, you can set admittance to however you see fit. Makes sense if they want to keep the college age male rowdies out of the bar.

  • iopsyc Jun 20, 2014

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    Good question. NC liquor laws are convoluted, and I am not an expert in them by any means, but it may be possible if the establishment is a operating as a "private club" since that implies it isn't open to the public.

  • raleighboy524 Jun 20, 2014

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    It is when one writes professionally and publicly.

  • dwntwnboy2 Jun 20, 2014

    "Common 414 will be admitting women ages 21 and older and men ages 25 and over"- Sounds like they want an audience of girls with daddy issues. The two different ages for admitting seems like it would fall under sexual discrimination since it's based on nothing more than the sex of the person- can only see problems when businesses start to exclude people like that. Good luck to them, doesn't sound like a place I would want to go to anyhow.

  • moomoo Jun 20, 2014

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    Do u know this in not an English class?

  • raleighboy524 Jun 20, 2014

    Do you know what subject-verb agreement means?

  • TarHeelTraveler21 Jun 20, 2014

    The Moscow Mule isn't a twist on the Old Fashioned, and I'm pretty sure it's available elsewhere.

  • acp9489 Jun 20, 2014

    Is that even legal for a bar to have different ages to admit men and women?