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Triangle restaurant news (May 30, 2014)

Posted May 30, 2014

Crispy, flaky, nutty walnut baklava from Neomonde in Morrisville.

— The big news this week was the opening of Ed Mitchell's 'Que at American Tobacco Campus. They are located in the Diamond View III building. 

North Raleigh has some restaurant news this week. A Starbucks has opened at the corner of Capital Boulevard and Spring Forest Road. The new location is next to the new AT&T store. 

Chipotle is planning to move into the Triangle Plaza shopping center on Capital Boulevard, Triangle Business Journal reports. It will be located in the former home of Majestic Nail Spa. The spa will be moving to a small location and changing its name. Chipotle is planning to be open by late summer. The new Chipotle in the Harvest Plaza shopping center at the corner of Strickland and Six Forks Road, also in Raleigh, is expected to open later this summer. It is replacing the Burger King that used to be there. 

No one wants to go to the hospital, but while you are there at least you can get some great food from Neomonde. Rex Healthcare announced via Facebook this week that the popular Lebanese and Mediterranean bakery and deli will be opening an express location at the hospital next month. Neomonde has locations in Morrisville, and  Raleigh. They also have a sister-restaurant off of Six Forks Road in Raleigh dubbed Sassool.

Bittersweet in downtown Raleigh has opened a coffee window. They open at 6:30 a.m. weekdays and serve Counter Culture coffee and espresso drinks. 

Tazza Kitchen in Raleigh's Cameron Village is starting to serve brunch on Sundays. Their first service is this week. 

A tequila bar could be opening up this summer next to Pie Bird in the space that was the former home of Pop-up Ice Cream. PieBird tweeted this week that the last they heard, the new tenant at 616 N. Person St. was a tequila bar that hopes to open in July.

Lucky Chicken Peruvian Restaurant will be opening a location in Cary on Harrison Avenue near Bass Pro Shop, Triangle Food Guy reports. They already have a location in Clayton. 

Chapel Hill's Franklin Street is getting several new restaurants. Greenville-based Sup Dogs will be opening in the old Pepper's Pizza location on June 9, the N&O reports. They are known for their exotic hot dogs and burgers. This week, Mina's opened at 401 W. Franklin St. Owner John Hanna told the N&O that his Cajun burger is a best-seller so far. The restaurant also serves up sandwiches, salads, wings and pasta. 

Things are about to get fired up in Fuquay-Varina. A Firehouse Subs is expected to open June 6 at 1303 N. Main St., Triangle Food Guy reports. 

Two closures to note: Thanks to reader David Little for tipping us off about Mimi's Cafe off of Capital Boulevard in Raleigh being closed. 

Also closed, Blue Fins Bistro off of Rogers Road next to Harris Teeter in Wake Forest. Drove by there yesterday and it was closed. 


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  • Bill Brasky May 30, 2014

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    I'll go where the Kibbeh is (Neomonde)

  • Forthe Newssite May 30, 2014
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    oh goodie, yet ANOTHER high priced coffee house....I just don't get paying that much money for a cup of coffee.....

  • Duff Dry May 30, 2014

    I gained 4 pounds just reading this article.. Thanks WRAL!

  • glarg May 30, 2014

    Interesting that Mimi's closed. I wasnt impressed with their new menu but it seemed to be popular with the patrons who were there when I was.

    Neomonde is a meh. No reason to go there when Petra is better and Taza is friendlier.

  • Brenda Lawrence May 30, 2014
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    The owners of Neomonde are incredibly talented businessmen...and women, too, I'm sure!! They continue to expand while other businesses close. How? By not overextending and paying as they go. But mainly by delivering incredible products! Kudos to the whole family!

  • JustWantedToSay May 30, 2014

    Note that Majestic Nail and Day Spa actually moved months ago to a larger and very nice space just down Capital Blvd just before Spring Forest (across from the new Starbucks mentioned in this article) and remains under the same ownership with the same name