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Triangle Restaurant News: Monuts opens in old Magnolia Grill location

Posted December 12, 2014

Monuts has opened at its new location in the old Magnolia Grill space at 1002 Ninth St. in Durham. The owners closed up shop at their original location on East Parish Street a few weeks ago to prepare for the opening. Plans for that East Parish location haven't been revealed yet, but owners say they will be turning it into something else. 

Speaking of donuts, the popular Outer Banks shop Duck Donuts could be opening its location in Cary's Wrenn Plaza as soon as the middle of next week, Triangle Food Guy reports.

Smashburger is opening in north Raleigh on Wednesday, Dec. 17, and there will be snow and fun games to help celebrate. This fast-casual burger chain already has a location on Erwin Road in Durham. The Raleigh location will be located in the Falls Village Shopping Center on Falls of Neuse Road. Ten percent of total proceeds from opening day through Friday, Dec. 19, will be donated to the nonprofit Communities in Schools of Wake County. 

In Chapel Hill, breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurant The Egg & I opened this week. The place is known for its pancakes, waffles and omelettes. It is located in the old home of Piola at 1101 Environ Way.

The Carolina Ale House on Creekside Drive off of Wake Forest Road in Raleigh will close on Dec. 31, Triangle Business Journal reports. Opening in 1999, it was the first Carolina Ale House and helped spawn 25 other locations. In January, the newest ale House location will open at 500 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.

Downtown Apex has a new restaurant. The Blistered Pig Smokehouse has opened in the historic Tobacco and Mule Exchange Building, the News and Observer reports. As the name implies, the restaurant serves up variety of farm fresh smoked meats. 

One closure to note: After nearly 20 years in business, Pop's has closed its doors on West Main Street in Durham. Pop's Backdoor South, a pizzeria in Hope Valley Square, remains open.


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  • Thought Criminal WS Dec 12, 2014

    Duck Donut's are awesome. If you've never been to the location on the outer banks it's definitely a spot to "pop in" for a donut. My last visit I had a maple sugar and bacon donut. Mmmhmhm good. Looking forward to one in Cary opening!

  • Jenna Brutegrrl Dec 12, 2014
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    Oh, the humanity.