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Triangle Restaurant News: New brewery opening in Raleigh

Posted September 26, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014

City Club Raleigh is holding its Grand Opening and Charity Classic Saturday night from 7-10 p.m. The night will include a sampling of the club's new menu, cocktails and an art auction to benefit local nonprofits. Located on the 28th and 29th floors of the Wells Fargo Capitol Center, this new club represents the merger of the Capital City Club and the Cardinal Club. Tickets to the grand opening are $50 for members and $75 for nonmembers.

Smashburger is expanding into north Raleigh. 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, Triangle Business Journal reports. It will be moving into the space next to Moe's in the same shopping area as Raleighwood Cinema.

Neuse River Brewing is hoping to be open by the end of the year, TBJ reports. The brewery will be located at 520 Pershing Road in a building that was formerly used to restore fire trucks. The brewery plans to have a tasting room, patio and herb garden.

Shucker's Oyster Bar is hoping to open its Glenwood South location at 510 Glenwood this Sunday, according to the restaurant's Facebook page.

Cafe chain First Watch will be opening its first North Carolina location on Monday. It will be located in the former home of Boston Market on Glenwood Avenue near the Pleasant Valley Promenade, Triangle Food Guy reports. First Watch serves breakfast, brunch and lunch items including fresh fruit crepes, turkey omelets, pancakes, salads and sandwiches. The owner is committed to more locations are in the future. The owner has signed a franchise agreement to open five locations in the Raleigh-Durham market over the next four years.

Faire, a new steak and seafood restaurant from Eschelon Experiences, will open its doors in Raleigh's Cameron Village on Oct. 13, representatives told me this week. 

Kings North Hills, a new bowling alley in Raleigh's North Hills shopping area, is planning to open on Oct. 20. It is in the old Sparian's location near Yard House.

Another North Hills opening: b.good will open on Oct. 13, Triangle Food Guy reports. This is the chain's first North Carolina location. The restaurant serves up fresh and handmade burgers, sandwiches and more.

In Cary, Toast Cafe is planning to open on Oct. 1 in Waverly Place, the News and Observer reports. The Charlotte-based restaurant is known for its breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. I'm particularly excited about their stuffed French toast options which include peanut butter and banana. T. MAC, an Atlanta-based sports bar known for its wings and burgers, is planning to open Oct. 5 in Waverly Place.

In Fuquay-Varina, Daniel's on Main has been replaced by the Italian restaurant Garibaldi Trattoria. Daniel's Apex location remains open.

One closure this weekend to note: Garland in downtown Raleigh will be closed Friday and Saturday (Sept. 26-27) for their annual staff fall break.

One reopening note: The Daily Planet Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science's Nature Research Center will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 30. It was closed for a few weeks for renovations.

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  • Sonja Yagel Sep 26, 2014
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    Doesn't this city already have too many deaths from drinking alcohol? Plenty of pedestrians who have had too much to drink and walk out in front of cars and die and DUI's galore. Folks there are too many places selling alcohol already.

  • Geez Louise Sep 26, 2014

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    --Wonder if Cartman, Stan, Kyle, and Kenny will picket the bike fest?

  • Bill Brasky Sep 26, 2014

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    There's one in Charlotte

  • Rod Runner Sep 26, 2014
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    Been wondering when Taco Mac would make it to the area. I ate and drank there in Atlanta and it was decent food with a really good draught beer selection.

    Of course, we have lots of places like that around now, but it's always good to have another place to go once in a while.

    Though I'm sure this place will stay totally packed for months until the newness factor dies down.

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Sep 26, 2014

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    You are absolutely correct! I read that most businesses downtown lose about 30% of their normal business when bikefest is downtown. If it weren't for the loud illegal motorcycle revving, it would be crickets chirping - most people try to stay away that weekend.

  • Rod Runner Sep 26, 2014
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    I don't think he's commenting on their behavior. He's commenting that most of the people coming to the Bike Fest are not going to eat Indian food and their normal customers won't be going to the Bike Fest and thus not eating there, cutting their business down to an unsustainable level.

    So instead of making a fraction of the money, and possibly having to pay it all to the employees anyway, they close and don't have to pay anything but the rent.

  • PRGuy Sep 26, 2014

    Garland is not closed because they "refuse to cater to people attending the Ray Price bike fest." They are closed because last year they did 20% of their usual business, meaning the bike fest keeps their regular customers away and the bikers don't patronize Garland.

  • Backtothemountains Sep 26, 2014

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    Generalize much? I've been attending the Ray Price Bike Fest for literally years and have seen worse behavior at some country clubs during a golf tournament. Just because it's a bike rally don't assume anything. I've never seen a more family friendly environment at a bike rally than this one. Maybe go down and see for yourself...you just might be surprised.

  • Bill Brasky Sep 26, 2014

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    Than they probably shouldn't drive drunk

  • keeter Sep 26, 2014

    Sounds like a smart move.

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