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Triangle Restaurant News: Oyster bars headed to the Triangle

Posted September 19, 2014

Oysters Casino at Dean's Seafood in Cary.

Benelux is expected to open its location in the Crescent Cameron Village building next week. A post on the coffee shop's Facebook page said they are targeting a Wednesday, Sept. 24 date. City Market Cafe will be moving into Benelux's old City Market location. No word on when they plan to open.

Benelux is in good company in Cameron Village. Brixx Pizza just opened in the Crescent building and the steak and seafood restaurant Faire is hoping to open in the area by the end of the month, Triangle Food Guy reports.

Speaking of Brixx, the pizza restaurant is planning too open two Cary locations next year, Triangle Business Journal reports. The restaurants will be located in the new Parkside Town Commons development and in the new Bradford apartment and retail area at Davis Drive and High House Road.

Also in Cary, Totopos has opened in the old Chili's building on Kildaire Farm Road across from Trader Joe's.

Shucker's Oyster Bar is hoping to open its Glenwood South location at 510 Glenwood next week, according to the News and Observer. In the same building, Vincent Barresi, who has a pizzeria in north Raleigh, is planning to open the restaurant Big Boom in by the end of October. The N&O reports that the menu is expected to include chianti-braised short ribs and pork chops with bacon and sweet onion relish. Also, moving into the building: Pho Pho Pho Noodle Kitchen and Bar, which is hoping to open by Thanksgiving. It is from the owner of Sushi Blues Cafe. 

North Raleigh has a new seafood and Southern kitchen. Seven Cities Seafood and Southern Cuisine has opened on Spring Forest Road. They serve up everything from pork chops and chicken to shrimp and crabs.

Since we are talking about seafood, it is good to hear that Full Moon Oyster Bar is planning to open its Morrisville location the first week in October, Triangle Food Guy reports. This place offers fresh seafood and the folks behind the bar will even shuck the oysters right in front of you. It will be location in the Park West development. Also in Park West Village, California's Blaze Pizza is planning to open a location.

Time-Out has reopened at its new location at 201 E. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, Triangle Food Guy reports.

A few closures to report this week:

  • Sweet CeCe's frozen yogurt shop in Wake Forest closed its doors this week.
  • 604 West Village in downtown Durham has closed.
  • D'Andreas' Gourmet Sandwich Soup and Grill in Holly Springs has closed, Triangle Food Guy reports.

Since we have been talking about seafood and oyster bars this week, I wanted to mention that Dean's Seafood is holding its annual Oystoberfest starting Saturday through Oct. 5. Check out their menu of hard-to-find oysters and unique area brews.


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  • PowderedToastMan Sep 21, 2014

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    The point you're not understanding is, for every one that stayed open, a few have closed. Same with the Sushi bar trend and the Martini bars. Try not to take everything 100% literally.

  • liskm Sep 20, 2014

    My first question is where are the oysters coming from? I'm under the perception that most of the waters along NC coast are so polluted that harvesting is banned.

  • Ijaz Fahted Sep 19, 2014
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    Small rewards. Try Blue Crabs in the shell. Whole lotta work getting into all the meat in a crab. Oysters not so much. Pop it open and eat up, if it's taking you too long you aren't doing it right.

  • Mike Berthold Sep 19, 2014
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    So 42nd street Oyster bar closed? It seems to be about 83 years late for meeting your 3 month estimate. Tony's in Apex apparently didn't get your memo either since they're about 19 years behind the curve.

  • PowderedToastMan Sep 19, 2014

    Article in 3 months: Oyster bars closing in the triangle. This trend died out years ago because no one wants to pay an arm and a leg for such small rewards