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Triangle Restaurant News: Papa Mojo's closes its doors in Durham

Posted July 25, 2014

Mel Melton opened Papa Mojo's in Durham to celebrate Louisiana style food and culture. He was first a musician, but later became a chef, so the roadhouse allows Melton to pursue both his passions in New Orleans fashion.

— Sad news to start off: Papa MoJo's Roadhouse in Durham has closed its doors, owners announced via social media Thursday. 

Butcher Block American Grill has opened off of Durant Road in north Raleigh. It is owned by the same folks behind Bella Italia, which is in the same shopping area, according to the News and Observer. They serve up rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, barbecue and more Tuesday through Sunday. 

Shucker's Oyster Bar will be opening a location at 510 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, Raleigh Public Record reports. Shucker's already has locations in Wake Forest and Southern Pines. Also on Glenwood Avenue, First Watch, a new breakfast, brunch and lunch chain, is headed to the Pleasant Valley area.

A new bakery and cafe is headed to downtown Raleigh. Night Kitchen Bakehouse and Cafe will be located on West Franklin Street next to Marigold Parlour, Triangle Food Guy reports. It is hoping to open in September. 

Speaking of cafes: BREW, a new coffee and beer bar, is getting closer to opening in Raleigh's Seaboard Station. I chatted with one of the owners, AJ Viola, yesterday and he said they are hoping to open by the middle of August. Brew successfully raised $10,000 in a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign is actually still going if you want to donate. 

Capital City Tavern has opened on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. This pub has a full bar, flat-screen TVs and lots of beer.

Pizzeria Toro has reopened in downtown Durham after a fire late last year. They are open every day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Speaking of pizza and Italian food, Rosati's Pizza has opened off of South Main Street in Wake Forest. This Chicago-based franchise serves up pizza, pasta and sandwiches. 

Food truck Olio and Aceto has opened a brick-and-mortar location at 400 S. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. 


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  • PowderedToastMan Jul 28, 2014

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    Hmmm...I know quite a few folks from Louisina who disagree with you. Sound like you don't really know what authetic cajun food is really like.

  • PowderedToastMan Jul 28, 2014

    Papa MoJos was good, but pricey

  • Peter Kerstetter Jul 25, 2014
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    An oyster bar at 510 Glenwood, just a few blocks away from 42nd Street.
    While times have changed over the years, Nelson's in Cameron Village ultimately failed to bring in enough customers to stay afloat.
    And 42nd Street has continually offered great service & decent seafood year after year to the point it is a Raleigh institution.
    But the proof is in the pudding, so to speak. I wish Shucker's the best of luck.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 25, 2014

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    Probably because customers would complain about the spiciness if they didn't.

    Do an experiment, go to an Indian restaurant with someone who is Indian and dresses in something like a sari. When they ask you haw spicy say the same. When you get your food taste each others to find out how much spicier your friends is. Now you can blame the restaurant all you want but they get tired of fighting those battles it's our fault for complaining when we get what we order instead of what we expect.

  • justiceforall Jul 25, 2014

    Mojo's bad location, and food was no where near authentic Cajun. There is no good Cajun food anywhere in the Triangle. They all try to tone-down their recipes, and it all comes out bland.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 25, 2014

    As far as pizza goes in Durham I have to give it to a locally owned pizzeria on 9th street in Durham. Devil's Pizzeria.

  • Brandon White Jul 25, 2014
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    Good restaurant hate to see them go.