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Sean Lennard, the Triangle Food Guy, has the scoop on openings, closings and foodie events.

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Sean Lennard
, Triangle Food Guy

Wake County Restaurant News

Thanks to a tip from Kenan Barnes we learned that Primo Hoagies is coming to North Hills (141 Park at North Hills St.) in the old Crepe Traditions spot. This will be their first location in North Carolina. No word yet on an open date.
A few more details to share with you following up on what we originally shared last week involving the former Edwards Mill Bar & Grill spot in Olde Raleigh. Thanks to reader Paul Hetzel, we learned that that spot will become the newest member of the Urban Food Group family (think Chow, Vivace and Coquette here in Raleigh) and will be a concept called Foundry. Thanks again to Nikki Cleveland for the initial spotlight on this development. No word on the type of cuisine nor an open date. Stay tuned.
And in downtown Raleigh, (ish) delicatessen announced this week that starting Wednesday, Dec. 1, they will begin breakfast service. Stop by in the mornings for hot coffee, eggy sandos, pastries, grab-and-go items and more. Their hours will be Wednesday through Friday – breakfast 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday – breakfast 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday – breakfast and lunch 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

RalToday shared the expansion news that Raleigh’s Five Star Restaurant (301 N. West St. in downtown) will be opening a location in Durham. A Raleigh staple for more than 21 years, they will open in the American Tobacco Campus in the spring in the former Cuban Revolution spot.
Last week we told you about the opening of Fullsteam out at Boxyard RTP, but now you can find almost everyone open, including Bulkogi’s (KBBQ and Korean-fusion cuisine), Carrburritos (Mexican taqueria; original location in Carrboro), RTP Uncorked (a destination for wine enthusiasts) and Meat & Graze (gourmet cheeseperiences and charcuterie).
Also in Durham, WRAL’s Sarah Krueger shared the news that Jetplane Coffee is now open in its permanent location on Mangum Street (810 N. Mangum St.). They are serving up coffee as well as modern diner-style comfort food and grandma’s favorite baked goods.
Over in Chapel Hill, the much-anticipated Flying Biscuit Cafe at University Place noted on their Facebook page last week that they will open “next month” – which means December. Follow their Facebook page for the pending announcement.
Also in Chapel Hill, Ravi Jeyaraman shared the news that the Triangle’s newest location of Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar will have their soft opening beginning on Monday, Nov. 29. Lime & Lemon has locations in Raleigh as well as Durham. They are in the former Fusion Fish (and before that, One) location in Meadowmont.
And one last note from Chapel Hill, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership shared the news that Roots Natural Kitchen will open on at 133 West Franklin St. (Carolina Square) in December. Roots Natural Kitchen is a fast-casual restaurant serving great-tasting, natural and affordable salads and grain bowls. All kids 12 and under eat free all day every day with the purchase of an adult meal. This will be their first location in North Carolina.


And a place that my kids spent a good amount of their inheritance announced that they will be closing effective Nov. 30. Chick-fil-A at University Place in Chapel Hill made the announcement brought to my attention by WCHL & Chapelboro. A special thanks to owner/operator Sammy Culberson (who now operates the Chapel Hill location at Carraway Village) for all of his kindness to my kids over the years!

Food Trucks

Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking them and simply don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.


Join Triangle Pop-Up for Small Business Saturday this Saturday, Nov. 27 at Transfer Co. Food Hall and shop from a highly curated selection of accessories, clothing, home goods, custom gifts and more by local artists and makers. Transfer Co. is home to nine restaurants as well as Burial Brewing!

Come try a wide range of cuisine and enjoy a day of shopping from some of the best local artists around Raleigh. This market will be set-up for safe social distancing and will take place completely outdoors in the open air! Enjoy live music on the patio while you eat, drink and shop at Transfer Company!

Food Bank Corner

Double your impact with your holiday donation to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina! Because of the ongoing economic effects of the pandemic, and the rising cost of food, many of our neighbors are struggling this year. They are having trouble making ends meet and the holidays will only add to the pinch as heating bills soar and kids miss school meals during holiday break. Fortunately, there’s a chance now to make twice the difference for families facing hunger this year. Compassionate friends are matching all donations up to $600,000 to help our neighbors have a happy and bountiful holiday. Your gift today can provide two times as much food to families in our community.
Sean Lennard, a Raleigh native, has been around the Triangle food scene for...well, a long time, but professionally since 2002 with the Triangle Food Blog, formerly known as Friday Fun Food Facts, in 2008. You can find his blog here. And you don't have to wait until Friday for updates as you can follow Sean throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter.


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