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Sean Lennard, the Triangle Food Guy, has the scoop on openings, closings and foodie events.Posted — Updated
By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy
Exciting things happening in downtown Durham. Indy Week shared that the team behind Luna Rotisserie (with locations in Durham and Carrboro) announced that they plan to open not one, but two businesses at 347 W. Main Street: the first, Rubies on Five Points, will be a live music, bar, and event space in the second story of the location. The second business, Remedy Room, a “classic neighborhood bar” with drinks and a bar menu with shared plates, will occupy the first story. They plan to open Rubies on Five Points in mid-October, with Remedy Room to follow in late 2021. Check out Rubies here, Remedy Room here and Luna Rotisserie here. Congrats to Shawn Stokes, Rob Montemayor and Anthony Kofler.
Wake County Restaurant News
North Hills announced this week that CowBar will join North Hills in the fall of 2021, moving into the former B.GOOD location in the Park District. While CowBar already has a presence in the Raleigh community at Morgan Street Food Hall, the North Hills location will feature various new menu items – including a vegan burger, Italian beef sandwich, beer floats, and boozy milkshakes. The new location will also offer a full-service bar. CowBar is just one of the many Raleigh restaurants that are a part of Niall Hanley’s Hibernian Hospitality Group. Check them out here.
A quick update. BB’s Crispy Chicken posted this week that their mid-town Raleigh location (out in front of Wegman’s on Wake Forest Road) is putting on the final touches and looking to open in early October. Follow along on Facebook for updates here. Look for the Durham location to open in November and the Cary location in December.
Blogger EatRaleigh shared that signage has gone up for Crave Hot Dogs and BBQ at the former Zoe’s Kitchen spot in the Shops at Oberlin Court on Oberlin Road. No word on an open date. The chain has North Carolina locations in Wilmington and Concord (with a few more on the way). The site also indicated that Raleigh would get a food truck as well. Get familiar with them here.
The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Zenith Raleigh is set to open at 226 Fayetteville St. in early October, replacing Coglin’s, which shut down at the end of 2020. Zenith will feature throwback tunes and décor, similar to Coglin’s, but won’t be limited to 1980s and ’90s. Best of luck to Will Gibbs and his team. Get familiar with them here.
Out in Morrisville, Tribeca Tavern is opening a satellite location in the Wake Competition Center called the WCC Cafe by Tribeca Tavern. The fast/casual concept is serving up handcrafted burgers, pizzas, sides and homegrown beer from their very own Mash House Brewing Company. Find them on Facebook here.
Also in Morrisville, reader Christy Tucker shared that Flying Mayan has a new sign up at the former Famous Toastery location on Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville (9918 Chapel Hill Rd). That’s next to the Jasmin and Olivz, near Guacasa. No word on an open date yet. Their original location in on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. Visit them here.
Down in the Quay, reader Jason Ora Wunsch shared that the Cleveland Draft House is shooting to open on Sept. 27 at 1420 East Broad Street (the old Golden Corral building). They currently have locations in Clayton and Garner and the menu in Fuquay-Varina will mirror the menu of the other locations. You can visit them here.
This is kind of fun. Visit Raleigh put together a list of restaurant “Icons and Institutions” in and around Raleigh/Wake County. It is a fun list of restaurants and bars that have been around since, well, even before me! How many have you been to? Have fun checking out the list here.
Looking for all the outdoor dining options in Downtown Raleigh? The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has put together a great list of those options, and they even divided it up by district. Check out that list here.
Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News
Chapel Hill’s Coco Bean Coffee Shop and Cafe is in transition mode – moving into a new space and concept. The location at East 54 closed their doors earlier this week (thanks to a post from Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies group founder Carrie Brogren) as they move into a new concept and space. It will reopen in early October as Coco Plant-Based Bistro and Bar and will be located on the ground floor of the brand new Gwendolyn building at Glen Lennox (fronting 15-501) in Chapel Hill. You can follow along on their website here.
And here are a couple of wonderful resources for those looking to dine in downtown Durham or downtown Chapel Hill – Downtown Durham Inc. has an up-to-date listing of the status of each restaurant in downtown Durham. Check out the list here. And the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership has put together a similar list for Chapel Hill here.
Reader Katie Flanagan Page shared the news that Smoky’s BBQ Shack in Morrisville had to make the difficult decision to close their doors. However, they did leave the door open for a possible new location and/or a food truck. Their social media account is still live here.
And just south of Smithfield, the Triangle Business Journal reported that Holt Lake Bar-B-Que & Seafood is closing, ending a 42-year run (and surviving two fires). Our best to owner Terry Barefoot.
After an Aug. 1 cancellation of the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, they will try it again with the return of the 2021 season on Sunday, Sept. 26 from 12 to 6 p.m. on downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street. Get all the details here.
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.
It is back! Brewgaloo is happening this weekend starting tonight – Sept. 17 & 18 in downtown Raleigh. NC’s largest craft beer festival and 2nd biggest in the US! It was voted #1 Best Beer Festival two years in a row by USA Today’s 10Best! Look for NC craft beer, food trucks, live music and local vendors. Get tickets and all the details here.
The 8th annual Sola Hot Mini 5K is happening this year on Saturday, September 18th and registration is now open. You can register to run/walk, volunteer, donate or sponsor as they look to top last year’s effort to raise money towards finding a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Three years ago, Jeanne, the co-owner of Sola Coffee, was diagnosed with ALS. Get all the details on their website here.
Get ready for the seventh-annual WRAL.com Voters’ Choice Awards! Nominations for the WRAL Voters’ Choice Awards are now open! Nominate your favorite local businesses and help them make it to the voting round in October. Each year, your nominations and votes help WRAL recognize local favorites. Get all the details here.
Downtown Durham Inc. announced that The Streetery will return Saturday, Sept. 25 at Five Points with added outdoor seating and buskers. Join them from 12 – 9 p.m. to shop, carry out, dine in or dine out. The Streetery happens on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Get all the details here.
Our friends over at RalToday reminded us that Raleigh Veg Fest 2021 originally scheduled for April 4 has moved to Oct. 31 in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square. Details here.
After to cancel the 2019 and 2020 events, the Town of Cary will hold Fest in the West on November 6th from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The event will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and will feature food and beer vendors, entertainment, a kids’ zone as well as arts and crafts. Get all the details here.
And there is a new event in the works for the Triangle – our first Triangle Vegan Restaurant Week which is scheduled for Nov. 1-7 this year. Organizer Karen Pullen has lined up 16 participating restaurants so far and is looking for more. So if your restaurant is interested in participating (a special menu for that week–at least two creative vegan options, or a three-course fixed price meal) reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the site here for more details.
Food Bank Corner
September is #HungerActionMonth — a nationwide initiative designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness to help people experiencing the impossible choices of hunger. All month, people across the country will be taking action against hunger to help families faced with impossible choices, like buying groceries or paying rent. This September, we’re asking those who are able to come together to provide the consistency and trust needed by the people the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina serves by becoming a monthly sustaining donor. In fact, this September, a Leadership Donor is matching your first month’s sustaining gift — up to $5,000! Learn more about what you can do this month here.
Sean Lennard, a Raleigh native, has been around the Triangle food scene for...well, a long time, but professionally since 2002 with the 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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