By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy
RALEIGH, N.C. — What is better than pizza? Answer: pizza and beer! To that end, Ponysaurus Brewing Co. and Raleigh’s Oakwood Pizza Box have partnered to bring Pizza Box pizza to the brewery’s Durham taproom (219 Hood St.) starting in the spring. Pizza Box will cook and serve pizzas on site in the taproom where guests will have the option for take-out or dining in the brewery’s beer garden.
To accommodate this partnership, they are roofing their second story patio. Everything else, including the Beer Drive-Thru, will remain the same. Check out all the details here.
Wake County Restaurant News
According to the Indy, Ashley Christensen’s fried chicken sandwich concept, BB’s Crispy Chicken, is back on schedule for three openings this year. The Midtown East location in Raleigh (out in front of Wegmans) is slated for a mid-May opening, while Durham’s University Hill and Cary’s Parkside Town Commons locations will shoot to open sometime this summer. Visit them here.
We got a few more details this week on the partnership between Catering Works and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Catering Works will reopen Sip Coffee Bar in the Museum’s West Building in February (already open), along with the Exhibition Café in the East Building in conjunction with Museum’s special exhibition Golden Mummies of Egypt, opening March 6. Follow Catering Works here for future announcements.
Got word from Michael DePersia, of DePeria & Associates, that a new location of Los Tres Mexican Restaurant is coming to Cary at 1400 Boulderstone Way in the Stone Creek Village shopping center at the corner of Davis and High House. Look for them to open next month. They already have locations in Apex and Durham. Visit them here.
Out in Brier Creek Commons, thanks to the watchful eyes of reader Jeanette Hauser, we discovered that a new restaurant called Inchin’s Asian Bistro is heading that way. We can’t find a web presence for them, just the directory listing here. Stay tuned.
Looking for all the outdoor dining options in Downtown Raleigh? 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
Over in Durham, the Triangle Business Journal reported that The Melting Pot in the Southpoint Crossing shopping center at N.C. Highway 54 and Fayetteville Road was reopened by new owners Matt, Mike and Pat Daley, who also own the Raleigh location. The Melting Pot has 95 locations across 31 states including the two in the Triangle as well as locations in Charlotte and Wilmington. Stop by soon to check out some of the updates and changes the new ownership team has made. Visit them here.
The Triangle Business Journal also reported this week that Farmside Kitchen, a new place to grab hearty grains and greens bowls, is set to open in Durham this spring in Churchill Commons at 5431 Page Road (former space of Gusto Farm to Street). A specific opening date has not yet been announced. Follow their progress and announcements on Instagram here.
Thanks to a tip from Carrie Brogren, we learned that The Trophy Room has opened inside the Graduate hotel (formerly The Franklin) at 311 W. Franklin St. giving Chapel Hillians and visitors a new watering hole to enjoy a beverage and a bite to eat. It offers a fun and whimsical menu giving you a chance to reminisce back to your college days. Check them out 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.
Closings and cancellations
After 32 years in business the El Rodeo in Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham announced via Facebook that they will be closing that location at the end of March (March 28 is listed as the last day). So you still have time to get by! They also did indicate that they would be looking for a new location. So keep your fingers crossed!
Learned from my friend Michayla Moore that Otro Vez, which was a concept from Eschelon Experiences that opened a few months back in the former Edwards Mill Bar & Grill space, has closed permanently.
Also, learned via Facebook that BREW Coffee Bar location at Gateway Plaza closed last Sunday. That is the bad news. The good new is their Cary and McNeill Pointe locations are still open. Visit them here.
The folks over at RalToday provided us an update on a truck we told you about a few weeks ago. So•Yuh, a gluten-free kitchen, will roll starting Saturday, Feb. 20 at 4310 S. Miami Blvd. in Durham. Get familiar with them here.
Forbes Travel Guide unveiled this week its annual Star Rating list, naming Herons restaurant (along with The Umstead Hotel and The Umstead Spa) as Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award winners, the highest ranking achievable by the rating. The Fearrington House Restaurant (along with The Fearrington House Inn and the Spa at Fearrington) received a 4-star rating. And the Fairview Dining Room (along with the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club) received a recommended rating from the travel guide. Kudos to all of them! See all the winners here.
Over in Chapel Hill, Giorgios Bakatsias has launched a Market Monday at his newly reopened Kipos Greek Taverna in Eastgate Crossing. Every Monday, beginning next Monday, you can pick up pre-ordered items from a weekly market featuring signature specialty Greek foods. Authentic Greek items like tzatziki and taramosalata, classic Kipos’ entrees like Moussaka and Olga’s famous spanakopita, along with side dishes and house-made Greek desserts. All items must be pre-ordered online by Sunday at 8pm for pick up every Monday, beginning Feb. 22, from noon to 4 p.m. View the menu and order online here.
Looking to spice up your Tuesday nights? Well Bites of Bull City has launched their new weekly dining out/take out event called Tuesday Night Bites. These are special deals offered by some of the best local restaurants in Durham. Not only will these offers give you a sweet, delicious deal and help you fulfill the #durhamtakeoutpledge (to dine/take out at least twice a week to support our local restaurants), but it will also help these establishments thrive on a slower night and survive the winter during a pandemic. Get all the details here. What are you doing next Tuesday night?
Food Bank corner
Own a restaurant, food truck or catering company and want to help feed kids this summer? Well, the Food Bank’s Programs Team is gearing up to resume free kids meals across the Food Bank’s service area, and is recruiting Meal Vendors (paid). They’re also recruiting community Meal Sites locations to serve and distribute the meals. Interested folks can learn more by signing up for the Feb. 25 information session here. #noonegoeshungry
Sean Lennard owns Triangle Food Guy, the only locally owned and operated corporate catering website, TriangleFoodGuy.com. As a native of Raleigh, Sean 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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