Raleigh, N.C. — The Giorgios Hospitality Group announced this week that Kipos Greek Taverna (which was up on W. Franklin Street) is relocating to the East end of Franklin Street into Eastgate Crossing Shopping Center in Chapel Hill at 1800 East Franklin Street, in the former Babalu space. No word yet on an open date. Stay tuned. See them here.
Wake County Restaurant News
Reader Brad Young shared the great news that Bowstring Pizza & Brewyard will be open today (August 7) in for a “Sneak Peak” from 4pm to 11pm, and Sat/Sun from 11am to 11pm. The space has two patios, wood fired pizza from a catering trailer they converted into an outdoor kitchen of sorts, and beers on tap with lots of TVs. It is a very cool space in an a 100 year-old garage/bar on Wake Forest Rd – 1930 Wake Forest Rd. (Across from Snoopy’s). Follow them on Instagram here.
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille has officially tapped Raleigh as its first location in the Carolinas. The fine dining, Texas-based restaurant will celebrate a grand opening on Aug. 27 in Crabtree Terrace. The actual address is 4509 Creedmoor Road in the new building across from the old Sears. Get familiar with them here.
Over in Morrisville, got word that Carmen’s Cuban Café — which for 15 years has serving up authentic Cuban food and Salsa dancing — has been diligently preparing their staff and the space for the new safety procedures and requirements under COVID-19. They just announced that they will re-open Monday, Aug. 10 (open 11-8 weekdays; 4-8 on Saturday (and soon on Sunday!). Visit them here.
In Cary, David McCreary shared the news that Brecotea Baking Studio is now open at 1144 Kildaire Farm Road. This modern Asian-style bakery, tea and coffee shop serves up unique offerings like matcha sweet potato buns, chicken curry donuts and avocado cream tea along with abundant highly approachable sweet and savory items. Check them out here.
Also in Cary, got word from reader Holly Bodner that the current owners (Paige and Tom) of the Great Harvest Bread Company (1240 NW Maynard) are "retiring." The good news is that they have found new owners and will be around for another week or so helping train them before handing over the keys. Keep up with the transition on their Facebook page here.
Looking for 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
The good folks over at Bites of Bull City shared the news that last Friday night, M Sushi and M Kokko reopened for dinner service. They also shared that M Tempura and Pocha will follow in the coming weeks. Check out their announcement and future announcements on their Facebook page here.
Also out of Durham, friend Glenn Gillen shared the news that there is a new watering hole coming to Ninth Street (752 Ninth Street) in the not-to-distant future called Flying Bull Brewery. Not much on their website but you can follow their progress and the pending announcement on their Facebook page here.
And if that isn’t enough new beer news for Durham, Glenn Gillen also shared (perhaps he should be Triangle Beer Guy!) that he saw a sign in the Homestead Market shopping center in the space directly next to the new Milk Lab for Beer Tooth Taproom. Could not find an online presence for them. Stay tuned. Hopefully Glenn our “beer guy” can provide an update soon!
The Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership recently reported that Goodness Cooks is now open at Blue Dogwood Public Market on Franklin Street. You can order from a weekly menu (next posting is Thurs. Aug. 6) and pickup fresh, sustainable, local bulk meals from Lizzie and Cordon. Get to know them here.
The Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership also shared more great news that two Chapel Hill institutions have re-opened just in time for the return of students to campus. Both Crossroads at the Carolina Inn and Top of the Hill Restaurant have reopened! Follow both on Instagram – Crossroads here and Top of the Hill here.
Some great news coming out of Chapel Hill…After numerous pop-ups and their announcement that they were moving into the space at 505 W. Rosemary Street, Brandwein’s Bagels is now open. Get by and check them out! Follow them on Instagram.
Closings / Cancellations
Got the sad news this week from Barbara Weeks that with the recent passing of their patriarch Robert “Anvil” Thompson, and the unfortunate reality of COVID-19, their family decided to close Anvil’s Cheesesteaks permanently after 10 years in business. Their small restaurant made more than a quarter million cheesesteaks over the years! Gonna be missed.
My buddy Julia Rummage passed along the news that Som’s Cafe (3700 Glenwood Avenue in the Regions Bank building) is closing. Their last day will be Aug. 15. The good news is that you can still get their coffee and tea as a subscription service and bulk delivery. They also have plans to open an event service for coffee, wine and tea events. Stay tuned here.
Reader Ivan Royster shared that Viva Chicken in North Hills has close permanently. Looks like the closest one is in Greensboro.
And WRAL reported that Lady Luck, which opened on Glenwood South in March, has closed and deleted all social media profiles.
Food Truck Flix is a recurring event that combines drive-in movies with food trucks, for a safer entertainment experience just announced their schedule for the upcoming weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). The events will be taking place at Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices, Durham, and at Focus Church, 7000 Destiny Drive, Raleigh. You can purchase tickets in advance for any of the drive-in movies. The price is $25 per car. Of course, you’ll also want to bring money for the food trucks.
Taste Carolina has partnered with five local food and drink artisans on a small group online class that will begin in mid-August. It meets once a week for live demonstrations by each artisan and a social and fun experience led by Lesley at Taste Carolina. The businesses represented are: Cookie Gurlie, The Mad Popper, Carrboro Coffee Company, Sweet Little Something, and Alley Twenty Six. All the artisan products are included in the price of the class! Taste Carolina wants to thank you for reading this, so the code, TFG, will get you $10 off when you sign up here.
If there is any good to be found in the pandemic (there really isn’t!) it might be the resurgence of drive-in and outdoor movies! Some are your traditional drive-in/car venues, while others are outdoor spaces in the grass with market off “spaces” maintaining safe physical distancing and some even involve watching a movie with baby goats! (I’m serious) Our friends over at Triangle On The Cheap have a great list of drive-in and outdoor movie options for you and your family. Of course, bringing food or ordering food on site makes it that much better! Check out their complete listing of options here.
Raleigh’s Angus Barn will hold their annual Seafood Celebration Dinner in the Angus Barn Wine Cellar on Saturday, July 18th with a menu inspired by seafood from the North Carolina coast. The social begins at 6 pm, followed by the dinner at 7 pm. The cost is $130 per person plus tax (inclusive of wine pairings and gratuity) and there is limited seating availability. To purchase tickets call Nicole at 919-987-1270 or Tiffany at 919-987-1260.
Congrats to the good folks over at Union Special in Raleigh as they celebrate their One Year Anniversary on Monday, Aug. 10 from 4-7 p.m. with a special dinner where they will be giving 100% of the proceeds to Safechild NC. Check out the amazing menu here! Happy Birthday Union Special!
I can’t think of a better cause – Keep NC Beer Alive! To that end, there is another Brewgaloo Drive Thru happening at the Lincoln Theater in downtown Raleigh on August 15 from 2-6 p.m. Keep North Carolina breweries going by purchasing a six pack of your favorite style of beer or grab a Taste of NC mix pack to try 24 different brews from around the state. Place your order today and they will have it packed and ready for curbside pickup. Place your order here.
Restaurant Week is happening August 14-23 (two weekends!) for Apex, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham, Garner, Holly Springs, Morrisville and Wake Forest. Simply go to “city name”restaurantweek.com (here is the link for Apex as an example) to find a list of participating restaurants where you can enjoy special prix-fixe meals. Also find them on Facebook. Join the restaurant week event in your town to win $25 gift cards to participating restaurants!
Fest in the West is back for its fifth year on Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary. The event features food and beer, music, arts and crafts, a KidZone, contests and a petting zoo. A great way to spend time with 7,000 of your closest friends. Admission is free!
Food Bank Corner
COVID-19 and the impact will be with us for a long time and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina stands ready for the challenge – but they need your help! Here’s how you can help:
DONATE FUNDS. As we shift our inventory and operations to meet the ever-changing need as well as prepare ourselves for Hurricane Season, funds are the resource we need most. Financial donations allow us to stay nimble, to change our operation as needed, and to reach new people with our efforts.
INVOLVE FRIENDS. Want to mobilize your neighborhood, church group, or other circle of friends? Holding a Virtual Food Drive is a great way to help – while practicing social distancing. We even re-launched our Virtual Food Drive platform. Visit foodbankcenc.org/vfd to set yours up today.
USE YOUR VOICE. Research the policies that impact hunger and speak out! Contact your state, local, and federal representatives to let them know policies like SNAP, TEFAP, and WIC need to be strengthened in order to break the cycle of hunger and help relieve families of the burden of hunger. Visit foodbankcenc.org/advocacy to learn more.
DONATE TIME. The Food Bank greatly relies on our volunteers, especially in times of crisis. If you are a healthy adult and want to volunteer, you can self-schedule a shift 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.