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Triangle Foodie News: Tom and Chee, Tyler's Taproom close

Posted November 20, 2015 8:56 a.m. EST
Updated November 20, 2015 4:01 p.m. EST

Grilled mac and cheese sandwich at Tom and Chee in Carrboro

Featured News

You are hearing it here first. At a Raleigh Chamber event yesterday, Eschelon Experiences head man G. Patel revealed some details on his next venture - this one on the ground floor of the new Charter Square building in downtown Raleigh. Construction begins Nov. 30 on Haymaker, a bar concept that will occupy roughly 2,000 square feet. Look for an opening in spring 2016.

Wake County Restaurant News

Rise Cameron Village will open on Dec. 5...just in time for the holidays! This one is located at at 530 Daniels St. at the corner of Daniels and Smallwood (former Best Buy mobile shop).

The News & Observer reported this week that Daniel Whitaker, owner of Green Planet Catering, has taken over as managing partner at The Person Street Pharmacy Cafe, located at 702 N. Person St. in downtown Raleigh. Patrick Cowden, who folks will remember from Jean-Claude’s in the 90s, will become the executive chef for the restaurant and for Whitaker’s catering company beginning in December. Look for an expanded breakfast offering, an expanded lunch menu and a makeover in the dining area.

Vita Vite (Italian for "life" and "vine"), a new wine bar that doubles as a gallery for local and regional artists, is coming to downtown Raleigh's Warehouse District. Owner Lindsay Rice is hoping to open before Thanksgiving in the remodeled space at 313 W. Hargett St. that was formerly a nightclub.

According to the Triangle Business Journal, Charlotte-based Hickory Tavern will be opening their second Triangle-area location in Holly Springs in the Harris Teeter-anchored Southpark Village shopping center. They have another location in Carrboro. No word yet on a timeline.

Durham, Orange & Chatham County Restaurant News

The folks over at The Bagel Bar on Weaver Dairy Road in Chapel Hill just announced that they will be opening a second location over in Durham. All we can tell at this point is that they will be in the “heart of downtown.”


And then there were none. Got word this week from reader Rob Longo that the Lime Fresh Mexican Grill in Morrisville’s Park West shopping center has closed. With that, you’ll have to head to either Florida or Texas to get your Lime fix.

Also, Tyler's Taproom in Seaboard Station in Raleigh has closed, owners announced on Facebook Friday. The other locations in Carrboro, Durham and Apex remain open.

Six months after opening, Tom and Chee has closed its doors in Carrboro, the Triangle Business Journal reports. The grilled cheese restaurant was the first North Carolina location of the franchise that

Food Trucks

For a listing of ALL food truck events, head over to Art Sheppard's page, The Wandering Sheppard on all things food truck related here.


Rocky Top Hospitality is partnering with A Place At The Table, a pay-what-you-can cafe coming to Hillsborough Street, by hosting a Seasonal Community Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 5:30 pm at 1705 Prime in Raleigh. RTH Executive Chef Adam Reid has created an incredible three-course meal, each course paired with a delicious Double Barley beer. Come enjoy a great dinner, support a worthy cause, and become part of APATT's quickly growing community. All proceeds will go directly to A Place at the Table. Each “Dinner with Beer Pairings” ticket is $40 and includes appetizers and one beer before dinner, as well as a three-course meal and an 8 oz. beer paired with each course. The “Dinner without Beer” ticket is $30 and includes everything but the beer.

Things are gearing up for the 2016 version of Triangle Restaurant Week - it will be here before we know it. The next rendition will take place Jan. 25-31. Start planning your week now.

The 4th Annual Bull City Food & Beer Experience will be held next year on April 10, but tickets go on sale today (Nov.20) at noon. Looks like tickets will be available through DPAC again this year and you can visit the DPAC ticket center to avoid service charges.

Food Bank Corner

No child or family should go hungry during the holidays... and with your help, they won't! That's the power of your giving when you contribute to the Food Bank's Online Holiday Meals Drive. $35 will feed a child for two months. $120 will provide enough food to sustain a family through the winter months. $210 will provide more than 1,000 piping hot holiday meals to local families. Every dollar donated provides five meals! Help them reach the goal of providing 2.4 million meals before Dec. 31 and ensure that no one goes hungry this holiday season...Donate Now!

Sean Lennard covers restaurant news on his website, Triangle Food Blog.