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Triangle restaurants we lost in 2020

This year has been tough on the restaurant industry and we've had to say goodbye to way too many local favorites.

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Cameron Village K&W Cafeteria has closed
RALEIGH, N.C. — This year has been tough on the restaurant industry, and we've had to say goodbye to way too many local favorites. Here is a list of those restaurants that have announced they would be closing permanently this year:


  • Treforni in Durham's Hope Valley Commons shopping center
  • Xoco on Glenwood South in Raleigh
  • The Lost Cajun at Bent Tree Plaza off Falls of Neuse and Strickland roads in Raleigh
  • Brice's Brewing Company in Raleigh
  • Bruegger's Bagels on Maynard off Kildaire Farm Road in Cary
  • Donato's Pizza at Seaboard Station in Raleigh
  • Subway Restaurant on Kildaire at Cary Parkway
  • Jus' Enuff Home Cookin' at 736 N. Main St. in Fuquay-Varina
  • Seoul 116 Korean Kitchen at 116 N. West St. in Raleigh
  • Viva Mexican Kitchen at 4075 Davis Dr. in Morrisville
  • Poke Bar at 2604 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh
  • CiCi’s Pizza in Wake Forest
  • Crepe Traditions in North Hills in Raleigh
  • Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom in Carrboro


  • Liquid State in downtown Raleigh
  • Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
  • Chuck's in downtown Raleigh closed and became an expansion of Beasley's Chicken and Honey
  • Trali Irish Pub at Grace Park in Morrisville
  • Pharaoh’s American Grill in North Hills
  • Linus & Pepper’s and Virgil’s Taco, both at 126 S. Salisbury St. (Virgil's did reopen as Virgil’s Cocktails and Cocina in December!)
  • Golden Corral on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh
  • Chronic Tacos in Wake Forest, north Raleigh and Chapel Hill
  • The Point at 1626 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh
  • Raleigh’s Gateway Restaurant closes their doors after 35 years
  • Oakwood Café closed after 21 years in business at 300 E. Edenton St. in Raleigh


  • James Pharmacy in Hillsborough
  • Market Street Coffee closed its locations in Chapel Hill and Carrboro
  • Joe Van Gogh coffee shop in the West End area of Durham at 1114 W. Chapel Hill St.
  • Halgo European Deli & Grocery in RTP (S. Alston Ave.) closed after 12 years
  • Travinia Italian Kitchen and Wine Bar in Morrisville
  • Hieu Bowl on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh
  • Swahili Grill in Raleigh
  • Lady Luck in Glenwood South closed following accusations involving one of its owners, in addition to accusations from former employees involving wage issues. Wonderland opened in the same space.
  • Zinburger at the Streets at Southpoint
  • Jose & Sons closed on Davie Street in downtown Raleigh, but announced plans in November to move to 4112 Pleasant Valley Road in Raleigh
  • DeeLuxe Chicken in Durham
  • Peppers Market in Morrisville
  • Urban Turban in Cary
  • Soul Cocina in Blue Dogwood food hall
  • Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store
  • High Horse in downtown Raleigh's City Market
  • Burger IM at 11480 Capital Blvd. in Wake Forest
  • Firehouse Subs on Wrenn Drive in Cary
  • The Brunch Box is Morrisville
  • B Good in Morrisville
  • Nekter Juice Bar in Raleigh
  • The Triple Barrel Tavern closed its Garner location
  • Lula’s on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street
  • McAlister’s Deli in Durham off U.S. Highway 15-501 (near the intersection with I-40)
  • Jimmy John’s on U.S. Highway 15-501 next to Chipotle
  • Golden Corral on Capital Blvd in Wake Forest
  • My Place on Main Street in Wake Forest
  • Anvil’s Cheesesteaks closed after 10 years in business in Raleigh
  • Som’s Cafe at 3700 Glenwood Avenue in the Regions Bank building
  • Viva Chicken in North Hills
  • K&W Cafeteria's Cameron Village and Chapel Hill locations
  • Peno Mediterranean Grill on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
  • Pharmacy Cafe in downtown Raleigh
  • Reuben’s NY Deli on Davie Street in Raleigh
  • Sushi Mon on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street
  • Ms Mong on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
  • Chapel Hill location of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe
  • Ruby Tuesday at 1260 N. Main Street in Fuquay-Varina
  • True Flavors's Lakewood location
  • Rudino’s in Durham


  • Orange Leaf in Holly Springs
  • Fresh Levant Bistro in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village
  • East Durham Bake Shop
  • Carrboro Beverage Company, which included the Tyler’s Taproom and its Speakeasy, closed
  • Inter Korea House at 4731 N.C. Highway 55 in Durham
  • Jordan Lake Brewing Company on Durham Road in Cary
  • Blue Spoon Microcreamery located at 140 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill
  • Bottle Rev in RDU
  • Sub Station II on Garner Station Boulevard in Raleigh
  • Chapel Hill’s City Kitchen
  • Carrboro’s Elmo’s in Carr Mill Mall
  • Brio Tuscan Grille in Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley Mall
  • Fresca Cafe and Gelato at 302 Colonades Way at Waverly Place in Cary
  • Zoe’s, Piola, World of Beer and B. Good in North Hills
  • Papa Shogun in Raleigh
  • Griffin's Restaurant of Youngsville
  • Subconscious Subs in Raleigh on Hillsborough Street, which had been open since 1984
  • IHOP on Hillsborough Street
  • Cheerz Deli in RTP closed after 18 years in business
  • Ye Old Waffle Shoppe on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street closed after 48 years in business
  • Macaroni Grill at 3421 Sumner Blvd, Raleigh
  • B Good in downtown Raleigh
  • Tama Café on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh
  • Ruby Tuesday on Capital Blvd in Raleigh
  • Cici's Pizza in Emporium Plaza in Raleigh
  • Hungry Howies at 1904 NW Maynard Road in Cary
  • Party Delights, 6150 Rogers Rd, Rolesville
  • Family Greens at the Streets at Southpoint Mall in Durham
  • Bar Brunello in Durham (closed at end of December)

If you are aware of another restaurant closing not on this list, please send the name, address and contact information to khanrahan@wral.com.


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