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Triangle Restaurant News
Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  •  Raleigh fell in love with Jake Wood as chef de cuisine at 18 Seaboard (and before that with stints at 42nd Street Oyster Bar and The Cowfish). And so you likely heard a collective deep breath when it was announced he was leaving for a new venture. We can all breathe easy now as it was announced this week that he would stay here locally, taking over as the head chef at Plates Neighborhood Kitchen on Glenwood South. Not only does Wood bring his newly designed menu to Plates, but a new dining atmosphere with fresh paint, new lighting fixtures, shiplap walls and a new decor setting the tone for his new menu. Check out the new Plates here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Burial Beer Company opened “The Exhibit” next to Transfer Co. Food Hall at 500 E. Davie Street on January 5. It’s an exhibit space, a cafe for craft beer. On most days it’s a get off work, stop and sample a beer, take a 4 pack for home type vibe. On release days it’s a communal marketplace to access limited beers. Stop by or check it out here.
  • Also in downtown Raleigh, Jason Howard’s Atlantic Lounge opened at 620 North Person Street (below Crawford and Son) in downtown Raleigh. Keys, which are required for entrance, were offered to locals in surrounding neighborhoods first. Those interested in an invitation are encouraged to inquire with friends who are members or contact The Atlantic Lounge. You can keep up with them on Instagram.
  • Got word from Derek Wilkins that they opened their third installment of The Butcher’s Market this past Saturday at 4200 Lassiter Rd in Holly Springs in the Holly Lakes Center. They also have locations in Raleigh’s Quail Corners and Cary’s Saltbox Village. Stop in and check them out. Get all the details on their website here.
  • Over in Cary, got word from reader Michael Janni that Alex & Teresa’s Pizzeria & Trattoria has opened, transforming the old Randy’s Pizza place at the Northwoods Shopping Center at 941 N. Harrison Avenue. The restaurant is owned and operated by two former employees of Enrigo Italian Restaurant, along with a chef from Naples, Italy. Check them out here. Get to know them here.
  • Back over in Raleigh, got word from Jeanette Hauser that a Jersey Mike’s is coming to the Corners at Brier Creek shopping center (think Harris Teeter) in northwest Raleigh

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  Over in Chapel Hill, the Triangle Business Journal was the first to report that after years of sitting empty, the once-beloved Ramshead Rathskeller restaurant space in a Franklin Street alley will soon be home to Gizmo Brew Works’ 4,500-square-foot taproom. Get familiar with Gizmo here.
  • Saw on their Twitter feed that Boxcar Bar + Arcade opened their third location, this one in downtown Durham at 621 Foster Street overlooking the historic Durham Athletic Park, at the corner of Foster and Geer streets. The new hangout offers over 70 arcade games, a full bar including 24 craft American drafts, private event space and a Neapolitan-style pizza kitchen. They also have locations in Raleigh and Greensboro. Get to know them here.
  • Glenn Gillen happened upon a Mr. Shark Fish & Chicken on S. Roxboro Street where Amante Pizza used to be. Like Glenn, I’m not certain what “Chicago style” fish and chicken exactly means. Here is their Facebook page.

Closings

  • Got word from multiple readers that both Freddy’s and Wendy’s on High House at Davis Drive in Cary.

Events

  • The annual Triangle Restaurant Week returns January 21-27, 2019. Triangle Restaurant Week is a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants. During TRW, participating restaurants offer special three-course menu options and fixed pricing, a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to indulge in the area’s finest cuisine! No reservations, tickets or passes required. Pricing for the event is $15 for a 3-course lunch, and $20,$25, $30 or $35 for a 3-course dinner. Price is for each person and does not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Get all the details and a listing of participating restaurants here.
  • An annual favorite – Cooking for a Classic 2019 – is just around the corner. The prize for 2019  is restored 1982 JEEP Scrambler. The First Round is Monday-Thursday, Feb. 25-28; Second Round is March 4 and 5; and the Finale is March 11. Tickets start at $75 for the First Round, $100 for the Second Round and $125 for the Finale.Venue is 1705 East in Raleigh. You can get all the details here and tickets here. Each evening features six plated courses. Round One features Teddy Diggs from Coronado vs. Ryan Grimm from Watersview; Matt Hannon from Ashton’s vs. Bo Peterson from Primal Food & Spirits; Jake Wood from 18 Seaboard vs. Jonathan Blackley form Prestonwood Country Club; and Andrew Smith from buku vs. Orlando Jinzo from The Leadmine. All proceeds benefit the Lucy Daniels Center’s mental-health programs for children in the Triangle.
  • And this week was the announcement of the return of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina’s Thrive NC, scheduled for May 9 -10 at City Market in downtown Raleigh. The inaugural event attracted thousands of members of the community to celebrate North Carolina’s culinary roots, while also initiating critical conversations about food insecurity in our state. The highlight of the two-day event is the festival which will feature more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants serving food and drink samples as well as live entertainment, including chef demonstrations and music. Get all the details, including when tickets will go on sale (February 28), here.

Food Bank Corner

  • Start a virtual food drive at your office! Forget the hassle of a trip to the grocery store for your next food drive… “Shop” with the Food Bank through our Virtual Food Drive and maximize your donation times ten! For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide $10.00 worth of food or five meals. Starting a food drive is easy! Get all the details here.
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Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.

Featured Restaurant News

  •  While we first reported this in October of last year, Big Ed’s officially announced on January 3, 2019 that they are indeed opening a third location, this one in Garner at 231 Timber Drive (near intersection with Hwy. 50) in the former Just Cookin’ location (Food Lion shopping center). No exact date, just “early 2019” according to their Facebook page. And they announced a new website here.

Wake County Restaurant News

  • Got word from reader Mark Ginsberg that Jaipur Indian Cuisine has opened at 1520 Blue Ridge Rd in Raleigh inside of the Ramada Inn. They are the sister restaurant of Sitar India in Durham. Get to know them here.
  • First got word from one of our readers (“Patrick”) that Brookside Pizza & Market at the corner of Brookside Drive and Glascock Street near downtown Raleigh closed. And we have confirmed what Patrick had heard – that Falafel and Company will be opening in the Brookside spot. You can get to know Falafel and Company on their Facebook page here.
  • Over off Hillsborough Street, got word from Katherine W. that Sushi Mon, a new sushi restaurant located on Friendly Dr, has opened. And during the month of January they are celebrating their opening by offering complimentary nigiri to all their dinner dine-in customers. Get to know them and see their grand opening offer on their Facebook page here.
  • Up in North Raleigh, John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, was the first to point out that 13 Tacos and Taps is moving into the old Chubby Tacos location in the plaza on Durant Road adjacent to Nantucket Grill. It is being brought to us by the same folks behind the very popular food truck , the 13th Taco. According to a Facebook page they are looking to open on January 17th, but stay tuned and keep up with any announcements on their Facebook page here.
  • Over in Morrisville, reader Wesley Mays informed us that Pho X.O., serving up traditional Vietnamese cuisine, has opened at at 10290 Chapel Hill Rd. Check them out here.
  • And in Cary, saw on their Facebook page that Dean’s Kitchen + Bar (which changed ownership last year) is transitioning the concept into a Biergarten at the end of this month. They will continue to have the Sunday brunch and they will keep many guest favorites, but the new menu will focus on locally sourced fresh ingredients including some German influenced items. No indication as of yet as to what the new name might be. Keep up with the transition on their Facebook page here.
  • And down in Holly Springs, I noticed a sign for Eggs Up Grill at 4200 Lassiter Road in the same complex as the next location of The Butcher’s Market. This will be their second Triangle area location (one in Fuquay-Varina). Get to know them here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  The lovely and talented Lori Bowers-Lennard was the first to inform me that chef Brandon Sharp will open Hawthorne & Wood in 2019 in former Raaga spot in Chapel Hill’s East 54. You can visit their website here and keep up on their progress on Instagram here.
  • Also in Chapel Hill, next to the new Monterrey Mexican restaurant location in Chapel Hill’s Rams Plaza, Mr. Tokyo Japanese Restaurant has opened. Most notably on their website is that they offer an unlimited sushi and hibachi menu for lunch and dinner. Check them out here.
  • Over in Hillsborough reader Cathy Wells provided me with a quick update on a couple of happenings in that corner of Orange County. First up, J&F Kitchen opened back in the spring at 155 Mayo Street and is a family-run restaurant serving up a homestyle mix of American, Italian, and Balkan cuisine. Check them out.
  • Just over the Durham County line we got word from Bites of Bull City’s Amber Watson that over the holidays Namu Durham expanded by adding/opening a new beer hall adjacent to their restaurant/cafe. Now it is a great place to enjoy drinks along with their flavorful Korean food adjacent to their cozy restaurant and outdoor garden. Get to know all about them here.
  • And on more somber note, we were saddened to learn the news that Lowell Thomas “Tommy” Bullock, who owned and operated Bullock’s Bar-B-Cue restaurant and catering business after his father opened the restaurant in 1952,  died over the holidays. Our prayers and thoughts are with the entire Bullock family. Bullock’s is a Durham institution.

Closings

  • Got word from reader Jeanette Hauser that it looks like Toppers Pizza has retreated from the area – with all Triangle area locations now closed (once had three locations).
  • Got a tweet from Jane Bell that the Pharaoh’s at the Museum (Museum of History) on Edenton Street has closed.
  • And unless you were under a rock over the holidays, the seven-month-old Wahlburger’s in downtown Raleigh closed.

Events

  •  An annual favorite – Cooking for a Classic 2019 – is just around the corner. The prize for 2019  is restored 1982 JEEP Scrambler. The First Round is Monday-Thursday, Feb. 25-28; Second Round is March 4 and 5; and the Finale is March 11. Tickets start at $75 for the First Round, $100 for the Second Round and $125 for the Finale.Venue is 1705 East in Raleigh. You can get all the details here and tickets here. Each evening features six plated courses. Round One features Teddy Diggs from Coronado vs. Ryan Grimm from Watersview; Matt Hannon from Ashton’s vs. Bo Peterson from Primal Food & Spirits; Jake Wood from 18 Seaboard vs. Jonathan Blackley form Prestonwood Country Club; and Andrew Smith from buku vs. Orlando Jinzo from The Leadmine. All proceeds benefit the Lucy Daniels Center’s mental-health programs for children in the Triangle.

Food Bank Corner

  • Start a virtual food drive at your office! Forget the hassle of a trip to the grocery store for your next food drive… “Shop” with the Food Bank through our Virtual Food Drive and maximize your donation times ten! For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide $10.00 worth of food or five meals. Starting a food drive is easy! Get all the details here.
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  • Following on last week’s news that Sam Jones was bringing his barbecue to Raleigh, we got news this week that North Hill’s Q Shack will be closing in January and that Chapel Hill’s legendary Allen & Son BBQ has closed. The good news is that you can continue enjoying the Q Shack through January 19th and you can order your smoked turkey, honey-glazed ham or chile-rubbed beef brisket for the holidays. Additionally, owner Tom Meyer will continue sharing his culinary talent through catering offered by Southern Harvest Hospitality Group and he will continue on with his Sprout Cafe and Elements Coffee Bar both located at the Museum of Life & Science in Durham. For Allen & Son fans, there is still the franchise location on 15-501 midway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro owned by Jimmy Stubbs. Check out Southern Harvest here and the remaining Allen & Son here. Order your Christmas/Holiday dinner here.  

Wake County Restaurant News

  • In downtown Raleigh, Leo Sauarez shared via Twitter that Budacai Boba Bar is coming to the former Povenance space at 120 E. Martin Street. The sign in the window indicates that this will be North Carolina’s first Boba Bar. We couldn’t find an online presence, so stay tuned.
  • One of our readers let us know that there is a Bad Daddy Burger Bar coming to The Corners at Brier Creek just beyond 540 off Glenwood Avenue (Harris Teeter shopping center). Site indicates they will open in January, 2019. Check out Bad Daddy’s here.
  • The Triangle Business Journal shared this week that CoreLife Eatery opened Nov. 30 at 200 Crossroads Blvd. in Cary. The active lifestyle restaurant serves a variety of greens, grains and broth-based dishes. The eatery has other locations in North Carolina, which include Fayetteville and Greensboro, and 49 locations across the U.S. Get to know them here.
  • Reader Greg Beatty shared that there is a new online dessert company based in Cary called Taste Desserts. He can personally vouch for the deliciousness of their offerings (he especially enjoyed their Key Lime Pie). He noted that they ship certain items and have local pickup for all their offerings. Information can be found here.
  • Also in Cary, Cary Magazine shared that Sushi at the Park is opening soon at Parkside Town Commons at the corner of Hwy. 55 and O’Kelly Chapel Road. They will be offering over 40 ultra-fresh sushi rolls for your enjoyment. Keep up with their opening announcement on their Facebook page here.
  • Down toward Garner, reader Hugh Autry noted a Yemen Kitchen banner now hanging on the former Bruegger’s location at 117 Small Pines Drive, across from Walmart. No other information is available at this time.
  • And if you are a fan of cider, make your way over to Morrisville where Matthew Galiani has opened Naughty Penguin Hard Cider where they craft rich hard apple cider from regionally sourced apples. And they have a tasting room open 7 days a week. Thanks to Nancy Scotto for the heads up! Get all the details and check them out here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

  •  In Chapel HIll, Crunkleton’s Gary Crunkleton is expanding his empire. Following on the news that he would be part of the new ownership of Crook’s Corner, the News & Observer shared this week that he is partnering with Sam Suchow, the owner of the barbecue restaurant The Pig, to open The Neighborhood Bar right next to The Pig on Weaver Dairy Road in north Chapel Hill. Don’t worry, there will be a “pass through” between the two establishments allowing you to order barbecue! Look for it to open in August.
  • Reader Jacqueline Atlas noticed a new sign in the old Monterrey Mexican restaurant location on Elliott Road that read Don Chicken Rotisserie. Other than that, we were not able to find any sort of online presence. She did note that it looks like a fairly thorough renovation/remodel. Thanks Jacqueline! And we will continue to keep an eye on it.
  • In Durham, John Huisman, aka Triangle Explorer, shared that Liturgy Beverage Company, a new retail coffee, tea, and chocolate business, is coming to the Durham Food Hall (in the Central Park neighborhood of Durham) in early 2019. To make it all happen, they have a Kickstarter campaign to help them fulfill this dream. Check it out here.
  • Bralie’s Sport Bar & Grill has opened a second location (affectionately called Bralie’s 2) at 4707 Hillsborough Road. My wife and I stopped in shortly after they opened, but they didn’t have food at the time. I’m happy to report they began lunch service around the middle of last month and have a chef that makes daily specials and is building on their current menu. The original location is on Carpenter Fletcher Road near the intersection of Hwy. 55 and Interstate 40. Get to know them here.
  • And also in Durham, the founders of the popular food truck Soomsoom Pita Pockets are moving back to Isarel, but they are not taking the truck with them. They have sold it to the folks at Cast Iron Group (think The Cookery, Dashi and Ponysaurus Brewing Co.). Check out Cast Iron here.
  • One final note from Chapel Hill, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop at the SECU House (NOT in University Place as originally planned) at 123 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get familiar with Dewey’s here.

Closings

  • Not a good week for closings. We already mentioned above the pending closing of Raleigh’s Q Shack at North Hills (open through January 19th) as well as the already closed Allen & Son BBQ in Chapel Hill.
  • Not exactly restaurants, but we also learned this week that Funny Girl Farm and Sam’s Quick Shop, both in Durham, are closing. Funny Girl on December 15th and Sam’s on December 31st.

Events

  •  December 15th is the date of the Holiday Pop-up Wine Dinner at Vino Wine Shop at 89 Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. This first dinner in a series will feature chef Regan Stachler, former owner-chef of Little Hen farm to table restaurant in Holly Springs. The cost is $69 per person and features four courses paired with five fabulous wines. Space is limited to 26 people so hurry and buy your ticket before they are gone. Here is the Facebook event page with all the details.
  • Also on December 15th, Eastcut Sandwich Bar and Ponysaurus Brewing are coming together for a Oysters + Oyster Saison Garden Party. Fresh oysters, pints of oyster saison, live music and more in their heated garden from 2pm-10pm. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • Postal Fish Company brings an Italian tradition to the Triangle as they host the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Christmas Eve is a vigil, or fasting day, and the abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself. Today, the meal typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. The tradition comes from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia). This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. This “feast” features 7 courses paired with 5 wines. Dinner starts at 4:45 promptly, doors open at 4:30pm. Get tickets and all the details here.

Food Bank Corner

  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.
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  •  We’ve been hearing this rumor for months, but the News & Observer confirmed this week that Sam Jones, known for cooking some of the most acclaimed whole hog barbecue in the South, is coming to Raleigh. The fourth-generation pitmaster and James Beard semifinalist is opening his second Sam Jones BBQ restaurant at 502 W. Lenoir St., in the former Dusty’s Garage near Boylan Heights. Sam Jones BBQ opened in 2015 near Greenville just down from his family’s legendary Skylight Inn in Ayden, a modest brick restaurant topped by a silver Capitol dome, self-proclaiming it as the center of the barbecue universe. Look for the Raleigh location to open next fall. If you are not already, get familiar with them here.
Wake County Restaurant News
  • We learned that the former Kamado Grille location in North Raleigh is going to have a new tenant thanks to a note passed along to us from Steve Howell. He shared that Cape Fear Seafood confirmed on Facebook that they will open first half of 2019 at 832 Spring Forest Rd. in Raleigh. Get familiar with them here.
  • Got word from WRAL that The Lost Cajun is holding their grand opening in Wakefield on December 3rd at 10901 Forest Pines Dr (old Wendy’s). You’ll be able to enjoy their delicious gumbo as well as their famous catfish and Po boys. Check them out here.
  • The latest location of Kale Me Crazy has opened in Raleigh at 2018 Cameron Street in Cameron Village in the former home of Baskin-Robbins. They also have a location in Cary in the Waverly Place shopping center. Kale Me Crazy is a superfood cafe offering juices, smoothies, salads, and wraps in a sleek, upscale environment. The menu also includes poke bowls, acai bowls, coffee, tea, and avocado toast (obvi). Check them out here.
  • We also learned that the newest Triangle location of Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has opened in Raleigh at McNeil Point, just off Wake Forest Road (across from Mami Nora’s). They currently have two location in Cary and a location in Durham. Congratulations to Brad Barbour and his team. Check them out here.
  • In downtown Raleigh, at the Morgan Street Food Hall, we learned that YoHo Asian Bistro, a Japanese and Thai restaurant, is coming online there later this year, first of next year. Their original location is in Tryon Village on the corner of Tryon Road and Walnut Street. They will be serving up hibachi and sushi burritos. Check them out here.
  • Thanks to the keen eyes of reader Wesley Mays, we have learned that there is a “coming soon” sign for Pho XO Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine at 10290 Chapel Hill Road in Morrisville in the Greenwood Village shopping center. We were unable to find an online presence and we don’t have a timeline. Stay tuned!
  • Up in Wake Forest, the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Lonerider Brewing Company has plans to open a new taproom called The Hideout. Look for them to open in early 2019. It will be located in The Factory, where the old go-karts used to be. The taproom will have 3,100 square feet of space inside and around 5,000 square feet outside featuring many of Lonerider’s beers. The outdoor beer garden will provide the option to buy food from food trucks. Keep up with Lonerider’s busy 2019 here.
  • Over in Cary, Asali Events announced last week via Instagram that they are opening a bakery in the MacGregor Village Shopping Center called Asali Desserts and Cafe. They will be serving up fresh desserts, savory small plates, and coffee  in their new home. You can keep up with their progress on their Instagram page here.
  • Across the way in Apex, got word from Sadiye Sezenol that she is opening a 100% Vegan restaurant called Vegan Community Kitchen at 803 E. Williams Street in the former Sweet Cheeks Bakery location. The restaurant will feature 100% vegan casual Mediterranean fast food. Look for them to open in January, 2019. In the meantime, get familiar with them here.
  • And down in Fuquay Varina, David McCreary provided two quick updates. First up, Oaklyn Springs Brewery is open at 2912 North Main Street, Suite 100. Not sure food is on the menu, but sometimes all you need is a good beer. Check them out here. And David shared that a plan has been submitted to the town for a Panera Bread to be located at 1330 North Main Street in Sunset Plaza.
Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News
  •  I had lunch this week with Neha Shah with the Pittsboro-Siler City Visitors Bureau and she brought it to my attention that Sadie’s Southern is now open in Northern Chatham County off 15-501. You’ll remember that Sadie’s is the newest concept from the husband and wife team of Leslie and Brendan Cox in the former Alberello’s spot. They also own Oakleaf in Carrboro. Sadie’s positions itself as fantastic home cooked food served with true Southern hospitality. They are open for lunch and dinner. Get familiar with them on Facebook here.
  • Over in Durham, WRAL reported that Hi-Wire Brewing out of Asheville will open a taproom in Durham at 800 Taylor Street (Golden Belt) with a public grand opening celebration scheduled for Dec. 1. The new taproom consists of 8,844 square feet of interior space, as well as a 1,678 square foot outdoor covered patio and beer garden. The space is game and activity heavy, featuring full-sized shuffleboard courts, soccer pool tables, table tennis, and more. The bar’s 24 taps feature ours full line-up of beers, including year-round, seasonal, specialty, sour, and one-offs, as well as wine, local cider, and guest taps from neighboring breweries. The Dec. 1 grand opening party will have a circus theme, with roving circus acts, a Rock-O-Plane spinning wheel, high striker and aerial artists. Funk band, Lotus Sun, will provide musical entertainment with two sets starting at 6:30 p.m. The Durham tap room is in addition to Hi-Wire’s two locations in Asheville. Get familiar with them here.
  • Looks like while we were “away” last week, B.GOOD opened on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street. With this opening, they now have locations in Raleigh (North Hill and downtown), Morrisville and now Chapel Hill. Each location serves “food with roots” – meaning food that is sustainable, natural, clean and freshly prepared and served every day. It’s food with heritage and origin, homemade, shared and grown by communities. Get familiar with B.GOOD here.
  • One final note from Chapel Hill, SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop at the SECU House (NOT in University Place as originally planned) at 123 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get familiar with Dewey’s here.
Closings
  •  Got word from reader Stacie Creech that Bedford Bistro in North Raleigh has closed. But word is they are looking to sell, so if you are looking for restaurant space in North Raleigh, let me know and I can connect the two of you.
  • Mike DePersia confirmed that 888 Chinese Take Out on Creedmoor Road in the Stonehenge Shopping Center has closed.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, we learned that Raaga closed down as well. They had just celebrated 10 years back in October.
  • And in Durham, Glen Gillen brought it to my attention that Cure Deli has closed.
Events
  •  Tonight, November 30th, at 5 p.m. 222 Fusion Bistro and Bar will hold their grand opening at 222 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh. Their menu will feature homemade dumplings, Japanese pasta, Korean BBQ ribs, whole snapper, Vietnamese shaken beef, seafood boil, Filipino chicken adobo and more in a casual dining experience. Get familiar with them here.
  • Join Motorco as they welcome Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine and Oysters Carolina of Harkers Island, NC for a Wonderful Winter Time Oyster Roast on the patio at Motorco on Sunday, December 2nd from noon until 6:00 p.m. They will be pouring tasters and glasses of several of Allagash’s fantastic brews including some special reserve barrels. Additionally, Oysters Carolina will be providing their fresh (harvested that morning) oysters grown on their farm off the waters of Harker’s Island. These deep cup award winning oysters are known as some of the saltiest in the state. Just choose raw, roasted or grilled. Preorder to guarantee your oysters. Details here and ordering here.
  • Herons, Rooted in the South will now feature two guest chefs to cook alongside chefs Steven Greene and Jonathan Fisher on December 5th. Kevin Johnson of The Grocery in Charleston and David Bancroft of Acre and just-opened Bow & Arrow will join chefs Greene and Fisher in the Herons kitchen to develop a collaborative menu of dishes born from their Southern roots and create an unforgettable experience to benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance. Herons will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales to the Southern Foodways Alliance, which documents, studies and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. Tickets are $150 per person, with optional wine pairings for an additional $75, and can be purchased by calling the restaurant at (919) 447-4050. Get all the details on the Herons events page here.
  • John T. Edge, executive director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will lead a Celebration of Southern Food to benefit Farm to Fork from 6-9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 6, at Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill. The dinner will be prepared by several of the Triangle’s best-known chefs: Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh; Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh; Brendan Cox of Oakleaf in Chapel Hill; Wyatt Dickson of Picnic in Durham; Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham; and Robert Kinneen of The Boot in Durham. Dessert will be prepared by Jonathan Fisher of Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Phoebe Lawless, formerly of Scratch Baking and the Lakewood. Counterclockwise String Band will perform. Tickets are $45 per person. Proceeds from the nonprofit’s events provide training and mentorship through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro and Breeze Farm Incubator in Orange County. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • December 15th is the date of the Holiday Pop-up Wine Dinner at Vino Wine Shop at 89 Hillsboro Street in downtown Pittsboro. This first dinner in a series will feature chef Regan Stachler, former owner-chef of Little Hen farm to table restaurant in Holly Springs. The cost is $69 per person and features four courses paired with five fabulous wines. Space is limited to 26 people so hurry and buy your ticket before they are gone. Here is the Facebook event page with all the details.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • Postal Fish Company brings an Italian tradition to the Triangle as they host the Feast of the Seven Fishes dinner on Christmas Eve, December 24th. Christmas Eve is a vigil, or fasting day, and the abundance of seafood reflects the observance of abstinence from meat until the feast of Christmas Day itself. Today, the meal typically consists of seven different seafood dishes. The tradition comes from Southern Italy, where it is known simply as The Vigil (La Vigilia). This celebration commemorates the wait, the Vigilia di Natale, for the midnight birth of the baby Jesus. The long tradition of eating seafood on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic tradition of abstaining from eating meat on the eve of a feast day. This “feast” features 7 courses paired with 5 wines. Dinner starts at 4:45 promptly, doors open at 4:30pm. Get tickets and all the details here.
Food Bank Corner
  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.
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  •  The greatest feast week of the year is here! Loosen up the belt buckle and get ready for some great couch naps! We thought we’d share who is open for Thanksgiving thanks to WRAL. Also, don’t forget that our good friends over at Donovan’s Dish are doing fully prepared (and delivered – if you order by this Sunday, November 18th!) Thanksgiving meals for your home. Check out Donovan’s here and the full list on WRAL here.  Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! See you in two weeks!
Wake County Restaurant News
  • Got word from the folks over at ITB Insider that Boylan Bridge Brewpub is under new ownership. Sara and Chris Abernethy have been holding the reins for just shy of two months and they already have plans for lots of changes, beginning with a new menu that comes out this week. Stay tuned as new life is pumped into this special place. Check them out here.
  • Over in Cameron Village, the ITB Insider also broke the news that Cava Mezze is moving into the former Noodles & Company space. Cava Mezze is a sister restaurant of Cava Grill. The sit-down restaurant version of the fast-casual Cava chain offers similar menus that include classic Mediterranean ingredients like lamb, hummus, falafel, yogurt, and more. Permits were issued last week. Get familiar with them here.
  • Out in the Glenwood Avenue area heading out toward the airport we got a couple of updates from reader Pat Rago. The first was that there is a “Now Hiring” sign up at Mami Nora’s (albeit the sign says Mami’s). Pat also shared the news that The Pickled Onion (actually, The Pickled Onion 2, as this is their second location), behind CarMax (at 8511 Cantilever Way) is now open. Check out Mami Nora’s here and The Pickled Onion here.
  • Got word from WRAL that The Lost Cajun is holding their grand opening in Wakefield on December 3rd at 10901 Forest Pines Dr (old Wendy’s). You’ll be able to enjoy their delicious gumbo as well as their famous catfish and Po boys. Check them out here.
  • Also in North Raleigh, got word that Burney’s Sweets & More is getting very close to swinging open their doors at 4500 Falls of Neuse Road. Yes, their famous glazed croissants and 15-Layer cakes will soon be making their grand appearance in the Oak City. Keep up with their opening on Facebook here.
  • This season, the Hurricanes are hosting an All Star Chef Series during six home games, pairing a four-course meal tasting from a curated collection of North Carolina’s premier chefs with tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes home game at PNC Arena. The first one kicked off Nov. 10. The dinners will be held in the Arena Club restaurant two hours before the game. Tickets to the dinner and hockey game are $135, with seats in the lower level of PNC Arena. Hurricanes season ticket holders can get dinner tickets for $75. To get tickets and to see the schedule of chefs, go here.
Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News
  •  On a recent drive through Chapel Hill, saw a sign up for Haw River Grill at 243 S. Elliott Road in the Elliott Square shopping center just down from Jersey Mike’s. Surprisingly, we were unable to locate an online presence. So we’ll just have to wait a little longer until someone can share a little bit more information.
  • One location change from Chapel Hill — the SECU Family House at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill will operate a Dewey’s Bakery holiday shop at the SECU House (NOT in University Place as originally planned) at 123 Old Mason Farm Rd in Chapel Hill Friday, Nov. 16 through Dec. 23. Thirty-five percent of proceeds from each sale will go directly to SECU Family House – a safe, nurturing and affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for lifesaving procedures due to serious illnesses. Dewey’s baked goods have been a treasured holiday tradition since the bakery opened in downtown Winston-Salem in 1930. Get all the details here.
Closings
  •  Got word from reader Kimberly Cannon that the The Original NY Pizza location at High House Crossing on Highway 55 in Cary has closed. They have two other locations in Cary and one in Holly Springs. Check them out here.
Events
  •  Come celebrate with us TONIGHT at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at American Institute of Architects at 14 E Peace St in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • Also TONIGHT, Bull Durham Beer Co. is partnering with Oyster 365 for a pop-up dinner from 6-9 p.m. TONIGHT, Friday, November 16 at The Bullpen at 359 Blackwell Street at the American Tobacco Campus. Sold tickets will guarantee your half dozen oysters. Additional oysters will be available for purchase – please note that quantities may be limited and offered on a first come first serve basis. Come early to secure your spot! Tickets are $20 and include ½ dozen oysters and a beer. Get all the details and tickets here.
  • The folks over at The Rickhouse will host the first Durham Village Holiday Market featuring North Carolina made eats, drinks  and gifts on December 16-18. Sample independent food, beverage, and craft producers while you complete your shopping list. Each night will have a bar and a different food truck for you to enjoy. Get all the details, including hours, on their Facebook page here.
  • Join Motorco as they welcome Allagash Brewing of Portland, Maine and Oysters Carolina of Harkers Island, NC for a Wonderful Winter Time Oyster Roast on the patio at Motorco on Sunday, December 2nd from noon until 6:00 p.m. They will be pouring tasters and glasses of several of Allagash’s fantastic brews including some special reserve barrels. Additionally, Oysters Carolina will be providing their fresh (harvested that morning) oysters grown on their farm off the waters of Harker’s Island. These deep cup award winning oysters are known as some of the saltiest in the state. Just choose raw, roasted or grilled. Preorder to guarantee your oysters. Details here and ordering here.
  • John T. Edge, executive director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will lead a Celebration of Southern Food to benefit Farm to Fork from 6-9 p.m.Thursday, Dec. 6, at Lavender Oaks Farm in Chapel Hill. The dinner will be prepared by several of the Triangle’s best-known chefs: Sean Fowler of Mandolin in Raleigh; Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh; Brendan Cox of Oakleaf in Chapel Hill; Wyatt Dickson of Picnic in Durham; Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood Joint in Durham; and Robert Kinneen of The Boot in Durham. Dessert will be prepared by Jonathan Fisher of Herons at the Umstead Hotel and Phoebe Lawless, formerly of Scratch Baking and the Lakewood. Counterclockwise String Band will perform. Tickets are $45 per person. Proceeds from the nonprofit’s events provide training and mentorship through the Center for Environmental Farming Systems in Goldsboro and Breeze Farm Incubator in Orange County. Get tickets and all the details here.
Food Bank Corner
  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.
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  •   This season, the Hurricanes will host an All Star Chef Series during six home games, pairing a four-course meal tasting from a curated collection of North Carolina’s premier chefs with tickets to a Carolina Hurricanes home game at PNC Arena. The first dinner kicks off Nov. 10. The dinners will be held in the Arena Club restaurant two hours before the game. Tickets to the dinner and hockey game are $135, with seats in the lower level of PNC arena. Hurricanes season ticket holders can get dinner tickets for $75. To get tickets and to see the schedule of chefs, go here.
Wake County Restaurant News
  • For those heading to a football game at Carter Finley Stadium or a hockey game at PNC Arena, you will be happy to learn that Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits is planning a location within walking distance. According to the ITB Insider it looks like their location will be on the other side of Edwards Mills Road at the intersection of Trinity Road and Sunday Drive. No word yet on a timeline. Visit them here.
  • Over in downtown Raleigh the ITB Insider is reporting that Calavera has begun work on their new location in the former home of Tasty 8’s at 121 Fayetteville Street. Calavera, owned by Raleigh restaurateur Ken Yowell (Oak City Meatball, Kaiju), closed its South Blount Street location in February. No word yet on a timeline. Perhaps the best place to keep up with their progress is on their Facebook page here.
  • Up in Wake Forest a little bird told me that Driftwood Southern Kitchen in Lafayette Village is opening a new restaurant in Wake Forest. Chef/owner Nunzio Scordo will be opening Bodega in mid-November with Tapas style food service. Until we know more, check him out at Driftwood here.
  • In south Raleigh near Garner, reader Hugh Autry brought it to our attention that Fred Chason’s Grandsons Buffet, with locations in Hope Mills, Smithfield, Fayetteville and Dunn, is moving into the former Larry’s Southern Kitchen spot at 4205 Fayetteville Road. Get familiar with them here.
Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News
  • Downtown Durham is looking up. Literally. One City Center, the tallest building in downtown Durham, is now open. The food/beverage side of the concept includes Raleigh-based juicer Juicekeys, with two locations in Raleigh; Oak House Durham, a craft coffee shop and wine bar that originated in Elon;  restaurant b.good, with two locations in Raleigh as well as a location in Morrisville and Chapel HIll; and the first North Carolina location of Pokeworks, which is now open and celebrates its grand opening on November 10th from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m with a special “buy-one-get-one-free offer that day. Check out Pokeworks here.
  • Also in Durham, a quick update from Jennifer Buchholz on the Uncle Julio’s Mexican restaurant that is moving into the former Champps location at the Streets at Southpoint. Jennifer is telling me that they will have their grand opening on November 13th. She says it looks great and you won’t recognize the inside – a complete remodel. Check them out here.
  • Also at the Streets at Southpoint, my wife and daughter brought it to my attention that there is a edible cookie dough establishment in the former Teavana location. Simply called Dough Life. And I love their tag line, “Go ahead: lick the spoon.” Check them out here.
  • And near Duke’s campus, JB Duke Hotel recently appointed a new executive chef, Troy Stauffer. He is already having an impact having launched a completely separate, original menu and cantina experience in the hotel’s fashionable Lobby Lounge. The menu features everything from the Hot Chicken and Belgian Waffle sandwich to Crispy Duck Confit and specializes in handcrafted cocktails. Check out the dining at JB Duke here.
  • Over in Chapel Hill, WRAL shared that CAVA, which will be in the Village Plaza shopping center on Elliott Road just down from Whole Foods, will swing open their doors on Friday, November 9th.  CAVA, a Greek/Mediterranean concept, allows you to customize your ideal grain bowl, salad, or pita. Start getting familiar with them here.
  • Down in Chatham County, fellow Chathamite Shelley Colbert shared the news that Alberello has closed (closed on Oct. 25) and will reopen later this month as new restaurant, Sadie’s Southern. Leslie and Brendan Cox are also the owners of Oakleaf, formerly of Pittsboro, but now residing in downtown Carrboro. Until we know more, stop by Oakleaf here.
  • Also in Chatham County, Apex residents, Tim and Cindy Larson have brought their latest location of Marco’s Pizza to Penguin Place in Chatham Park just behind The Root Cellar and House of Hops. Tim and Cindy also own locations in Durham, Chapel Hill and Morrisville. Check out Marco’s here.
Closings
  •  If you are looking for a Chick-fil-A in downtown Raleigh you have until November 16th  before they close their doors after 22 years.
Food Trucks
  • The final date for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is THIS Sunday, November 4th from noon until 4 p.m. And the weather looks PERFECT! Check out Durham here.
Events
  • ACME’s 6th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at beautiful Rock Quarry Farm from 3-8 pm. This is one of the fall “can’t miss” events here in the Triangle. In just five short weeks, they’ll be smoking whole-hog BBQ, drinking beer, shucking thousands of just-out-of-the-water oysters, drinking wine, roasting clams over a fire, sipping whiskey, being wowed by a magician, tapping our feet and dancing the night away. You know, a par-tay. The kind you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
  • Have you ever met Angelo and Vinnie at Chapel Hill’s infamous IPIII restaurant? How about Al and wife Melody of Al’s Burger Shack fame? What if you could hang out with all of them for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment. Well, you can! The next edition of Caffe Marrone will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at Mel’s Commissary in Carrboro where $75 will get you 6 courses of Italian favorites, wine and entertainment. Did I mention Angelo and Vinnie will be there? Folks, go! Here are the details.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at American Institute of Architects at 14 E Peace St in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
Food Bank Corner
  •  Over 60% of students in our 34-county service area qualify for free/reduced-price lunch. It’s difficult for any student to excel academically when they come to school hungry. So we invite all students, staff, parents, and teachers to join our Students Against Hunger food and fund drive to help feed hungry children and their families in our community. Since 1996, students in our area have donated enough to provide nearly 6 million meals. Join the cause! Participants in the Students Against Hunger campaign collect food and funds from October 1 through November 30. Competing schools must deliver their donations to any of our branches by 11am on Friday, November 30th. Find out if your child’s school is participating (and if not, get them to!) here.
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  •  The Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Raleigh will soon have a new steakhouse near Crabtree Valley Mall in the 145,000-square-foot Crabtree Terrace building. Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille is a Texas-based restaurant that will occupy more than 12,000 square feet, with space for 350 guests, in addition to a “towering” wine wall, an island bar and four private dining rooms, according to a press release. The steakhouse serves prime USDA-aged steaks and carves up the meat table-side. The steakhouse is scheduled to open in early 2020. Start getting familiar with them here.
Wake County Restaurant News
  • Got word from Mike DePersia of National Restaurant Properties that Johnny’s Pizza opened their third location in Wake County at 13654 Capital Blvd. in Wake Forest on Tuesday. They also have locations in Apex and Cary. Check them out here.
  • And a little bit more downtown Raleigh news – the folks over at Eat Raleigh shared this week that brown paper has gone up on the windows of the former Provenance space at 120 E. Martin Street. We will keep an eye on this development.
  • Just outside of downtown Raleigh, the folks over at ITB Insider shared that a new fast-casual health food franchise will soon be muscling its way into a space at McNeill Pointe. Permits were issued last week for the fit-out of an 1,800 square-foot space for the Muscle Maker Grill at the corner of McNeill Street and Wake Forest Road. The chain focuses on healthy menu items and meal plans that help improve their customers’ physiques. They offer flatbread pizzas, Cajun chicken pasta, turkey burgers and more. There are about 50 locations of the chain nationwide. Get familiar with them here.
  • In Cary, we got word that a new juice bar called Pure Juicery Bar has opened in west Cary at 716 Slash Pine Drive. They are a juice and health foods bar focusing on using high quality, healthy ingredients to make great tasting, ultra-premium juices, smoothies, and food. Check them out here.
  • Boy do we have more great news to share. Krispy Kreme now delivers from Triangle locations in Raleigh, Durham, Wake Forest, Knightdale and Fuquay-Varina. That’s the good news. The “fine print” delivers some limitations like: only doughnuts by the dozen, boxes of coffee and bottled drinks are available. There’s a minimum order of $7.99 to qualify for delivery; a dozen doughnuts is $8.99. A delivery charge of $5 ($10 if you want it “fast”) is tacked on for the convenience, but it’s waived on orders over $25. Delivery is limited to roughly five miles from most stores. And most deliveries take at least 30 minutes. Check out the delivery options here.
Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News
  • A quick update from Jennifer Buchholz on the Uncle Julio’s Mexican restaurant that is moving into the former Champps location at the Streets at Southpoint. Jennifer is telling me that they will have their grand opening on November 13th. She says it looks great and you won’t recognize the inside – a complete remodel. Check them out here.
  • Also in Durham, WRAL shared the news that the East Durham Bake Shop will be the next “pop-up” tenant at American Tobacco Campus next month. The bakery will be operating from Nov. 5-21 and they have already begun taking orders for Thanksgiving. Check them out here.
  • And over in Chapel Hill, WRAL shared a quick update regarding CAVA which will be in the Village Plaza shopping center on Elliott Road just down from Whole Foods. Got word this week that they will swing open their doors next month, November, but we don’t have an exact date just yet. CAVA, a Greek/Mediterranean concept, allows you to customize your ideal grain bowl, salad, or pita. In the meantime, get familiar with them here.
  • And next door in Carrboro, reader Ari Bowers and the folks over at Taste Carolina shared the news that that The Shoppe Bar and Meatball Kitchen at 370 E. Main Street has closed and is being replaced by Spike’s Hot Chicken and Dogs, featuring Nashville hot chicken and Connecticut style hot dogs.  It’s the same owners of One Fish Two Fish and Esperanza. Can’t find an online presence, but will keep you posted.
  • Staying in Carrboro, chef Teddy Diggs revealed this week that his Coronato Pizza will find its home in the new South Green development that is currently under construction on S. Greensboro Street. He is hoping to open next May. Check out the entire South Green development here.
Closings
  •  My buddy Gordon Brown shared the news that Noodles & Company in Cameron Village in Raleigh has closed. Gordon is taking the news pretty hard. If anyone knows where else he can get Pesto Cavatappi, please let me know.
  • Just down from there on Hillsborough Street, Yelp is reporting that Bocci Trattoria & Pizzeria has closed that location. They still have locations in Durham and Cary.
  • Also in Raleigh, it was announced this week that Oak & Dagger Public House, a downtown Raleigh Irish brewpub, is set to close at Seaboard Station at the end of the week. All operations will move to a new location, with more details coming in the next few weeks.
  • Mystery Brewing Company in Hillsborough announced Thursday that it’s closing its doors at the end of the month. The brewery, at 437 Dimmocks Mill Road, is celebrating its nearly seven-year run over the next week.
  • Back in August, Sugarland Bakery in Raleigh’s Cameron Village closed. Now the original location in Chapel Hill has closed as well.
  • And in Carrobro, The Shoppe Bar and Meatball Kitchen at 370 E. Main Street has closed but is being replaced by Spike’s Hot Chicken and Dogs (same owners).
Food Trucks
  •  This Sunday, October 28, the RDU Mobile Food Association and Tabletop Media Group will host Pumpkin Palooza food truck rodeo at 214 Hunt Street in Durham. At least 8 trucks are confirmed at this point and you’ll have an opportunity to try their special pumpkin dishes and vote for your favorites! Additionally there will be crafts, art and music to enjoy as well. Visit their Facebook event page here.
  • The final date for the Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is Sunday, November 4th from noon until 4 p.m. Check out Durham here.
Events
  • In the wake of Hurricane Florence, North Carolina’s culinary and hospitality community has raised hundreds of thousands of relief dollars through a series of meals and events. The latest aims to help North Carolina’s fishermen and shellfish growers impacted by the storm. This Saturday from 12-3 p.m., “Gone Fishing” will feature more than a dozen North Carolina chefs – including several James Beard nominees and winners – from Wilmington to Pittsboro at the new Junction West in Raleigh’s Warehouse District. The cost is $75. The event is organized by chefs Ashley Christensen of Poole’s, Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard and Locals Seafood, with proceeds going to the state’s fishermen and oyster and clam farmers affected by Hurricane Florence. Many of the participating chefs and restaurants focus on North Carolina seafood, including 18 Seaboard, Postmaster and The Cortez. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • ACME’s 6th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival is coming up on Saturday, November 3rd at beautiful Rock Quarry Farm from 3-8 pm. This is one of the fall “can’t miss” events here in the Triangle. In just five short weeks, they’ll be smoking whole-hog BBQ, drinking beer, shucking thousands of just-out-of-the-water oysters, drinking wine, roasting clams over a fire, sipping whiskey, being wowed by a magician, tapping our feet and dancing the night away. You know, a par-tay. The kind you don’t want to miss. Get your tickets here.
  • Have you ever met Angelo and Vinnie at Chapel Hill’s infamous IPIII restaurant? How about Al and wife Melody of Al’s Burger Shack fame? What if you could hang out with all of them for a night of fantastic food, fun and entertainment. Well, you can! The next edition of Caffe Marrone will take place on Wednesday, November 14th at Mel’s Commissary in Carrboro where $75 will get you 6 courses of Italian favorites, wine and entertainment. Did I mention Angelo and Vinnie will be there? Folks, go! Here are the details.
  • Come celebrate with us at the 2018 Brewer’s Ball: A Celebration of Triangle’s Finest on Friday, November 16, 2018, at Oak and Dagger Public House at Seaboard Station in Raleigh from 7 to 10 p.m. (VIP Honoree and Sponsors Reception at 6:30 p.m.). The Brewer’s Ball is an evening featuring the finest in brews, cocktails, food, music, and difference makers in the community. Guests are treated to a variety of hand-crafted brews and beverages from around town, creative and delicious food pairings from the city’s top restaurants, live music, expansive live and silent auctions, and a chance to mix and mingle with the best and brightest in the Triangle, all while being a part of a great cause: helping move us closer to a cure for CF. Get tickets and all the details here.
  • And this is kind of fun. A new foodie program is launching on PBS nationally in October featuring the work of Cat Neville called tasteMAKERS. But what makes it even more special, is the initial episode will feature Left Bank Butchery in Saxapahaw. You can see the behind the scenes making of that episode here. More information on tasteMakers can be found here.
Food Bank Corner
  •  James Taylor is pitching in on hurricane relief here in his former home state of North Carolina. The singer, who spent his formative years in Chapel Hill, announced the James Taylor Million Meals Challenge and wants to raise money to help people affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, particularly in New Bern and in Eastern North Carolina. He will match donations dollar for dollar through Oct. 31, seeking to raise enough money to provide 1 million meals – about $100,000 – through the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. For every $10, the food bank can provide 100 meals. The money from Taylor’s challenge is earmarked for the 22 North Carolina counties that were declared federal disaster areas from Hurricane Florence. All gifts are tax-deductible. For details, go here.
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