Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday Fun Food Facts - March 26, 2010

Bruegger's at North Hills East is now open. It is a free standing building next to the CapTrust Tower. Nice outdoor patio!...Looking for something to do this weekend? The Vintage Bar and Lounge will celebrate its grand opening this weekend with live music, giveaways and half-price specials. They are located in Powerhouse Square at 116 N. West St. in downtown Raleigh. More information here...After a grand opening, the next best thing for a restaurant to celebrate is its one-year anniversary and The Busy Bee Café in downtown Raleigh will be doing just that with a few festivities planned for April 6th at 6 pm...Chubby's Tacos is also celebrating the one-year anniversary of its store on Lake Boone Trail with a coupon on its Web site. Basically buy any menu item $2 or more and they'll upgrade you to a meal for free. It's good through the end of the month at all locations (not just Lake Boone)...We told you about this a few weeks ago, but it is official now - Enzo's Pizza Company at the Pavilion East at Lakeview shopping complex off Duke's West Campus, is now open. Stop in for a slice...And in Raleigh, Chef Jason Smith of 18 Seaboard has opened a new restaurant: Cantina 18 in Cameron Village across from Village Draft House. Cantina 18 is described by Smith as "inspired Southwestern, very fresh, very fun." ...Also Sandwhich of Chapel Hill is moving to the former Patio Loco location, next to McDonald's on Franklin St. They will close for 2 to 3 weeks in April and hope to reopen at the end of April. But they will remain open at their current location as long as possible. Get details here...We've learned that Salsarita's in Briar Creek has closed. But as best as we can tell, the location in Cary is still slinging quesadillas...Brixx Pizza has announced plans for its 2nd Raleigh location in Cameron Village. Construction is slated to begin in the second half of the year...Shannon Station on Shannon Road in Durham is becoming a mecca for foodies - Rick's Catering; Only Burger; Durham Catering & Pops Backdoor Pizzeria are all in the process of opening soon...Rey's Restaurant has 1/2 price gift certificates, but you must get them today! Call now at 919-380-0122. They are valid for one year, so they make great gifts! Rey's is located at 1130 Buck Jones Road in Raleigh...Noticed a sign near the intersection of 54 & 55 in the strip mall behind Starbucks, that a Little Caesar's Pizza will be opening soon. More details to follow...In the save-the-date category, the 2010 Triangle Restaurant Week is May 17-23, more details to come...Congratulations to Bill Smith (Crook's Corner) and Andrea Reusing (The Lantern) for being nominated for Best Chef in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation (kind of like the Oscars of the food world)...And finally, if you're looking for a new breakfast option, check out your neighborhood Subway starting April 5th...And if that is not enough for you, we've also learned that Quiznos recently introduced breakfast sandwiches at its convenience store locations.

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