Friday, March 4, 2011

Friday Fun Food Facts - March 4, 2011

Triangle Restaurant News

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

  • The American Tobacco Campus in Durham will be home to an "intimate eatery" being introduced by the husband-wife team behind Durham's Revolution - Jim & Teresa Anile. L'Uva, which is Italian for "grape," will open in the old CafĂ© Zen space across from Tyler's Taproom in May. The Italian wine bar will offer lunch and dinner and will have a more casual atmosphere and lower price points than Revolution.
  • Downtown Raleigh's much-anticipated PieBird, which will make and sell all natural pies, is having their informal open house this afternoon (Friday) from 6:30 - 8 p.m. They are located at 618 Person Street in the former Conti's Italia just down from the Krispy Kreme. Check them out here.
  • This past Wednesday, we got another reason to head over to Fuquay-Varina. The Aviator Smokehouse barbecue restaurant opened in downtown Fuquay-Varina, across from the Aviator Brewing Company, the brewer's busy tap house. Here is Aviator Brewing Company's website.
  • Bull City Burger & Brewery, which will boast an outdoor patio for 25 in addition to the seating for 90 inside, is now listing March 21st as its opening date. Burgers, beer and baseball in downtown Durham...doesn't get any better than that! Get more details here.
  • The Mellow Mushroom in Cary, which we talked about several weeks ago, has announced that they will have a mid-June opening according to Sue Stock. Hold on Cary-ites, it won't be long now!
  • The N&O's Sue Stock is reporting this morning that Marco's Pizza will open two more pizza joints next month. One is up in North Raleigh on Falls River Avenue off of Durant Road and the other location will be over on Davis Drive in Apex. Their original Triangle location is on Hillsborough Street. Check them out here.
  • Stock also tells us that Jet's Pizza, which just opened its first Triangle location at 8365 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh, plans to open two additional locations. One at 6014 Falls of Neuse Road in Raleigh and the other at 1253 NW Maynard Road in Cary. Those two locations hope to be open by year's end. Here is their site.
  • Got a tip from one of our readers last week (thanks Nancy!) that the home-made ice cream shop Sunnie Sky's has opened in Angier. Complete with rocking chairs on the front porch, Nancy assures me that this is hands-down, the best ice cream in the Triangle. Might be worth a drive to Angier! Check them out here.
  • We are getting confirmation this week that Raleigh is getting closer to landing its version of the extremely popular Tyler's Taproom. Word is that Tyler's is finalizing plans to open in downtown Raleigh in the same building as 18 Seaboard. Part of their space will include the former Tookie's Grill space. Tyler's has locations in Carrboro, Durham and Apex.
  • Got word this week that the Schlotzsky's building over on Harrison Avenue in Cary that closed last year is being remodeled into a Zaxby's. This will be the Triangle's 6th Zaxby's.
  • It appears as if Amedeo's North has closed. The restaurant's phone number is disconnected, their website is no longer operational, and a source confirmed they went by yesterday for lunch to find the doors locked. Sorry to see it go, but glad that Rick is back over at the original location that his father founded! Visit the original Amedeo's here.
  • Last week saw the 10-year run of Bogart's come to an end. And for those already missing their infamous brownies, we've got good news. First, those brownies have been added to the menu at Tribeca Tavern. And secondly, if you want to make them yourself, you can find the recipe over at the News & Observer.
  • We mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the hottest restaurant scene in the Triangle right now is Terminal 2 out at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. Apparently we aren't the only ones that think that. Frommer's Travel Guides recently listed Terminal 2's 42nd Street Oyster Bar in its Top 10 best U.S. airport restaurants. Kudos to the hometown folks!
  • Today is "Free FryDay" at Chick-fil-A restaurants. From 2-4 pm feel free to pop-in for your free fries when you say that you're there to try the new Heinz Dip & Squeeze ketchup pack. Get more details here.
  • And speaking of Chick-fil-A, I've seen two mentions in the last week that the Triangle area locations are offering free breakfast (well, I think it is one of their chicken biscuits) on the first Tuesday of each month. Nothing official on the Chick-fil-A site, but you might want to inquire the next time you are in one of their stores.
  • The N&O's Andrea Weigl has put together a great list of wine tasting and dinners that are offered across the Triangle. Visit her list here.
  • If there is anything good that comes out of McDonald's, this might be it. Two former McDonald's executives recently announced plans to open a healthy restaurant chain concept called LYFE (Love Your Food Everyday) Kitchen, which will feature vegan, vegetarian, and healthy options in a quick-serve atmosphere. The chain has plans to expand to 250 restaurants throughout the United States, but nothing has been announced for the Triangle yet.
  • Looking for a Mardi Gras party to hit? You might want to try Papa Mojo's Roadhouse 3rd Annual Mardi Gras party. Tickets for this sell-out event are $10 the day of, but you can guarantee your spot by purchasing VIP tickets in advance by going here.
  • Mark you calendars for Rita's 19th Annual First Day of Spring Promotion on March 20th when you can enjoy a free regular size cup of Rita's Italian Ice from noon until 9 pm. There are eight locations here in the Triangle. Find the location closest to you here.
  • Our "Tip of the Hat" this week goes to Lucky 32's executive chef Jay Pierce and his collard greens which are featured in the March issue of Southern Living. Congrats to Jay! Lucky 32 has a Triangle area location at 7307 Tryon Road in Cary.

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