Friday, August 24, 2012

Friday Fun Food Facts - August 24, 2012

Triangle Restaurant News
Triangle restaurant news...that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler. 
  • Raleigh blog New Raleigh announced this week that the owners of Dos Taquitos will be teaming up with Hibernian owners to open a Mexican restaurant in the Creamery Building on Glenwood South. It will be called Dos Taquitos Xoco and will be in the space that was most recently The Diner and before that, Hard Times Cafe. We will keep an eye on it for an opening date.
  • Raleigh has a new Mediterranean dining option with the recent opening of Xenos Mediterranean Grill. Gyros, kebabs, salads and other fare inspired by Mediterranean street food can be found in the Six Forks Station shopping center adjacent to Kmart at the intersection of Six Forks and Strickland Road. Get more details here. 
  • We reported back in early March that J&J’s Deli in Chapel Hill’s Timberlyne Shopping Center had closed after a long run. We learned this week that a similar concept has opened in that location offering a similar fare to J&J’s Deli. Need to get by and check it out.
  • And then there were two. With the conversion of Durham’s Bear Rock Café into Fresno Café, there only remains two Bear Rock locations (the original location in Raleigh and the Morrisville location). Lisa Bence bought the Bear Rock location and converted it into her own concept featuring soups, sandwiches, breakfast and desserts all featuring local products and all made in-house. The café is located at 4015 University Drive.
  • Chapel Hill has a new place to get a really good turkey sandwich...and a glass of wine (I don't make this stuff up...) According to The Daily Tar Heel, TRU Deli & Wine opened last Friday at the corner of Henderson and Rosemary streets in downtown Chapel Hill. The concept is owned by Dwight DeBree and is a deli by day, and a wine bar by night. Prior to TRU, this space was most recently home to The Lodge Bar and Grill.
  • Durham’s Ninth Street Bakery is expanding...outward. They are in the final stages of completing an outdoor patio area which will also expand their hours and their offerings. We will keep you posted and let you know as soon as they announce a grand opening of the new space. Check out Ninth Street here.  
  • We told you about this last week, but Charley’s Grilled Subs opened last Saturday in the food court at the Streets at Southpoint mall. With more than 450 locations worldwide, the chain sells Philly steak sandwiches and other subs, cheese fries, lemonade and salads.
  • And staying out at Southpoint, and getting in our weekly yogurt requirement, a new self-serve frozen yogurt shop, Yolavie, is holding a ribbon-cutting today at 5 p.m. The shop is located in the outdoor portion of the mall between The Cheesecake Factory and Firebirds Wood Fired Grill. Get more details here.  
  • We were sad to learn this past Monday that the popular food truck, Will & Pop’s, was suspending operations effective immediately. We will certainly miss them, but they did leave the door open for a pending return to the streets. We will keep an eye on it for you.
  • We also got word this week from reader Katie Page that Vesuvio’s in North Raleigh has closed. It was located on Six Forks Road in the former Bear Rock / Atlanta Bread Company location. Vesuvio’s still operates a couple of restaurants in Roxboro.
  • My friend Lisa Reichle sent me an email recently to remind me of the NC Hops and Roots Fest coming up on September 1, 2012. The event is a festival celebrating local craft breweries, vineyards, food, farms and music. I think all those are worth celebrating! Check out all the details here. The event takes place at Shakori Hills in Chatham County and advance tickets must be purchased by tomorrow. 
  • And if you don’t get enough to eat on that Saturday, head on over to Durham Central Park for their next Food Truck Rodeo on Sunday, September 2 from 12:30 until 4:30 p.m. Keep up with all the details as they unfold on their Facebook page here
  • The Cookery will host the grand opening of their new event space - the Front Room - on Saturday, September 15th from noon until 3 p.m. The opening will serve as a fundraiser benefitting the DCRC’s emergency shelter and will feature cuisine from Rue Cler’s Aaron Benjamin as well as many of the food trucks that utilize The Cookery’s shared kitchen space (think Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Monuts Donuts, The Parlour, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, and Triangle Raw Foods). There will also be wine and beer tastings featuring The Clever Vine, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Fullsteam, Lonerider Brewing Company, and Triangle Brewing Company. Congrats to Rochelle Johnson and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson.
  • Go ahead and mark your calendars for the 7th annual Eastern Triangle Farm Tour which will be held on September 15 and 16. The public can visit 23 farms from Moncure to Lewisburg between 1-5 p.m. each day. The event happens rain or shine. The farm tour costs $25 per car in advance. Tickets can be purchased online here, or at the Harmony Farms store in Raleigh or Whole Foods stores throughout the Triangle.

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