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In Durham, the Triangle Business Journal reported that by Zweli Piri Piri Kitchen owners Leonardo and Zwelibanzi “Zweli” Williams will launch Zweli’s Ehkaya, a more upscale version of the restaurant, at a site in downtown Durham. They are about to sign the lease on the yet to be released site and expect it to be open by May 2022. The new concept will be a Bantu fusion of eclectic African cuisine. southern in addition to southern soul food, according to TBJ. The original location is in the Oak Creek Village Mall on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard and they have a cafe at the Divinity School at Duke University. Until they open, visit both of these locations here.
Wake County Restaurant News
Jason Mace from PFS Sales shared with me this week that the folks behind Scratch Kitchen & Taproom, The Mason Jar Tavern and The Mason Jar Lager Company present their brand new concept, TapStation – Brasserie, Burgers & Bourbon, at 320 S. Salem Street in Apex. It will be a two-story, family-owned brewery and restaurant offering shared appetizers, raised burgers, hot dogs, beer brats and chicken sandwiches as well as handcrafted salads and cocktails. . The space will feature a ton of outdoor space, including a fire pit, play area, and rooftop bar. Expect them to open in spring 2022. Follow their progress on Facebook here.
Raleigh Convergence reported this week that the people behind Pelagic beer and wine (in the business district of North Person Street) will open Riverine beer + Wine at 1408 South Saunders Street (near Slice Pie Company and Earp’s Seafood). The larger space will include outdoor seating as well as a tasting bar. Expect them to open in early 2022. Follow him on Instagram here.
Still in Raleigh, The Raleigh Wine Shop, founded in 2011 and currently located in the Glenwood South neighborhood of downtown Raleigh, announced it will be relocating to a larger space in a recently renovated historic building in the Moore Square neighborhood of downtown Raleigh at 317 S. Bloodworth St. They will continue to operate at 126 Glenwood Avenue until they move in spring 2022. Learn more about the new spot and their schedule here.
And if that’s not enough for you, the folks at RalToday have shared that Glenwood South just got a new bar, Glenwood Social Club, who comes from the team behind Milk Bar, Dogwood Bar & Eatery and MOFU Shoppe. The place, located at 510 Glenwood Ave., offers craft cocktails and bites to share. Familiarize yourself with them here.
In Raleigh, reader Katie Page learned that a Jamaican concept called Gold Krust arrives at 6260 Plantation Center Drive (BJ’s mall) near the intersection of Capital Blvd. and 540. They will serve patties, jerk chicken, oxtail and other Jamaican dishes. They plan to open in November. Follow us on Facebook here.
In Cary, the folks at Raleigh Convergence shared the sweet news that My Macaroon, located in the Seaboard station in downtown Raleigh, will open a second location in the Chocolate Smiles building on West Chatham Street in downtown Cary. Expect them to open in spring 2022. Check them out here.
Still in Cary, Zambrero, located in Parkside Town Commons at 1151 Parkside Main St. in Cary, will be holding its grand opening celebration this Saturday, October 23. The quick and casual restaurant serves healthy options in the form of customizable burritos, bowls, tacos and more. They have another location in Durham (University Hill) and plan to open more in the Triangle (the Raleigh location closed during the pandemic). They are giving away 1,000 free burritos and bowls to the first 1,000 customers during the opening weekend. Visit them here.
News from Durham, Orange and Chatham restaurants
The Chapel Hill / Orange County Visitors Bureau and the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership announced this week that Destiny of seafood, a Greensboro-based business that serves made-to-order crab legs, lobster, shrimp and more is opening at the corner of Columbia and Franklin Street on the site formerly operated by Lotsa Pizza. Owner Anthony Knotts and his son, Jalen, hope to open by the end of 2021. Follow the restaurant on Facebook. Thanks to Chapelboro.com for bringing this to our attention.
A few doors down (and across the street) in downtown Chapel Hill, the Triangle Business Journal reported this week that Master of Momo is slated to open at 110 N. Columbia St. (formerly Savor Eatery & Bakery and before that Sakura Xpress) near West Franklin Street in November. The concept, owned by Ramesh Dahal, will feature various types of made-to-order momos, a type of dumpling popular in places like Tibet and Nepal. Follow their progress here.
This week saw the opening of Coco, Tamara Lackey’s new cafe, restaurant and bar is located at Gwendolyn in historic Glen Lennox. For now, they only serve espressos, coffee, tea, and delicious pastries and pastries. All you have to do is wait for them to announce their vegetable menu for breakfast and lunch. Visit them here.
Are you looking for your favorite food truck (or you stalk them and you just don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.
Voting is open in the WRAL Voters’ Choice Award, presented by M&F Bank. Finalists were announced in over 130 categories. Vote now for the best companies in the Triangle until November 21. There is an entire section on food and drink, so vote for your favorites!
Downtown Durham Inc. announced thatThe street scheduled for Saturday October 9 at Geer Street has been postponed to October 23 due to rain forecast. The Streetery takes place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Get all the details.
580 Craft beer in Pittsboro will host the very first Chatham County Beer Festival Sunday, October 24 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at their location at 354 East St. They will host over 15 beer vendors as well as food trucks and live music. Pre-order and get full details on their Facebook event page here.
Along with cool fall weather, sweet potato season has arrived and Empire Eats joins the North Carolina Sweet Potato Commission Sweet Restaurant Week 2021 celebrate! Visit Empire Eats restaurants (Gravy, Sitti, The Pit, The Raleigh Times, The Morning Times, and Square Burger) the week of October 29 through November 7 to enjoy a limited-time sweet potato recipe unique to each kitchen. In addition to these, a total of around 18 restaurants in the Triangle region are participating so far. Get all the details and see which restaurants are participating here.
LouElla in Durham will host a natural wine tasting event on October 29 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit the Duke Cancer Institute’s Sarcoma Center. This is a tasting fee of $ 25, with all profits going to the center. There will also be raffles with great prizes. Find all the details on Facebook here.
Drink Durham. Ok, I’m okay with that – give me more details. Drink Durham Festival will take place on Saturday, October 30 from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m. and will combine beer, live music, food trucks and local vendors to raise funds for the CNOTE Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, which provides scholarships to studies at North Carolina HBCUs. 100% of the profits will go directly to the CNOTE Foundation. Get all the details here.
Our friends at RalToday reminded us that Raleigh Vegetable Festival 2021 originally scheduled for April 4 has moved to October 31 in downtown Raleigh’s Moore Square. Details here.
After the cancellation of the 2019 and 2020 events, the City of Cary will hold Party in the West November 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will take place at the USA Baseball National Training Complex and will feature food and beer vendors, entertainment, a kids’ area, and arts and crafts activities. Get all the details here.
And there’s a new event in the works for the Triangle – our first Triangle Vegan Restaurant Week, which is scheduled for November 1-7 this year. Organizer Karen Pullen has so far selected 16 participating restaurants and is looking for more. So if your restaurant is interested in participating (a special menu for this week – at least two creative vegan options, or a three-course prix fixe meal), contact her at [email protected] or visit the site for more details.
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance announced that the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week will take place from November 5 to 14. During the week, local restaurants will offer pre-set menus at special prices.
Food Bank Corner
Students Against Hunger – If your school community got together to prepare meals for our food insecure neighbors, how many people could you feed? To find! Over the past year, the food bank has distributed food to nearly 500,000 hungry children in the 34 counties we serve, and sadly, the number of children in need is increasing. With schools and school systems shutting down from COVID-19 struggling to make the necessary adjustments to serve children, we have seen the devastating impact. No child should have to worry about when they eat again, and no parent should have to skip a meal, water down drinks, or risk not paying a bill in order to put food on the table. for his children. Since its inception, Students Against Hunger has provided hundreds of thousands of meals to families with the support of local schools. Now your school can join the mission of nurturing, building and empowering our community! Get the details here.
Sean Lennard, originally from Raleigh, has been on the Triangle culinary scene for … well, for a long time, but professionally since 2002 with the Triangle Food Blog, formerly known as Friday Fun Food Facts, in 2008. You can find his blog here. And you don’t have to wait until Friday for updates because you can follow Sean throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter.