Raleigh, North Carolina – Looks like August is the target date for Young Hearts Distilling Co. according to the Triangle Business Journal. The distillery will occupy the space that previously housed the Busy Bee Cafe / Trophy Tap & Table (225 S. Wilmington Street). It will open as a restaurant and distillery operated by the same team as Busy Bee, Trophy Tap & Table, State of Beer and Trophy Brewing Company. They also shared that they had partnered with Chef Alex Ricci, who was previously Executive Chef at Guglhupf Craft Bakery, Restaurant and Cafe in Durham, and Master Distiller Mena Killough. Congratulations to business partners Chris Powers, David Lockwood, David Meeker and Les Stewart. The group has two Trophy Brewing locations in Raleigh – the Brewery and the Tap Room at 656 Maywood Ave. and the Brewery and Pizzeria at 827 W. Morgan St. – as well as State of Beer at 401 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Follow their progress on Facebook.
Wake County Restaurant News
In Cary, the Triangle Business Journal shared that Cotton House Craft Brewers will open Triangular beer company at 320 E. Durham Road in the former Jordan Lake Brewing plant on June 26. They will have 16 taps with a wide range of current and new beers. It is located less than a mile from the original tap house, Cotton House, at 307 S. Academy St. The new space will also include the all-new Craft Concepts @ TBC, a permanent mobile kitchen and catering service. which will serve the Triangle region. Visit their website here.
People who live, work and travel in Wake Forest can now discover The Dunkin store of the future. Dunkin ‘will open its new restaurant at 12612 Capital Boulevard today, Friday, June 18. To celebrate, the restaurant will be offering free coffee for one year to the first 50 drive-thru guests at 6 a.m. Additionally, guests will enjoy appearances by a Dunkin ‘mascot and giveaways. Visit Dunkin ‘here.
Looking for all of the outdoor dining options in downtown Raleigh? Raleigh Alliance has put together a great list of these options and has even broken it down by district. Check out this list here.
News from Durham, Orange and Chatham restaurants
Bigger is better. And so it is in the case of Brandwein bagels in Chapel Hill as they announced this week that they were expanding their existing store at 505 W. Rosemary to also include the former Bread & Butter Bakery space next door and the huge parking lot that goes with it. Follow their success and progress on Instagram here.
And more big news from Chatham County this week. Restaurateur Greg Lewis announced via Facebook that his highly anticipated steakhouse, Sycamore at Chatham Mills, will open on Thursday June 24. They will begin serving dinner on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. They are not accepting reservations at this time, but will be doing so soon. The Sycamore is in the space once occupied by the Pickle Jar Cafe and before that, Oakleaf. Lewis also operates Forest Hall at Chatham Mills, an event venue, as well as his catering business, 39 West Catering, operating in a recently renovated space also in Chatham Mills. Follow their progress on Facebook here.
Also in Chapel Hill I forgot to include in last week’s update but noticed a sign for Flying Biscuit Coffee at the spot between BarTaco and Hawkers at University Place in Chapel Hill. This will be the 3rd location in the Triangle zone for the franchise. Website here indicates that it will open this summer. Stay tuned.
And here are some wonderful resources for those looking to dine in downtown Durham or downtown Chapel Hill – Durham City Center Inc. has an up-to-date list of the status of every restaurant in downtown Durham. Check out the list here. And the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership has established a Similar listing for Chapel Hill here.
Closures / Cancellations
With the above announcement regarding the expansion of Brandwein Bagels, comes the news of the imminent closure of Bread & Butter Bakery. The Chen family had owned and operated this business since 2011, having run Oriental Garden for 20 years previously.
Our friends at RalToday shared the news that The waves skim the ice brings a taste of Hawaii to Holly Springs – food truck plans to open in July according to their Instagram page. Their syrups are both local and organic.
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance is bringing back their highly successful Dine Out Downtown Program that they started last year. This Saturday (June 19) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the City Market. Free parking is available throughout the city center. Get all the details and see which restaurants will be participating here.
Downtown Durham Inc. announced that The street will return on Saturday, June 26 to Five Points with outdoor seating and additional buskers. Join them from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. to go shopping, perform, dine on site or dine outside. The Streetery takes place the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Get all the details here.
Created on the North Carolina Food and Beverage podcast, ‘Bubbles and Brisket’ is a collaboration of chefs, pit masters, wine producers and sommeliers, pairing sparkling wine with a variety of cooking techniques and side dishes featuring everyone’s favorite: beef brisket. The event will take place on June 26 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at V Pizza on Kildaire Farm Road in Cary. The event will feature the chest of: Toriano Fredricks of Boricua Soul; Carrie Schleiffer of Alley 26 and Crooks Corner; James Johnson of Skippers; Marc Russell of Longleaf BBQ Pork; Kyle Sutton of Butts for Babies; Anthony Rapillo of V Pizza; and Derek Wilkins from the Butcher’s Market. And bubbles by: Triangle Wine Company; Vintage 59; Broadbent Selections; and WineSellers. Tickets are $ 65 and you can get these and all details here.
Durham summer, a 4-day wine and food festival will kick off this year from July 1-4. The event will showcase contemporary cuisine, music and the independent arts in Durham. Tickets give you 20% off participating restaurants, access to exclusive tasting and matchmaking events, and all entertainment. Visit their website to see a list of participating restaurants and other activities here.
You may want to go ahead and plan to spend your Labor Day weekend in Pinehurst for the Pinehurst’s first barbecue festival – a three-day event, held in and around the historic village of Pinehurst from September 3-5, 2021. The event will offer a unique dining experience of tasting various barbecue meats and traditional sides. Choose to experience the entire three-day festival or attend a single signature event. A multi-ticket VIP package, as well as individual tickets for each event are available. The pitmaster range includes: Ed mitchell, The Reserve (Raleigh); Christophe Prieto, Prime Barbecue (Knightdale); Adam Hugues, Old Colony Smokehouse (Edenton); Joe lumbrazo, Backyard Bistro (Raleigh); and Ashley Sheppard, Pik N Pig (Carthage). Get tickets, schedule and all the details here.
Our friends at RalToday have highlighted a few events that you might want to go ahead and put on your calendar. So exciting to think about some of our favorite events actually happening in 2021! The first one standing, Raleigh Vegetable Festival 2021 originally scheduled for April 4, has moved to October 31 at Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. And Brewgaloo scheduled September 17-18 in downtown Raleigh.
Food bank corner
When school is over, the Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Bank knows families struggle to keep food on the table. The budgets of so many families are already strained by the pandemic, with job losses and reduced hours. Fortunately, our generous corporate and individual donors match up to $ 132,000! Every $ 10 you donate can help provide 100 meals… feed twice as many children, teens and families in need. Can you participate? Click here if you can!
Sean Lennard, originally from Raleigh, has been on the Triangle culinary scene for … well, for a long time, but professionally since 2002 with the 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.