News & Observer’s Drew Jackson reported this week that Seaboard Station is losing another great restaurant. After a 15 year race, J. Betski will close in about two weeks. This is the bad news. The good news is that the owners are opening a new restaurant nearby. Stay tuned for this announcement soon. Reserve your last meal here soon. Details on their site here.
Wake County Restaurant News
In North Raleigh, EatRaleigh announced via Twitter that there was a new restaurant coming up in downtown Triangle called Lechon which presents itself as a bar and a Latin barbecue. Not much else to report at this point. You can follow their progress on their Instagram page here.
A little further north in Wake Forest, reader Todd Dawson shared that there is a listing at Heritage stores in Wake Forest (2815 Rogers Road) for a new Location of Crumbl cookies between Starbucks and Mod Pizza. No details yet. This will mark the 4th location in the Triangle, with the most recent opening at Raleigh’s Brier Creek. Familiarize yourself with Crumbl here.
In Cary, friend Andrea Weigl announced that the restaurant inside The Mayton boutique hotel has undergone renovations and a new branding and is now Peck & Feather (formerly known as La Veranda). P&P is a fine but casual restaurant with a menu of modern American classics and is open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The restaurant team includes Chef Steve Zanini and General Manager Whitney Gilliom. Check it out here.
Staying in Cary, I saw on several social media posts that Cuffed donuts (a donut and cafe featuring the classics as well as creative, vegan and gluten-free donuts) will open in a week on August 21 at the former Happycakes Cupcakery location at 9958 Chapel Hill Road in Cary (think Guasaca). Keep up to date with any announcements by then on their Instagram page here.
Also in Cary, Raleigh Convergence announced that Fenton, the highly anticipated development in East Cary, has introduced Sports and society as their newest tenant named when they opened in spring 2022. The sports bar will include a game room and lounge with games ranging from skeeball to a golf simulator. To get an idea of what’s to come, check out their Atlanta location here.
My number one source for restaurant news in East Wake County, David McCreary, shared the news that Bellini Fine Italian Cuisine announced on its Facebook page this week that it plans to move this fall from its current location at MacGregor Village in Cary to a new location at 7256 GB Alford Highway in the Shoppes in Holly Springs this fall. Bellini will take over the space once occupied by the Mexican restaurant Los Pos, now closed. Follow the transition on their Facebook page here.
And a big thumbs up to Saif Rahman, executive chef of Vidrio at Raleigh’s Glenwood South (part of the LM Restaurant Group) as he won the title of North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Chef of the Year 2021. He won this prestigious award after participating in a series of preliminary and regional cooking competitions over the past few months. Visit Vidrio here.
looking for all outdoor dining options in downtown Raleigh? The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has put together a great list of these options and even broke it down by district. Check out this list here.
News from Durham, Orange and Chatham restaurants
There are fun things going on with The Root Cellar, with locations in Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. First of all, chief Will be Cuni will return to the Food Network for an episode of “redemption” of Guys grocery games Wednesday August 18. They organize a viewing party at Lumina Theater in Chapel Hill, with all proceeds from the event going to CORA, Chatham County Pantry. And in other news, The Root Cellar’s Chapel Hill location is set to reopen for indoor dining on Monday, August 16! Check out The Root Cellar here.
And speaking of the Lumina Theater, Kevin Callaghan chef / owner of ACME restaurant in downtown Carrboro, shared via their social networks (with Chapel Hill Magazine) this week that they will be opening a bar and restaurant inside the Lumina Theater in the Southern Village of Chapel Hill. No word yet on a name or on an opening date. Stay tuned. In the meantime, visit ACME here.
And in Durham, RalToday announced that a frozen daiquiri parlor, Slush, arrives downtown at 321 W. Main St. The new location is hosting a grand opening on Saturday August 14, featuring brightly colored drinks and a food truck. Visit them on Facebook here.
And here are some wonderful resources for those looking to dine in downtown Durham or downtown Chapel Hill – Downtown Durham 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 listing for Chapel Hill here.
Closures / Cancellations
Reader Samantha Leach has learned that the Raleigh location Brew to brew (Towne North Shopping Center) closed in June. However, they still have a location in Clayton here. Leach noted that there was a sign that a vegan cafe was coming to this location soon. Stay tuned.
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.
Downtown Durham Inc. announced that The street will return on Saturday August 14 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.
RalToday shared that Raleigh International Food Festival is back at City Plaza on Saturday, August 28 from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. The festival features a variety of international food, beers and wines, as well as international artists. Free entry. Get all the details here.
The 45th Annual Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival will take place on August 28-29 at the Cary Town Hall campus on Academy Street. The two-day arts festival will feature more than 350 artists, live music, children’s activities and a variety of food and drink vendors. Get all the details here.
You may want to go ahead and plan to spend your Labor Day weekend in Pinehurst for the grand opening. Pinehurst BBQ 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. Pitmasters lineup includes: Ed Mitchell, The Preserve (Raleigh); Christopher Prieto, Prime Barbecue (Knightdale); Adam Hughes, Old Colony Smokehouse (Edenton); Joe Lumbrazo, Backyard Bistro (Raleigh); and Ashley Sheppard, Pik N Pig (Carthage). Get tickets, schedule and all the details here.
Get ready for the seventh edition WRAL.com Voters’ Choice Award! Each year, your nominations and votes help WRAL recognize local favorites. Mark your calendars because the nomination period will start September 13! Get all the details here.
The 8th edition of the Sola Hot Mini 5K is happening this year on Saturday September 18th and registrations are now open. You can sign up to run / walk, volunteer, donate, or sponsor as they look to surpass last year’s efforts to raise funds for a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Three years ago, Jeanne, co-owner of Sola Coffee, was diagnosed with ALS. Find all the details on their website 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. Details here. And Brewgaloo is now scheduled for September 17-18 in downtown Raleigh. Details here.
Food Bank Corner
Their summer game may be over, but the Food Bank Children’s Summer Meal Program will continue to serve free nutritious meals until August 20 – filling the summer meal shortage that occurs when children and teens miss out on reliable school meals. While school is out, the Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Bank knows families are struggling to keep food on the table. The budgets of so many families are already strained by the pandemic, with job losses and reduced hours. The food bank provides free take-out meals for children at approximately 40 food outlets in our service area. Find out more about Grab & Go Kids summer meals here.