Foodie News: Two Raleigh breweries announce expansions
Triangle Business Journal shared the news this week that Trophy Brewing Company is expanding (again) and will be opening their sixth location – potentially named Trophy Brewing Outpost – next to Anisette Sweet Shop and famed chef Cheetie Kumar’s new restaurant, Ajja. Located at 205 Bickett Blvd., it will serve as both a taproom and restaurant. The spot will open first as a taproom, aiming for early fall 2024, with the restaurant portion following about six months later. Keep up with Trophy here.
And that's not the only brewery news this week, Crank Arm Brewing Company announced Friday morning via Raleigh Magazine that it would be opening a Durham taproom on the ground floor of the Beckon Apartments on Liggett Street. The space will have 24 taps and a full liquor bar. They are hoping to open by the end of the year. Crank Arm has been a Raleigh staple for a decade.
Wake County Restaurant News
RalToday reported this week that Eastcut Sandwich Bar opened at Raleigh Iron Works (1101 E. Whitaker Mill Rd., Ste. 126). This is the sandwich shop’s second Triangle-area location — the original location is in Durham at 3211 Old Chapel Hill Rd. Get familiar with them here.
On a recent drive down Wake Forest Road I noticed a “Coming Soon” sign at the spot of the former Gusto Farm to Street at 3088 Wake Forest Road (just behind Trader Joe’s). Looks like we are getting a second Triangle-area location of Piada Italian Street Food (their first local location is in Park West in Morrisville). If you are not familiar with them, do so here.
Down in Garner, saw on the Choose Local & Small Y’all and Garner Biz Facebook pages that later this summer Scoop Dogz will open a 4’x4′ service window at 1411 Aversboro Road, Suite 111. It will be a hot dog walk up grill and ice cream just down from Aversboro Restaurant. Stay tuned.
A quick correction (on the address) from last week. In downtown Raleigh, we got word that Mustang House, a a new Nepalese and Indian restaurant, has opened at 411 Fayetteville St. (Suite 109). Probably best to follow along on Facebook here.
Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News
In Durham, WRAL shared the news that June 10 from noon until 11 p.m. is the grand opening of Lonerider Distillery and Taproom (located at 708 Ramseur St.). Look for them to have tons of drink specials, tastings/samplings and much more. Visit their Facebook events page for all the details.
Over in Pittsboro, we saw on the Pittsboro Eats page that there is a changing of the guard taking place. It was announced that the owners of Angelina’s Kitchen have sold their kitchen and it will be transformed into a concept called The West End. You can expect the new shop to be open by early fall 2023. Thanks to Darcy Moore for passing along this news.
And in Carrboro, Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook Group founder Carrie Brogren shared that Pizza Factory and Cheesesteak Co. has opened in the old Carrboro Pizza Oven location in Carr Mill Mall. We haven’t been able to find a presence on the web, so stay tuned.
Got word this week that the folks over at Earth To Us (American and Latin vegan comfort food) have had to make the decision to close their Durham location. That’s the bad news. The good news is their Raleigh location (2893 Jones Franklin Rd.) remains open.
Triangle Business Journal shared the news this week that Lonerider Brewing has temporarily closed its location in Five Points. They are not sure about the next steps, so they are “taking a pause” before making that decision. Stay tuned.
The next Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is June 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Get out your calendar and make note of the dates for the rest of the 2023 Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeos: Sept. 3 and Oct. 29. All rodeos are from noon to 4 p.m. Giddyup! Here is the link.
Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking them and simply don’t want to have to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.
Like the beer in Durham? North Carolina that is. What about the beer in Durham, UK? Well, here is your chance to find out. Sister Cities of Durham will hold their Two Durhams Beer Festival on Friday, June 9, from 5-9 p.m. at Durham Central Park (Durham, NC). Essentially 5 breweries in Durham, NC are exchanging beer recipes with 5 breweries in Durham, UK. There will also be live music, food trucks, and souvenirs. I’ll drink to that! Get the details here.
Over in downtown Cary on Saturday (June 10), the Town of Cary will host their Pimento Cheese Festival from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. where food trucks will line Academy Street serving their regular menus, along with new dishes featuring a southern delicacy: pimento cheese! Enjoy live music at the Downtown Park, grab a drink from local breweries, and taste some of the best pimento cheese samples from local restaurants. You can even test your skills in the pimento cheese sculpting contest. Get all the details here.
Friend Kitty Kinnin reminded me that tickets are now available for the 5th Roots for Reece Chef’s Picnic being held on June 11 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Haven Farm in Knightdale. At the event you will be able to sample small plates and beverages from over 25 local food and beverage establishments. Check out this list: Longleaf Swine BBQ; Glass House Kitchen; Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing; The Umstead Hotel and Spa; Craften Neighborhood Food & Drink; Postal Fish Company; Under The Oak Catering; Locals Seafood; Mebane Crafted; Cucciolo Terrazza Raleigh; Viv’s Fridge; Jolie Restaurant; Elevated Catering Company; Layered Croissanterie; Native Fine Diner; ORO Restaurant & Lounge; Lawrence Barbecue; Leroys Taco Shop; William & Company; Revival 1869 – A Drinkery; Trophy Brewing Company; Umbrella Dry Bar; Deep River Brewing Company; and Double Barley Brewing. All proceeds go to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition, which saves lives through education and prevention of opiate overdose. Visit the site here to get your tickets.
On June 14 at 6 p.m. our friends over at Prohibitive Cary (located at The Matthews House) will take us on a Mediterranean adventure around the coast of Italy pairing 5 wines with light bites. They are located at 317 W Chatham St. Tickets are $60 each. Get all the details and tickets here.
Durmnik, a Juneteenth celebration with Saltbox Seafood Joint and friends, will take place on Saturday, June 17 (“Durmnik” is the combination of Durham and picnic). The community celebration will take place at Saltbox Seafood Joint (2637 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham) from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Attendees will receive a picnic box curated by chef Ricky Moore, Chez Moi Bakery, Mike D’s BBQ, Nzingas Kitchen and Ideal Bartending Co., and a mocktail. Get all the details on what is in each box, and purchase tickets, here.
Sunday, June 18 is the date for the Summertime Seafood Festival in downtown Pittsboro hosted by The Sycamore and Postal Fish Company. From 2 to 6 p.m. on the lawn and inside of Forest Hall at Chatham Mills, guests will be able to enjoy delicious food, refreshing drinks and live music. Advance tickets for entry are $10 or purchase at the door for $15 (if available). Food, drinks and desserts are available for purchase. Get all the details here.
On June 20, join The Wine Feed in Durham as they host a Veg-Heads Wine Dinner at 7 p.m. Vegetarians will rejoice as head chef Taylor Halley expertly pairs delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes with world-class wines! Get tickets and all the details here.
The third annual NC Hops Fest is back at the NC State Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 24. This event is a celebration of NC craft beverages with local vendors, food trucks, live music, and of course… beer. General admission tickets, which include a commemorative cup and unlimited 3-oz samples, are $45. Get tickets and all the details here.
The folks over at Acme are bringing back Salt & Smoke on Saturday, Oct. 28. This year’s event will be held at The Barn at Sonark Media (located just off of Old 86 in Hillsborough). If you are not familiar with the event, it is a full afternoon and evening of live music, whole hog barbecue, raw oysters, roasted clams and plenty of the right beverages to wash it all down – local beer, wine and cocktails. And if you get your tickets now, through the end of this month there is a $25 discount for all tickets purchased (just use the code FINALLY when checking out). Get all the details and tickets here.
Food Bank Corner
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