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— WRAL shared the news this week that the folks behind Longleaf Swine have announced that they will no longer move into the Transfer Co. Food Hall, but will instead open in the former Oakwood Cafe spot at 300 E. Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh. While they are getting things up and running, be on the lookout for pop ups, pick up times and pre-opening events. Follow their updates and pending announcement on Facebook here.

Wake County Restaurant News

Raleigh Convergence reported this week that Idle Hour Coffee on Oberlin (around the corner from Mandolin) will open Monday, Aug. 31 at 7 am. Look to enjoy specialty coffees, teas, baked goods as well as Vietnamese cuisine. Sign me up! Follow them on Instagram for the any additional announcements.

Today, Perry’s Restaurants, a Texas-based group of steakhouses, opens Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Raleigh, the first in North Carolina. It is located at Crabtree Terrace directly across Creedmoor Road from Crabtree Valley Mall. Get familiar with them here.

Triangle Business Journal shared this week that Matt Ensero, CEO of Wing It On, will open his newest location, and the first in North Carolina, at the end of August at 2526 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Check them out here.

Things are about to get a lot sweeter in Cary as we learned this week that Dan and Sara Bernard are just days away from opening the very first franchise location of Baked Cookies & Dough in MacGregor Village. They specialize in gourmet edible cookie dough made with heat treated flour and no eggs. They’ll also have baked cookies, soft serve ice cream, milkshakes, ice cream blends, coffee, doughwiches and many more creations as they get rolling. Start getting familiar with the concept here.

Also in Cary, got word from Chase Riker that Burrito Shak officially announced their opening date of Saturday, September 12th at 2982 Kildaire Farm Road (near the intersection with Penny Road) in the ACE Hardware Plaza. Get to know them here.

Up in North Raleigh, reader Barb Bender shared with us the news that Bali Hai finally opened next to Sassool in Harvest Plaza at 9650 Strickland Road. Visit them here.

Met this week with John Morse over at Southern Pasta Company which just opened at Falls Village Shopping Center. The walk-in shop features fresh Southern-Italian fusion food made with locally-sourced ingredients that you can take and bake at home. Check them out here.

Also in North Raleigh, family friend Julie Barnes shared that Peno Mediterranean Grill is going in next to Sprouts in the old Chronic Tacos location. No word yet on a timeline. This will be the only Triangle area location as the one on Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street has closed. Visit them here.

Down in Holly Springs David McCreary shared with me that the newest location of First Watch, a breakfast/brunch/lunch cafe, is now open at 304 Grand Hill Place in Holly Springs Towne Center beside Blaze Pizza. Discover more here.

Looking for outdoor dining options in Downtown Raleigh? The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has put together a great list of those options, and they even divided it up by district. Check out that list here.

Durham, Orange & Chatham Restaurant News

Triangle Business Journal shared the news this week that the latest tenant announcement for Boxyard RTP is Durham’s Beyu Caffe. The grab-and-go coffee concept debuted at Duke University in 2018 and is looking to have the new RTP Beyu up and running next spring. Get familiar with Boxyard here.

I don’t like to speculate, but this one is hard to ignore. Michael DePersia at DePersia & Associates brought it to our attention that there is an auction today at Kokyu Na’Mean at 4823 Meadow Drive in RTP. All links on their site and social media now direct you to their Kokyu Neighborhood Eatery & Beer Garden location at Southpoint. Stay tuned. Visit the auction listing here and visit Kokyu here.

A big congratulations to Ricky Moore and Saltbox Seafood Joint as WRAL shared the news this week that they were awarded $25,000 through Discover’s Eat it Forward campaign, which aims to celebrate Black-owned restaurants. Visit Saltbox here.

Closings / Cancellations

Born and raised in Raleigh and now living in Chapel Hill, I’m saddened by the news that both the Cameron Village and Chapel Hill locations of K&W Cafeteria closed this week. Lots of good memories for sure.

Franklin Street’s location of Peno Mediterranean Grill in Chapel Hill has closed. That’s the bad news. The good news is that gives Sup Dogs more outdoor dining space!

Food Trucks

Ashton Mae Smith shared on her weekly post last week that the Triangle is now home to a new Laotian food truck – LaoLao serving up authentic Lao cuisine. Follow them on Instagram here.

Soul Fresh Spring Rolls is currently nearing the end of their Kickstarter campaign – Save Our Soul…Fresh Kickstarter Campaign – to stay in business. Their deadline is Aug. 31 and they could really use your support. Visit their campaign here and consider donating!

Food Truck Flix is a recurring event that combines drive-in movies with food trucks, for a safer entertainment experience just announced their schedule for the upcoming weekends (Friday and Saturday nights). The events will be taking place at Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices, Durham, and at Focus Church, 7000 Destiny Drive, Raleigh. You can purchase tickets in advance for any of the drive-in movies. The price is $25 per car. Of course, you’ll also want to bring money for the food trucks.

Find and stalk your favorite food trucks with Roaming Hunger and Street Food Finder.


A great group of Raleigh restaurant owners are donating this weekend to the Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice Bake Sale. Pick up is this Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1519 Brookside Dr. – AUX Kitchen. 100% of the funds from the bake sale will be donated to an emergency fund managed by The Lee Initiative dedicated to Black-owned restaurants with a proven need for financial assistance. Restaurants participating include: Garland, Poole’s Diner, Lucettegrace, Union Special Bread, Foundation Bar, Locals Oyster Bar, Videri Chocolate Factory, Centro, Capital Club 16 and Trophy Brewing Company. Get all the details here.

It is back! The N.C. State Fair is bringing some deliciousness to the end of your summer with more Drive-Thru Fair Food Days this Saturday, Aug. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and this Sunday, Aug. 30, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Remember, cash only. Enter the fairgrounds parking area off Trinity Road and order from your car. Please remain in your vehicle. Servers will come to you. Keep up with future dates on their Facebook page here.

Speaking of drive-up/thru yumminess, the Howling Cow Dairy Education Center and Creamery on Lake Wheeler Road is now offering drive-thru/pick-up service. You pull into the parking lot and order from your car at the entrance to the building and then pull forward a little and pick up your ice cream. There are usually about 18 flavors available — from chocolate and strawberry to Howling Cow favorites like Wolf Tracks and Cherry Brick Road. One scoop is $3.75, two scoops are $5.50 and toppings like rainbow sprinkles or Oreo dirt are 75 cents each. Check out the feature on WRAL here.

Ordering ice cream at Howling Cow Creamery

Here is a great cause to get behind. The Sola Hot Mini 5k, now in its seventh year, has been converted to a virtual race! All proceeds raised will be donated to help in the fight to end ALS. All who have registered for the Sola Hot Mini 5k are now registered through our virtual platform and T-shirts will still be guaranteed to all who register by Aug. 28 (that’s today folks!). Get all the details and register here.

Ashley Christensen Restaurants is now doing Picnic Pop-up at the Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art. You order your picnic ahead of time and pick it up on Saturday and Sunday from noon til 7 pm. Order ahead here and get contactless pick-up at the Blue Ridge Patio at the East Building.

Alley Twenty Six, one of Downtown Durham’s staple businesses, announced a weekly outdoor pop-up event titled “Alley Freezes Over” happening every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting) from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. It continues throughout the summer and early fall. The pop-up includes new frozen cocktails and the choice of “boozy” or alcohol-free snow cones using their local, all-natural Alley Twenty Six syrups, plus a revamped food menu from chef Carrie Schleiffer. Seating will be available outside, in the namesake alley (26 Alley) located directly adjacent to the cocktail bar and will be following safety guidelines, including mask wearing, practicing social distancing, and sanitizing surfaces between guests. Visit them here.

Taste Carolina has partnered with five local food and drink artisans on a small group online class that will begin in mid-August. It meets once a week for live demonstrations by each artisan and a social and fun experience led by Lesley at Taste Carolina. The businesses represented are: Cookie Gurlie, The Mad Popper, Carrboro Coffee Company, Sweet Little Something, and Alley Twenty Six. All the artisan products are included in the price of the class! Taste Carolina wants to thank you for reading this, so the code, TFG, will get you $10 off when you sign up here.

If there is any good to be found in the pandemic (there really isn’t!) it might be the resurgence of drive-in and outdoor movies! Some are your traditional drive-in/car venues, while others are outdoor spaces in the grass with market off “spaces” maintaining safe physical distancing and some even involve watching a movie with baby goats! (I’m serious) Our friends over at Triangle On The Cheap have a great list of drive-in and outdoor movie options for you and your family. Of course, bringing food or ordering food on site makes it that much better! Check out their complete listing of options here.

Drive-in theatre

Food Bank Corner

COVID-19 and the impact will be with us for a long time and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina stands ready for the challenge – but they need your help! Here’s how you can help:

DONATE FUNDS. As we shift our inventory and operations to meet the ever-changing need as well as prepare ourselves for Hurricane Season, funds are the resource we need most. Financial donations allow us to stay nimble, to change our operation as needed, and to reach new people with our efforts.

INVOLVE FRIENDS. Want to mobilize your neighborhood, church group, or other circle of friends? Holding a Virtual Food Drive is a great way to help – while practicing social distancing. We even re-launched our Virtual Food Drive platform. Visit foodbankcenc.org/vfd to set yours up today.

USE YOUR VOICE. Research the policies that impact hunger and speak out! Contact your state, local, and federal representatives to let them know policies like SNAP, TEFAP, and WIC need to be strengthened in order to break the cycle of hunger and help relieve families of the burden of hunger. Visit foodbankcenc.org/advocacy to learn more.

DONATE TIME. The Food Bank greatly relies on our volunteers, especially in times of crisis. If you are a healthy adult and want to volunteer, you can self-schedule a shift here. #noonegoeshungry

Sean Lennard owns Triangle Food Guy, the only locally owned and operated corporate catering website, TriangleFoodGuy.com. As a native of Raleigh, Sean has been around the Triangle food scene for…well, 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 as you can follow Sean throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter.

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