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– East Darryl’s go back? The News & Observer reported this week that current owner William “Marty” Kotis definitely puts Raleigh at the top of his future expansion plans. The N&O noted that Darryl’s was founded in 1971 by Angus Barn co-founders Thad Eure and Charles Winston, along with restaurant namesake Darryl Davis. The founders left the company at different times when Darryl’s was sold to larger restaurant groups. At its peak, there were 39 locations, including five in the Triangle alone. The Hillsborough Street location was the last in the area to close, in 2003. Visit Darryl’s in Greensboro here.

Wake County Restaurant News

As the weather warms up as we get closer to summer, we got a reminder this week that The Redneck BBQ Lab is set to open this summer in North Hills as The BBQ Lab. Their first location opened in Benson in 2016 and appeared on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” Its new location will serve barbecue, new menu items, Sunday brunch and a twist on traditional small plates. Follow the announcements on their Facebook page here.

Also in Raleigh, RalToday shared an update. Cozy cookie delivery company Tiff’s treats should open on June 4 in the village district. To celebrate its grand opening, the boutique is offer a dozen cookies to all new subscribers. Sign up for free cookies here.

In Fuquay-Varina, reader Chris Creighton shared some quick updates. The first is The Gyro Spot at 1005 E. Broad St. which will serve authentic Greek cuisine. And the second news is a get started enter the new parcel building across from Walmart on E. Broad Street. This will be their second Triangle location, as there is one on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. No word on an open date for either. Visit Wing It On here.

It’s fun (and tasty!). The people at Morning rolls (think cinnamon rolls!) at the Quail Corners mall in Raleigh are having a contest for kids to tell them why their mom is the nicest. After reading all the entries, they will choose a winner who will win a free breakfast or lunch for the whole family! Share this with your kids! Visit them on Facebook here.

Some exciting news from the folks at Cary’s Restoration by Design. Owners Philip and Amy Lin started a non-profit foundation with the aim of bringing Hello homemade ice cream at the Triangle. If you’re not familiar with Howdy, it was created to train and mentor young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities using smiles and amazing ice cream. In order to make this dream a reality, they are hosting their first fundraising luncheon on Thursday, May 5 at the Courtyard by Marriott in Cary. To have lunch details hereand learn more about Howdy’s Homemade Ice Cream here.

Durham, Orange and Chatham Restaurant News

Carrie Brogren shared via her Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies group that Carrboro’s Belltree Cocktail Club is up and running with a “soft” reopening schedule for the next two weeks, leading up to a grand reopening on May 6. This means they will have limited hours, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. this week, and a reduced menu. Get to know Belltree again here.

And thanks to a message from Ian Enverga to the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies group, we learned that a “sweet tea” place called Romanz Tea arrives at the corner of Mt. Moriah and Erwin in Durham. Best to follow them on Instagram for updates/announcements.

Closures/Cancellations

Reader Stephen Head shared the news that Dharani in Morrisville has closed. That said, new management plans to reopen this location (1000 Lower Shiloh Way, Morrisville) under a new brand. Stay tuned.

And not a restaurant (but we have so many “foodies” among our followers)….Vanessa Guirguis shared this Carolina Whip (a store for cooks, foodies, chefs and gadget lovers), located in the Waverly Place mall in Cary, is closing, including cooking classes, on June 11. So you still have time to manage and/or attend a course. Get their closing times and details here.

food trucks

Alright, be careful. Some changes to the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo 2022 Calendar. There are only two dates for the 2022 rodeos and they are as follows – June 12 and September 25. There is NOT one this weekend. The rodeo is set up on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, with a half-mile of food trucks and restaurants spread over 10 blocks. Details here.

The rest Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo The 2022 schedule is as follows: June 5, September 4 and October 30. Mark your calendars. Get all the details here.

Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking it and just don’t want to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street Food Finder here.

Events

great grapes at Cary’s Saltbox Village continues its streak of 20th anniversary parties with the next event on April 30 from 5:30-8 p.m. The event will feature lobster (provided by The Lobster Dogs), beer (Fullsteam) and wine (15 seafood, spring wines). Get all the details and tickets here.

Lafayette Village in North Raleigh will host the Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Party 2022 this Saturday, April 30 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be live music and vendors in the courtyard. Explore the unique shops while tasting wines, cheeses and chocolates in this beautiful local shopping village. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs to enjoy the event. General admission tickets are $39.99; VIP tickets are $99. Visit their Facebook event page here.

On May 1, the people of Pittsboro will gather under the stars to Local on Lorax: A Farm and Art Dinner 6-9 p.m. at The Plant at 192 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro. It’s a pop-up diner with a super local twist bringing together farmers, chefs, restaurants, craft drinks, and visual artists and performers to have a good time. Tickets are $125. Get all the details here.

The people of Cary are proud to announce that party in the west, western Cary’s signature event, returns to Thomas Brooks Park on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There are two stages with entertainment featuring some of the Triangle’s top talent. The food trucks will be spread across three areas, a centrally located beer garden and a fun Kids Corral with family-friendly activities as well as a petting zoo. Mark your calendar and get all the details here.

Thanks to the folks at RalToday, we were reminded that Bowstring Pizza and Brasserie hosts a spring music festival Saturday May 14 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Join the Brewyard for a night of shopping with local vendors, sipping cocktails and cold beers, and music performed by NC bands. Get all the details and tickets here.

The folks at Bites of Bull City have shared the good news that The Glass Jug’s Third Annual Hops & Blues Fest returns this year on Saturday, May 21 from 4-8 p.m. at the Glass Jug Beer Lab RTP site (5410 NC-55). Note: The event is limited to 250 people, so get your tickets early. The $45 ticket price gives attendees unlimited samples from the area’s top IPA and hop-forward beer makers, plus live music from some of the best local blues musicians: Brett Chambers & The Usual Suspects and The Pheobees. Besides The Glass Jug, other on-site brewery representatives include Aslin, Resident Culture, New Anthem, Wilmington, Commonwealth, Triple Crossing, Funguys, Durty Bull, Wooden Robot, Grimm, Equilibrium and Southern Grist. Get tickets here.

The second annual Bubbles and Chest is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 from 2-6 p.m. at Smoky Hollow in downtown Raleigh. The event is a collaboration of chefs, pit masters, winemakers, sommeliers and brewers, pairing sparkling bubbles with a variety of cooking techniques and side dishes that feature everyone’s favorite : beef brisket. Early Bird tickets on sale for the month of April are $65/person. On May 1, tickets are $75/person. Get all the details and tickets here.

After a 2 year hiatus, Dinner in the meadow will be returning as attendees will reconvene in the meadow on Sunday, September 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Dinner sells out each year, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early. Get all the details here.

Like beer? Excellent. Visit Raleigh has established a Raleigh Beer Trail which gives you a passport to get dabbed at over 30 Raleigh-area breweries, from Wake Forest to Raleigh to Holly Springs to Fuquay-Varina. Once you’ve filled your passport with stamps, you submit it to receive prizes. Nothing like being rewarded for drinking! But as always, drink in moderation. Get the details here.

Food bank corner

You can make a difference every month! Despite a record amount of food distributed to people, the elderly, children, veterans and families of all kinds who face hunger last year, the food bank is still not meeting the increased needs in the 34 counties Central and Eastern North Carolina Food Bank serves. Their frontline partner agencies are still reporting a sustained 35% increase in need over pre-pandemic levels. They need your reliable support to feed all their needy neighbors. Sign up in January and your first monthly donation can be matched up to $2,500! Start giving today! #NoOneGoesHungry


Sean Lennard, originally from Raleigh, has been part of the Triangle’s culinary scene 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.

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