jubala photo by @raleighfoodpics

jubala photo by @raleighfoodpics

Loosen Your Belts

Raleigh Triangle Restaurant News

By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy, trianglefoodblog.com

The Cortez Seafood & Cocktail, brought to us by Jose & Sons, opened at 413 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh in the former Cafe Helios spot.

After being closed for renovation almost a year after a foundation wall collapsed due to flooding, Boylan Bridge Brewpub, the popular summer hangout, has reopened. Go for the brews, stay for the views.

JMR Kitchens owners Ryan and Justin Riek opened the second location of their very successful taste restaurant. Dubbed taste 2, it is located at 1912 Bernard Street just off Whittaker Mill Road. The original location is at 3048 Medlin Drive. The Rieks also own and operate more. and the oak.

La Madeleine French Bakery & Café has reopened at a Raleigh location – 6320 Plantation Center Drive (former Mimi’s Cafe spot in Plantation Point) after closing the Cary location adjacent to Cary Town Center. The restaurant is a French-inspired bakery and café with classic French dishes.

H-Street Kitchen in the old Varsity Theater on Hillsborough Street has closed for the summer, with stated plans to “execute some changes.” They were short on details, but plan to reopen when students return in the fall.

A new fast-casual restaurant with wood-grilled chicken and Caribbean-inspired recipes called Papaya Chicken & Grill opened in Bent Tree Plaza on Falls of Neuse Road, near the intersection of Strickland Road. Owner Michael Burbage describes the restaurant as Caribbean and Latin with flavors inspired by travels to Costa Rica, Mexico, Jamaica, and other tropical locales.

Mama Jee Thai restaurant has opened just off Hillsborough Street on Friendly Drive (near the intersection with Dixie Trail). Mama Jee, Jeerawan Bessinger, was born in Thailand and is the chef and owner. Pay them a visit to truly taste the heart and soul of Thailand.

Coming up soon:

The facelift coming to the 510 Building in downtown Raleigh is for a new BBQ restaurant. Matt Kenner (think Milk Bar, The Anchor Bar, and a partner in MoFu Shoppe) is behind the concept. Located next to Pho Pho Pho and looking to open this fall.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema unveiled plans to open their first location in North Carolina in east Raleigh’s Longview Shopping Center along New Bern Avenue. Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh, an 11-screen theater, bar, and restaurant, will feature 660 seats and a beer hall with 36 local beers on tap, and is expected to open before year’s end.

Coleen Speaks, owner of PoshNosh Catering, announced that she will open Whitaker & Atlantic, a private event space and Hummingbird, an adjacent café and bar. They will be located in the revitalized warehouse, Dock 1053 at the corner of Whitaker Mill Road and Atlantic Avenue. Both concepts are set to open early Fall 2017.

House of Hops, a craft beer bar and bottle shop, and Shuckin’ Shack, an oyster bar, will anchor a new development near Mami Nora’s Rotisserie Chicken at the corner of McNeill Street and Wake Forest Road. Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar has several locations on the coast and opened in Cary in early 2016. This will be the second location for House of Hops, which has a site on Glenwood Avenue near the intersection with Duraleigh Road.

Mellow Mushroom is planning a second Raleigh location at 9600 Brier Creek Parkway, near the Meadows at Brier Creek apartments. The restaurant will be housed in a new, 6,435 square foot building. This will be the Triangle area’s sixth location.

Transfer Co. Olde East, a food hall, market, and gathering place in downtown’s historic Olde East neighborhood (in the former Carolina Coach garage and shop at 500 E. Davie Street), announced their initial lineup of tenants this week: Bolted Bread & Jubala Coffee, Angela Salamanca of Centro & Gallo Pelon, Videri Chocolate Factory, Locals Seafood with Person Street, Saxapahaw General Store and Che Empanadas – with more to be announced.

The Remedy Diner plans to move from their current location at 137 E. Hargett Street to the former P.G. Werth’s location at 927 W. Morgan Street. No word on a timeline.


Sean Lennard runs his own online corporate catering business, Triangle Food Guy, serving the entire Triangle for any size event. Tapping into local restaurant partners, he is your one-stop order for any type of food or foods you want. Read and subscribe at TriangleFoodBlog.com for full weekly reports with links.