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Come Hungry!

Raleigh Triangle Restaurant News

By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy, trianglefoodblog.com

Annelore’s German Bakery, owned by Norbert and Annelore Gstattenbauer, opened December 15th in its new building at 308 W. Chatham Street in downtown Cary. The Gstattenbauers have been operating their home-based bakery since they moved to the area in 2008. They also sell their goods at the Western Wake Farmers Market and State Farmers Market.

The dates for the Lucy Daniels Center 2018 version of their popular Cooking for a Classic have been set. This year’s event consists of three rounds and eight chefs vying to win a restored ’49 truck.
It is gorgeous! The first round kicks off on Monday, January 22nd, and continues through the week. The semifinals are the following week, and the final showdown will be on Wednesday, February 7th. This year’s competing chefs are Trey Cleveland of Top of the Hill, Chapel Hill; Matt Hannon of Ironwood Café, Southern Pines; Jonathan Ballard of Dean’s Kitchen + Bar, Cary; James Patterson of McConnell Golf Dining; Troy Stauffer of City Club Raleigh; Aaron Matyac of Whiskey Kitchen, Raleigh; Dean Thompson of Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel; and Nick Fay of Coquette, Raleigh.

Big news out of downtown Raleigh is that Weaver Street Market, a popular co-op food market founded in Carrboro nearly30 years ago, will be opening a new location at The Dillon in Raleigh’s Warehouse District in late summer. While I normally don’t cover grocery store news, I have enjoyed some great meals over the years at the other Weaver Street locations.

The ITB Insider and The News & Observer both reported that, after closing Cafe Lucarne in March in City Market, the owners of Royale have re-opened a new concept in the same location as simply Lucarne. Co-owner Jesse Bardyn said the new Lucarne will focus on small plates to snack on while imbibing on cocktails, wine, and beer. The new chef is Bobby McFarland, who was previously the chef de cuisine at Royale.

Over on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, the ITB Insider also reported that Penn Station East Coast Subs will be serving its signature sandwiches from the ground floor of the Stanhope, at 3001 Hillsborough Street. They already have locations in Cary, Durham, Morrisville, and North Raleigh.

And after months of anticipation, downtown Cary welcomed the opening of the Postmaster Restaurant and Bar in December. Located at the corner of E. Cedar Street and N. Walker Street, Postmaster is the creation of Tyler Watt, who also owns and operates Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage just a block away.


Sean Lennard has been catering in the Triangle for more than 15 years, and his blog is a go-to foodie hotspot. He taps into local restaurant partners and his online catering business, Triangle Food Guy, serves events of all sizes. Check out TriangleFoodBlog.com for weekly news.