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Raleigh Triangle Restaurant News

By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy,
Banner photo features Iyla’s Southern Kitchen courtesy of
Morgan Street Food Hall.

June Openings in Raleigh: Viva Chicken opened in the former McAlister’s Deli space in North Hills. An authentic Peruvian rotisserie chicken joint that started in Charlotte, Viva is known for its Pollo a la Brasa. Caretta Coffee opened in North Raleigh, next to The Hop Yard in the Falls River Town Center at 1141 Falls River Avenue. They serve coffee, breakfast and lunch frittatas, fresh baked goods, smash toast, and smoothies. Their original location is in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Also last month: Sean Degnan and Tony Hopkins of bu•ku in downtown Raleigh (and bu•ku in Wake Forest and so•ca in Cameron Village) announced that, at the end of their lease in December, they will move bu•ku into the former AN spot off Cary’s Harrison Avenue, across from the SAS campus.

On the heels (pun intended) of the opening of the Triangle’s first food hall over in Chapel Hill (Blue Dogwood Public Market opened in early June), the Morgan Street Food Hall in downtown Raleigh announced an opening date of July 23rd. The spot will feature more than 20 culinary options.

Also by the end of July, Lola’s Cantina will be serving up street tacos, elote, and more in Raleigh’s Five Points. It will be located next door to Third Place coffee shop.

David Harris, who owns Remington Grille and Amedeo’s, has purchased Sammy’s Tap and Grill, located at 2235 Avent Ferry Road. He says the menu will be getting new additions including a veggie burger, but don’t expect the popular wings and beef burgers to go away.

Work is now underway on The Davie Street Pub, which will go into the former Calavera Empanadas space at the corner of Blount and Davie on the ground floor of the Palladium Plaza condos. The new pub will reportedly open later this summer. 



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 for weekly news.