Loosen Your Belts

Raleigh Triangle Restaurant News

By Sean Lennard, Triangle Food Guy, trianglefoodblog.com

The guys over at Trophy Brewing Company opened Trophy Tap and Table on South Wilmington Street in downtown Raleigh in the former Busy Bee location. Featuring both Trophy Brewing and guest brewers, they have a menu centered on rotisserie chicken – just like a backyard cookout with someone else pouring your beer and you don’t have to cook.

Soca will likely open early March in the former Faire spot in Raleigh’s Cameron Village. Brought to us by Sean Degnan and Tony Hopkins, the owners of the popular eatery Buku, Soca will shift its eye to South and Central America, the menu bouncing between Colombia and Mexico, Trinidad and Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Chile.

Brewery Bhavana has posted “early March” as the anticipated opening of their new spot – a brewery, taproom, dim sum restaurant and flower shop – located at 218 South Blount Street off Raleigh’s Moore Square in the former Tir na Nog space.

Raleigh’s hottest new addition, Vidrio, brought to us by the folks at LM Restaurants, opened in January at 500 Glenwood Avenue (first two floors of the Carolina Ale House building). The Mediterranean-style dining experience offers a blend of Greek, Turkish, Lebanese, Moroccan, Spanish, and other coastal influences. The drinks menu has amazingly delicious cocktails, more than 50 wines on tap, and another 300 by the bottle.

Sushi Nine (that burned nearly to the ground in January, 2016) held a groundbreaking ceremony this week announcing the rebuilding of the popular eatery in its former location at 3812 Western Boulevard. No exact timeline was released.

Brunch options are expanding in Raleigh, with Standard Foods starting to serve weekend brunch service in January and Poole’s will begin later this spring, featuring many of the dishes from (now closed) Joule.

Popular North Raleigh brunch spot Brigs Restaurant in Brennan Station on Creedmoor Road has reopened its doors after closing due to fire damage.

The Raleigh location of Tobacco Road Sports Cafe and Brewery has reopened after a renovation and move into their new space around the corner at 505 W. Jones Street – the former Natty Greene’s location. It is a space that is absolutely stunning – from the “bar area” that has the feel of the other locations (in Chapel Hill and Durham), an amazing game room and a brewery. They also now have space for private events. Their former spot at 222 Glenwood Avenue will soon be home to La Santa Mexican Restaurant – look for an opening soon.

The new AC Hotel is slated to open at Raleigh’s North Hills in mid-March, featuring a 5,100-square-foot rooftop lounge, bar and restaurant called Level7 – which, of course, is on the seventh floor of the 135-room hotel.

Sir Walter Coffee, a new coffee shop, is going into the ground floor of The Edison at 145 E. Davie Street. The coffee barista bar/tea house/bottle shop is aiming for an early March opening.  

Food Truck News

Renowned barbecue pitmaster Ed Mitchell officially launched his food truck – Ed Mitchell’s Q on Wheels – in late January, and also has plans to open a brick-and-mortar location in Brier Creek.

The trend of food trucks transitioning into brick-and-mortar locations continues with the ladies behind Pho Nomenal Dumpling truck (which won season six of the Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race) announcing they will bring their concept to City Market in downtown Raleigh later this spring with a restaurant named MOFU Shoppe.


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.