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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Raleigh Council Committee Approves Outdoor Dining Recommendations

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 2:58 PM

At a meeting Tuesday morning, members of a city economic development committee chaired by Mayor Nancy McFarlane approved a series of recommendations from another all-resident committee that made tweaks to Raleigh’s outdoor dining ordinance this winter. The mayor plus three council members on the Economic Development and Innovation committee approved recommendations to prohibit outdoor dining in city plazas and accepted new recommendations regarding design standards, including furnishing and signage, to regulate outdoor seating. These include potentially using medallions in the ground to delineate space in outdoor dining areas (as opposed to using stanchions), using sturdy, treated plastic or wooden...

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Former Standard Foods Chef Scott Crawford to Open Crawford & Son in Raleigh This Fall

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 9:03 AM

On a recent warm Saturday evening at Raleigh's Standard Foods, things appeared to be business as usual. Reservations rolled in. Every seat at the bar was spoken for. Hungry diners milled about the restaurant's exterior, waiting for the host to beckon them to their tables. But one thing was missing: the chef. Two days earlier, Scott Crawford worked his final proper shift behind the line at Standard Foods, the restaurant he built alongside developer and Standard owner John Holmes. Crawford posted a photograph of the final night’s menu on social media, thanking his team members and diners for their support. Then he...

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

“A Beautiful Culinary Tour:” Raleigh’s Food and Wine Festival Begins Today

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2016 at 12:54 PM

The polished wood floors, arched windows, and miniature chandeliers dangling from the ceiling of the newly remodeled yarn mill-turned-event space above Raleigh’s Babylon will host more than five hundred guests on Sunday afternoon, the culmination of the city’s second-annual Food and Wine Festival. But the fun starts today, as participating shops and restaurants all across town host cooking classes, lunches and dinners, wine-tastings, and tours. Babylon owner Samad Hachby and Lisa Jeffries of Raleighwood Media and Event Group take a democratic approach to what they hope will become Raleigh’s trademark food and drink festival. They want to give participants the freedom to...

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Tomorrow, The Borough's Liz Masnik Steps out of Retirement to Fight HB 2 at Hadley’s

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 12:43 PM

If there’s a silver lining to be found in HB 2, it’s the way distinct communities continue to work together to employ creative ways to speak out against the discriminatory legislation. Concerned citizens are no longer relegated to holding signs and attending rallies (though you must still vote in November). These days, you can eat your weight in multicolored pastry or drink craft beer to speak out against HB 2. You can attend rock concerts and art shows. There’s even this amazing HB 2 toilet paper. Raleigh's Hadley’s is the latest local business to fight hate with good vibes. On Saturday,...

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Why Was it So Hard to Buy Durham Distillery's Gin in Durham?

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 1:49 PM

Last weekend, Durham Distillery posted a simple plea to its Facebook page. All Durham County ABC stores, they wrote, had let both the distillery’s Conniption gins go out of stock for weeks. Not only could hopeful customers not buy the local, award-winning gin, but neither could bars like Alley Twenty Six and Counting House, which feature the gins in their cocktails. Durham Distillery asked its supporters to call or email the Durham County ABC to, in turn, ask for the products to be restocked. “It seems to have been a perfect storm of variables for Durham ABC, but none of...

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Introducing EATS, the INDY's 112-page Look at Local Food

Posted By on Thu, May 5, 2016 at 12:10 PM

For the last five years, the INDY has issued an annual food magazine, EATS. In previous editions, EATS largely pulled together our favorite food-and-drink stories of the last year or spotlighted favorite dishes or trends in Triangle dining, along with a thick section of restaurant and bar listings. This year, though, we took a different approach. The fifth EATS, out this week, is a 112-page look at the local food ecosystem. We tour farms with brewers and farmers and chefs, spend time in local kitchens, ask the area’s fleet of small organic growers what’s on their mind, and think about...

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Death & Taxes Edged Out at Last Night’s James Beard Awards

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 9:13 AM

North Carolina made a strong showing in the semifinal round of the James Beard Award announcements, but after last night's ceremony, the state went home empty handed. Only Ashley Christensen's Death & Taxes made it into the final round, which was announced in March. At last night's awards ceremony in Chicago, Death & Taxes was in the running for "Best New Restaurant" but was beat out by Shaya, an Israeli-inspired New Orleans establishment. Christensen won the James Beard Award for best chef: Southeast in 2014. This year, that honor went to Tandy Wilson of Nashville's City House....

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sangha—Durham's Mobile Teahouse—Is for Sale

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 5:39 PM

Sangha Teahouse is leaving Durham—well, maybe. The mobile tea venture that Jeremy Lipkowitz started in July 2014 is coming to a close unless Lipkowitz can find someone to take it over before he leaves North Carolina to return to his home on the West Coast. The business, which has gained traction over the past two years despite lacking a brick-and-mortar presence, sells ethically sourced teas from around the world, plus teaware and tea blends. Lipkowitz started Sangha—“community,” in Sanskrit—as a space for wellness and bringing people together. “I love tea, and a tea house is the perfect way to combine...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Durham Beer Pioneer Triangle Brewing Company Talks Why it's Closing

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 4:18 PM

On Friday, rain poured down in Durham. Inside Triangle Brewing Company’s warehouse on Pearl Street, Prince’s hits reverberated from some hidden stereo. The towering final pallets of Triangle’s Strong Golden Ale and IPA stood, as if in vigil, across from empty brewing tanks, ready for impending disassembly. “It’s depressing to say the least,” offered Andy Miller, the brewery’s co-founder, as he poured me a pint of grapefruit pale ale. Less than a week earlier, Miller and Triangle’s director of sales and marketing, Timothy “Doc” Harvey, announced they’d be closing the nine-year-old operation, effective May 2. “Doc wrote most of it,” Miller...

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Don't Tell Ashley Christensen What to Do with Her Bathrooms

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 2:52 PM

Yesterday, a customer at Chuck's—the cheeseburger portion of Ashley Christensen's three-eatery empire at the corner of Wilmington and Martin streets—decided she did not like the restaurant's new bathroom signs. After House Bill 2 passed, Christensen's team added "People Room" signs in all of its spots, from the coffee shop Joule to the flagship Poole's. Perhaps in town for yesterday's HB 2 rallies, or perhaps simply not familiar with Christensen's general approach, someone took offense and, through a Facebook message, told Chuck's and Christensen to take them down. "Return it to the way things were before," the customer wrote, "or you...

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UNC's Beloved Daily Grind Coffee Shop to Close at the End of June

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 1:36 PM

Daily Grind, on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill, fueled many of my nights while I crammed for finals during my undergraduate years. Open since 1993, it was the place I first tried an Americano and learned to wait before I topped coffee with a lid, instead sipping on the crema while it swirled in odd shapes on top. More than ten years later, as I finished my graduate degree this week on the same campus, those short Americanos and single-origin cups du jour kickstarted mornings of theory-based archive hunting and oral history transcriptions. DJ Pez was my campus barista back...

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Slingshot Coffee Co.'s Weekend Won't Open This Year

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 12:21 PM

Raleigh's Slingshot Coffee Co. will not open Weekend, its seasonal outdoor coffee shop, this year. But the news isn't totally bad: the decision has come from owners Jenny and Jonathan Bonchak just as Slingshot has seen a serious uptick in business during the past year. "We've just been growing like mad, which is a great thing," says Jenny Bonchak. "From this point in time last year to now, we are looking at about 250 percent growth. We're at a point where we have to focus so much attention on being able to service our current customers and our new customers coming...

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Long Road of Counter Culture's Lem Butler to the United States Barista Victory

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 11:07 AM

In 2003, after graduating from UNC, Lem Butler started a band. The band broke up, and he needed a job. So Butler responded to an advertisement in the Daily Tar Heel for a job as a barista at the on-campus shop, Daily Grind. He wasn’t a coffee drinker, didn’t even know what a barista was, and almost went home after first going to the wrong coffeeshop. But this past weekend, Butler, who works in customer support at Durham's Counter Culture, won the 2016 United States Barista Championship. He will represent the United States in the World Barista Championship in Dublin, June 23–25....

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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bye Bye, Triangle Brewing Company, Which Is Closing Its Doors After Nearly a Decade

Posted By on Sat, Apr 16, 2016 at 9:46 AM

In two weeks, Durham’s first microbrewery will pour its last pint. Yesterday afternoon, the owners of Triangle Brewing Company announced their plans to close, via Facebook. “It is with deepest sadness that we announce today that on Monday, May 2nd, after nearly nine years of calling the Bull City home, Triangle Brewing Company will close its doors for good,"longtime friends Rick Tufts and Andy Miller wrote. They moved to Durham and set up their brewery in 2007, making Triangle Brewing Company the first microbrewery to make its home in the Bull City. TBC quickly became an institution in a...

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Players' Retreat Offering Special LGBT Sandwich, All Proceeds Go To Equality NC

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 3:16 PM

A venerable Raleigh restaurant is using a simple sandwich to fight back against HB 2. Players' Retreat alongside Hillsborough Street is offering a special "LGBT sandwich"—a BLT with guacamole on local multi-grain bread—for $10, with all proceeds donated to Equality NC.  "We decided we wanted to support the fight for equality for everyone," says owner Gus Gusler. "Hopefully, the state legislators will come back and do something about this, but I doubt they will." Gusler says the sandwich went on sale yesterday and it's "selling great"; at lunch yesterday, he says they sold about twenty-five, and last night, friends were sending...

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Monday, April 11, 2016

"Don't Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule Saison" is the Official Beer Against HB 2

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 6:34 PM

Good friends Keil Jansen and Erik Lars Myers are master brewers—beer nerds, if you'd like, which means every ingredient in their creations has been carefully considered.  So when the respective bosses of Durham's Ponysaurus and Hillsborough's Mystery Brewing decided to collaborate on a beer to support North Carolina's LGBTQ community in the fight against HB 2, they went with a style that makes a big-tent statement. Jansen says the forthcoming "Don't Be Mean to People: A Golden Rule Saison" is "the best beer we could make by using North Carolina ingredients. Literally. We looked at what we had available, and thought this beer...

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In Durham, a Perfect Day at Ponysaurus With the Salt And Smoke Festival

Posted By on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 at 5:34 PM

A bright, cold, windy April afternoon. Ponysaurus Brewing Company. The Salt and Smoke Festival, outside of Carrboro for the first time. And you. The event starts at four and you arrive on the dot, but everyone is already here, or so it seems. Maybe they never left? “Partysaurus!” the invitation promised after all. The air is full of bluegrass, and the wind dances along with it. People flock toward the band and beneath heat lamps, where they sway this way and that, tap their feet, clap their hands. A toddler waddles toward the upright bass, holds it, strums. Anyone who...

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Friday, April 8, 2016

Bee Downtown Is on a Mission to Expand Triangle Bee Populations and Education

Posted By on Fri, Apr 8, 2016 at 11:49 AM

On Thursday morning, Leigh-Kathryn Bonner piled a bunch of beehives into her car and drove out to The Hub Farm, a seeming oasis of vegetable gardens, a pond, and crowing roosters off of Durham’s Roxboro Road. Once there, Bonner set up two hives on a patch of grass, donned a beekeeper’s hood, and unsealed the hives for the first time this season. She pulled frames from the hive, each one crawling with thousands of bees. Some of them were already starting to make honey. Bonner sampled it with her finger and let a small group that had gathered do the...

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Thursday, April 7, 2016

After Two Employees Walked Out, Durham's Guglhupf Attempts to Extricate Itself From HB 2 Backlash

Posted By on Thu, Apr 7, 2016 at 11:48 AM

Much of the focus on the aftermath of House Bill 2—the anti-LGBTQ, fair-wage, and worker-protection legislation signed into law March 23—has centered around Charlotte and Raleigh until this point. PayPal killed a plan to create four hundred new jobs in Charlotte, and the NBA may move its 2017 All-Star Game out of the city’s Time Warner Cable Arena. Governor Pat McCrory lives in the capital, of course, and it's where the legislature gathered to rush through this mess of a bill. But an April 3 incident at Guglhupf Bakery, Cafe and Restaurant brought some of that attention to Durham. Two Guglhupf...

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A New Organization Awkwardly Honors Raleigh Women in the Kitchen

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 at 5:33 PM

On a sunny Wednesday evening last week, after the traditional workday had ended, a crowd of about twenty five gathered to honor, as the program put it, the “brightest and most accomplished women” in Raleigh’s culinary community. Presented by the new organization Raleigh Works Here, the event was tied to Women's History Month. It was, well, awkward. They milled about Hadley’s, the dark and vaguely 1920s-themed restaurant and cocktail bar that now occupies the space where The Borough once stood. About a third of the crowd carried shimmering glasses of white wine, and nearly all of the restaurateurs were dressed in navy...

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Feeling Thirsty? Let Local Breweries Help You Through North Carolina Beer Month

Posted By on Mon, Apr 4, 2016 at 3:00 PM

North Carolina's annual Beer Month got off to a fun, sudsy start this weekend with events across the state. Of course, the Triangle's brewers represented at bottle shops, breweries and bars. Durham's The Glass Jug couldn't wait for the month to arrive and launched Beer Month Thursday night, hosting an event that featured the tapping of their final keg of a collaboration with Mystery Brewing. On Friday, Raleigh's Crank Arm Brewing hosted the official Wake County kickoff through the third-annual Casks on Fools. Offering roughly two-dozen special casks from local breweries, including a Heavy Weight Imperial Stout from Trophy Brewing,...

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Friday, April 1, 2016

Really, Though: Pie Pushers to Open Brick-and-Mortar Restaurant over The Pinhook in Durham

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 11:00 PM

Durham, your nights at The Pinhook—as well as your lunch hours—just got a whole lot tastier. At Pie Pushers’ fifth birthday party celebration at The Pinhook Friday night, Mike Hacker and Becky Jo Cascio announced that they will soon install a brick-and-mortar version of their food truck in the space above The Pinhook. The spot will be open for lunch and dinner service, with pending plans for late-night service. It could open as early as this fall.  The Pinhook-Pie Pushers relationship goes way back. Hacker and Register have been pals for more than a decade, having met while Hacker was...

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The Pinhook and Pie Pushers Pioneer a New Rooftop Food Truck And Garden Atop the Club

Posted By on Fri, Apr 1, 2016 at 9:00 AM

The arms race of local food innovation may have, unfortunately, jumped the shark. The Pinhook has announced that it is partnering with Durham food truck institution Pie Pushers for "Pie in the Sky," a permanent installation that will serve pizza and more from the roof of The Pinhook. A press release issued this morning announced that, in addition to the truck, there will be a rooftop garden that will provide ingredients for Pie Pushers' pizzas. A chicken coop will provide eggs, and, eventually, wings. A selfie station, misting tent, and four-square courts are all set to be a part of the community-vibe-boosting...

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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Fullsteam Brewery to Withdraw from State Promotional Programs over HB 2

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 6:43 PM

An astounding, reassuring number of companies, both local and global, have spoken out in opposition to HB 2. As of today, Durham's Fullsteam Brewery has joined those ranks and even gone a step beyond denouncing the discriminatory law. Fullsteam is a distinctly local operation; about 40 percent of its ingredients, from persimmon to honey to basil, come from North Carolina or the greater South. As owner of Fullsteam, Sean Lilly Wilson has often assisted with media missions that promote North Carolina travel and tourism, serving as an emissary for North Carolina craft beer. But today, Wilson announced on his personal Facebook page that he won't be doing...

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Timothy Neill Talks Why He's Closing Peccadillo and Bar Lusconi April 9

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 1:11 PM

Bar Lusconi and Peccadillo will both close their doors next weekend. The bars were two of the area’s best-kept secrets: Bar Lusconi was tucked away in downtown Durham with mysterious light bulbs (and, for a long time, no sign) in the windows. Peccadillo was a veritable speakeasy behind an unmarked Carrboro door. But running rather hidden businesses can be a double-edged sword: Both bars will shutter April 9 largely due to low traffic and financial difficulties. Timothy Neill, who owns both bars, says Bar Lusconi never recovered from the road closures of a water main replacement project, which have plagued...

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