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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Brewmasters makes "Best Beer Bar" list

Posted by on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM

The good folks at Thrillist made a list this week, as they often do, and showed a Raleigh bar some love. The "Digital lifestyle for men" site names "The 33 Best Beer Bars in the U.S." and included Brewmasters on that honor roll. They excluded breweries and focused on bars with a wide variety of offerings, although a quality menu trumped more extensive collections of lesser beers in their decision-making.

Thrillist gave Brewmaster credit for a bar stocked with dozens of craft beers in cans along with 60-plus taps "with special attention paid to NC brewers like Big Boss, Deep River and Duck-Rabbit." Thrillist also mentioned the pint of candied bacon that can be found on the appetizer menu. Recently on tap at Brewmasters there were such brews as Crank Arm Unicycle Mosaic, Foothills Hoppy Medium, Fullsteam Southern Lager, Lonerider Peacemaker, Red Oak Amber Lager and White Street Scottish Ale. There were, of course, a few dozen other options as well.

Other places on the list include The Avenue Pub in New Orleans, Blind Tiger in New York, Churchkey in Washington D.C., Craft Pride in Austin, the J. Clyde in Birmingham, Ala., and Riverside Market and Cafe in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 
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    Thrillist includes Raleigh bar on its list of best bars in the U.S.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Japanese pub/ ramen shop Dashi will open on East Chapel Hill Street in Durham

Posted by on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Call off your office pools, finally, we know: The owners of Dashi, the Japanese ramen shop and pub, has announced it will open at 415 E. Chapel Hill St., in Durham, near the corner of Mangum Street and near Alley Twenty SixRue Cler, Merge Records, tech company Two Toasters and Rock, Paper, Scissors salon and gallery.

Dashi is brought you by the folks behind Toast and the Cookery—Billy and Kelli Cotter and Nick and Rochelle Johnson. The two-story eatery is scheduled to open this winter.


There had been a lot of speculation about which storefront Dashi would be in. At the INDY, we guessed the old Organic Transit building (wrong), north of the Cupcake Shoppe (wrong again) and next to Mateo Bar de Tapas (three strikes, we're out).

The building used to house Edward Jones investments and a printing company, according to Open Durham. The entire block has an interesting history, and included Addison's Playworld, a cool toy store, and Brass Rail Billiards.
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    From the folks who brought you Toast and the Cookery, the eatery is scheduled to open this winter

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Raleigh City Council to vote within next month on historic designation for Mecca Restaurant

Posted by on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 3:32 PM

Raleigh City Council will vote within the next month on whether The Mecca Restaurant and St. Matthews School should receive historic landmark status.

At last night's meeting Coucil referred both sites back to the Raleigh Historic Development Commission for further review. No one from the public spoke for or against the proposal.

The City Council’s referral is standard practice, according to Martha Lauer, executive director of the Raleigh Historic Development Commission. Lauer also said the hearing’s attendance was “pretty typical.”

“If you’re in favor of something, what’s to comment?” Lauer said.

The Mecca Restaurant, 13 E. Martin St., in Raleigh opened in 1935. The building was built in the late 1800s.

St. Matthews School was built in 1922 and is one of the five Rosenwald Schools left in Wake County. 
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    The restaurant has operated downtown for 79 years

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Los Comales closes both locations for tax problems

Posted by on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 2:20 PM

Both locations of Los Comales, a popular Durham taqueria, are now closed after the business failed to pay more than $180,000 in taxes, penalties and interest.

Los Comales, in better times - JUSTIN COOK
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Los Comales De Durham LLC has five liens against it, the oldest of which dates back to 2008. Three of the liens were issued by the North Carolina Department of Revenue and total $180,183.05. The other two liens come from the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina and total $2,042.35.

The revenue department closed the restaurants at 2103 Roxboro St. and 3511 Witherspoon Blvd. on May 28. Over the next week, state officials will finish taking inventory of the business’ assets in preparation for auction, according to Trevor Johnson, public information officer for the Department of Revenue.

The auction date will likely be set in the next week or two. Los Comales has until the auction to settle its liens before the NCDOR sells all of its assets.

Los Comales opened its Witherspoon Boulevard location last fall.

Los Comales Owner Braulio Angel Rubio did not return phone messages by press time. 
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    Popular Durham taqueria owes more than $180,000 in back taxes

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