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Friday, July 18, 2014

Free shuttle bus to Durham Farmers Market is another reason to eat your vegetables

Posted by on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:26 AM

By the time you've lugged a dozen ears of corn, a carton of farm fresh eggs, flowers, cheese and fragile peaches more than about five blocks, you're likely to have bruised fruit and scrambled yolks mingling in the bottom of your reusable bag.

So applaud DATA for its free shuttle from Durham station, 515 W. Pettigrew St., to the the market on Foster Street in Durham Central Park. The pilot program starts tomorrow and runs each Saturday morning through Aug. 23. The Bull City Connector bus will operate every 15 minutes from 7:30 to 11:45 a.m. The market is open from 8 a.m. to noon.

Until now, the only bus stop near the market was the No. 4, on Rigsbee Avenue, and the fare is $1. For people with disabilities or the elderly, that requires an uphill hike, and an extra buck that could be used for food.

The free bus will drop off riders at the corner of Corporation and Foster streets. Look for the bus with SPECIAL on its sign. You can track the bus route and arrival times at live.gotriangle.org .


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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

World Beer Festival Tickets Available July 17

Posted by on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Tickets available to the general public for the annual World Beer Festival this October in Durham go on sale at noon on Thursday, July 17.
The event is always popular, so popular in fact that organizers this year have reduced the number of tickets available by 35 percent in an attempt to ease crowd congestion. That means you should get your tickets sooner rather than later if you hope to go.
General admission tickets are $55 and include a tasting glass and unlimited 2 ounce tastings from more than 200 craft beers. The tickets also grant access to the "Art of Beer Experience" with its ingredient samplings, seminars, pairings and more,
VIP admission is $70 and includes an air-conditioned hospitality area, a commemorative gift and a three-issue subscription to All About Beer magazine. Their release also touts that the hospitality area will have "real bathrooms." We shudder to think about what that means for those who don't go the VIP route. 
The event, held Oct. 11 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, will be held in two sessions. The first is noon to 4 p.m. while the evening session runs from 6 to 10. You must purchase a ticket for each session if attending both.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Whiskey in downtown Durham is closing Aug. 2

Posted by on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Apparently, even Durhamites can drink only so much.

First, the Republic, a bar in downtown Durham bit the dust. Now Whiskey, which opened nearly five years ago, just a few doors down, is kaput, effective Saturday, Aug. 2.

The bar at 347 W. Main St. made the announcement about an hour ago on its Facebook page.

It had an upstairs area for smokers—and catered in particular to those who loved a good cigar—which is closing immediately. The downstairs will allow smoking through the closing date.

While downtown is largely thriving, there are pockets that have failed. Vacancies include the TeerMark Building, which adjoins the future 21C Museum Hotel in the 200 block of West Main and the old Ringside bar at 308 W. Main. The stretch of East Parrish Street that is/was home to several storefront churches has also suffered because of a fire on the third floor of the building that housed 118 Got Soul.

However, if you have a few dollars (or in some cases, many dollars), you won't go hungry or thirsty downtown:  Dame's Chicken & Waffles, Bull McCabes and Toast (the latter two serve alcohol) all on West Main Street, and Mateo Bar de Tapas (famous for its liquor selection) on West Chapel Hill Street, are always packed cheek-to-jowl.

Pizzeria Toro, closed for more than a year due to a fire, is due to reopen this month on West Chapel Hill Street, joining two busy spots, Ninth Street Bakery  and The Cupcake Bar.

The area near Mangum and Parrish streets, home to Loaf and Monuts Donuts—as well as four more places to get a drink—Intrepid Coffee, Dos Perros, Pompieri Pizza and Bull City Burger and Brewery, also is busy. 
 Dashi, a Japanese ramen noodle shop and bar, is slated to open on East Chapel Hill Street, near the ever-popular Rue ClerScratch bakery and Alley Twenty Six.


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