New restaurants in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill


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Stacey Sprenz Photography

After a pandemic-induced lull in new openings, the Triangle restaurant scene is starting to heat up, which means it’s time for Eater Carolina the first time: for the Triangle. Unlike our other maps, this map constantly tracks some of the newer (and hottest) restaurants, bars, and cafes that have recently opened. Given the obvious difficulties of the restaurant industry during the Covid-19 pandemic, some of these places may have been open longer than others, but all are new this year.

This inaugural Heatmap features gems like a black-owned cafe and bookstore, an outpost of a famous New York pizzeria, and a grocery store with a bit of an identity crisis (but in a good way). The Heatmap will be updated monthly, so bookmark this page and come back often to see what’s new and exciting about the Triangle restaurant scene.

Do you have a lead on a spot that will open soon or that will be brand new? Tip us.

New in the list:

October 2021: St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar, Day & Night Exotic Cereal Bar, Union Special Bread (downtown Raleigh)

Restaurant meals are viewed by health experts as a high risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data on the delta variant indicate that it may pose a low to moderate risk for vaccinees, especially in high transmission areas. The latest directive from the CDC is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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To note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.


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