Raleigh, North Carolina — Bodega Brookside will celebrate their grand opening in Raleigh today (June 10) from 4-9 p.m. with carnival games, live music and food on its outdoor patio. They are located at 1000 Brookside Drive in the former Falafel & Co. space. The restaurant’s menu is loosely inspired by New York bodegas, or small, owner-operated convenience stores, and features dishes like New York’s Chopped Cheese Sandwich. York, the Nashville spicy chicken sandwich and the Birria taco plate and the guacamole. There are plenty of vegetarian options, including Buffalo Cauliflower, Club Portobello, Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich and more. And true to bodega form, they’re stocked with all the essentials you need for your home – everything from a great selection of wines and beers, to dairy, eggs and toilet paper. Congratulations to owners Lee and Michelle Robinson, Jacob Paramo and Darrell Brown. Get to know them here.
Wake County Restaurant News
At Cary’s Fenton development, Indigo Road Hospitality Group announced this week that it has hired Oscar Gnapi as executive chef of its new Italian concept, Colletta, which will open later this summer (July 15 is the target date). Colletta will be the third Indigo Road restaurant to open in the Triangle area, joining O-Ku and Oak Steakhouse, which are located in downtown Raleigh, and opened in 2018 and 2019. Kudos to Steve Palmer on his continued success. Start getting acquainted with Colletta here.
The former Sub Conscious spot on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street will have a new tenant next month after Italian cuisine failed after a year in business. The Triangle Business Journal reports that Pizza Bussin takes over the 1,400 square foot space at 3209 Hillsborough Street where customers can expect New York-style pizza by the slice during the day, with a focus on specialty pizzas and pasta dishes The evening. Owner Saul Castillo has experience with two other pizza places in Raleigh – Brookside Pizza and Supremo’s Pizza. Follow the opening announcements on their Facebook page here.
Eastern coffee at North Carolina Art Museum has redesigned its menu and offerings, which you can check here. Also, due to renovations at the museum, SIP Coffee Bar and Cafe will be closed from June 1 through October 8, but most of their offerings will be available at the East Cafe during this time. And if you are planning a picnic in the museum park, you can order picnic baskets in advance to pick up on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Order your picnic here.
Hang on Fuqua-Varina. Chris Creighton shared the news that the Chick-fil-A in “the wharf” is closed for renovations “to update the building so that it becomes more efficient”. They will remain closed until renovations are complete later this summer. Follow their progress on Facebook here. The good news is the Chick-fil-A location in Waverly Place just reopened yesterday. Discover them here.
And in WakeForest, reader Mike Burger shared a host of good news. Here is a brief summary of the events: Cravin’ Confections Dessert Bar is open at 3612 Rogers Branch Road; Poki bowl is open at 1898-110 South Franklin St.; and Paco’s pizza is open at 3325 Rogers Road (this is the third iteration of a pizzeria at this location…hope the third time is the charm!). Thanks Mike!
Durham, Orange and Chatham Restaurant News
Michael DePersia of DePersia & Associates told me that Parks Food Street at 3219 Old Chapel Hill Road in Durham has been sold to Succotash Food Truck who are planning to remodel and open a brick and mortar location in a few months. Follow their progress on their site here. The parks said on their website that they plan to reopen in Raleigh. Stay tuned.
Nothing to report! Keep eating local friends!
The first one Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of 2022 is THIS Sunday, June 12! The rodeo is set up on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, with a half-mile of food trucks and restaurants spread over 10 blocks. The last of the year will take place on September 25. Details here.
And if you can’t make it to Raleigh, the town of Hillsborough has its Hillsborough Food Truck Rodeo also this Sunday from 3-8 p.m. at 144 E. Margaret Lane. Choose from over 15 food trucks at this new event in downtown Hillsborough. Options include everything from Smokiin Mac to Mesas El Savador pupusas. Get all the details on their Facebook event page here. Thanks to Chapel Hill Magazine for pointing this out to us.
The rest Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo The 2022 schedule is as follows: September 4 and October 30. Mark your calendars.
Looking to find your favorite food truck (or stalking it and just don’t want to admit it)? We understand. Find them on Street food search.
WRAL shared that the annual report Chilli Cheese Festival returns to downtown Cary this Saturday, June 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music at Downtown Park, grab a drink at local breweries, and sample some of the best chilli cheese samples from local restaurants. You can even test your skills in the pimento cheese carving contest. Get all the details here.
The Vidrio Restaurant on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh will host a Family Ukrainian dinner June 23 from 6:30-9 p.m. to benefit World Central Kitchen’s efforts to feed those displaced by Russia’s war in Ukraine. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the dinner will be donated. After watching media coverage of the ongoing Russian incursion into Ukraine, Vidrio’s executive chef, Saif Rahman, was moved to turn one of the restaurant’s monthly Taste of the Mediterranean dinners into an event to support the Ukrainian people. . Get all the details and book your spot here.
It’s the last weekend of the year Triangle Restaurant Week summer edition – it ends this Sunday, June 12. During the event, participating restaurants in Raleigh, Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham and surrounding areas will be offering a special 2- or 3-course prix fixe menu ($20, $25, $30, $40, $50) each day opening. Visit their website for a list of participating restaurants and their offerings.
The North Carolina Hop Festival will take place June 11 and 12 at the NC State Fairgrounds. Attendees will be able to sample a selection of over 100 NC craft beers, ciders and seltzers while enjoying live music, local makers and food trucks.
After a 2 year hiatus, Dinner in the meadow will be returning as attendees will reconvene in the meadow on Sunday, September 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The dinner sells out each year, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early.
The 15th Annual Pepper Festival returns this year on Sunday, September 18 at The Plant in Pittsboro. The event is held outdoors with live music and pepper-themed food and drinks made with locally grown sweet, hot and smoked NC peppers. Chefs and craft drink makers will compete for prizes. You will be able to taste different dishes based on peppers grown in the Piedmont of North Carolina. Early bird prices are good until July 1, when prices go up. Get your tickets and all the details here. Thanks to Neha Shah of the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Visitors Bureau for alerting me to this great event!
Like beer? Excellent. Visit Raleigh has established a Raleigh Beer Trail which gives you a passport to get dabbed at over 30 Raleigh-area breweries, from Wake Forest to Raleigh to Holly Springs to Fuquay-Varina. Once you’ve filled your passport with stamps, you submit it to receive prizes. Nothing like being rewarded for drinking! But as always, drink in moderation.
Food bank corner
Thanks to your support over the past year, the food Bank distributed food to approximately 200,000 youth facing hunger in the 34 counties we serve. Unfortunately, we continue to see the devastating effects of COVID-19 on young people, who are vulnerable to family and school changes. No child should have to worry about when they eat again, and no parent should have to skip a meal, so they can put food on the table for their children. Through agency distributions, targeted nutrition programs, education and public policy work, the food bank provides young people with healthy and fun food options. Learn more here. #NoOneGoesHungry
Sean Lennard, originally from Raleigh, has been part of the Triangle’s culinary scene for…a long time, but professionally since 2002 with the Triangle food blog, formerly known as Friday Fun Food Facts, in 2008. You can find his blog here. And you don’t have to wait until Friday for updates because you can follow Sean throughout the week on Facebook and Twitter.