Durham’s big coffee news (November 25)

Raleigh, North Carolina — Learned this week 321 coffee Preparations are underway to open the first Durham branch at 300 Morris Street. Join the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of the Coffee Shop and Roastery on Saturday, December 3rd at 9:30am 321 coffee is a coffee shop and roastery built on inclusion. They currently employ over 40 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). If you’re not familiar with them yet, learn about them here.

Wake County Restaurant News

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a new coffee shop in North Raleigh. Bigby Coffee Six Forks Road (5424 Six Forks Road to be exact) near the intersection with E. Millbrook Road has been open for over a month. Even better, reader Birkir Gunnarsson shared that he saw a sign for Biggby’s next location at 4208 Pleasant Valley Road. Their website confirms that the address is “coming soon.” Learn about Biggby here.
In Cary, as we told you back in June, the Nice Bowls in Cary are closed.This week, Catering By Design Chef James Murdock shared this with me Kung Fu Dumplings has opened at that location at 4224 NW Cary Pkwy). Learn about them here.
Thanks to reader David Amann for a quick update on the Mexican food scene in Apex. Mescalito Won’t be going to Beaver Creek (as we reported last week), but they will be coming to Apex, next to Bottle Theory at 3675 Green Level W Rd #103. Additionally, Mamacita’s Modern Mexican + Cocktails will take Big Mike’s place. Could not find web presence, but banner is raised. Visit Mezcalito here.

Durham County Restaurant News

I heard from Douglas Everett in the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook group that New Hope Commons has a new store near the intersection of 15-501 and Interstate 40. Salt N Cocoa “Novelty” coffee and ice cream are already being served. We can’t find an online presence so you just have to drive over!


Triangle Business Journal shared a new Plaza Cafe, a family-run New York-style deli specializing in Indian cuisine, closed its doors this week. The downtown location on Fayetteville Street has served the community for 10 years.

dining car

On a recent visit to Pine State Coffee just outside downtown Raleigh, I noticed Deplantas, A Latin fusion food truck has opened at 1614 Automotive Way. Check out their vegan Birria-style tacos and tortillas, or try their Al Pastor or Carne Asada! Learn about them here.
Want to find your favorite food trucks (or keep track of them, just don’t want to admit it)? we understand.find them Street Food Search.


Tickets are now on sale holiday market Held in The Durham on December 7th with 25 NC artisans and makers in attendance. Wednesday, December 7th from 6-9pm will offer a variety of gifts from succulents, jewelry, fashion, artisanal food, candles, tableware, books and more. Attendee tickets are $10 for the 6-7:30pm or 7:30pm-9pm shopping events. The public will be able to shop for thoughtful gifts while enjoying desserts from Durham pastry chef Kelsey LeGaux and eggnog and champagne from the bar. Buy tickets here.
and hope to continue eating out Even when the temperature starts to drop? no problem.The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has compiled a restaurant list Keeping you warm year-round in the heart of Raleigh! Check out the list here.

food bank corner

Looking for an easy way for you and/or your office to make a big difference in people’s lives this holiday season? Host a virtual food event! Forget the hassle of going to the grocery store for your next food drive…use our virtual food drive to create a food drive without the heavy lifting and maximize your donation by five! For every $1 donated, the food bank provides five meals! You can make a difference in your community by hosting a virtual food drive for your friends, family or colleagues. It’s easy! Start here. #noonegoeshungry
Sean Lennard, a Raleigh native, has been around the Triangle food scene for… well, a long time, but since 2002, starting his career in 2008 at The Triangle Food Blog , formerly known as Fun Food Facts Friday. You can find his blog here.And you don’t have to wait until Friday to get updates because you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.

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