Loosen Your Belts

By Sean Lennard Triangle Food Guy, trianglefoodblog.com



The much-anticipated Pizzeria Faulisi in downtown Cary opened in March. The restaurant is on the first floor of the recently completed building at 215 E. Chatham Street, next to Midtown Square.

Fresh Local Ice Cream opened early April, bringing creative, handmade desserts to downtown Cary. Fresh is just down the road from Bond Brothers at 138 E. Chatham Street. This will be Fresh’s second location (the original is on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh).

Eighty8 Asian Bistro recently held their grand opening at 1077 Darrington Drive (in the same complex as Dean’s Kitchen + Bar, formerly Dean’s Seafood, Grill & Bar just off Cary Parkway). Eighty8 is an exotic twist on Asian cuisine, serving a variety of sushi rolls, entrees, and cocktails with unique, fresh, and made-from-scratch sauces.

The little ol’ sleepy town of Cary gets its third microbrewery with Jordan Lake Brewing Company at 320 E. Durham Road. They turned warehouse space into an inviting taproom with darts, billiards, cornhole boards, and other games. A covered patio is outside; the brewery is both family- and dog-friendly.

The Triangle Business Journal reports Raleigh’s Bella Monica Cucina & Vino is planning to open a new location in Cary’s Parkside Town Commons near the intersection of 540 and Hwy. 54. Look for them to open in early May.

The blog Food Cary reported that Your Pie will open at 685 Cary Towne Boulevard. in the former spot of Tom Yum Thai. No word yet on an open date.

Waverly Place will add three new eateries to their portfolio. This spring the center will welcome TASU Asian Bistro, along with previously announced Gonza Tacos Y Tequila. Kale Me Crazy will also be added to the diverse dining line in the summer.



Over in Apex, the second location of Abbey Road Tavern & Grill has opened in the Off Kilter Pub & Grille location at 1700 Center Street.

Also in Apex, we got word from owner Robert Royster that Ruckus Pizza, Pasta & Spirits has opened at 1021 Pine Plaza Drive. This is Ruckus number five!



There is word that Potbelly Sandwich Shop has opened its first Triangle area location at 9662 Chapel Hill Road across the street from Park West Village. Widely acclaimed for being a popular neighborhood hangout, Potbelly features toasty warm sandwiches, hand-dipped milkshakes, and live music. Congrats to owners Mohit Kishore and Tulshi Bhakar.

Currently we sit at four with the recent opening of Cantina 18 in Morrisville’s Park West Village. Congrats to owner and executive chef Jason Smith, who also owns the sister Cantina 18 in Cameron Village, Harvest 18 in Durham, and 18 Seaboard in downtown Raleigh.

Famous Toastery opened their doors Friday, March 31st and is open every day until 3pm in the Weston Commons Shopping Center at 9928 Chapel Hill Road. They are known for their breakfast all day, but I can tell you firsthand they also have very yummy sandwiches and salads.



Down in Holly Springs, Mama Bird’s Cookies and Cream will hold their grand opening on Friday, May 5th with Napoli wood-fired pizza, music, dance, a bounce house, face painting, balloons, and much more.

Rise, the popular doughnut and biscuit spot, opened mid-March in the Holly Springs Towne Center, along NC 55 at 169 Grand Hill Place.



Down in Fuquay-Varina, Zeera Indian Restaurant is now officially open. They are located at 1311 East Broad Street.

Bad news, good news: Draft Line Brewing Company is ceasing brewing operations at the end of April, and then Jar Tavern will be taking over brewery and taproom operations.

Chipotle has two locations coming to Southern Wake County. Fuquay-Varina’s Chipotle will open Thursday, April 27th at the corner of Main Street and Hwy 401 (1385 N. Main Street) while Garner got its first Chipotle at White Oak Plaza (68 Eagle Wing Way) in mid-March.



 Fat Philly’s in Holly Springs has closed, and Five Guys in Cary (Maynard and Walnut) closed their doors on April 3rd.