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[17 Sep 2013 | One Comment | ]

Keil Jansen says he is “brewing the beers beer would drink if beer could drink beer.”  And I agree.

Jansen has long been involved in the homebrewing community (ie: TRiangleUnabashedhomeBrewers and Brew Durham) and recently quit his day job to pursue his nanobrewing aspirations.  He has teamed up with duo David Baldwin of Baldwin& (AdAge’s 2012 Small Agency of the Year) and Jennifer Gardner of prettyfab PR on the business end and Nick Hawthorne-Johnson of The Cookery for logistics.  Ponysaurus is the first commercial …

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[16 Sep 2012 | 6 Comments | ]

Just a quick look at some of the new shops that have opened or will be opening soon in the Five Points intersection of downtown.

The Cupcake Bar

Bullseye Bicycles

board paradise bull city

Blush Body Bar

Pizzeria Toro

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[15 Dec 2010 | 31 Comments | ]

So by now you’ve probably heard beloved chef Blue is leaving the Federal come January. A moment of silence. Now onto the good news, rumors are flying around town that he will be replaced by the Sous Chef/Chef de Cuisine at Nana’s, Scott Mckinney.

New kitchen equipment has been ordered and Scott is spending a lot of time in the kitchen with Blue learning the ropes of the Federal. No rumors on whether the menu will be changing but my guess is he’ll want to put …

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[7 May 2010 | 10 Comments | ]

Places like Bullock’s are what Carpe Durham is all about to me. If you can swing by today, or any other day, I’m sure they’d love to see you.

I received this email in my inbox this morning so sorry for the late notice.

“I just wanted to give you an update on what is happening with Bullock’s BBQ.  Tommy’s business has suffered through this presumptive salmonella issue…to the tune of an 80% drop in customers and cancellation of almost all of …

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[7 Aug 2009 | One Comment | ]

Bull City Rising has a great story about the impending debut of the long-awaited Dos Perros (200 N. Mangum St). This is a new Mexican place by the chef at Jujube (one of my favorite restaurants in the Triangle), so I have high expectations.

According to the Dos Perros website, they will be open for lunch (11:30-2:30) and dinner (5:00-10:00) this Monday.

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[30 Mar 2009 | 13 Comments | ]

There is a sign up at the building formerly housing Pizza Palace (3218 Guess Rd) indicating that “Backyard BBQ Pit” is coming soon.  There is an existing Backyard BBQ Pit out on 55 (which we really should have been to, but haven’t), and we have no idea whether this is a relocation, second location, or something unrelated.  Does anyone know more?

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[23 Mar 2009 | 15 Comments | ]

We have received multiple tips via comment and email that Best Burrito will become La Vaquita II on April 1.

Congrats to the really nice people at La Vaquita.  I guess tacos do well during recessions!

I really hope they put a huge cow on top of that ugly strip mall.

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[27 Dec 2008 | 9 Comments | ]

This could be common knowledge or a totally unsubstantiated rumor, but I thought I’d throw it out there either way.  I just heard that the owner of Bean Traders on Ninth St. is going to open a kiosk in the outdoor stand outside of Alivia’s (beware that link, it contains annoying noises and seems outdated) at Main St and Gregson St.  Word is, the plan for now is to be open 6:30am til 11am (Alivia’s opens at 11am) and serve coffee to go.  Not sure when this …

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[8 Dec 2008 | 19 Comments | ]

Word on the street is that Revolution (107 West Main St) will be opening in about 10 days.  Exciting!

Now, who can get us an invite to the soft opening? :)

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[31 Aug 2008 | 4 Comments | ]

We have a while to wait (I’ve heard November 1 as the optimistic opening date) but it will be completely worth it: a new bar is in the works for downtown Durham.  It’s to be in the middle of the Downtown Loop, on Main St., a couple blocks east of Bull McCabe’s.  Here are some of the most awesome things I know about it so far:

  • The name: “The Pinhook” was once an area of Old West Durham (read about it here and here and …