Turkish-Med restaurant closes
Restaurant closure: Bergama Restaurant, the Turkish and Mediterranean food restaurant on Hillsborough Road, has closed.
Restaurant owner Zinnet Adayhan said she had to close the business after the property owner sold the building. She said the building is slated to be a new location for the Zaxby’s restaurant chain.
“It’s just so sad, we built this place, my husband and I, (we) worked so hard, and then we lost everything,” she said.
Adayhan said Bergama had been operating for almost five years in the location, and she was able to build up the restaurant’s business there.
She said she searched for another restaurant location, but has not found anything yet.
“(I’m) searching for another place, but I don’t see anything that will make people
feel happy,” she said. “I (want to) try to find a place close to that areas so customers don’t have to worry (we’ll be) too far away.”
Attempts to reach the property owner and a Zaxby’s official were not successful Friday afternoon.
Ole NC Bar-B-Que move: Ole NC Bar-B-Que is operating in space in the North Duke Crossing Shopping Center after moving out of its former home on North Roxboro Street earlier this year.
The restaurant was in a building at 4201 N. Roxboro St. for almost eight years, said Jessica McDade, a cashier at the restaurant.
The business moved into space between Curves and Beauty Supply in the neighboring shopping center, which is anchored by Staples and Roses.
McDade said the restaurant no longer has a buffet, but does still do catering as well as take-out and eat-in orders.
McDade said the business was started in the shopping center in the mid-1980s, and later moved into the building on North Roxboro Street.
The restaurant operators had owned the building, but according Durham property records, the building was sold in May to PNC Bank following foreclosure on a loan that originally totaled $900,000.
The loan was made with RBC Bank, the U.S. retail banking subsidiary of the Royal Bank of Canada. RBC Bank’s acquisition by PNC Financial Services Group was completed last year. An attempt to get a comment from PNC was not successful Friday.
New Northgate kiosk: Butter Therapy has opened a kiosk across from Kay Jewelers at Northgate Mall, the company that owns the mall announced.
Butter Therapy sells hydrating, therapeutic and medicinal hair and body butters formulated into natural soaps, facial and hair care products and body scrubs.
According to a news release, the selection includes shea, mango, cocoa, soy, avocado and almond butters blended with oils.
Wake Forest-based creator and CEO Linette Young and managing partner Walter McNeal relocated to North Carolina last year from Minnesota. Young has been developing the hand-crafted products for more than 12 years, according to a news release from the mall.
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