Pop-up replaces closed coffee shop

Mar. 14, 2014 @ 07:02 PM

Changes at Golden Belt: Carrboro Coffee Roasters has opened a pop-up coffee bar at Golden Belt, the textile mill on East Main Street that’s been redeveloped into artist studios, loft apartments, office and retail space.

The shop has a short-term lease for the space that previously housed Blend, a coffee shop that closed.

The pop-up serves brewed coffee, espresso drinks and non-caffeinated drinks from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

It will also be used for training and outreach for the Roastery, which supplies coffee to cafés, restaurants and retail locations throughout the region.
“The goal of the pop-up is to use the space for immediate outreach and coffee service with an eye toward building out the full-service café Golden Belt deserves,” Carrboro Coffee President Scott Conary said in a news release.

Carrboro Coffee operates two cafes: Open Eye Café in Carrboro and Caffe Driade in Chapel Hill.

In addition, they also provide coffee to Cocoa Cinnamon, Respite Cafe, Rue Cler, Guglhupf Bakery and Straw Valley Food & Drink.

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Update on ’Que: The opening of the new downtown barbecue restaurant ’Que is nearing, according to Pitmaster Ed Mitchell.

The restaurant is opening at Diamond View III, the new building by the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and across from the American Tobacco campus.

The restaurant is a new venture for Mitchell, who was a partner in The Pit, a barbecue restaurant with locations in Raleigh and Durham that are part of the Raleigh-based Empire Eats restaurant group.

In the spring of 2011, Mitchell parted ways with Empire Eats to pursue his own venture.

Mitchell said in an interview Friday that the cold weather delayed onstruction work on the space, but he said they’re targeting opening the restaurant the first week of April.

The restaurant will serve barbecue, ribs, chicken and a variety of sides.

“(Things are) coming together great – I just wish we didn’t have the setback with the weather,” he said.

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Storage in Rougemont: A new storage facility, Affordable Rougemont Self-Storage Center, opened last week in Rougemont. It’s at 8927 Mile Branch Road. For more information, call 336-364-7070.

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