Smashburger slated to open next week

Mar. 02, 2014 @ 06:05 PM

Smashburger opening March 12: Smashburger is opening March 12 in Durham at the Pavilion East development near Duke University Hospital.

This is the first Triangle location for the burger chain, which serves smashed, seared and seasoned-to-order burgers made with never-been-frozen Angus beef on artisan buns.

The restaurant also offers chicken sandwiches, black bean burgers, salads, Haagen-Dazs shakes, sides and regional menu items.

The Durham Smashburger menu will feature a “Carolina Chili Smashburger,” a 100 percent certified Angus beef burger topped with layers of melted American cheese, beefy chili, chopped yellow onion, Duke’s mayo and coleslaw on a pretzel bun, according to a news release.

On opening day, there will be activities at the restaurant to help raise money for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. The location owners are donating 10 percent of total proceeds from opening day through March 16 to the organization.

The restaurant will be in the shopping center at 2608 Erwin Road that is also home to T.G.I. Fridays and Chipotle.


Issues for Bandido’s at Woodcroft?: Bandido’s Mexican Café reported on its Facebook site on Feb. 25 that they were notified earlier in the month that the landlord has claimed they’ve defaulted on their lease at the location in the Woodcroft Shopping Center. The Woodcroft location has been closed since a fire took place there in late November.

While the owner said he couldn’t comment in an emailed response to questions, the Facebook post said the notification from the landlord “came as a total shock to us” but they still hope to re-open.

“Since day one, we have put our total confidence into our insurance company, thinking they had our best interest in mind,” the post said. “There have been several points of contention on the situation that the insurance company and landlord have not been able to come to an agreement on. Unfortunately, at this point, lawyers have been consulted to help resolve the situation. We have always had and still have full intentions of reopening this location.”

Jay Kanik, senior property manager in the Carolinas for shopping center owner and manager Regency Centers, said the company has communicated to the Bandido’s owner that he had until Saturday to communicate a plan as to when he can re-open and pay rent. Kanik said the company locked the space from the tenant “to protect the integrity of the space knowing nothing had been in there for 90 days.”

“We’ve communicated to him that there is a window at which (we can) let him come forward or present a plan as to when he can re-open and operate, as well as an offer to help him defer rent to make it a little bit easier for him, and in the last 90 days, we have not received any communication from him about those offers,” Kanik said. “We took possession of the space. When we did that, we still offered him another little bit of time to come forward with a plan to come forward, communicating through our attorney…”

The restaurant’s lease for the space dates back to 1996.


New McDonald’s: The lease for a new McDonald’s restaurant on the site of the former longtime Durham restaurant Honey’s off Guess Road has been finalized and the location is expected to open in May, according to an email from a spokeswoman.

Another new McDonald’s is expected to open in April on Roxboro Road near where it intersects Infinity Road. There was a McDonald’s planned to go into the space on North Roxboro that previously was the location of the Eno River Eatery.

Both McDonald's restaurants will be locally owned and operated by Charles and Linda Reid of the Triangle.


Biscuitville to remodel stores, serve lunch: Biscuitville CEO and President Burney Jennings said Thursday that he expects the company’s Durham locations to be remodeled within the next year and a half, but hopefully sooner.

The Southern-style breakfast restaurant chain company is starting a remodeling effort in Greensboro where the company is headquartered, and then will take the project city by city. He said they’re trying to refresh the brand, although they don’t want to do anything too dramatic.

“At the end of the day it’s been 15 to 20 years …  since some of these restaurants have been remodeled,” he said.

The company, known for its breakfast biscuits, is also launching a lunch menu this summer.

The menu will have  “fresh Southern” theme, but so far, all that’s been revealed is that the company will be serving “Fresh Southern sandwiches” including the Pimento Cheese Sandwich, and a side of okra.

“We’ve been in Durham doing business for over 40 years now,” Jennings said in a recent interview. “Love the city, love the town. We hope to continue doing business there for many years.”


Free pancakes at IHOP: IHOP restaurants, including the location on North Pointe Drive in Durham, will be giving away a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday on National Pancake Day as part of a fundraising effort for children’s hospitals.

The event is part of an effort to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals programs.

Donations made on the day in the Triangle will benefit Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center.

The fundraiser will be held from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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