Gregoria’s owner seeks new location
Gregoria’s Kitchen update: The owner of Gregoria’s Kitchen, the Cuban restaurant that closed earlier this year after a fire heavily damaged the house in which it was located on Chapel Hill Road, said he’s looking for a new location for the restaurant.
“It’s a challenge to find a similar set-up to the older house, like it used to be,” said Fares Hanna, the owner of Gregoria’s Kitchen. Hanna also owns restaurants on Duke University’s campus and a catering business.
Hanna said customers enjoyed the feeling of an older house. He said he doesn’t have a timeline for finding the next location. He said he wants to find the “right place, right location.”
As for the previous location at 2818 Chapel Hill Road -- Hanna said he sold the house. According to property records, the property sold for $150,000 to Durham-Based Green Branch Development LLC.
David Scarborough, owner of Green Branch, said he plans to renovate half of the house to house the catering operation for Cosmic Cantina. The catering operation is now in another one of his real estate properties at 124 E. Main St. downtown. He said he plans to turn the bottom floor of that Main Street building into retail space.
In addition to housing Cosmic’s catering business, the other half of the property at 2818 Chapel Hill Road will be for office space that will be up for lease.
Scarborough said he plans to get renovations under way on the property at 2818 Chapel Hill Road in the next 30 days. The work is expected to take about four months.
He said the previous owner of the building – Hanna – got a choice from the insurance company of either taking the insurance money and fixing up the building, or taking the money and selling it, which is what he chose to do.
“I’ll end up putting in more than I purchased it for,” Scarborugh said.
Scarborough is not just in the real estate business. He’s also the majority owner of the Durham-based software development company SciMed Solutions, and of Net Friends, a company with operations in both Durham and in Raleigh.
Update on Miel Bon Bons Patisserie and Confiserie: The owner of the planned new Durham cake and chocolate shop Miel Bon Bons is planning to open the shop on University Drive before the start of the regular school year.
The shop, previously located in Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro, is set to open in the area where fine dining restaurant Nana’s as well as other businesses are located.
“We have most of the work done right now,” said owner Bonnie Lau. “”You see we have the retail set up, the case inside.”
In addition to the new retail shop, Lau said she’s also working on some new product lines, and an online store. She said the business also had some previous catering engagements from when the shop was located in Carrboro that they’re working on.
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