Q Shack raising funds for NAMI
Q Shack to hold fundraiser: The owner of Durham’s Original Q Shack is donating 100 percent of proceeds on Jan. 2 to the National Alliance on Mental Illness in reaction to the deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Dan Ferguson, owner of the Original Q Shack, believes NAMI is the right way to help because “everyone needs to know that there is help for families who have a family member with mental illness,” according to a news release.
“I wanted to help raise money for services and resources that are needed to support these families,” Ferguson said in a statement in the release. “They are not in this alone. Our community is here for them,” he added.
Ferguson is a business owner and a father. He said his youngest son is 6 years old and in the first grade. He believes Adam Lanza, who took his own life after killing his mother, 20 children and six adults, was in need of mental health care.
“I have three kids and feel for all those parents that have experienced such a devastating loss,” Ferguson said in the statement. “Like our whole community, I felt so helpless watching the news. I wanted to do something to try and help.”
“I feed people for a living and knew this is how I could give back to my community,” Ferguson said.
The Original Q Shack has its sole location in the Rockwood District of Durham at 2510 University Drive. Ferguson is planning on offering a limited menu from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 2. Proceeds will go to NAMI, which is made possible in part by the support of one of Ferguson’s vendors, US Foods.
Bull McCabe’s owners plan outdoor bar: Malachy Noone, co-owner of Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub, said there are plans afoot to build a covered outdoor deck with a full-service bar next to the downtown building on Main Street.
Noone said they’re also planning to build new bathrooms onto the back of the existing building. The additional bathrooms are needed in order to add the capacity that will come with the addition of the outdoor bar, he said.
Plans for the expansion have been filed with the Durham City-County Planning department. Noone said they’re still waiting for the necessary approvals.
“Nothing is going to happen, I think, until January, February, and hopefully (it’ll be) completed by June and July,” he said. “We’re still going back and forth with the architect,” he added. “Plans are drawn up; they just have to approve them.”
Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs in Roxboro: A second location of Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs, a sit-down restaurant that serves hot dogs as well as wings, burgers and fries, has opened in Roxboro.
The news of the opening was first reported on the Triangle Food Guy blog. The location opened Dec. 3 at a former KFC at 1039 N. Madison Blvd. The first Jimmy’s location opened in November of last year at 2728 Guess Road in Durham.
Nondas Kalfas, the co-owner of Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs along with his partner Jimmy Vurnakes, said there was demand for the second location. (Kalfas also owns Spartacus Restaurant in Durham).
“We had a lot of customers that travel from Roxboro that come to us,” he said.
Kalfas said the former KFC building was the perfect size, and it has an added feature that the Durham location doesn’t have – a drive-through.
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