Tijuana Flats coming to Ninth St.
New businesses on Ninth: A location of the Tex-Mex restaurant chain Tijuana Flats is planned to open in renovated space on Ninth Street in late summer.
It’s going into 2,468 square feet of space at 703 Ninth St. at the Shops at Erwin Mill, a group of buildings on the western side of Ninth that have been renovated after their purchase last year by a team of developers.
Their project included the renovation of the nearby standalone retail building at 701 Ninth St. that previously housed Specs Eye Care. The building now houses Jimmy John's.
The project also included the renovation of the building at 737 Ninth St. that previously housed George’s Garage. The building, which is located near Ninth Street’s intersection with Hillsborough Road, will now house several different tenants.
The list includes a location of the massage and services spa chain Massage Envy. The 3,800-square-foot Massage Envy location is expected to open in the building in the fall.
Also, the Duke University apparel shop The Duck Shop, which is currently located at 703-B Ninth St., will be moving down Ninth into space at 737 Ninth St.
And in addition, the 140 Salon & Dry Bar is planned to open in 2,300 square feet in the building. The business is a new concept of Mary Long, owner of Posh The Salon in West Village. It’s expected to open in the fall. Attempts to reach Long for comment by deadline on Friday were unsuccessful.
There were also negotiations going on at one time for a possible location of Charleston, S.C.-based restaurants, Triangle Char + Bar, to open a location in that building, but that has not been finalized. Paul Muñana, a senior leasing agent for Regency Centers Corp., declined to comment.
Regency, a national shopping center owner and developer, is part of the joint venture partnership along with Raleigh-based Chartwell Group behind the redevelopment project The team is behind the redevelopment of the Ninth Street buildings as well as what was once a grassy lot near the corner of Ninth Street and Hillsborough Road. The lot will house a Harris Teeter grocery store.
Second Zaxby’s in Durham: Plans have been filed with Durham City-County Planning for a proposed second Zaxby’s restaurant to be built in southern Durham on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway near Walmart, McDonald’s and the Valley Creek Center.
The businesses are near the parkway’s intersection with South Roxboro Street and the Hope Valley Farms neighborhood.
An attempt to reach a contact working on the development project was unsuccessful by deadline Friday.
Moe’s Southwest Grill downtown: A location of Moe’s Southwest Grill is planned to open downtown early next year.
It’s slated to be a tenant of Diamond View III, the new building that’s under construction between the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Diamond View III is to be the third part of a series of office-oriented buildings overlooking the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The buildings were developed by Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Corp., which owns the nearby American Tobacco mixed-use development, the Durham Bulls baseball team and WRAL-TV.
In addition to Moe’s, Pitmaster Ed Mitchell is planning to open a barbecue restaurant this fall in Diamond View III. The restaurant, called “ ’Que,” will be on the building’s first floor.
Free doughnuts on June 7: In celebration of National Donut Day, there will be free doughnuts at Kangaroo Express convenience stores between 7 and 9 a.m. on June 7.
The deal is for one doughnut per customer while supplies last. There will also be doughnut deals in the week preceding the giveaway.
Kangaroo Express is a convenience store chain in the Southeast operated by The Pantry Inc.
Tour de Fat: New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat 2013 bicycle and beer festival will be held in Durham on June 15 at Diamond View Park near the American Tobacco development downtown.
The tour is in its 14th year for Fort Collins, Colo.-based New Belgium, which makes Fat Tire Amber Ale and other Belgian-inspired beers. Festivities kick off with a bicycle parade through the city streets. Costumes are encouraged.
After the parade, a festival will be held at Diamond View Park including music, comedy performances, artistic groups and other entertainment. Admission is free. Proceeds from sales of food and beer are slated to go to local biking groups.
As part of the festival, one person in each city is selected to volunteer to trade in his or her car for a bicycle, and live car-free for a year.
Parade registration will be at 10 a.m. The parade will be from 11 to noon, and the entertainment will follow. Admission is free. There’s a suggested donation of $5 more for parade participation. Beer is priced at $5 for 16 ounces.
For more information about the event, go to the website www.facebook.com/TourDeFat.
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