PDQ to open Sunday
PDQ opening: A new PDQ restaurant in Durham is targeted to open on Sunday in the new development off U.S. 15-501 called Gateway Terrace.
The restaurant, whose name stands for “People Dedicated to Quality,” serves chicken tenders, sandwiches, fries, milkshakes, and salads.
Starting Sunday, it will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. In addition to sit-down dining, the restaurant also offers food to-go, a drive-through option, and catering.
The chain was started in Florida by a partnership that included the co-founder of Outback Steakhouse. The restaurants are modeled after a restaurant called Tenders in Cornelius in Mecklenburg County that was acquired in 2010.
The first restaurant under the name PDQ opened in October 2011 in Florida.
The Gateway Terrace development is also slated to include a Chipotle, a Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, a Jimmy John's and a Mattress Firm.
New Garden Ridge store?: In the space vacated last year by Kmart, there are indications that a new home and garden store Garden Ridge is opening up.
The space is being remodeled now, and the building permit for the project said there is an “At Home” store going into the space previously occupied by Kmart.
The Texas-based company Garden Ridge has job postings for a Durham store on its website.
First founded in 1979 as Garden Ridge Pottery, the company sells art and decorations, furniture, home textiles, house wares, patio and garden goods, rugs and seasonal items.
Attempts to reach the property owner and company officials were not successful by Tuesday morning.
Billiards & Bocce downtown: At long last, West End Billiards & Bocce has opened downtown at West Village.
In addition to a central bar offering cocktails, wine and beer, the business has six full-size pool tables, two indoor bocce ball courts, two shuffleboard tables, dart boards and an indoor regulation basketball hoop.
The bar and pool hall has opened in the Walker Warehouse of West Village. At 605 W. Main St., the building is also the home of the West End Wine Bar, clothing boutique Magpie and the Amtrak station.
The pool hall has been envisioned since at least 2010. Kevin Eastin, an owner of the wine bar, said in a previous interview that the project was stalled due to issues between the former West Village owners and their investors.
West End Billiards & Bocce shares ownership with the wine bar, which also has a location on West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
A grand opening celebration for the business will be Thursday with drink specials, free games and the NCAA tournament on the TVs. Typically, all of the games at the bar are charged by the hour and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
The business is open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday and Monday, and from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information go to the website www.westendbilliards.com.
Durham liqueur in S.C.: Mystic Bourbon Liqueur, a liqueur made from bourbon whiskey, honey, and spices, will be distributed in South Carolina, the company announced. The liqueur company was launched last year.
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