Mattie B's Public House opens

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 06:21 PM

Mattie B’s Public House open: The new craft beer and cider bar and American food restaurant Mattie B’s Public House has opened in the Hope Valley Commons shopping center in southern Durham
The bar and restaurant is a more casual concept for Matthew Beason and John Eisensmith, the two partners behind Six Plates Wine Bar on Erwin Road.
It’s in the space in the shopping center that previously housed Alfredo’s.
The menu includes burgers, pizza, wings as well as 11 different house-made potato chip options priced at $6.95.
The chip combinations range from “The Southern Bell,” which is made with sweet potato chips, marshmallows, toasted pecans and a brown sugar and cinnamon syrup, to “The Durham Gardener,” which is made with potato chips, goat cheese, picked carrots, diced tomatoes, and scallions.
Nine local beers were on tap at the bar on Friday, in addition to what Beason said was about 100 different bottled beer options, in addition to cider, wine and liquor.
The interior is meant to have a clean, urban, and lively feel, Beason said, with black furniture as well as white-painted brick walls with urban murals by Durham artist Revere La Noue.
The style of service is similar to Six Plates, Beason said, with customers ordering from the bar. However, he said the food and drink options are different. Six Plates is wine-focused and offers small plates, while he said Mattie B’s serves American-style pub fare.
“With this more typical style, it’s a crowd pleasing atmosphere for larger groups of people; we can please a lot more styles of eaters,” he said.
The bar and restaurant is at 1125 W. N.C. 54, Suite 301.

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Closing of the Rockwood Local Yogurt: Saturday is the last day of business for Local Yogurt on University Drive, according to the business’ Facebook page.
There is still a LoYo location at 2816 Erwin Road in Durham. The owners are planning to add more flavors this fall.

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Harvest 18 restaurant details: The Raleigh chef behind plans for the new Southern Durham Harvest 18 restaurant said the venue is planned to open at the end of the year or in early 2014, serving American food with a southern influence.
Jason Smith is the chef and owner of two restaurants in Raleigh: 18 Seaboard, an American food restaurant, and Cantina 18. He said he wants Harvest 18 restaurant in Durham to be “very much a neighborhood restaurant.”
The menu is still evolving, he said, and will change seasonally. He plans to source ingredients from North Carolina farmers and other producers in the south.
“Now that we have three restaurants and they’re so focused on what’s fresh and available, we’ll have someone who’s actually focused on that day and day out, making sure that each restaurant’s getting the best ingredients they can, either from the different farmers’ markets or purveyors,” Smith said.
Harvest 18 will be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and for brunch on Sundays. Dishes will be priced between $9 and $16. They’re planning to serve cocktails, seasonal sangria, as well as draft beer.
The “heart” of Harvest 18 will be its wood-fired grill, Smith said. The restaurant will showcase grilled dishes that have been well-received at 18 Seaboard, he said, such as a wood-fired grilled meatloaf made with ground beef sourced from Lumberton, or a grilled shrimp dish made with shrimp from the Pamlico Sound.
The restaurant is planned to open in the Renaissance Village shopping center near The Streets at Southpoint. Smith said he believes the area has “pent-up demand” for what the locally owned restaurant will offer.
“We’re also excited about being an independent operator in what I consider to be a sea of national brand restaurants,” he said. “If we go and do a good job at the right price point, I feel like the neighborhood will embrace the restaurant like that’s happened at my other restaurants,” he added.
Smith said18 Seaboard is in the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh, and is named for its address. They opened Cantina 18 as a neighborhood southwest restaurant, and adopted 18 as their lucky number.
“We’re hoping to be rolling 18s as long as we can,” he said.

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Dance studio holds grand opening: A free, public grand opening celebration will be held Oct. 10 for the new Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Durham.
The event will include a champagne toast, ribbon cutting, dancing, dance demonstrations, refreshments and giveaways.
Attendees are asked to sign in to a guest list at www.arthurmurraytriangle.com. Guests will be automatically entered in a drawing whose grand prize is a $700-value dance course.
A newcomer guest lesson will start at 6:45 p.m. No experience or partner is necessary. General dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. There will also be a professional show featuring Arthur Murray Triangle dance professionals and students.
Rollin Glaser with Raleigh Music Group’s 10 piece orchestra High Society will provide live music.
Faith Keith is the franchisee and owner of a Raleigh location as well as the new Durham-Southpoint studio. The Durham location is opening on Fayetteville Road near The Streets at Southpoint in the Renaissance Center strip shopping center, which also houses Best Buy, Old Navy and REI.

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Duke gets new yogurt shop: A new location of the frozen yogurt and smoothie chain Red Mango has opened at Duke University.
Located in the Bryan Center, franchise owners Steve Mosh and NASCAR driver Bobby Labonte believe this Red Mango will make a big impact with students and visitors on the Duke campus, according to a news release.
Mosh and Labonte are business partners in the location. It’s the second site they’ve opened together.

 
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