Home cooking restaurant planned

Oct. 22, 2013 @ 02:53 PM

Some Kind of Wonderful restaurant: They’re planning to serve comfort food. And when you eat it, you’re going to think about your grandmother.

Those were the words of Creedmoor resident Kate Brodie, who’s partnering with her husband, Wayne Brodie, a former catering manager at the longtime Durham restaurant Honey’s (which closed in August), to open a restaurant called Some Kind of Wonderful.

The menu  for the home cooking restaurant is planned to include collard greens, cabbage, turnip greens, fried green tomatoes, pinto beans, fried chicken, oxtails, chitlins, breakfast biscuits (with toppings such as country ham or salmon), fish dinners, pork chops, and country-style steak.

The food is planned to be prepared with the “Some Kind of Wonderful” spice blend, created by John Ellison. He’s the author of the song of the same name, and was lead singer of the group the Soul Brothers Six that first recorded the song in 1967.

The restaurant owners and Ellison are still slated to meet to hammer out details and to take a look at the planned location. He is expected to grant the rights for use of the name, said John Mayo, a spokesman for the project.

“Durham is a city of arts and music, so the two match,” Brodie said of the restaurant concept. She said she plans to put up memorabilia from Ellison’s career, such as posters, awards and pictures.

Ellison said he owns a Florida-based food company through which he sells the spice, among other products.

“I call it an accident that I got into the food business,” he said.

Brodie said Some Kind of Wonderful is planned to open in November at 826 Fayetteville St., Suite 110, in the Phoenix Crossing Shopping Center.


Another Triangle trampoline arena: More than a year after the DefyGravity Trampoline Arena opened on Emperor Boulevard in Durham last year, a lease has been signed and construction has begun on a new facility in north Raleigh.

According to a news release, the second DefyGravity trampoline park will be at 5604 Departure Drive in Raleigh.

The Durham location will remain open, and is also expected to see some improvements, the release states. Since it opened in June of 2012, it has hosted almost 250,000 jumpers.

“We have been truly overwhelmed by the response to DefyGravity over the last year,” said Case Lawrence, co-owner of DefyGravity, in a prepared statement. “We wanted to expand so that we would have additional space to provide some of the newest extreme air sports attractions to the Triangle, including aerial ninja courses, slack lines and other surprises. The Raleigh facility will be one of the nicest and most innovative trampoline parks in the country.”

The owners of DefyGravity also own eight other parks in the country, according to the release.

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