North Durham restaurant to close

Oct. 08, 2013 @ 12:55 PM

Eno River Eatery to close Sunday: After seven years in business on North Roxboro Road, the Eno River Eatery will close Sunday.

Eatery owner Kathy Viklund said she’s closing the restaurant because the property has leased it to allow for the construction of a new McDonald’s. She expects construction to begin in December.

Attempts to get comment from McDonald’s officials Tuesday were unsuccessful.

Initially, Viklund said she opened the restaurant for her daughter. They bought the business at an auction. Previously, the business was the American-food restaurant Le Coco.

“We thought it would be a lot of fun; it turned out to be an awesome adventure,” she said.

 The business didn’t do well when they initially started, she said, so they had to make some changes. They aimed to focus on cooking with fresh, local ingredients, and started featuring local art.

“People feel like family when they come here,” she said. “I have a lot of loyal customers … they’re like family. We’ve had a lot of fun,” she added.

Viklund said she’s been looking into re-opening elsewhere.

“We really have been looking for another place, and have thought about doing crowdfunding to help move, but it’s very difficult to … negotiate when people want a lot of money,” she said.

The restaurant is one of several independent eateries that have had to close recently because of plans to open fast-food chains.

In August, Honey’s Restaurant closed in August after 53 years in Durham. The owner of the property is expected to bring a McDonald’s and a gas station to the site.

Bergama Restaurant, which served Turkish and Mediterranean food from a location on Hillsborough Road, closed after the property owner sold the building to pave the way for a new Zaxby's.

The Zaxby’s, if it goes through, will be Durham’s third. The first restaurant opened on Roxboro Street near Duke Regional Hospital the summer of 2011. There are now plans to open another on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway in the shopping area near the Hope Valley Farms neighborhood that is now home to Wal-Mart and McDonald’s.

The Eno River Eatery will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. through Saturday. On Sunday, it will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. An auction of restaurant tables, light fixtures, grills, and other equipment will be held at 10 a.m. Oct. 22.


Fleet Feet Sports Durham to open soon: The new Fleet Feet Sports store in Durham will open the second week of November at the Renaissance Center, the strip shopping mall near The Streets at Southpoint.

The store will be in a more than 4,000-square-foot space between Nordstrom Rack and Pier 1 in the center, which is also home to REI, Best Buy, Old Navy, and Ultra.

The franchisees who own the Fleet Feet Sports store in Carrboro are opening the new Durham location.


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