Motorco to start serving food

Sep. 20, 2013 @ 05:31 PM

Motorco to serve food: Motorco Music Hall, the music venue on Rigsbee Avenue in Durham, is planning to serve food from its own kitchen starting this fall.

The venue’s founding partners are bringing on Durham native Chris Holloway, an owner and operator of the Duke University campus eatery Pitchfork Provisions and the former executive chef at Southern Season, to help them as their new chef and partner.

“We’re really just thrilled to be making good on our original vision to serve food to our customers,” said Margaret McNab, a spokeswoman for the business, in an email.

The kitchen addition is the latest expansion for Motorco behind the expansion of its garage bar and game room.


Gateway Terrace update: A new Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurant, a PDQ fried chicken tenders eatery, a Chipotle and a Jimmy John’s are all confirmed tenant for the new development under construction on six acres off U.S. 15-501 across from New Hope Commons.

Karla Kassebaum, corporate relationship manager for the project’s Raleigh-based developer MJM Group, said a multi-tenant building is currently under construction that will house a Chipotle and other businesses. The restaurant is expected to open in the building by the end of the year.

There’s also a Jimmy John’s sandwich restaurant that’s planned to open in the early spring of next year in the building and a Mattress Firm store.

The PDQ and the Freddy’s restaurants are slated to open in the spring.

PDQ is a restaurant chain that was started in Florida by a partnership that included the co-founder of Outback Steakhouse. The restaurant serves grilled or fried chicken sandwiches, salads, fries, chicken tenders, and milk shakes, Allen said.

The chain is modeled after a restaurant called Tenders, which is in Cornelius in Mecklenburg County. Allen said it was acquired in 2010. The first restaurant under the name PDQ, which stands for “People Dedicated to Quality,” opened in October 2011 in Florida.

Freddy’s is a Wichita, Kan.,-based restaurant chain that serves steakburgers and frozen custard. Attempts to reach a company spokeswoman for comment Friday were unsuccessful.

A 103-room Home2Suites by Hilton hotel is also slated to open as part of the development. Kassebaum said construction should begin by the end of the year.


Food truck rodeo: A mini food truck rodeo called “Trucks from the Market” will be held as a fundraiser for Durham Central Park on Sept. 29. 

The food trucks Only Burger and Pie Pushers organized the less-crowded “mini-rodeo.” There are a limited amount of tickets to be sold so lines will be shorter.

Ticket holders will be able to sample the regular menu items that will be prepared. Fifteen trucks are participating. 

Fullsteam Brewery will be on hand offering two beers per ticket and a cash bar.

The mini rodeo will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. There are 125 tickets selling for $50 each. They buy unlimited diners per ticket, so sharing is encouraged. It will be held at the Durham Central Park Pavilion at 501 Foster St.


Cheap coffee: Kangaroo Express gas station convenience stores are offering one-cent, 12-ounce cups of Bean Street Coffee between 8 a.m. and noon on Sept. 29 in recognition of National Coffee Day.

The convenience store chain is operated by Cary-based The Pantry Inc.


Greek night: Spartacus Restaurant in Durham is holding its annual Greek night on Sept. 29 with a live band, belly dancers and a buffet. It starts at 6 p.m.


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