Former Taco Bell to be replaced by Cook-Out

Feb. 23, 2014 @ 05:30 PM

New Cook-Out on the way?: Work is underway to transform a former Taco Bell restaurant on Shannon Road into a new Durham location of Cook-Out Restaurant.

Cook-Out is a privately-owned fast food restaurant chain with locations in North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.

The restaurant sells burgers, grilled chicken, hot dogs, barbecue, corn dogs, hushpuppies, onion rings, floats, and an array of different flavors of “fancy milkshake.”

The Taco Bell on Shannon Road closed last year when the lease expired on the property, but the employees moved to a new Taco Bell that opened nearby on Westgate Drive in place of a KFC fast food restaurant. Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants are fast-food restaurant concepts of the publicly traded parent company Yum! Brands Inc.

Attempts to reach the corporate office of Cook-Out were not successful by deadline Friday.


Jade Buffet opens at Shops at Northgate: An Asian food buffet restaurant called Jade Buffet has opened at The Shops at Northgate.

Three existing retail spaces at The Shops at Northgate, the strip shopping center next to Northgate Mall, were combined into one to create a 7,800-square-foot restaurant with 240 seats and party room for up to 100. 

Buffet options will include four cold food bars with fresh sushi, five hot food bars including a hibachi grill for freshly prepared stir-fry, and several dessert bars including ice cream. Takeout is also available priced by the pound.

In addition to a selection of Asian cuisines including Chinese and Japanese-style hibachi and sushi, the restaurant also has an American-style salad bar. 

Jade Buffet is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday.

There is a $6.99 price fixed lunch Monday to Friday. Dinner and all day Saturday and Sunday is $9.99.

Jade Buffet is across from Sears at The Shops at Northgate on Guess Road. 

For information, go to the website


DQ coming back?: The Dairy Queen and Orange Julius at Northgate Mall have closed, but Allison Savicz, a spokeswoman for the mall, said in an email that the parent company is signing with a new franchisee.

The new business owner should open the Dairy Queen in the mall in the same location within 60 days, she said. Dairy Queen has been in mall since 2002.

“Unfortunately, we are not at liberty to share the reason why our DQ locations close, nor whether it will re-open any time in the future,” Dairy Queen said in an emailed statement in response to questions. “Often, the franchise operator of that location may want to sell their DQ location and may be unable to find a prospective franchise operator that is willing and able to take over that location. As such, they may have to close their doors for good.”

The newly renovated Kids Foot Locker space at the mall is slated to open no later than April 30.


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