McDonald’s, gas station, to replace Honey’s

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 02:33 PM

Plans filed for Honey’s site: There are plans to redevelop the site of the existing Honey’s Restaurant at 2700 Guess Road into a McDonald’s restaurant, convenience store and gas station.
Plans have been filed with Durham City-County Planning showing a proposed 4,388-square-foot restaurant and 4,000-square-foot convenience store with fuel pumps on more than 2 acres.
The owner of the property is Chapel Hill-based Holmes Oil Co., a developer of Cruizer’s Convenience Marketplace gas stations.
Honey’s Restaurant is the more than 50-year-old sole surviving location of what was once a restaurant chain in North and South Carolina.
The business is owned by Buck Dickerson, who previously told The Herald-Sun he started out working third shift at Honey’s and eventually bought the business from the original owner.
That original owner was Y.L. Honey Sr., a Charlotte-based entrepreneur and who owned restaurants and hotels.
It’s a country cooking American food restaurant, Dickerson said. It serves breakfast as well as seafood, sandwiches and other items such as country fried steak and chicken salad.
Edward Holmes, CEO of Holmes Oil Co., and Dickerson could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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Six Plates to hold Txakolifest: Six Plates Wine Bar on Erwin Road in Durham is planning to celebrate food and wine from the Basque country on June 1 with Txakolifest, named for a type of wine that’s traditionally sparkling and white.
“I love the wines; they’re mostly white, sort of bubbly, just a little bit of effervescence, clean and refreshing,” said Matthew Beason, the operating owner of Six Plates. “(It’s) a good time of year for that kind of wine.”
Beason added that the food from the region includes a lot of fresh fish.
“Basque country includes, probably, what the food world would tell you is the most exciting region in the world,” he said.
Part of the festival is a fundraiser for Housing for New Hope, a nonprofit in Durham that serves the homeless. There are 150 tickets selling for $75 in advance for that portion of the festival, which will run from 1 to 4 p.m.
There will be tasting and live music, with proceeds going to support the nonprofit. At least seven different types of wine to taste by the glass as well as a souvenir glass to take home.
Seven Durham chefs will each be cooking a dish. The list of chefs includes Six Plates’ John Eisensmith will be joined by Billy Cotter of Toast, Charlie Deal of Dos Perros, Tim Lyons of Blu Seafood and Bar, Matt Kelly of Mateo, Chris Stinnett of Pop’s Restaurant, Amy Tornquist of Watts Grocery, and Todd Whitney of Vin Rouge.
There will be a second session that will run from 4 p.m. until at least midnight. There will be 125 tickets sold for $15 each for that session. The purchase of the ticket includes general admission, live music, and a complimentary cider glass, but food and drinks are sold separately.
Tickets go on sale Wednesday and can be purchased at Six Plates on Erwin Road or at Wine Authorities on University Drive.

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Samsung Experience at Best Buy in Durham: A shop dedicated to showcasing Samsung products including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, cameras and accessories to consumers is being installed in the Best Buy store at New Hope Commons in Durham.
By early summer, the “The Samsung Experience Shops” will be in 1,400 U.S. Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores, according to a news release. Nine hundred of those are expected to be installed in May, and the rest coming by early summer.
“This is part of our Renew Blue transformation strategy – working closely with vendor partners to innovate and drive value, while also updating our stores to focus on growing and profitable categories,” said Shawn Score, head of U.S. retail for Best Buy, in a statement in a news release.
The Best Buy is located at 5454 New Hope Commons Drive in Durham.

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Free comics on Saturday: Comic books will be given away Saturday at several local comic book stores as part of the 12th annual Free Comic Book Day.
A variety of free comics, featuring characters ranging from Iron Man to Spongebob Squarepants to the heroes of “The Walking Dead,” will be available at comic book stores.
The local comic book shop pays for the books at a discounted rate to give away. This is the 12th year for Free Comic Book Day, which was created by retailer Joe Field. Field is also the former president of ComicsPRO, a nonprofit trade organization for independent comic book storefront retailers.
Participating retailers include Chapel Hill Comics at 316 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill and Ultimate Comics at 6120 Farrington Road in Chapel Hill.
The Comics Professional Retail Organization is an independent comic book retailer trade association. More information about Free Comic Book Day and a list of the free special edition comics from participating publishers are all online at http://FreeComicBookDay.com.

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