Pop-up dinners will precede café opening

Apr. 04, 2014 @ 06:40 PM

Triangle Raw Foods to do take-out to start: The owners of Triangle Raw Foods had initially planned to launch a café on Old Chapel Hill Road in Durham next to Piper’s Deli, but instead plan to start with a take-out location.

The business already offers delivery of raw, gluten-free, dairy-free meatless meals, and they have a food truck that offers prepared and pre-packaged options.

Jane Howard Crutchfield, one of two partners behind the business, said they can’t open the café yet because of zoning issues with the location, which was previously a retail shop and not a restaurant. She said they’re one parking space short, and they have to redo the bathroom.

They plan to use their kitchen as a commissary for their food truck and then to open it for take-out ordering as well.

To satiate customer demand for sit-down dining in the meantime, they’re planning to offer pop-up restaurants. Their first pop-up will be at 7 p.m. May 2 in dining space next door at Piper’s. Limited seating is available. They’re selling $30 tickets on their website http://trianglerawfoods.com/pop-up-restaurant/. The five-course menu has a Mexican food theme in honor of Cinco de Mayo, which is May 5.

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Plans for sushi restaurant Basan: In case you missed the previous report in The Herald-Sun, a Raleigh-based restaurant group plans to open a Japanese sushi restaurant called Basan at Diamond View III, the new office and retail building next to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and across from the American Tobacco campus.

The restaurant is targeted to open toward the end of the year. The group has restaurants in Raleigh’s North Hills shopping center, Cameron Village and in downtown Raleigh on Fayetteville Street.

In addition to Basan, Moe’s Southwest Grill and Which Wich have already opened restaurant locations in the building, and Pitmaster Ed Mitchell is opening a new barbecue restaurant called ’Que.

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Party City expanding?: The Party City store at New Hope Commons appears to be expanding. Building plans filed with Durham County Building and Inspections show plans for additional construction at the shopping center to upfit an interior space.

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