Ponysaurus Brewing plans launch

Jun. 26, 2013 @ 12:42 AM

Ponysaurus Brewing: There are plans afoot for a new brewery to launch operations in Durham called Ponysaurus Brewing.
Keil Jansen, the “brew master” with the start-up, is planning to start brewing out of The Cookery, the commercial kitchen that functions as home-base for many food entrepreneurs at 1101 W. Chapel Hill St.
The plan is to officially launch in September, and to sell kegs to local bars and restaurants as well as beer by the bottle to grocery stores and bottle shops. Ponysaurus’ brewing equipment has been purchased, but some has yet to arrive. They’re also waiting on federal and state permits.
Jansen said they plan to launch at The Cookery because it has a history of helping to incubate start-up consumption businesses. Ponysaurus will be the first commercial brewery to begin operations there, he said.
“They have both the equipment and the know-how to help a lot of people,” he said.
Jansen, 32, said he has worked as a special education teacher at the Central Park School for Children in Durham, but he’s making the switch to full-time brewer.
He started as a home brewer about five years ago and found there was no turning back after he got “completely obsessed with it.”
He’s president of the Durham-based home brewing club Triangle Unabashed homeBrewers, or TRUB, and he’s also organized the home-brewed-beer festival BrewDurham.
He said his partner in PonySaurus Brewing is David Baldwin, founder of the Raleigh-based advertising firm Baldwin&. Baldwin is focused on the design and branding side of the business.
“(We’re) on the same page about focusing on what was important about the beer and having it be all about balance and quality, and not about gimmicks,” Jansen said. “He’s got a great palette for beer.
Jansen he said plans to make brews that people haven’t been exposed to as much before, such as a bière de garde, which is French for “beer for keeping.”
“My motivation as a brewer, what I get excited about it, is kind of perfecting styles and making kind of balanced beer,” he said.


Hungry Leaf:  A fast-casual eatery focused on healthy food options called Hungry Leaf is holding a grand opening today on Erwin Road at Pavilion East.
The mixed-use development near Duke University Hospital on Erwin Road includes condominiums and other eating options such as T.G.I. Friday’s and Chipotle Grill.
Peter Goodwin and his business partner purchased a salad restaurant called Chopped Greens in September of last year, and have been working to re-launch the eatery under their own custom concept since then.
Their mission is to serve fresh, fast, and healthy salads, wraps and soups. Goodwin said in an email that he met his business partner both worked for technology start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, where they found good and healthy fast-causal options were “quite plentiful.”
They met while studying entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School.
The menu at Hungry Leaf includes items that can come as a salad or a wrap such as “The Shogun,” an option priced at $6.5 that includes spinach, edamame, carrots, red cabbage, cucumber, basil, crispy noodles, and a sauce, as well as the “Olympos,” a $7 option that comes with Romaine lettuce, couscous, roasted red pepper, kalamata olives, cucumber, and feta cheese.
“I believe customers are going to notice the unique creativity we bring to our food – especially our delicious scratch-made marinades and salad dressings,” Goodwin said.
Their long-term goal is to own and operate several locations around the Research Triangle Park area.
Hungry Leaf is at 2608 Erwin Road in unit No. 132. For information, call 919-321-8001. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week. The news of the new restaurant was first reported in the Triangle Food Guy blog.


New art, event space: A gallery and event space called Spectre Arts has opened in what was formerly a church and school house near Golden Belt, the former textile mill at 807 E. Main St. that was redeveloped into shops, studios, apartments, and event space.
The building is 1,500 square feet, and the gallery space is 600 square feet, Alicia Lange, the founder and director of the space, said in an email.
Lange said renovations of the space took about a year. The building dates to 1910, she said. It opened in May as a gallery and events space. She said they can also host screenings or performances outside.
“We are currently doing hours by appointment only as we gear up for the fall and our continuing third Friday events,” she said in an email. “We will release regular hours in August when we release our next exhibit.”
It’s at 1004 Morning Glory Ave. in Durham. For information, go to http://www.spectrearts.org/index.html.


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