The Buzz: Gluten-free restaurant opens

Jul. 11, 2014 @ 05:27 PM

Primal Food & Spirits, the new South Durham gluten-free restaurant that specializes in wood-fired meat dishes and vegetable sides, has opened for dinner service.

The restaurant is a new venture by Tim Lyons, the owner of the Ninth Street-area Durham restaurant Blu Seafood and Bar.

His new restaurant is in the Kroger-anchored Southpoint Crossing shopping center off N.C. 54 near The Streets at Southpoint. The space previously housed Souper!Salad!.

The restaurant’s menu includes appetizers ranging from bacon-wrapped dates for $7.05 to bone marrow and beef short ribs for $12. There are also soups and salads for under $10 and four main-dish offerings including shrimp and grits for $19.50 and grilled vegetable lasagna for $15.

The wood-fired main section includes a steak dish for $16 or $20, a pasture-raised pork chop for $17.50, and a burger for $12. Vegetable sides are sold separately.

The restaurant is open from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. In the future, the restaurant is expected to open for Sunday brunch.


Timbering at Infinity and Roxboro: A property owner with about 24 acres near the intersection of Infinity and Roxboro roads in North Durham said he sold the timber rights to the land about a year ago.

“It’s not associated with any development at this time,” Wayne Yeargan, a Raleigh-based commercial real estate broker, said of timbering at the site. “I know there are some people that have expressed interest in that quadrant; I’m not at liberty to talk about anything.”

Adjacent to Yeargan’s property  is land owned by Bi-Lo, a Florida-based supermarket chain. According to company spokeswoman Julianne Roberts, Bi-Lo plans to sell.

The company had paid $3.595 million in 2002 for about 18 acres near the intersection of the two roads, according to property records. It was not clear how much land the company was going to sell, to whom, or when.

“We respect the right of the buyer to announce their presence in the market,” Roberts said in an email.

Steve Medlin, director of Durham City-County Planning, said in an email that there has been periodic interest in property that Bi-Lo owns, but because of site improvement costs, none has moved forward.

“There will be considerable amount of improvements involved with putting a large development in that quadrant,” said Yeargan, who assembled the property that sold to Bi-Lo.  Yeargan said the land has been envisioned as the site of a shopping center with a neighborhood food store, but he said from what he knows, there’s nothing definitive to develop it at this time.


Relay Foods pick-up at Northgate: The online grocer Relay Foods has added Northgate Mall as one of its pick-up locations starting July 15. Pick-up there will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Relay Foods is an online grocery store. Shoppers place their orders on Relay Foods’ website and can pick up their groceries the following day at one of four Durham locations including downtown, Research Triangle Park, Old West Durham and now Northgate.

There are no membership fees and items include local and natural foods, everyday groceries found at traditional grocers as well as household supplies.

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