Buzz: Plans in works for Krispy Kreme on Hillsborough Road

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

Doughnut shop renovation plans filed: Plans have been filed with the city’s planning department to renovate a now-empty former fast-food restaurant at 3536 Hillsborough Road into a Krispy Kreme doughnut shop.

At one time, the building was home to George’s Diner, a 1950s-themed restaurant that sold malt shakes and soda floats. Before that, it was a Miami Subs Grill. Currently, there is no Krispy Kreme in Durham. There is one on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.

The plans for the renovation project are still under review at Durham City-County Planning, according to Alysia Bailey Taylor, a supervisor with the department.

Attempts to reach Krispy Kreme by The Buzz’s deadline Tuesday were unsuccessful.


Craft beer shop now open: The craft beer shop Beer Durham opened its doors at noon Tuesday on Hunt Street, selling craft beer by the bottle, can, and from the tap.

You can buy beer from the tap at the store, as well as wine by the glass. In addition, you can also buy beer to take home from the tap in the jug-like containers known as growlers.

A state law that passed last year allows retail merchants now to sell beer in growlers. At least two shops, including Beer Durham and another in South Durham called Growler Grlz, opened in part to take advantage of the law. Another, called The Glass Jug is planned to open in August in a shopping center off N.C. 55 that also houses Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse and Sarah’s Empanadas called Greenwood Commons.

On Beer Durham’s opening day Tuesday, its draft beer list included wild ales and an ale from the certified organic brewing company Charlotte’s Lenny Boy Brewing Co., which started out brewing kombucha, a non-alcoholic drink made by fermenting tea.

It has wheat beers from Durham’s Fullsteam and Bull City Burger and Brewery, as well as a large representation from California breweries. The list includes porters, IPAs, pale ales, ambers and lagers.

Ashley Lemons, who co-owns the Beer Durham store with her husband Chad Lemons, who is a school teacher, said they got the idea for the store after a brainstorming session on things they love. It’s a long list, she said, that includes food, beer and wine. They were excited about North Carolina’s craft beer scene, said Lemons, who said she previously worked in the medical industry.

“This is one of those ideas that took hold of us,” she said.

Beer Durham is at 404 Hunt St. in the Measurement Building downtown. The building is adjacent to the Durham Farmers Market and Durham Central Park, and is one block south of the Durham Athletic Park. It’s primarily occupied by the educational testing firm Measurement Inc.

Its hours are from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Its website will have updates on its draft beer offerings.


Straw Valley update: Straw Valley will be moving its lunch service to The Black House starting July 7, according to a spokesman for the restaurant.

Previously, lunch was offered at the cafe and wine bar space and surrounding outdoor spaces. Reservations will be accepted for lunch at The Black House. 

Also, effective Monday, The Black House will also be open seven nights a week for dinner service. 

The Black House at Straw Valley is located in a converted mid-century modern home that’s part of the complex of modern-style buildings located between U.S. 15-501 and the New Hope Commons shopping center.


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