More to the Mecca
Neon is best at night and the Mecca’s iconic neon sign will once again preside over dinner service at Raleigh’s oldest restaurant. The Mecca announced on Facebook that it would resume dinner service for the first time since changing owners.
Earlier this year, Empire Restaurants owner Greg Hatem bought the Mecca from longtime owners and founders the Dombalis family, who first opened the diner in 1930.
The new dinner menu includes fried chicken wings, a burger menu, seafood boil and pulled pork.
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More pizza in Durham
Saint & Co. bakery opened this week in the former Pie Hole space on 9th Street in Durham. The all-day concept is part cafe and pastry shop and pizzeria, featuring a coffee bar, plus beer, wine and cocktails.
Owners KT Ward and Jonathan St. Hilaire met in Pensacola, Fla., working in hotels. St. Hilaire trained at the French Culinary Institute in Manhattan.
They took over the former Pie Hole space in September, attracted to the Triangle’s growth and restaurant scene, Ward said. The shop is built around the bread-making skills of St. Hilaire, featuring classic french pastries in the morning and homemade pizzas for lunch and dinner.
Pizza pop up
Fresh off of cooking pies with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio at the New York Pizza Festival, Winston Salem’s Mission Pizza Napoletana is blowing through the Triangle. Pizzaiola Peyton Smith makes what have been called some of the very best pies in North Carolina, baked in a screaming hot wood-burning oven in about 90 seconds. Smith is part of this weekend’s TerraVita food festival in Chapel Hill, cooking Saturday at the Fall Fete.
On Sunday, Smith will run a pop-up pizzeria at Dram & Draught in Raleigh from 3 to 7 p.m. and on Monday will be making pies at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.
Earlier this month, chef Michael Lee opened M Tempura in the former Scratch Baking space on Orange Street in Durham. Lee announced the concept this spring, promising a tasting menu of lightly fried vegetables and seafood.
This is Lee’s third Durham restaurant, after M Sushi and M Kokko, with plans for more on the way.
Lynnwood Brewing Concern has opened its companion restaurant Wilson’s Eatery in the Loading Dock development off of Capital Boulevard in Raleigh. Wilson’s is named after Lynnwood owner Ted Dwyer’s chunky yellow lab pup, and a portion of the restaurant’s profits will be donated to local animal charities.
The opening of Wilson’s means you won’t see food trucks around Lynnwood anymore, but you will have plenty of food options at the new counter service spot. The menu is built around sandwiches and pizza-inspired flatbreads, including a pimento cheese sandwich and a carnitas torta.
The visually stunning coffee, tea and sake house Heirloom Brewshop is in the midst of its soft opening on the ground floor of the Dillon in downtown Raleigh. The shop comes from local couple Chuan Tsay and Anna Phommavong.
Specialty coffee and tea drinkers will find plenty to like, with Yama tower-made cold brew, siphon-brewed coffee and tea on the menu.