Apr 09, 2012 (The Herald-Sun - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
'Farm-to-sip' eatery and bar downtown: Plans are solidifying for a bar and eatery called Alley 26 to open in a space at a renovated building at 320 E. Chapel Hill St. downtown. The business is planned to focus on wine, cocktails and light food.
Shannon Healy said he's transitioning away from his role as general manager at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill in order to focus full time on the new eatery, although he'll still continue to handle the wine, beer and cocktail lists for Southern cuisine-focused bar and cafe that's located on Franklin Street.
Healy signed the lease for a space for his new venture that's approximately 1,600 square feet. He's targeting to open the business in early July. The eatery will be named for an alley running near the building.
The concept is for a bar and restaurant that serves light food such as cheese plates, olives, nuts and charcuterie. On the bar side, he plans to focus on wine as well as "farm-to-sip" cocktails sourced with local products. He said he believes the concept is something that's not yet being done in Durham's City Center.
Healy had previously been in negotiations for space in the downtown Rogers Alley mixed-use development on North Mangum Street for his bar and restaurant.
"I happen to believe in downtown Durham, I'm really excited about the energy in downtown Durham," Healy said. "There are elements of this idea in other people's businesses, but not quite this. It's going to be more farm-to-sip kind of thing, using the farmers' market to get products, and source the drinks."
Another Broken Egg Cafe: The opening date has been set for April 23 for the restaurant Another Broken Egg Cafe on Erwin Road in Durham.
The location is owned by Double R Restaurant Group LLC. It's part of a chain of breakfast, brunch and lunch restaurants.
The Durham location will be located at 2608 Erwin Road, Suite 120. It will be the first restaurant in North Carolina for the chain. A second is slated to open in Morrisville in July.
The restaurant's 130-item menu includes Bananas Foster, and eight different kinds of eggs Benedict.
Downtown sports thrift store: A thrift store selling vintage sports items called Vintique Sports Thrift has opened at 107 W. Chapel Hill St. in Durham.
Owner Emmett Gill said he opened the store last month in a space shared with Custom Tailors in the Five Points area of downtown.
The store carries "a little bit of everything," Gill said, including jerseys, sports games, vintage hats, letterman jackets, women's wear, children's jerseys, coats, socks, glasses, mugs, collectible figurines, posters.
Grand opening: A grand opening is slated to be held May 18- 20 at Triangle Pharmacy Ace Hardware's two locations in Durham to mark the transition of the business' hardware sections from True Value to Ace Hardware.
The locations in the Woodcroft Shopping Center on Hope Valley Road and at 1700 E. N.C. 54 in Durham officially converted from True Value to Ace Hardware in March, but they're still in the process of making the change, said business partner Alice Dillard.
Dillard, who is a pharmacist, said she and her sister Missy Fields are taking over the business, which was started by her father, Joseph "Chip" Smith. Dillard said her father opened Triangle Pharmacy on N.C. 54 in 1975, and later added the hardware section.
In 1985, they opened a second location in the Woodcroft Shopping Center, and added a prescription department in 2005. Last year, her father and mother, Linda Smith, bought out their partners, and are planning to retire, she said.
Dillard said the conversion of the hardware section of the stores to Ace Hardware allows them to offer Crafstman tools and a new line of paint, as well as to lower prices.
The grand opening will include events at both locations. She said the event is slated to include food, product demonstrations, sales and giveaways. The locations are at 4711 Hope Valley Road, Suite 1J, and at 1700 E. N.C. 54.
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