Friday Fun Food Facts – April 21, 2017

Triangle Restaurant News
Triangle restaurant news…that not everyone knows. Impress your co-workers at the water cooler.
Featured Restaurant News
Justin and Ryan Riek, partners in JMR Kitchens, announced this week the expansion of their popular restaurant concept, taste, with a second location in Raleigh. This new addition is expected to open in May at 1912 Bernard St., also in Raleigh, where the Cave 1912 restaurant is currently located. Check out taste here.
Wake County Restaurant News
Dean Ogan continually amazes me at the way he adapts and responds to changes in the marketplace. So it comes as no surprise at the recent changes ($100k in renovations to be exact!) to his Dean’s Seafood Grill & Bar location in Cary. He announced this week that it will reopen April 24 as Dean’s Kitchen+Bar. Located at 1080 Darrington Drive in Cary, Dean’s Kitchen+Bar will retain the former’s favorite seafood dishes while adding new seasonal menus (70% of their ingredients will be locally sourced), redesigning the outdoor dining space and expanding service to include lunch. Check out the changes here.
Caught wind this past week that super-talented chef Marshall Smith has joined the staff over at Midtown Grille as their new executive chef. I’m a huge fan of Marshall and Midtown, so this is great news! Check out Midtown Grille here. Thanks Jo Smith for the tip!
New Raleigh reported last week that Hillsborough St is getting a new Mexican restaurant, Coco Bongo, in the former La Rancherita spot, at 2400 Hillsborough Street. We couldn’t find an online presence for them, so you’ll just have to check them out when they open.
Over in Cary, WRAL reported that Thai Lotus will look to swing open their doors (after some unexpected construction delays) on Friday, May 26. In the meantime, check them out here.
Down in Holly Springs, WRAL reported that Mama Bird’s

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