What We’ve Heard (Mid-Month Update)

Latest rumor mill gossip…a mid-month update.

NEW

We heard…

that the City of Durham has closed down the surface Parking Lot at Mangum Street and Orange Street to reline it and add a few spaces, but in the short term creating even more parking chaos inside the Downtown Loop of Durham.

We heard…

that MoogFest is going to have an outdoor stage in the Motorco parking lot. Rad!

We heard…

that LinkedIn is moving offices to Durham.

We heard…

that there is a sushi place going in the basement of the old Bargain Furniture (pre-Organic Transit tenant) in the former Holland Street alley. (where 7 Star Cycles used to be.)

We heard…

that Izakaya, Dashi’s upstairs bar, is open and serving a special late night menu until midnight on weekdays and 1am on the weekend. Welcome news for service industry workers getting off shift and looking to unwind!

We heard…

that The Durham hotel is serving $1 oysters from various locales every day from 5-7pm.

We heard…

that there is a new tarot-themed bar going in beneath the Snow Building on 331 West Main St. called Arcana. This underground bar and lounge space is only a few weeks out from opening, and this place will feature local artists, readings, performances, and more. They also currently have an Indiegogo campaign going (click here for more info).

Photo credit: Esar Aa & Susie Locklier

Photo credit: Esar Aa & Susie Locklier

 

Older Rumors

We heard…

that the black Piedmont Poet Laureate of North Carolina was denied use of public restrooms twice last week in Sanford, North Carolina. (We are seeking more information, if anyone has any, email clarioncontent at gmail dot com.) Updated to correct NC Poet to Piedmont Poet and Pinehurst, NC to Sanford, NC.

We heard…

that MotorCo’s booking has been upgraded with a new hire—national acts are suddenly far more frequent and attendance has spiked.

We heard…

that The Real Laww got naked and let Candy Carver paint him in the buff for his new album cover.

We heard…

that the last, large, open green space within the city limits of Durham might be developed, 300 new houses, plus condos are proposed across from Croasdaile on Cole Mill Road and along Berini Drive.

We heard…

that Dave & Buster’s has contracted for the huge retail space on the ground floor of the Liberty Warehouse adjacent to Durham Central Park.

We heard…

that the DJ’d and electronic scene in Durham has hit another level with mad new venues hopping into the game including The Vault on Broad Street underneath The Palace International, Atomic Fern on Parrish Street, and 106 West Main (naturally on West Main Street).

We heard…

that the Durham City Manager has been quietly meeting in the South Bank Building with Austin-Lawrence Partners (the developers building the tower coming across from 21C Durham).

towering over your head

towering over your head

We heard…

that Austin Lawrence Partners, who also own the Southbank Building and the former Jack Tarr Motel, may begin constructing the 23 story “City Center” project before Thanksgiving. (Ed. note: Still feels like they tore down the green wall way earlier than necessary.)

 photo by Tad Hunt

photo by Tad Hunt

We heard…

that the Clarion Content’s Publisher and Editor, Aaron Mandel, will be co-hosting an exhibit with The Pleiades Gallery in February and March of 2016 entitled, “Durham under Development“. Call to artists available 11/2/15. Email the Clarion Content or contact Pleiades for further information.

We heard…

that there was another mural on the green wall before the Mathew Curran’s and Derek Toomes’ work pictured above. Love to run a photo, if anyone has one.

We heard…

that there will be six new Rise Biscuits & Donuts, including one in the former Daisy Cakes spot on Foster Street.

We heard…

that there is a new deli opening in Durham. Lucky’s Deli will be on West Chapel Hill Street, catty-corner to Bull McCabe’s, and next door to Mateo. It is a partnership between Matt Kelly of Mateo and Drew Brown formerly of The Piedmont.

We heard…

that the location of The Vault (operated by some deft friends of the CC) used to be a bar called “7th Street Entry”. Note that Broad Street used to be 7th Street and Iredell was 8th Street. Our Ed. doesn’t recall anything before the world-class, Mid-South Fencers’ Club there.

We heard…

that the Martin Luther King Harris Teeter will be under going a big renovation and upgrade (to keep it in the class of the 9th Street Harris Teeter?)

We heard…

that a group of downtown Durham restaurateurs petitioned the Durham City Council to ask the contractor replacing the water main inside the Downtown Loop to be more mindful. Please don’t close the streets if there isn’t work occurring. To be mindful that this a restaurant and entertainment district, Friday and Saturday evening closures are especially problematic.

We heard…

that many of the biggest university endowments Harvard, Yale, etc. invested in real estate at penny’s on the dollar after the market crash and now hold huge American rental property portfolios under less-familiar names.

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We cannot guarantee the veracity of every last one of these statements, but we can guarantee you that we heard them. Please email corrections to— clarioncontent at gmail dot com

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