What We’ve Heard
October 2015

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Latest rumor mill gossip…now amended and corrected.

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We heard…

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

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).

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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.

We heard…

that there is a gang war on in East Durham. But no confirmation. If you have information, please share.

We heard…

that there have been some good warehouse parties in Durham of late.

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We heard…

that Google Fiber is opening it’s first Durham location in the old Organic Transit spot (multiple sources confirm).

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We heard…

that Scratch Bakery is moving to the old Davis Bakery location. Look out Lakewood! It is going to be off the hook.***

***Correction: Scratch Bakery is not moving to the Davis Bakery location–the owner is opening up a new restaurant in that location. It remains to be seen if it will be another Scratch or something else.

courtesy of Open Durham

photo courtesy of Open Durham

We heard…

that a new women’s clothing and home-kitsch boutique called, “Song of Sixpence” has moved into the Lakewood neighborhood next to Pine State Flowers on Chapel Hill Road.

We heard…

that a new bar is also slated to open in that burgeoning Lakewood Shopping Plaza.

We heard…

that Monuts Donuts will be reopening their downtown location next to Atomic Fern. Whoops now we heard the founders of Pizzeria Toro will be opening a dinner only place in that space.

We heard…

that a new bar is opening underneath Beyu Cafe inside the downtown loop.

We heard…

that The Blue Note Grills’ new DIY District Washington Street location is a hit.

We heard…

that a new bar is opening near the former 305 South Anti-Mall.

We heard…

that Runaway Clothes new location is going to be in the Teer Building adjacent to the 21C Museum Hotel.

We heard…

that the Durham resident who was tased at the Harris Teeter is consider suing the Durham Police Department.

We heard…

that Daisy Cakes (who came up from a food truck) is closing their bricks and mortar location this month. A Rise bakery franchise will be opening in the same space.

We heard…

that someone attempted to climb the huge crane at the Liberty Warehouse site; they were caught and cited by Durham Police Department. (name withheld to protect the foolhardy)

We heard…

that a Carrboro triple threat is taking over a Durham warehouse just off the downtown loop: Baxter’s Arcade, Al’s Burger Shack, The Beer Study are making a tri-parte move to open new locations in Durham’s every expanding scene.

We heard…

that Bull City Burger’s owner is talking about opening a Ramen shop.

We heard…

that Tootie is Lloyd’s daughter.

We heard…

that Taberna Tapas is doubling its footprint, expanding the restaurant and bar into the adjoining space.

We heard…

that the lead architect on the Church and Main project quit.

Church and Main

Church and Main

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We heard…

that “Consent to Search” forms used by Durham Police are now bilingual.

We heard…

that there is a project #PictureDURM archiving photos of current Durham.

We heard…

that the tunnel system under downtown Durham, American Tobacco, and East Campus was once so extensive that it was traversed by mule drawn carts.

We heard…

that during recent development numerous tunnels have collapsed.

We heard…

that there used to be only a 2 inch water line on Durham’s Main Street until a fire in the early 1900’s devastated several city blocks. It was after this fire that the 10 inch water line, which is currently being replaced inside the Durham Downtown Loop, was installed (nearly 100 years ago.)

We heard…

that there is a new Randy’s location open inside the Northgate Mall selling their famous slices.

We heard…

that a law office is moving in next door to Loaf Bakery on Parrish Street.

We heard…

that Mami Nori is retiring, but the legendary Peruvian rotisserie spot will live on.

We heard…

that percussionist Stephen Coffman, the legendary Kevin Bacon of Durham’s music scene (Six degrees of separation and he connects everybody) once played a show with two broken arms.

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.)

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We heard…

that one of the elevators in the parking garage to the new courthouse has had no A/C for weeks, and is just one of a multitude of the building’s maladies that has workers and sheriffs deputies joking about the “brother-in-law” contractors who did the construction. (And this was before the building’s waterline blew up.)

We heard…

that The Foundry Beat Cypher Monday nights in Durham is blowing up and getting national recognition.

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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1 Comment

  • Reply January 28, 2016

    Ryan-Ashley Anderson

    Poet Laureate denied use of public restrooms in Pinehurst? Doesn’t surprise me. I grew up in the area, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a single gated community with black families residing there.

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