What We’ve Heard
March 2016

Latest rumor mill gossip…

We’ve heard…

that El Kilombo Intergaláctico, a NGO dedicated to bringing together people from student, migrant, low-income, and people of color communities to tackle the challenges they face in Durham, was pushed out of their spot on Geer Street by rising rents.

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We’ve heard…

that MoogFest will be taking over the MotorCo parking lot with outdoor stages and beer trucks.

We’ve heard…

that Triangle E-Cycling found a new spot in the old Pepsi building off the 15-501 Bypass.

We’ve heard…

that City Councilman Eddie Davis has been meeting with local community activist Solomon Burnette to discuss the controversy of Durham Public Schools attempt to ban African headdresses (amongst other topics). And we are darn glad to hear it. Durham needs more revolutionary politicians, not apologists for incrementalism.

We’ve heard…

that they will be pouring the foundation of the City Center building on Parrish Street across from the 21c Museum Hotel Durham for more than four months and that residents can expect Parrish Street to remain partially closed for at least the next eighteen months. This can’t be good news for Loaf Bakery or The Carrack gallery.

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City Center Durham concept

We’ve heard…

that the Southbank building is slated for demolition and some proposals call for it be replaced by a structure even taller than the City Center pictured above.

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We’ve heard…

that Waffle House is coming to the old Charlie’s spot on Ninth Street adjacent to Dain’s Place. It will be one of three new Waffle Houses opening in Durham.

We’ve heard…

that a new brewery is opening on Broadway around the corner from the Durham Police Substation and up the block from the skate park in Durham Central Park.

We’ve heard…

that Picnic out on Cole Mill Road has been slammed busy since opening and that the food is great.

We’ve heard…

that Dave and Buster’s is definitely opening in the Liberty Warehouse on Foster Street across from Durham Central Park. And that this had a chilling effect on plans to expand Baxter’s Arcade and Al’s Burger Shack to Durham.

We’ve heard…

that Nana’s Steakhouse in the Aloft Hotel is tiny. (And exclusive?)

We’ve heard…

that the Beyù Caffè is moving a few doors down West Main Street.

We’ve heard…

that Matt Kelly is not only opening a new Deli on Main Street, but is also part of a group opening a new Italian restaurant.

We’ve heard…

that Runaway Clothes bricks and mortar store facing on Major the Bull’s Plaza will be opening at the end of this month. Also shout-out to Runaway, if you haven’t heard they are teaming up with the Durham Bulls for a Runaway uniform night this Summer at DBAB.

We’ve heard…

that the former Rick Hendrick car dealership site might be home to a new Durham outdoor amphitheater akin to Raleigh’s downtown Red Hat Amphitheater. Similarly, due to proximity to residences, performances would have to end by midnight. Now this runs in direct contradiction to multiple sources who have told us mixed-use retail and expensive apartments, ala North Hills Raleigh, were going on this site. ¿Quién sabe? Those who said the amphitheater is coming were quite adamant. (We need one.)

photo courtesy of OpenDurham.org

photo courtesy of OpenDurham.org

We’ve heard…

that a Gastro Pub will be replacing the old City Beverage on Hope Valley Road out near Woodcroft. We watched this spot gradually expand from a coffee bar, to a bar, to a bar restaurant, to Durham’s most Raleigh-like nightclub pick-up scene. It was quite a ride City Bev, we will have some nostalgia for you always. (Not Ringside level nostalgia, but some.)

Ringside circa 2006 photographed by Gary Kueber of OpenDurham.org

Ringside circa 2006 photographed by Gary Kueber of OpenDurham.org

We’ve heard…

that the 21c Museum Hotel Durham offers guided docent tours each WED and FRI at 5pm. Tours are free and open to the public.

We’ve heard…

that a Ted Talk Durham is coming to the Carolina Theatre this Summer.

We’ve heard…

that the legendary music venue, Cat’s Cradle, is NOT moving to Durham in the medium term, they were offered substantial tax incentives by Carrboro to remain there.

We’ve heard…

that the West Villages sold to an Ohio developer for $187 million.

We’ve heard…

that the Nasher Museum offers public tours Thursdays at 6 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. Tours are free of charge, except for ticketed exhibitions. Ticketed exhibition tours have a small additional fee to the ticket price. Tours last approximately one hour. No reservations are necessary.

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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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1 Comment

  • Reply March 26, 2016

    Caroline Crawford

    Having heard sounds of backing up large motorized machines beeping till midnight, I walked down to the corner of Pettigew and Dillard to investigate. Dillard was blocked to traffic and a construction site sign announced Luxury Housing.

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