What We’ve Heard
May 2016

Latest rumor mill gossip…

heard monks

We heard…

that the Art of Cool music festival was outstanding, that the sound at The Armory was great, and that Kamasi Washington was a highlight.

We’ve heard…

that M Sushi and Chef Michael Lee continue to draw rave reviews from people in the know.

Michael Lee of MSushi

Michael Lee of MSushi

MSushi

MSushi a beautiful subterranean spot

We’ve heard…

that Alley 26 is opening a new eatery adjacent to its current location.

We’ve heard…

that progress on turning the former Rick Hendrick car dealership site into condos continues apace.

We’ve heard…

that development of a new seven-story parking garage on Morgan Street at the existing surface lot behind Dashi has been delayed by the lack of affordable housing in the plan.

We’ve heard…

that Fishmongers and the notorious, errr, legendary, Secret Pirate Bar are no more. (if you didn’t know the Secret Pirate Bar, there was an era…)

courtesy of tylermeznarich.com

courtesy of tylermeznarich.com

We’ve heard…

that this parking lot adjacent to the former Fishmongers in the Studebaker building is no longer open to the public.

 

 

 

courtesy of Open Durham.org

courtesy of Open Durham.org

main Street permit parking

We’ve heard…

that MotorCo has restricted and numbered their parking spaces.

We’ve heard…

that there are Self-Storage units being built behind the McDonald’s off of the downtown loop, adjacent to Mangum Street.

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We’ve heard…

that Bull City Coworking has closed.

We’ve heard…

that Mercury Studio had a meeting with its membership about moving locations. (Tenuous times in the world of independent Durham coworking.)

We’ve heard…

again the rumors that the entire MotorCo complex might be replaced with a 12-14 story building.

motorco

We’ve heard…

that The Carrack, modern art, zero commission gallery found a new location.

We’ve heard…

that One City Center’s footing construction smashed several unmarked sewer lines. Concrete/grout was poured into the footings and subsequently into sewer lines. This fouled major sewer lines on Parrish Street, Main Street, and City Hall Plaza resulting in street closures, tear-ups, pipe removal and replacement.

one city center May 2016

We’ve heard…

that the scuttlebutt around City Hall is that the City of Durham’s taxpayers will foot most, if not all, of the bill for those costs because the sewer lines were unmarked.

 

We’ve heard…

that adjacent to where the Sweet Beet Urban Farm used to be on North Mangum Street, an empty lot will become condos.

Sweet Beet Urban Farm Durham

Sweet Beet Urban Farm Durham

Sweet Beet Farm Urban Durham

Sweet Beet Farm Urban Durham

on Mangum Street just south of the 5 point Cleveland Street intersection

on Mangum Street just south of the 5 points Cleveland Street intersection

Mangum Flats 2

Mangum Flats 4

We’ve heard…

that Bulldega is officially open and people are delighted with its selection and location inside the Durham Downtown Loop.

bulldega 2

bulldega

We’ve heard…

that Nice Price Books is closed.

We’ve heard…

that the Bagel Barn is coming soon on City Hall Plaza.

We’ve heard…

that a British-Indo Gastro Pub is set to replace Beju Cafe in it’s old location.

We’ve heard…

that the former Jack Tar Motel will be the flagship of a new hotel brand called, “Unscripted”.

We’ve heard…

that the 2# mustard from Sympathy for the Deli is killer.

We’ve heard…

that Bar Lusconi closed.

We’ve heard…

that Malcolm Gladwell was spotted in Cocoa Cinnamon working on a new book about collaborative environments and Durham as an example.

We’ve heard…

that someone has a motion-sensitive, time-lapse camera trained on a certain Durham development site with an eye towards a future documentary.

We’ve heard…

that the Beaver Queen Pageant is set to be bigger and better than ever.

beaver queen photo 1

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