What We’ve Heard
early 2017

It is hard to believe how long it has been since we last published one of these “Heard” posts. Nearly a year. If you want a flashback to March 2016, go here. Development and expansion has continued apace. At the Clarion Content, we view the explosive changes underway as: we have passed the beginning of the middle, in baseball terms, top of the 5th inning. The game is well underway, but the results are not yet in.

As always these are rumors, not facts we have spent time running down. As always, to protect our sources, we have published only things we have heard in more than one place. We believe news is a verb. But this isn’t news, this is an homage to Page Six, and our 2 and 1/2 degrees of separation community.

Let’s start with the biggest

We’ve heard…

that Durham City Councilman Steve Schewel and Mayor Pro Tempore Cora Cole-McFadden will both throw their hats in the ring to succeed Durham  Mayor Bill Bell, retiring from an eight-term run.

We’ve heard…

that Mayor Bell will endorse Ms. Cora Cole-McFadden.

We’ve heard…

that Durham’s tech-savvy millennials are already signaling dissatisfaction with a choice between a sixty-six year-old and a seventy-two year-old for Mayor.

We’ve heard…

that the Pinhook is adding booths and a spot to stand-up with drinks to front corner of a legendary Durham bar.

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We’ve heard…

that The Accordion is opening February 20th in the old El Kilombo spot on West Geer Street. It is billed as a neighborhood bar in Old North Durham serving cold beer and hot dogs.

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We’ve heard…

that there is a new barcade coming to the basement of the Kress building. Is it the same place that was once rumored to be going along side of Rue Cler?

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We’ve heard…

that a new co-working space is going in the Kress Building, too. Under the auspices of American Underground, it will aim to have more freelancers, artists, and creatives than AU’s original, tech heavy, start-up oriented spot.

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We’ve heard…

that the Fences 2017 photography exhibit is coming to Orange Street, Durham. The city parking lot on the triangular wedge of Orange Street that empties out at the downtown post office will part of a massive national photography exhibit called, “The Fence”. Perimeter fence covered with beautiful photography will be part of a months long public art exhibit.

We’ve heard…

that a Jamba Juice franchise has opened in the Solis Building on 9th Street.

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We’ve heard…

that a Bliss Nail Salon is coming to the Solis Building on 9th Street.

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We’ve heard…

that so many car-less Duke students live in the Solis Building, Uber drivers wait out in front at night, engines idling like big city cab drivers.

We’ve heard…

that and continue to hear that a Waffle House is going in the old Charlie’s Bar and Grill on 9th Street.

We’ve heard…

that Charlie’s will be re-opening in a new incarnation in the remodeled Tootie’s spot across from the Surf Club. (Fascinating subplots abound.)

We’ve heard…

that two more eight to ten story buildings are coming to the Google-Duke Innovation District aka Morris Street above Durham’s Central Park.

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We’ve heard…

that our beloved Mercury Studio will be re-branding.

We’ve heard…

that MotorCo is going away. Now remain calm, as we have heard this rumor in various forms for about as long as we have been publishing this column. The latest is MotorCo is to be replaced by a multi-story parking garage. Our view, don’t believe the hype. Remember this?

Speaking of…

We’ve heard…

that Sam’s Quik Stop’s expanded bar offering is going swimmingly.

We’ve heard…

that the new Indo-British Gastro-Pub, Viceroy, on Main Street has opened to huge success. Naturally, as they brought Willy over from Bull McCabe’s.

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We’ve heard…

that the Pie Pushers have a late night window where you can order some of the best slices in Durham.

We’ve heard…

that La Costena Market has moved out of its West Geer Street location due to rising rents. They have relocated far to the east on Gurley Street.

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former West Geer Street spot

We’ve heard…

that Hock Plaza II on Erwin Road sold for $30 million recently. (Thanks to the Triangle Business Journal.)

We’ve heard…

that redevelopment of the old Crown Plaza Hotel on Willard Street has stalled indefinitely. (Again, thanks to the Triangle Business Journal.)

We’ve heard…

that Cocoa Cinnamon III is moving ahead rapidly in Lakewood.

We’ve heard…

that there is weekly Fire-Spinning at The Bar on Rigsbee.

We’ve heard…

that the open mic at Skewers is hot. (again)

We’ve heard…

that the Common Ground Theater closed after a great decade.

We’ve heard…

that Counter Culture Coffee moved to east Durham to become neighbors with our friends SEEDS and the John O’ Daniel Exchange.

We’ve heard…

that the bowling alley ostensibly going in Liberty Warehouse will be owned and operated by the team that leads the legendary Shooters II.

Make sense as we’ve also heard…

that the Shooters II is losing popularity with Duke students. (Credit to the Duke Chronicle.)

We’ve heard…

that Downtown Durham Inc. and wealthy Durham developers would like at least $15 million worth of public money to bring more cars to the Durham Downtown Loop. (Meanwhile the city has a $4.7 million budget shortfall that is coming out of homeowners pockets. Yay, Bill Bell!)

We’ve heard…

that the parking garage project that was supposed to go behind Dashi on Chapel Hill Street is stalled for lack of offsetting low-income housing funds.

We’ve heard…

that long rumored, remotely refillable, computerized, Durham parking meters are coming on-line.

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We’ve heard…

that progress on Matt Kelly’s new restaurant in the old Fishmonger’s spot continues apace.

courtesy of OpenDurham.org

courtesy of OpenDurham.org

We’ve heard…

that Raundhaus officially has a digital distribution deal.

We’ve heard…

that the first album, Trandle’s – hi key low key, drops Feb 24th.

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photo by Ned Phillips

We’ve heard…

that Andrea Reusing’s new restaurant at The Durham Hotel won the News Observer’s 2016 Restaurant of the Year. Perhaps proving that Raleigh-ites really did think Durham needed a living room and some good restaurants?

We’ve heard…

that Runaway Clothes is expanding, again.

 

 

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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, clarifications, and addendums to— clarioncontent at gmail dot com

 

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