What we’ve Heard
October 2017

The Latest in Durham rumor and gossip…

As always, these are hearsay. To protect our sources, we only publish things we have heard in more than one place. We believe news is a verb. But this isn’t strictly news, this is an homage to the creators of Page Six and a nod to the local.

Halloween Monkeys

A mix of arts, food, culture, development, and political gossip.

We’ve heard…

that the Scrap Exchange is upfitting and opening an 18,000 square ft. retail space that will house the new Scrap Thrift Store.

We’ve heard…

that the seven story City Parking garage that is going behind Dashi inside the Durham Downtown Loop has broken ground.

new parking garage inside the loop here

new parking garage inside the loop here

We’ve heard…

that Vintage Home South expanded into the closed coffee shop space at the corner of 9th Street and Markham Avenue.

This wall is getting new art

This wall is getting new art (from Liberty Arts foundry pour) photo by Stephanie Leathers

We’ve heard…

that there is a new mural to be painted on the Central Park facing side of the Liberty Apartments. (wall shown above)

We’ve heard…

that there was a bidding war for the old Man Bites Dog Theater space and that the new ownership is not planning on keeping it a theater.

We’ve heard…

that bike lanes are coming to Hillandale Road.

We’ve heard…

that the Northgate Mall movie theaters are being renovated and will become a duplex luxury theater. The kind with less, but much fancier seating, like recliners. We heard that in the same renovation a major change is coming to the Northgate entertainment space set-up, including perhaps a bowling alley, a roller rink and/or an ice skating rink.

We’ve heard…

that the TJ Tripps in the Northgate Mall area is being replaced by a Kickback Jack’s sports bar.

We’ve heard…

that Phil Cook and Kane Smego are working on a new project together.

We’ve heard…

that AT&T and Google are installing duplicate/redundant fiber optic cable in Durham.

We’ve heard…

that the water main’s on Oakland Avenue and West Club Boulevard are slated to be replaced in 2018. Could disrupt traffic flow in the Watts-Hillandale are for some time.

We’ve heard…

that St. James Seafood is officially open for business (and the food is great).

We’ve heard…

that the Oval Park Grill is closing. It will re-open under a new name with a new concept, but the same ownership group.

We’ve heard…

that you can weigh-in on the city-wide Durham Sustainability plan here.

We’ve heard…

that there is going to be a massive going away party for Mayor Bill Bell at the old Durham Bulls ballpark.

We’ve heard…

that Farad Ali is part of the team trying to bring Amazon’s second headquarters to Durham.

We’ve heard…

that LaunchDURHAM is now accepting applications. It is a free eight-week course that teaches how to build a business plan, from start to finish. Offered by the Helius Foundation. Apply here.

We’ve heard…

that Smash Waffles is coming to Durham strip mall at 751 & I-40 near Southpoint.

We’ve heard…

that the Freelon family bought the old Church at the end of North Street and the corner of Geer. Rumors abound about a performance space.

Rooftop restaurant?

Rooftop restaurant? Innovation District in progress.

We’ve heard…

that there is a restaurant opening on top of one of the pair of parallel buildings going up on Morris Street in the “Innovation District.”

 

disturbing how the Garden of Eatin is missing from this conceptual drawing

Innovation District concept drawing– disturbing how the Garden of Eatin is missing from this conceptual drawing

We’ve heard…

that the conservative Jewish congregation Beth El is expanding and renovating the Trinity Park synagogue.

We’ve heard…

that Raundhaus co-founder Nick Wallhauser, former Hammer no More the Fingers front man, Duncan Webster, and the ubiquitous Tommy Rau are working on a collaborative project.

We’ve heard…

that Downtown Durham Inc. is holding a holiday window decorating contest inside the district. Echoes of the long gone Durham Storefront Project.

We’ve heard…

that Rebecca Newton is going to be the new CEO of the Carolina Theatre. Congratulations!

We’ve heard…

that Rachel Wexler was named Special Projects Coordinator at Downtown Durham Inc. Congratulations!

We’ve heard…

that the Durham Holiday Fun Fest and Holiday Parade is December 2nd starting at 11am. Bring your own chairs if you intend to watch the parade.

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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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