What we’ve Heard
February 2018

As always…The latest from the rumor mill.

We have had additions, corrections, and clarifications since first publishing this piece.

Beyond gossip lies 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 Durham community’s 2.5 degrees of separation.

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We’ve heard…

that long beloved Durham institution Bull City Sound is for sale. The equipment that has been stacked to the walls for oh so many years is all for sale.

Bull City Sound for sale

We’ve heard…

that the new condos towering over Main Street next to Skewers and Social, across from The Federal and The James Joyce are going to be called The Bartlett.

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We’ve heard…

that the delightful team that brought Durham Old Havana will be opening Copa in the old Revolution space (107 West Main Street) in a couple of months. Farm-to-table tapas and the cocktails of Old Cuba…

We’ve heard…

that long time Durham restaurateur, Mattie Beason of Mattie B’s and Black Twig Cider House, is not going to be part of County Fare Durham‘s Food Truck Barn and beer garden plans.

We’ve heard…

that 9th Street staple Francesca’s closed.

We’ve heard…

that Kahja’s Kurry is now in the old Chubby’s spot on 9th Street.

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We’ve heard…

that Dame’s Chicken and Waffle’s has moved from it’s Main Street spot and will be going into the Liberty Warehouse Apartment building adjacent to Durham Central Park.

Dame Chicken and Waffles moves 2018

We’ve heard…

that the owners of Stag’s Head Raleigh are going to be opening a pizza joint across Geer Street from MotorCo.

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*Correction early edition mistakenly stated that the pizza place was being opened by the owners of Bull McCabe’s.

We’ve heard…

that Duck Donuts is coming to Durham.

We’ve heard…

that Liberation Threads near Rue Cler closed their physical location. Sad to see them go.

We’ve heard…

that the Boxcar Arcade is opening a Durham location in part of the Nomadic Trading Co. building on Foster Street. And they will be serving wood-fired pizza.

Boxcar location

Boxcar location

Boxcar location

Boxcar location

We’ve heard…

that Bulldega Urban Grocery is moving to One City Center and expanding their space and range of offerings.

In festival news

We’ve heard…

that half of the ownership of Moogfest has been sold to out-of-town interests and their have been layoffs.

We’ve heard…

that the Art of Cool Festival has been sold, but the new ownership will be keeping the festival in Durham.

We’ve heard…

that Durham based Bus and Transit app TransLoc has been bought by Ford Motor Co.’s Smart Mobility Group.

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the entrance to this tunnel

We’ve heard…

that Triangle-based artists Dare Coulter and Jonathan Massullo to design and install urban public art along the entrances to the West Ellerbee Creek Trail Pedestrian Tunnel.

We’ve heard…

that there’s a beautiful new mural being painted on the side of the Accordion Club.

Accordion club mural

We’ve heard…

that a new spot called Freeman’s Creative has opened, a Durham source for fabric, yarn, and other handcraft supplies.

We’ve heard…

that We Work, the national coworking chain, is coming to One City Center with a 75,00 sq.ft. location. on the 4th and 5th floors.

In construction and traffic news

We’ve heard…

that West Main Street is going to be closed for a week between 9th Street and Buchanan.

We’ve heard…

that Club Boulevard is going to be repaved between Hillandale Road and Duke Street.

We’ve heard…

that the Durham Chamber of Commerce’s ‘Principal for a Day’ Program which paired twenty-five Durham business leaders paired with twenty-five Durham Public School principals was a huge success. (We’re hopeful they do another round of this cool initiative.)

We’ve heard…

that Chirba-Chirba is opening a bricks and mortar location near Ponysaurus Brewing.

We’ve heard…

that you will soon be able to drink and throw axes at the same time in Durham. It is going to be called “Urban Axes“.

We’ve heard…

that Chicken Bone Park has been officially renamed Black Wall Street Gardens and it is getting lights to go with the cool outdoor furniture already there.

We’ve heard…

that Durham’s Neomonde location is getting ever closer to opening.

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We’ve heard…

that a new coffee shop called Foster Street Coffee is coming to the Liberty Warehouse Apartment building.

We’ve heard…

that Jordan High School Baseball is set to have its best team in six decades.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly asserted King’s Raleigh had been sold. We have been informed that is not true. Our apologies.

 

We’ve heard…

that Kickback Jack’s is now open at the Northgate Mall.

We’ve heard…

that the Biscuitville on Club Boulevard is closed for remodeling.

We haven’t heard…

what is happening in this spot on Washington Street near the Trinity Ave Murder Mart.

This lot was recently cleared.

This lot was recently cleared.

Thanks to a reader we heard this lot is slated to get a new two-story house built by Gail Crabtree. 

As always:

We cannot guarantee the veracity of every last one of these statements, but we can guarantee you that we heard them. Please email insight and corrections to— clarioncontent at gmail dot com

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