What We’ve Heard

dog

Current

We heard…

that Scratch is moving to the old Davis Bakery location. Look out Lakewood! It is going to be off the hook.

We heard…

that Daisy Cakes (who came up from a food truck) is closing their bricks and mortar location this month. A Rise bakery franchise will be opening in the same space.

We heard…

that someone attempted to climb the huge crane at the Liberty Warehouse site; they were caught and cited by Durham Police Department. (name withheld to protect the foolhardy)

We heard…

that we were wrong, incumbent Mayor Bill Bell is running for yet another term as Mayor.*

We heard…

that a Carrboro triple threat is taking over a Durham warehouse just off the downtown loop: Baxter’s Arcade, Al’s Burger Shack, The Beer Study are making a tri-parte move to open new locations in Durham’s every expanding scene.

We heard…

that Bull City Burger’s owner is talking about opening a Ramen shop.

We heard…

that Tootie is Lloyd’s daughter.

We heard…

that Taberna Tapas is doubling its footprint, expanding the restaurant and bar into the adjoining space.

We heard…

that the lead architect on the Church and Main project quit.

Church and Main

Church and Main

058

We heard…

that “Consent to Search” forms used by Durham Police are now bilingual.

We heard…

that there is a project #PictureDURM archiving photos of current Durham.

We heard…

that the tunnel system under downtown Durham and East Campus was once so extensive that it was traversed by mule drawn carts.

We heard…

that during recent development numerous tunnels have collapsed.

We heard…

that there used to be only a 2 inch water line on Durham’s Main Street until a fire in the early 1900’s devastated several city blocks. It was after this fire that the 10 inch water line, which is currently being replaced inside the Downtown Loop, was installed (nearly 100 years ago.)

We heard…

that there is a new Randy’s location open inside the Northgate Mall selling their famous slices.

We heard…

that a law office is moving in next door to Loaf Bakery on Parrish Street.

We heard…

that Dos Perros is going to be holding an exclusive custom Tequila Dinner in the coming weeks.

We heard…

that Mami Nori is retiring but the legendary Peruvian rotisserie spot will live on.

We heard…

that the overall number of citations issued to drivers by the Durham Police and Sheriff’s Departments is sharply down.

We heard…

that a former Merge Records insider is booking live music for the rooftop of The Durham Hotel.

We heard…

that percussionist Stephen Coffman, the legendary Kevin Bacon of Durham’s music scene, 6 degrees of separation and he connects everybody, once played a show with two broken arms.

We heard…

that there is a sushi place going in the basement of the old Bargain Furniture store off of the former Holland Street alley. (where 7 Star Cycles used to be.)

Holland Street alley 7 star era

We heard…

that one of the elevators in the parking garage to the new courthouse has had no A/C for weeks, and is just one of a multitude of the building’s maladies that has workers and sheriffs deputies joking about the “brother-in-law” contractors who did the construction.

We heard…

that The Foundry Beat Cypher Monday nights in Durham is blowing up and getting national recognition.

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

Older

We heard…

that demolition on the rooms inside the former Jack Tarr Motel is set to begin by July 15th. If it is your intention to do an artistic or other project, now is the time.

Jack Tarr inside

Jack Tarr inside

Jack Tarr inside no comment on who those people might be with the TVs

Jack Tarr by the rooftop pool, no comment on who those people might be with the TVs

Jack Tarr inside 4

Jack Tarr view from the roof

Jack Tarr view from the roof

We heard…

that there is an enormous rock underneath Wake Med hospital with graffiti dating from the 1950’s.

We heard…

that the Piedmont on Foster Street has a new chef, Gregory Gettles who is both an Umstead Hotel and a Magnolia Grill veteran. They will be offering a series of tomato tasting dinners in July.

correction We heard…

that Downtown Durham Inc. has worked it out so that Durham’s 3rd Friday Art Walk website is available to any location open for the core 3rd Friday hours, 6pm–9pm.

We heard…

that a new Venezuelan place, Epachamo, on 9th Street. First experience for us, the service was slow, as they are figuring it out, but the Arepas were delicious.

epachamo

We heard…

that the former site of Rick Hendrick’s car dealership on Pettigrew is being developed into condominiums/apartments/parking etc. No public confirmation as yet, but our source works for the developer and says, “Done deal.”

We heard…

that Google announced Google Fiber is moving ahead in this area… “we’re ready to start building our Google Fiber network in the Triangle. With the design of our Google Fiber network completed, you’ll see us around town digging and stringing fiber cables so that we can deliver Google Fiber’s superfast Internet to the city. As we lay thousands of miles of fiber-optic cable throughout the Triangle, we’ll keep residents updated along the way.” – J. Erik Garr, Head of Google Fiber – Triangle

We heard…

that in a closed series of meetings negotiated by the Durham Central Park Board, the City ceded land use rights and easements to a massive condo complex at the former 539 Muze space. In a nominal nod to “Fair and Affordable Housing” the donors gave $41,000 or less than the cost of a single home, to Habitat for Humanity.

We heard…

that there is a new Latin fusion place going in across Main Street from Revolution and adjacent to Chicken Bone Park.

We heard…

that Gocciolina the highly regarded new Italian restaurant on Guess Road is expanding.

We heard…

that the Durham Hotel will be accepting its first guests by July 10th.

the durham hotel

We heard…

that the Blue Note Grill will be opening in their new location across from Stone Brother’s and Byrd as early as this week.

We heard…

that they are adding an elevator to the old Baldwin Furniture/Organic Transit location.

Baldwin Building 2

Baldwin Building 1

 

We heard…

that Greenfire has given up the property management at its high-end residential complexes in the Kress Building and Baldwin Lofts.

*disappointing news for advocates of change and social justice in Durham, as the first seven terms probably allowed enough time to do something about the Durham Public Schools, criminal justice system, housing situation, etc. If your priority is “economic development,” read swaggy jobs and condos for the rich, then the Mayor is your man.

Prior to 2015 

We heard…

that Durham is getting a gluten-free calzone place.

We heard…

that Clarion Content man about town Justin Laidlaw will be appearing in two music videos this month.

We heard…

that an non-street artist is reworking this graffiti with an overhead projector to create a large scale reproduction of one of their works.

We heard…

that Fullsteam Brewery is building an outdoor bar in the area where the food trucks currently park. And that perhaps the food trucks will be parking on Madison Street.

We heard…

that Kokyu BBQ is going to open a short-order bahn mi spot, while working on a bigger bricks and mortar Korean BBQ.

We heard…

that a new gift and curio shop is opening the Trotter Building near Patanjali’s Place.

We heard…

that the Stay & Play Cafe was a victim of Durham’s rising rents.

We heard…

that a new food truck is coming our way, Little Mama’s, with proprietors out of Green Bay, Wisconsin.

We heard…

that Trader Joe’s is eyeballing the former Harris Teeter space in Homestead Market on NC Hwy 54.

We heard…

that HoneyGirl Meadery opened at #105 Hood Street, #6, not far from GoldenBelt.

We heard…

the former owner of Intrepid Life is opening a veteran’s resource center on Broad Street.

We heard…

that The Parlour is opening for Brunch, keep your eye on their Facebook for more details.

We heard…

that if KoKyu BBQ hasn’t found a bricks and mortar location by Thanksgiving that they will begin refunding the money they raised in their successful Kickstarter campaign.

We heard…(again)

that the car dealership across from MotorCo and The Pit is slated to become a diner.

We heard…

that there is a new food hub coming to Geer Street.

We heard…

that Blue Coffee Cafe is moving out of the Jack Tar hotel.

We heard…

that there will be a 24hr diner opening in Blue Coffee Cafe’s current space.

We heard…

that #112 Main Street is going to become an eclectic South American restaurant pending zoning approval.

We heard…

that the City of Durham has quietly let go four of the Downtown Durham Ambassadors.

 

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

The Clarion Content encourages your comments. Please extend the discussion and leave a reply at the end of this column.

Follow the Clarion Content on Twitter here.
See and like our Facebook page here.

Check out the Clarion Content Tumblr here for our more subversive side.