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Krave Restaurant and Lounge in Glenwood South has grand opening Saturday

Krave Restaurant and Lounge, a new late-night spot in Raleigh's Glenwood South area, will celebrate its grand opening at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The restaurant, which opened at 510 Glenwood Ave. in the former Red Room location, is offering an iPad-based menu of small plates. (Go HERE to see the menu.) The restaurant is open Tuesday-Saturday starting at 5 p.m. The full menu is offered until 4 a.m. on the weekends. Late-night, it becomes more of a lounge atmosphere with deejays.

Here's a little about the owners from the press release:

Michael Rattenni, chairman of Triumph Group Management, an operations and management service company dedicated to fitness and hospitality, has partnered with entrepreneur, Daniel Lovenheim, CEO of Twilight Entertainment Company, who has more than a decade of experience owning and operating hospitality venues.

UPDATE: Rattenni's business parter in Triumph Group Management is Scott Higginbotham, who helped open Unwine'd in Cary. (HERE is a post I wrote earlier about that wine bar.) Rattenni is the owner of all three Rapid Fitness gyms in Raleigh, including a new location downtown.

Five Triangle burger joints get mention in Southern Living

Congrats to the five Triangle burger joints that got a mention in this month's Southern Living magazine: Only Burger and Bull City Burger and Brewery, both in Durham, Chuck's in Raleigh, Buns in Chapel Hill and Johnson's in Siler City. (The latter is one of my favorites in the state.)

Go HERE to see the Durham mentions in the story, courtesy of the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Click on the pdf below to see the entire story.

Free groceries to first 400 at new Carlie C's IGA

Carlie C's IGA will open a new store -- its first in Wake County -- on Wednesday morning -- with carts full of free groceries to its first customers.

The first 400 shoppers in the doors will receive 16 freebies, including a pound of Carlie C's sausage, margarine, shredded cheese, a 10-pound bag of ice and a six-pack of Deer Park water.

The 46,328-square-foot store is located at 1514 Garner Station Blvd. near the crossroads of U.S. 70 and U.S. 401, just a seven-minute drive from downtown Raleigh. It's in the space that was once occupied by Winn Dixie.

Greg Cox gives 3 1/2 stars to Gonza Tacos in North Raleigh

Go HERE to read Greg's review of Gonza Tacos y Tequila on Lead Mine Road in North Raleigh.

Greg Cox gives 3 1/2 stars to Weinberg's deli in North Raleigh

Greg Cox visited Weinberg's, a Jewish deli in North Raleigh for this week's review.

And his Cheap Eats column offers a "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" tour of the Triangle.

Triangle Restaurant Week starts June 4th

Just a reminder: More than 80 restaurants across the Triangle will be offering prix fixe lunch and dinner specials from June 4-10.

Participating restaurants may offer a $15 lunch special or a $20 to $30 three-course dinner special. Some of the restaurants include Little Hen in Apex, Blue Mango in Raleigh and Carolina Brewery in Pittsboro and Chapel Hill.

For details, go to

Get your reservations sooner rather than later!

Forbes puts Triangle in America's geekiest top 20

Forbes has released its picks for America's Top 20 geekiest cities, and the Triangle cracked the top five.

Durham gets the headline, but Forbes cites the Triangle workforce, "15.5% of workforce 41,560 workers employed The Raleigh-Durham-Cary area, otherwise known as the Research Triangle, hosts Duke University and the third-highest percentage of adults with at least a bachelor’s degree."

No mention of the other influential universities?

San Jose topped the list. Check out the top 20 here.


Reader looking for gluten-free baked goods at local farmers markets

A reader sent in a question last week about which local farmers markets have bakers selling gluten-free goods. I know about Abilicious Bakery, which sells at the Chatham Mills, Saxapahaw and Pittsboro markets.

If you know of any markets with such goods or bakers who sell gluten-free baked goods at local markets, please leave a comment below and share your knowledge. Thanks.

UPDATE: Here are a few responses from readers:

TJ Martin writes:  I recently discovered Sarah Cecilia Good Food Company ( at the Western Wake Farmers Market.  She does not provide baked goods, but does make delicious food from local ingredients and has gluten free options.  I emailed her just yesterday to order a dozen gluten free steamed dumplings that I will pick up Saturday morning at the market.

Another reader writes: The Cary Downtown Farmers Market has a gluten free baker. Glutey Tooty is at the market most Saturdays, 8-12:30. We are now located at the corner of Academy and E Park Streets in downtown Cary, across from the library. Thanks.

And a third reader called to say: Imagine That Gluten Free is selling at the Carrboro Farmers Market.

Oro restaurant in downtown Raleigh to open Sunday night

Oro Restaurant and Lounge, a new tapas place in downtown Raleigh's RBC Plaza building, will open Sunday night.

I got to walk through Oro yesterday afternoon with co-owner Cara Zalcberg Hylton. I have to say it is beautiful inside: sleek white leather chairs, a 17-foot wooden wine carousel in one corner and two huge light fixtures dangling from the ceiling that dominate the space. The lights are these bronze cylinders decorated with circles. (I can't do them justice so go to the restaurant's website and there are photos on the front page.)

The decor will make you feel like you are enjoying a sophisticated adult evening but with more reasonable prices. The tapas cost between $7 to at most $15. (To see the menu, go HERE.)

The restaurant is for evenings when "you want to feel like you are in a big city but with Raleigh prices," says Cara Zalcberg Hylton. 

They offer six local beers on tap and 16 wines on tap. The wines on tap allows you to "taste wine that you wouldn't otherwise buy by the bottle," she says.

Hylton's husband, Chris, is the chef and worked most recently at The Mint restaurant, which has since closed in downtown Raleigh. (Go HERE to read an earlier post about his background.) He's joined in the kitchen by Lauren Smaxwell, who most recently worked at The Pit with barbecue legend Ed Mitchell.

Raleigh outdoes Charlotte in porn

I'm thinking that the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce is not going to update its business recruiting materials for this one.

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