ASHEVILLE — Charlotte Street is now home to a newly-opened, transformative space. The Waterbird operates as a coffee shop and workspace by day, only to morph into a meeting spot and cocktail source by night. Breakfast, lunch, coffee, cocktails and all-day snacks are on the menu. Plus, try a taste of non-alcoholic “elixirs” like pear and ginger drinks, and snacks like deviled egg flights.
DURHAM — Durham just got a new deli, with a May 4 grand opening on the calendar. Cure Delicatessen & Cafe seeks to source from North Carolina purveyors when possible, particularly for meats, poultry, produce and dairy. Expect a morning menu with breakfast sandwiches and breakfast plates (with eggs and sausages), plus lunch items like warm and cold sandwiches, soups and salads. Crunch into bread baked each day by Neomonde Bakery in Morrisville and sip on coffee roasted by Joe Van Gogh in Hillsborough. As for style, notice a New-York-deli feel fused with Southern charm by way of the sides — Syracuse salt potatoes, macaroni salad, sherry-braised collards and more await.
RALEIGH — A 20-year-old woman with Down syndrome is working to turn her coffee shop dream into a brick and mortar reality. Once she raises $200,000 through her Go Fund Me page, Gabi Angelini plans to get a Raleigh storefront for Gabi’s Grounds, a coffee shop that will also serve baked goods — not to mention job opportunities for others with intellectual and developmental disabilities. While Angelini is on track to graduate high school in June, she wasn’t able to secure a job with enough hours to earn a living. No matter — she’s already raised more than $45,000 and has plans to throw dance parties and karaoke nights at her new coffee shop.
RALEIGH — Burger fiends (and Mark Wahlberg fans) can rejoice now that Wahlburgers, the burger joint created by famous brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg outside Boston in 2011, is in its soft-opening phase at 319 Fayetteville St. The burger business should be officially open by the end of the week. Settle into the upscale fast-casual ambiance and order from a diverse list of burgers (including the plant-based Impossible Burger and a Thanksgiving Turkey Burger), plus sandwiches, sides, salads and “from scratch” items like macaroni salad. Just don’t forget a splash of Wahl Sauce.