TRIANGLE NC

Vol17 Iss1 2017

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 17 — ISSUE 1 32 Loaf, Scratch, Rise. Instead of a mantra for a low work ethic, the words represent the names of locally run bakeries and cafes in the Bull City, otherwise known as Durham. The Triangle city of nearly 300,000 is reaping rewards from the entrepreneurial spirit that runs throughout the city, and it is paying dividends. The city's exterior reveals the transformation in progress. Working class roots connected to a history of manufacturing and tobacco are still visible around the city. Now the "rehabbed" historic buildings have new life as the American Underground tech/business/ creative hub, Brightleaf Square and Liggett & Myers Tobacco Co. building (soon to be a science and tech hub), to name a few. The Durham Hotel breathes new life into an old bank building and 21C Museum Hotel, a historic Art Deco 17-floor structure, houses a contemporary art museum and the Counting House Restaurant. Joining its ranks is the soon-to-open Unscripted Hotel. The former Jack Tar motor lodge (think Howard Johnson's) will feature the Jack Tar Diner and rooftop pool. The renovated properties have kept architectural bones from the past married with modern twists. These new hotels along with Aloft (adjacent to the city's primary entertainment venue, the Durham Performing Arts Center) and newly opened J.B. Duke Hotel join historic Washington Duke Inn and The King's Daughter Inn, among others. "Downtown Durham is thriving," said Heather Darnell, senior publication relations manager, Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau. "In a year the city DURHAM Durham BY LINDSEY GREY center will look very different thanks to new residential projects, businesses, and a new 27-story mixed-use tower." Much of the restoration is happening in Durham's downtown where business headquarters, retail, entertainment venues, restaurants and hotels work in tandem. The New York Times, Southern Living and Travel + Leisure recognize Durham as a top travel destination citing its food scene and chefs, many located on Main Street and connecting thoroughfares. Chef Michael Lee owns M Sushi and M Kokko (lines form early for its Korean fried chicken). Lee will add to his "M" franchise with M Kogi and M Taco in late 2017. The low slung, low light M Sushi is atmospheric. The restaurant's open kitchen allows diners to watch the theatrics of sushi making. James Beard semifinalist and restaurateur Matt Kelly's domain in Five Points is alive and well with Mateo (Spanish tapas), Lucky's Deli (New York style deli with whole fish, meats and deli items) and Mothers & Sons Trattoria (Italian). Kelly will open St. James, a seafood and oyster bar restaurant in 2017. Pizza lovers head to longstanding favorite Pizzeria Toro and newcomer Pompieri Pizza where basil and other herbs are grown on site in a hydroponic greenhouse. Dashi invites diners to the city's first noodle restaurant. Bakeries and cafes are having a moment in the city that likes its doughnuts (Monuts), pastries and biscuits (Rise and Elmo's Diner). Scratch Bakery pie dynasty has plenty to celebrate these days (one of the best pie shops in U.S. by Garden and Gun). Try the chocolate chess pie or a donut muffin for a mid-day sugar rush. Durham's beverage scene is keeping pace with the new crop of restaurants. Brewers Ponysaurus and Full Steam bring in food trucks and live music for patrons, and Bull Durham Beer Company is now at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Ponysaurus encourages patrons to grill their own dinner in the summer. Also across from Full Steam is Motorco Music venue where national and local acts take the stage and guests nosh on above average bar food served up at Parts & Labor. "Durham has an exceptionally walkable downtown," said Darnell. "You can easily walk from the city center to several unique districts. Park your car and go to a ballgame, see a Broadway show, go shopping, and have dinner, drinks and dessert without ever moving your car." Shoppers have plenty to see in Durham's downtown. Some to try are Tiny, children's apparel; Regulator Bookstore, a 40-year old independent bookstore; Liberation Threads, a free trade retailer; Chet Miller; and Parker and Otis. For a walkable mall that combines modern retail with classic anchor stores, shoppers head to The Streets at Southpoint. >> the Bull City

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