Fins' chef is going global with bu.ku

STAFF WRITERJanuary 15, 2010 

Fins, an upscale downtown Raleigh restaurant, has closed but will reopen at the end of January as bu.ku, an eatery devoted to global street food.

Chef William D'Auvray wrote in a news release that bu.ku was inspired by the cuisine of street vendors from the four corners of the globe.

D'Auvray opened Fins in 1997 and moved it from North Raleigh to its downtown spot in 2007, part of a restaurant rush spurred by the reopening of Fayetteville Street. But many restaurants have struggled during the recession as consumers cut back on dining out.

About a year ago, D'Auvray remade Fins' menu to offer less expensive options.

In an interview Thursday, D'Auvray said bu.ku will allow him to more easily tie lunch and dinner together at affordable prices and at prices that will encourage diners to try new foods. D'Auvray said the restaurant also will offer a happy hour, a late-night menu and live entertainment.

News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service