In Raleigh's Five Points area, the former Evoo restaurant spot at the corner of Fairview and Oberlin roads is about to get new life with not one but two new restaurants.
The first, called Mangia, will be a European-style bistro, making fresh fish dishes, breads, pastas and specialty dishes like bouillabaisse and steak frites.
In an adjoining space, customers will find Eat, a classic American restaurant serving 25 types of shakes, specialty burgers and grilled pimento cheese sandwiches.
Owner Rich Camos, who is opening both restaurants with partner Ahmed Ramadan, describes it as "very family friendly but gourmet at the same time."
Camos may be familiar to Triangle diners.
He is selling his stake in the area's Fuhgeddaboudit Pizza to focus exclusively on the two new restaurants, which he chose to locate in his own neighborhood so that he could walk to work.
As for the names, Camos explains:
"My family is Italian. My parents, they would always say 'mangia, mangia!' and my friends would say, 'What does that mean?' Eat! Eat!"
The opening date for both is set for Aug. 2.
Local bakery Simply Cakes is moving from its Apex location to 1881 Lake Pine Drive in Cary.
The bakery is known for its wedding cakes. For now, owner Lorie Murray said she's focusing on the busy wedding season, but she hopes to open the new location to the public to sell coffee and cupcakes later this summer.
In Raleigh, there's a new salon with a funky name and a fun business model. B-Out, the Blow-Dry Bar Salon, is a hair salon that serves alcohol (hence the "bar" part) and offers women the opportunity to have "Blow-Out parties" with friends.
Occasionally there are special events with a bartender on site, and the company also offers Mobile Blow Out, where the stylists come to you. The salon is at 800 Salem Woods Drive off Falls of Neuse Road.
Also in Raleigh, the folks behind the Village Draft House, Falls Tap Room and half a dozen other local restaurants are opening a new venture in the old Stonewood Grill space at Falls Village on Falls of Neuse Road.
Called Tap City, the restaurant is an "American saloon" with 32 beers on tap and a steakhouse inspired menu.
It's scheduled to open this fall.
Other items: In Morrisville, Office Depot opened this week at 5600 S. Miami Blvd. ... In Cary at Crossroads Plaza, Shoe Carnival will open this weekend. ... And in North Raleigh's Poyner Place shopping center near Triangle Town Center, the former Linens N Things will turn into a location for teen retailer Five Below. Five Below says all four of its Triangle stores (North Raleigh, Cary, Apex and Durham) will open around Oct. 1.