In downtown Raleigh, a familiar face for area wine aficionados is preparing to open his own wine shop on Glenwood South.
Seth Hoffman, who was a manager at Raleigh's Seaboard Wine Warehouse for seven years, will open The Raleigh Wine Shop in April.
He's venturing into business on his own with two partners: Jeff Bramwell, another former Seaboard manager, and Ryan Fulkerson, who is familiar with the wholesale side of the wine business and is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.
Hoffman said he learned a lot in his years working at Seaboard Wine and that his parting with the downtown Raleigh shop was amicable. Seaboard Wine, in Raleigh's Seaboard Station, remains popular with downtown Raleigh wine shoppers.
But, "even when you work at a great place, you kind of want to do your own thing, and the only way to do that is to open your own shop."
The Raleigh Wine Shop will steer away from mass-produced wines, Hoffman said.
"You can find that in any grocery store," he said.
His plans also include a tasting bar, special events, classes and a selection of "provisions" like cheese and specialty food products that might go well with the wine sold in the store. And, Hoffman said, he also hopes to offer delivery.
The Raleigh Wine Shop will be at 126 Glenwood Ave. That's the building with the red door across from Turkish Delights in the purple house.
In Durham, the Bull City Burger and Brewery I wrote about last week has delayed its opening. Owner Seth Gross - who happens to be a big Willy Wonka fan - blamed "wangdoodles, hornswogglers, snozzwangers and rotten vermicious knids" for the delay. That could be translated to "lighting issues." The new target opening date: March 25. The restaurant is at 107 E. Parrish St.
A brief update on the Chick-fil-A at Cameron Village in Raleigh. Construction is set to begin in May. That means the restaurant will likely open by the end of the year. Also at Cameron Village, Scout & Molly's has completed its move from Raleigh's North Hills. The store is next to Cantina 18.
After a year and a half with just one North Carolina location, sandwich chain Which Wich will open a second one in June in Raleigh's North Hills, next to Q Shack. Which Wich is known for its ordering system, in which customers mark their bread, meat and topping choices on a paper bag, hand it over the counter and receive their sandwich in the bag they marked.
Other items: Massage Envy at 8357 Creedmoor Road in Raleigh expanded and added facial services. ... The Dairy Queen at 631 Walnut St. inCary completed its renovation and is open. It is now a DQ Grill & Chill with Orange Julius. ... In Fuquay-Varina, Fantastic Sam's will open a salon next week at 724 N. Judd Parkway near Walmart.