The new year is bringing with it renewed interest in restaurants, as consumer spending rebounds from the recession. One risk is that rising gas prices could curb appetites for dining out.
Here are the latest openings to come to my attention:
In Wake Forest, Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt & Treats opened Thursday at 3624 Rogers Road. It is a frozen yogurt shop where customers serve themselves frozen yogurt, choose their own toppings and pay by weight. The company, which originated in Tennessee, is expanding. The Wake Forest store is its first in North Carolina.
In Cary, NY Bagel Cafe & Deli will open in the Shoppes of Kildaire at Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway this summer.
Relish Cafe & Bar opened in Raleigh at 5625 Creedmoor Road, serving Southern comfort foods with emphasis on local ingredients.
In Durham, Pizza Inn is now open at 3906 N. Duke St. The store has been home off and on to various pizza shops since the 1960s, including a previous Pizza Inn. But the newly opened store is under new ownership.
In Raleigh, The Watkins Grill has reopened after a grill fire that shuttered it in late February. The long-time local favorite restaurant reopened five days after the fire, said owner Rhonda Selph. But she said she is still fielding calls from customers who don't know she's back open for business. Watkins is at 1625 Wake Forest Road.
Greek Fiesta has opened its sixth Triangle location in Towne North Plaza at Creedmoor and Strickland roads in North Raleigh. The company also has restaurants on Western Boulevard in Raleigh, in the Morrisville Outlet Mall, in Brier Creek, and in Cary at Crossroads Plaza and Stone Creek Village.
Scout & Molly's will open another store this summer at Stone Creek Village. Founder Lisa Disbrow recently moved her North Hills shop to Cameron Village, but the new Cary store will be a licensed location with a different owner and operator. The store is expected to open this summer.
In Raleigh, Nancy Nguyen is remodeling a salon that was started by her mother in 2000. She says her goal is to be the ultimate, hometown family and Southern salon, using the tag line "Family hair with a Southern flair." Sweet T Salon is at 404-181 E. Six Forks Road and will celebrate a grand reopening May 8.
In Clayton, at the Food Lion-anchored Market at River wood, 238 Pritchard Road, a veterinary office and family dentistry office will open this month, followed by Cappolla's Pizzeria & Grill in May.
Other items: In Raleigh at Triangle Town Center: Teavana will open in mid-May, and fashion and accessories boutique Charming Charlie will open in June. ... And in Knightdale, Big Lots! will open at 7132 Knightdale Blvd. on April 29..