Restaurant News

Red Hot & Blue food truck hits the road

FROM STAFF REPORTSSeptember 6, 2012 

The North Raleigh franchise of Red Hot & Blue has a new food truck that started serving lunch this week.

George Hogan, who does the restaurant’s marketing, says the truck will serve pulled pork sandwiches – eastern and western North Carolina and Memphis styles – pulled chicken sandwiches, brisket, fries and chips. In the winter, Hogan says the truck will add some seasonal items, such as Brunswick stew and corn chowder. The truck will serve lunch during the week this month and then expand to dinner Wednesdays-Saturdays starting in October.

You can track where the truck will be on Facebook and Twitter:,

Zinda now open downtown

Zinda, a pan-Asian restaurant, is now open on the first floor of the RBC Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, according to Tara Zechini, the marketing director of Eschelon Hospitality.

The restaurant serves lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and dinner 5 p.m.-midnight Mondays-Wednesdays and 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursdays-Saturdays.

The restaurant serves a contemporary twist on traditional dishes from China, Thailand and India.

This is the latest restaurant from Eschelon Hospitality, which also owns and operates The Oxford and Sono, near Zinda’s location; Mura in North Hills and Cameron Bar & Grill in Cameron Village.

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A few other openings

• Tarbouch, a new Greek and Middle Eastern restaurant, has opened at 5645 Creedmoor Rd., next to Harmony Farms. Owner Taher Abualhawa owns the Baba Ghannouj at Triangle Town Center. He says they make everything fresh daily, including hummus and tabbouleh.

• Cappallo’s Pizza has opened at 2462 Walnut St., near the PetSmart. It is an Italian fast food restaurant owned by Abualhawa’s brother-in-law Majed Musa.

• Bulkogi Korean BBQ food truck has finally opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant, the third such food truck to do so in the Triangle. It is located at 927 Durham Road, Suite 107, Wake Forest. For more information, check out their Facebook page:

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