Restaurant News

Restaurant news: Vegetarian fare in Raleigh, wine in Durham

October 4, 2012 

Vegetarian restaurant to open in downtown Raleigh

The ladies behind the popular Fiction Kitchen vegetarian and vegan brunches are hoping to open a restaurant in downtown Raleigh by year’s end.

Chefs Caroline Morrison and Siobhan Southern are planning to open a restaurant by the same name at 428 S. Dawson St., next to Deep South the Bar.

The restaurant will serve “locally-sourced comfort foods with a twist,” such as their popular vegan barbecue and biscuits and gravy.

They also will offer vegan cheese made in-house out of cashews and a 100 percent local salad throughout the year.

Morrison and Southern, who both cook at the cafeterias at SAS have launched a Kickstarter campaign to pay for new kitchen equipment at the 49-seat restaurant. Plus, Morrison says it will help them gauge community interest for their 100 percent vegetarian restaurant. They are hoping to raise $36,000 and so far have raised almost $15,000.

For details, go to You have until Oct. 13 to donate.

Morrison says they hope to open by late fall, noting that the last day of fall is Dec. 21.

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Wine store opening in Durham

Cave Taureau, a new wine store in downtown Durham, is set to open the week of Oct. 15.

Owner Noel Sherr managed several notable wine shops in New York City, including Heights Chateau in Brooklyn Heights and Chamber Street Wines in lower Manhattan, before moving to Durham two years ago.

Sherr and his wife, Marie, visited Durham in March 2010 and so enjoyed the city they decided to relocate to open their own wine shop. The store’s name means The Bull’s Cellar in French.

Sherr is partnering with Wes Rountree and Nathan Vandergrift, wine lovers who work at Duke University medical school’s biostatistics and bioinformatics center. Vandergrift’s brother, John, owns Rue Cler and Pop’s.

The shop will be at 339 W. Main St., near Beyu Caffe, Toast, and Whiskey. The 1,100-square-foot space will have a selection of about 250 wines made by winemakers or imported by importers with whom Sherr and his partners have longstanding relationships. The store will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays.

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