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Restaurant News: New brewery and new tacos

aweigl@newsobserver.comNovember 1, 2012 

Raleigh brewery in the works

Raleigh Brewing Co., located across from Meredith College, hopes to open late winter or early spring.

President Kristie Nystedt said she and her husband, Patrik, have been home brewers for about a decade. They were approached a few years ago by the folks behind Lynwood Grill about opening a brewery associated with the restaurant.

While that idea didn’t work out, Nystedt said they couldn’t shake the idea of starting a brewery. Four months ago, they found a location behind Beansprout Chinese Restaurant on Hillsborough Street.

They hired John Federal as their brewer. Federal is well-known among Raleigh home brewers as the general manager and brewing instructor at American Brewmaster for more than four years.

Nystedt said they plan to launch six beers: a Scotch ale, a rye IPA, a Belgian golden, a robust porter, an English bitter and a Raleigh uncommon. The last will be their gateway beer for those who prefer Budweiser and other macro brews.

Not only will they be brewing beer and hosting the public in a 2,800-square-foot tasting room, but Nystedt said they will be reselling and distributing commercial brewing equipment.

For more information about the brewery, go to raleighbrewingcompany.com

Taqueria del Sol to open in Cary

A new Southwestern restaurant called Taqueria del Sol will open at Cary Crossroads Shopping Center on Nov. 12.

Taqueria del Sol was started in Georgia and this is one of its first franchise locations outside of that state.

The Cary location is only the beginning. Franchise owners CCG Restaurants, which most recently owned 14 Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchise units in Florida, will develop seven to 10 Taqueria del Sol units in North Carolina in the next several years.

The restaurants are known for their playful takes on tacos, including a fried chicken taco with strips of fried chicken breast, lime jalapeño mayonnaise, lettuce and tomato and a Memphis taco with chopped smoked pork, a spicy jalapeño coleslaw and tequila barbecue sauce. A popular special is the cheeseburger taco with ground beef, spices and jalapeños, cheese dip, lime jalapeño mayonnaise and lettuce and tomato in a flour tortilla.

The restaurant will be at 204 Crossroads Blvd., Suite 212. Its hours are 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. For more information, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page ( http://goo.gl/CwZy1).

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