Retail

New seafood restaurant opens in Apex

February 7, 2013 

The Rock Harbor Grill is now open for lunch and dinner in downtown Apex. The restaurant, at 121 N. Salem St., is owned by David Vance and his wife Chandra.

David Vance, 52, owned a restaurant 22 years ago in Huntington, W.Va., but for the past 20 years has been a sales rep for Sysco Food Services. Vance said he decided to retire and open Rock Harbor Grill after mulling over the idea with his good friend and now chef, James Lee, for several years.

“We’ve talked about this adventure for about the last four years,” Vance said. “I was finally able to find the right place at the right time at the right price.”

The Vances bought out the owners of the Hideaway Restaurant and Bar, which had previously occupied the space and had been a customer of Vance when he worked for Sysco. The Vances repainted the space and renovated the upstairs dining room.

The restaurant serves seafood, Angus steak, duck and chicken. It also has vegetarian options. As for the name, it’s a nod to the black and white photos of rock ‘n’ roll legends on the walls and the restaurant’s music: Vance plays nothing but classic rock.

“I’m talking Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Bob Dylan, Stones,” Vance said.

Rock Harbor Grill is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Durham’s Parker and Otis reopened this week after being closed for more than a month because of fire damage.

The fire, caused by a faulty overhead light fixture, damaged an isolated area in the store, which was covered in black ash and water from the automatic sprinklers. The store was closed at the time for the Christmas holidays.

All of the inventory had to be discarded, and some of the floors and other areas had to be replaced. Owner Jennings Brody took the opportunity to make some needed changes to store’s layout, she said.

Parker and Otis sells a variety of candy, gourmet foods and gifts, along with serving coffee, breakfast and lunch. It opened in the Peabody Place complex near Brightleaf Square in summer 2007.


Carlie C’s IGA has opened in the old Kroger space at 4111 New Bern Ave. in Raleigh. Person Street Pharmacy has opened inside the store. It’s a second location for the independent pharmacy. Carlie C’s, which is based in Dunn, took over the space previously occupied by Kroger.


Doherty’s Irish Pub is now open in Cary. The pub, at 1979 High House Road, features Irish-American fare for lunch, dinner and late night, and breakfast on the weekends. The bar has 17 taps and seven HD TVs. It also features live music, patio seating, private dining for groups or meetings, drink specials and free Wi-Fi.

Catering Works, a special event planner and off-premise catering company, has relocated to 2319 Laurelbrook Street in Raleigh.

Staff writers Amy Rue, Virginia Bridges and David Bracken

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