New Durham restaurant wants to spice up salad options

From staff reportsJune 27, 2013 

Bayard Collins and Peter Goodwin want the Triangle to get excited about salads.

The recent graduates of the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School officially opened Hungry Leaf at 2608 Erwin Road in Durham Wednesday.

The owners say the 1,600 square-foot lunch and dinner spot will sell fast and healthy salads and wraps with made-from-scratch dressings and marinades and high quality meats.

Collins and Goodwin acquired Chopped Greens, a restaurant centered on a similar salad idea, in September as part of a plan to move forward with a shared vision to provide healthy and fast food, they said. They continued to run the business as Chopped Greens as Goodwin completed the master’s program in the spring. Collins completed the program last year.

In addition to renaming the restaurant, they have streamlined some of the salad offerings and added nutrition-packed options, such as kale and red cabbage. The menu caters to a variety of diners, including those seeking low-fat, gluten-free, vegan and spicy options. Hungry Leaf also offers catering and delivery.

“Our focus is creating really delicious food,” Collins said. “We want it to be a place where people come because they really crave something healthy.”

Durham has a new butcher. Rose’s Meat Market and Sweet Shop opened last week at 121 N. Gregson St.

The full-service butcher shop carries chicken, lamb, beef, pork and other meats, but specializes in custom cuts.

“So we can cut anything they are looking for, if they let us know in advance,” said butcher Justin Meddis, who owns the business with his wife, Katie.

The couple raised more than $27,000 through a Kickstarter campaign to open the shop that sells cuts from humanely raised animals from North Carolina farms, a daily offering of sandwiches, prepared dinners and pastries made by Katie Meddis.

“Sausage has been the biggest seller we have had since we opened,” Justin Meddis said.

The store sells a variety of sausage made in-house, including a whiskey breakfast sausage, with pork, sage, whiskey and oats soaked in Baileys Irish Cream.

Chatham Hill Winery will host a soft opening at its location at 8245 Chapel Hill Road in downtown Cary at 11 a.m. Saturday. The winery moved to the new spot after spending 14 years at the Gateway Centre near the Raleigh-Durham International Airport in Morrisville.

Marek Wojciechowski, owner and winemaker, said it is a more visual location and sets up the winery, which sold 7,000 cases of wine last year, to expand the business and offer food, beer and expanded hours in the future.

The winery offers tours, locally grown and produced wine, and wine tastings. It also hosts private events.

The Beer Dispensary, a craft beer store in Apex, is hosting a grand re-opening Saturday in a new space at 112 N. Salem St., which is just around the corner from its old location on East Chatham Street. The Beer Dispensary opens at 11 a.m., and local beer tastings will be held from 1 to 7 p.m.

Owner Tim Overcash said the new space, which is larger and located on Apex’s main drag, will offer more opportunities for The Beer Dispensary to host more and bigger events and live music. There is also a room for tastings and small events, he said.

Lilly Pulitzer, which carries colorful women’s clothing and accessories, opened at The Streets at Southpoint in Durham and will host a grand-opening celebration from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday. The first 50 shoppers will receive mystery gifts. ... FlipFlopShops, a flip flop and sandal store, and Michael Kors, which carries men’s and women’s accessories, opened at Crabtree Valley Mall last week. ... Kiss, a woman’s clothing store, is open at Cary Towne Center.

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