Kaiju Bowl and Bao will open in July in downtown Raleigh, serving bowls of Asian noodles and steamed buns. Raleigh restaurateur Ken Yowell is opening Kaiju and also owns Calavera Empanadas and Oak City Meatball Shoppe
Kingfisher will be a farm-to-cocktail bar in downtown Durham from husband and wife Sean Umstead and Michelle Vanderwalker. Umstead has been the general manager of acclaimed St. Roch restaurant in Raleigh.
Morgan Street Food Hall will open in Raleigh's Warehouse District on July 23. The project has more than a dozen small food vendors in the same place, including Cousins Maine Lobster, Raleigh Raw and Makus Empanadas.
IHOP, the International House of Pancakes, changed its name Monday to the International House of Burgers in a spectacular marketing ploy. Instead of brunch, breakfast or biscuits, IHOB is rolling out a new line of burgers.
Bourdain achieved celebrity status after the publication in 2000 of his best-selling book "Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly." Bourdain went on to achieve widespread fame thanks to his CNN series "Parts Unknown."
For 26 years, Durham chef Scott Howell lived his dream of owning and running a restaurant, the acclaimed fine dining Nana's. At the end of the month, Howell, an eight-time James Beard Award semifinalist, says he will close his flagship restaurant.