Two longtime friends are hoping fresh, hand-rolled pasta and quick service will lead to a new restaurant.
But before they decide to open something permanent, Tom Ferguson, owner of Rise Biscuits and Donuts, and Seth Kingsbury, owner of Italian restaurant Pazzo, are testing the market with a once-a-week pop-up pasta eatery called The Rollout.
The place, which got its start Wednesday, will offer a changing menu of pasta dishes and salads – all served in to-go containers.
The first week, The Rollout offered meals such as goat cheese ricotta and spring pea ravioli, bolognese lasagna with bechamel and strozzapreti with pistachio spinach pesto.
Ferguson and Kingsbury have not decided what they’ll serve next week, and what they create will depend on what works with the quick, to-go concept.
“It kind of has to do with what will carry out OK, what holds up well,” said Ferguson. “We want to play with different styles of pasta.”
Customers should bring their own drinks and can also stay and eat at the handful of seats inside and 25 seats outside The Rollout, which will operate out of Rise.
However, Ferguson thinks most people will want take-out.
Entree prices range from about $8.95 to about $11.95.
The restaurant, which will run through mid-August, is open Wednesday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. or “until the pasta runs out,” Ferguson said.
Ferguson, who was also the original owner of Only Burger, hopes the carry-out concept combined with the hand-rolled pasta will create a demand that will allow the duo to open a permanent pasta restaurant.
“We are doing this through mid-August. Then we will make the determination as to what to do then. That’s our plan,” Ferguson said. “I really love hand-rolled pasta and I know quick service, and we want to do quick service and see how it works from the restaurant to home.”
The Rollout is at 8200 Renaissance Parkway, Suite 1003 in Durham, near Petco and Super Target.
David Fowle is right back where he started.
The former owner of the Wilmoore Cafe in downtown Raleigh has opened Raleigh Sundry Shop in the Duke Energy building, across the street from a coffee kiosk he started about 20 years ago.
The sundry shop serves breakfast, lunch and the same chocolate chip cookies Fowle made at the Wilmoore.
The restaurant’s menu “evolves all the time,” Fowle wrote in an email, and includes hot dogs, salads, soups and sandwiches such as turkey, ham, roast beef, vegetable and grilled pimento cheese.
Raleigh Sundry Shop’s breakfast includes bagels from North Raleigh’s New York Bagels & Deli, biscuits with sausage and bacon, eggs, cheese grits and coffee from Larry’s Beans in Raleigh.
Prices range from about $1.59 for a hot dog to about $6.25 for a sandwich, chips and a drink.
The 1,300-square foot restaurant seats about 30 people, and takes the place of other former sundry shops that have occupied that same spot over the years, Fowle wrote.
The place serves food Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., but will stay open until 3:30 p.m. selling things such as sodas, chips and ice cream.
Raleigh Sundry Shop is at 411 Fayetteville St., Suite 102 in Raleigh.
Electronics retailer Best Buy is partnering with Sony and Samsung to offer home theater experience centers in some of its stores.
The setups will be broken into centers for each brand, and allow customers to watch and try televisions and other electronics.
Sony will feature its new 4K TVs and PlayStation gaming areas, while Samsung will showcase its curved Ultra HDTVs and wireless audio systems.
The home theater experience centers are at Best Buy stores in Garner, Cary and at Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley, and will be coming to the Southpoint Mall store in Durham this summer.