Updated Sept. 15, 11:20 a.m. This story will be updated periodically.
One of the telling indicators of the severity of a storm is whether Waffle House is open.
The Southern chain of all-night diners is often one of the only restaurants to weather a storm. For Florence, Waffle House says it’s still monitoring the situation.
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Other Triangle restaurants have already made the decision to cancel events and have announced closings ahead of the weekend to keep staff and diners safe.
Here’s a roundup of local restaurants, coffee shops and bars that have announced some kind of closing or storm-related information. If your favorite bar or eatery isn’t listed, it may very well be business as usual.
This Durham bar plans to close Friday, but has offered itself up as a shelter. On Instagram the bar made it clear it wasn’t throwing a hurricane party, but just a place to wait out the storm. “We can’t guarantee a safe place, but if you think it is safer than yours, come by.”
For those struggling to find drinking water in grocery stores, this Durham brewery has offered to fill up any containers you bring in with filtered water.
Mother Earth Brewing
Over in Eastern North Carolina, Kinston’s Mother Earth Brewing has started filling its kegs with drinking water instead of beer, anticipating the flood-prone region being without water soon.
Oak & Dagger
This Raleigh brewery is offering gallons of water and ice to anyone struggling to find it or displaced by the storm.
Located off Wake Forest Road inside the Beltline, this Raleigh brewery is offering to fill any containers with fresh water.
Planning to stay open
AC Restaurants: Poole’s Diner, Death & Taxes, Beasley’s Chicken & Honey, Chuck’s Burgers and Fox Liquor Bar are open regular hours Saturday, with 10 percent of sales going to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
Morgan Street Food Hall: The new Raleigh food hall and bar is open regular hours Saturday.
Jubala: Both Raleigh coffee shops are open and free espresso Friday is now free espresso Saturday.
Caffe Driade & Open Eye Cafe: These coffee shops in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are open Saturday.
buku: With restaurants in Raleigh and Wake Forest, buku will be open through the storm and is offering a free dessert to anyone whose concert/show/outing was canceled.
Pizzeria Toro: This downtown Durham pizzeria is planning to stay open throughout the storm.
Jack Tar: Open regular hours in downtown Durham.
State of Beer: Open regular hours on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh.
Joe Van Gogh: Coffee shops in Chapel Hill and Durham are open Saturday.
Mandolin: Open for dinner Saturday from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Hummingbird: Planning regular hours every day of the storm.
A Place at the Table: This downtown Raleigh non-profit restaurant is open Saturday.
Luna Rotisserie and Empanadas: This Latin American-inspired downtown Durham restaurant pledges to be open all weekend until the power goes out.
Elaine’s on Franklin: This French restaurant on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill plans to remain open through the weekend.
Monuts: Open Saturday on Ninth Street in Durham.
Saltbox Seafood: Rockwood location in Durham open Saturday.
Alley Twenty-Six: The downtown Durham cocktail bar and restaurant will be open regular hours Saturday.
Dashi: Open in downtown Durham.
Cup A Joe: Two Raleigh locations open regular hours.
The Pig: The Chapel Hill barbecue restaurant is open Saturday.
Moe’s: Locations throughout the Triangle open Saturday.
Hutchins Garage: Open from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday on Geer Street in Durham.
Lucky’s Deli: This downtown Durham deli is open Saturday.
Cocoa Cinnamon: All three Durham coffee shops are open Saturday.
Pie Pushers: This downtown Durham pizza shop is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.
Acme: Open Saturday in Carrboro.
Planning to close early
Yellow Dog Bread Company: This Person Street bakery is closed Saturday.
42&Lawrence: The coffee shop of Larry’s Beans will close at 5 p.m. Thursday and remain closed Friday.
Tasty Beverage: The beer bar and bottle shop is closing at 4 p.m. Thursday and remaining closed Friday.
Namu: Closed Friday through Sunday.
Videri: Chocolate Factory: Closed Friday, but possibly reopening Saturday.
Black & White Coffee Roasters: The Wake Forest coffee shop is closed Friday, but planning to open Saturday.
Sola Coffee: Closed Friday in Raleigh.
County Fare: The food truck hub and bar in Durham will be closed Friday, but plans to reopen Saturday.
Wooden Nickel Pub: Currently closed Friday due to power outages in Hillsborough.
East Durham Bake Shop: Closed Friday.
Postmaster: Closed Friday in downtown Cary.
Crawford & Son: Closed Friday on Person Street in Raleigh.
Guglhupf: Closed Friday in Durham.
Sidebar: Closed Friday in downtown Cary.
NanaTaco: Closed Friday in Durham due to power outages.
Bond Brothers Beer Company: Closed at 2 p.m. Friday.
Royale: Closed Friday in Raleigh.
Mothers & Sons: Closed Friday in downtown Durham.
Trophy Brewing on Maywood: Taproom closed Friday.
Bread has been the hardest item to come by in grocery stores, but local bakeries are making fresh bread daily.
Cary’s La Farm closed its bakeries Friday.
In Durham, Loaf said their shelves are still stocked with bread.