Toast Cafe, T.MAC opening soon in Cary’s Waverly Place

The extensive renovation of Waverly Place in Cary, which has already yielded a bonanza of new restaurants, gourmet shops and an expanded Whole Foods Market, is continuing to deliver. Over the next couple of weeks, the doors will open to two more new restaurants in the retail complex. Each is the first Triangle location of an up-and-coming regional chain.

Charlotte-based Toast Cafe (316-201C Colonnades Way; 919-655-1971; specializes in breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. Favorite eye-openers include breakfast sandwiches, omelets, variations on the Benedict theme (avocado and crab are best-sellers) and stuffed French toast (raspberry, blueberry, peanut butter and banana or strawberry and cream cheese). Also popular are daily specials that supplement the regular lunch menu of sandwiches, salads and comfort food classics. Keep your eye peeled for the lobster roll, which is made with live lobsters flown in from Maine.

“We don’t have a freezer, a fryer or heat lamps,” says local franchisee Dean Kessel, “so the food is fresh and it’s fast.” He and his wife, Beth, became such devoted fans of the restaurant while living in Charlotte that they decided to move and open their own location here. They expect to be fully operational by October 1 after a few trial runs next week.

Just a few days later - Sunday, October 5 at 11 a.m., to be precise - sports pub T.MAC (309 Colonnades Way; 919-271-7390; will fire up the flat screens and start serving the wings that are the Atlanta-based chain’s specialty. Choose from original (the chain’s founders hail from Buffalo), boneless, or roasted, all with your choice of nine sauces. Other options include half-pound burgers made with antibiotic- and hormone-free beef (turkey is also available), flatbreads, entree salads and other pub nibbles ranging from house-made chili to Buffalo hummus.

Thanks to state law, they won’t be able to pull the taps on the kegs until noon on Sunday. Once they do, you’ll have 100 beers to choose from. Then T.MAC will keep ‘em coming Sunday-Wednesday from 11 a.m. to midnight, Thursday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Except Sundays before noon, of course.

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