Straw Valley Food and Drink now open

Straw Valley Cafe has been transformed into a sprawling dining complex and reopened as Straw Valley Food & Drink.

The folks behind the transformation are chef Adam Rose, formerly of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, and Fred Dexheimer, a master sommelier who relocated from New York and previously worked for BLT restaurants, part of ESquared Hospitality.

The complex has three components:

• Cafe and Bar, which opens at 8 a.m. daily to serve Carrboro Coffee Roasters coffee, pastries, breakfast, lunch and then cocktails, wine and a raw bar in the evenings.

• Black House at Straw Valley, a fine-dining restaurant in a midcentury modern house, will serve dinner Wednesday-Sunday nights.

• Beer Garden, to open later this spring in the bamboo-screened courtyard, will serve food and drink in an area with communal tables, a children’s play area and a bandstand.

The complex is off U.S. 15-501 between Durham and Chapel Hill. The address is 5240 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Info: