North Hills gets tacos and tequilas; burgers and custards for Wake Forest

Bartaco’s Chapel Hill location. The chain has opened in Raleigh’s North Hills.
Bartaco’s Chapel Hill location. The chain has opened in Raleigh’s North Hills.

Bartaco, the chain that touts its tacos and tequilas, has opened in Raleigh’s North Hills. It’s the third North Carolina location for the chain, which also has eateries in Chapel Hill and Asheville.

In a news release, bartaco said its focus is on fresh ingredients and bold flavors, including tacos with a variety of fillings — fish, vegetables and slow-cooked pork, chicken and steak. From Aug. 3-10, the chain is bringing back its oyster taco in celebration of National Oyster Day, which is Sunday, Aug. 5.

On the drink side, bartaco offers cocktails, beer, house-made aguas frescas and more than 40 tequilas.

Prices are modest: $2.50 or $3.50 for a taco, $2.50 for sides and entrees from $5 to $9.50.

To see the North Hills menu, go to

New shopping center in Wake Forest

Food is on the menu too in Wake Forest, where Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers has opened in 981 Crossing, the new retail center at 11708 Retail Drive.

The chain is known for its lean ground beef burgers, Vienna beef hot dogs, shoestring fries and frozen custard treats.

“The Retail Drive development corridor is home to a wide variety of retail businesses, restaurants and family-friendly entertainment venues that make it a great fit for Freddy’s,” franchise owner Dave Dreiling said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to continuing the growth of our fast-casual burger concept throughout the Triangle region.”

The restaurant seats 108 diners and has additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service is also available. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Freddy’s is the first business to open in 981 Crossing. Coming soon are Starbucks, Chipotle, Mattress Warehouse, Firehouse Subs and Noire Nail Salon, said Bill Moseley of Moseley Real Estate Advisors, the retail center’s developer.

“We’re at about 80 percent leased,” Moseley said of the 20,500-square-foot center.

That leaves two spaces, one with 2,500 square feet, the other with 1,385. Moseley said he expects to announce a tenant for the larger space within the next 30 days. As for the other storefront, “we’re still looking for a tenant for that space,” he said.

Fitness for you, fun for the kids

If you feel the need to burn off a few calories after dining at bartaco or Freddy’s, then you can head over to Morrisville, where O2 Fitness has introduced its Signature Club in Park Place shopping center.

The Signature Club has a yoga studio, spin studio and high-intensity interval training classes. It also offers more than 200 virtual fitness classes each week.

Beyond its fitness options, the Signature Club has expanded locker rooms and lockers with charging stations for mobile devices. And the Kids Club is the largest in the company, with an oversized indoor playground and climbing area.

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Scott Bolejack: 919-829-8629, @ScottBolejack