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Chopstix opens in North Raleigh

Justin Chen, a newcomer to the Triangle but a veteran restaurateur, has opened Chopstix at Creedmoor Crossing in the space long occupied by Jin Yuan and more recently, Rose Garden Asian Bistro.

A native of China’s Fujian Province, Chen comes to Raleigh by way of Ocean City, Md., where he still owns Blue Fish Japanese restaurant. The broader Asian concept for his new restaurant is inspired by Chopstix restaurants belonging to a friend in Maryland. The restaurant is not affiliated with the Chopstix in Durham.

The bulk of the extensive menu is devoted to the reigning champs of Asian cuisine in terms of popularity: sushi and Chinese-American fare. The offering also includes a handful of tempura, hibachi, teriyaki and Japanese noodle dishes, as well as a token nod to Thai cuisine.

Chopstix is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Staff writer Greg Cox

Dos Taquitos opens on Glenwood South

Dos Taquitos, longtime favorite Mexican restaurant and watering hole in North Raleigh, has opened its much-anticipated second location on Glenwood South. Dos Taquitos Xoco is a joint venture of Dos Taquitos owner Carlos Salamanca and Niall Hanley, whose Hibernian pub across the street should reopen soon after being closed by a fire in December.

“Xoco” is derived from an Aztec term for “little sister,” and this newcomer is every bit as brash and playful as her older sibling. Rainbow-hued serapes, piñatas, bar lighting fashioned from glowing green skulls wearing re-purposed sombreros, and ceilings strung with constellations of colorful fairy lights are just a few highlights of a festive decor that has become a Dos Taquitos trademark.

A vintage VW bus is slated to become a private dining room, available by reservation only. The patio should really start hopping as soon as the heaters arrive.

Xoco has faithfully copied her big sister’s menu of Tex-Mex and regional Mexican specialties, too, right down to the tricolor enchiladas de Puebla and signature “Carrrrne Assssada!” (It tastes better if you say it that way.) It’s a good bet she’ll be mixing plenty of margaritas, too.

Dos Taquitos Xoco serves lunch and dinner daily. The bar stays open Thursday-Saturday nights until 2 a.m.

Staff writer Greg Cox

TRIG Modern opens downtown

TRIG Modern, a furniture, lighting, kitchen and bath showroom, held its grand opening Friday at 328 W. Jones St. in downtown Raleigh’s Glenwood South District.

The store from designer Lee Tripi and Bob Drake will sell classic modern and mid-century modern furniture made in North Carolina as well as period pieces from the ’50s and ’60s.

TRIG also will offer bathroom and kitchen renovation planning. From staff reports

Sports bar opens in Cameron Village

The OC Bar & Grill has opened in Oberlin Court near Raleigh’s Cameron Village. The sports bar features 30 televisions, a selection of craft beers, cocktails and an “affordably priced” menu.

The restaurant is open until 4 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. The rest of the week it is open until 2 a.m. The OC opens at 10 a.m. on the weekends and 11 a.m. on weekdays. From staff reports

North Hills gets another boutique

High Line Boutique opened this week in Raleigh’s North Hills. The boutique offers classic, preppy clothing for women and men and also accessories and gift items. From staff reports