Food and Drink

An Asheville brewery plots a Durham outpost

The original DSSOLVR location in downtown Asheville. Photo courtesy of DSSOLVR

Another Asheville brewery is plotting an expansion to the Triangle.

Driving the news: DSSOLVR, known for its lagers and India pale ales, will open a taproom in the Atlas apartment building on Rigsbee Avenue in downtown Durham next year.

Two new barbecue restaurants open in Raleigh

A mural of a pig that reads Longleaf Swine

A mural on the side of the Longleaf Swine restaurant. Photo: Zachery Eanes/Axios

Two long-awaited barbecue joints are now filling the air with smoke in Raleigh — but please don't call the cops on them.

What's happening: Both Longleaf Swine and the BBQ Lab — two restaurants that have been anticipated since before the pandemic — opened their doors to customers in the past week.

Here's how many Cook Out trays you'd get with Senate spending in N.C.

Data: FEC; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

To put this election in terms all North Carolinians can understand, you could buy 7.3 million Cook Out trays with the $44 million spent between Republican Congressman Ted Budd and Democrat Cheri Beasley alone for the entire election cycle.

Why it matters: That's a lot of quesadilla and/or corndog and/or chicken wrap sides.

Raleigh brewery Ancillary* Fermentation opens in a former bank branch

Ancillary* Fermentation's new taproom is inside an old bank branch. Photo: Zachery Eanes/Axios

Ancillary* Fermentation, one of the Triangle's most interesting breweries, has opened a permanent space in Raleigh after years of a nomadic existence.

Driving the news: Ancillary* — yes, the asterisk is part of the name — is taking over a former bank at 1420 Hardimont Rd., near Duke Raleigh Hospital.

  • Until now the beer project, founded by Whit Baker and Andy Schnitzer of Cary's Bond Brothers Beer Co., released its beers via pop-up events across the Triangle.
Zachery Eanes
Oct 12, 2022 - News

Nana's returns to Durham

The front of an orange restaurant called Nana's

The front of Nana's in Durham. Photo: Zachery Eanes/Axios

The storied Durham fine-dining restaurant Nana's is on the verge of a comeback, after quietly closing during the height of the pandemic in 2020.

Driving the news: Matt Kelly, the celebrated restaurateur behind eateries like Mateo and Mothers & Sons, announced Tuesday he is buying Nana's from its chef-and-owner Scott Howell.

John Frank
Oct 7, 2022 - Food and Drink

Asheville's new breweries elevate city's beer scene

A North Carolina state flag hangs above the taps at Zillicoah brewery outside Asheville.

A North Carolina state flag hangs above the taps at Zillicoah Beer outside Asheville. Photo: John Frank/Axios

Asheville's beer scene is evolving to new levels, Axios' resident beer geek John Frank found on a recent tour.

State of play: A decade ago, I wrote a beer column for the News & Observer about how Wicked Weed Brewing and the arrival of national brewers — Oskar Blues, New Belgium and Sierra Nevada — planted the city firmly on the beer map.

Five highly anticipated — and bizarre — State Fair foods

A concession stand at the fair.

A concession stand at the North Carolina State Fair. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

The North Carolina State Fair revealed its list of new food items that will be available to order this year.

It has us mentally gauging how much food we truly could consume on a one-day trip to one of our state's great traditions.

A new brewery is opening downtown

Photo courtesy of Kane Realty

New Anthem Beer Project, a North Carolina brewery that has made waves for its hazy India Pale Ales, is opening a taproom in downtown Raleigh.

  • It will be the brewery’s first location outside of its hometown Wilmington and it is expected to open early next year.
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