Port City Small Bites: Wine Knot Sky Lounge launched, Krispy Kreme reopened and more
SOUTHEAST NC – A lot of movement is happening around Cape Fear regarding new openings and closings of restaurants, food trucks, bars and bottle shops. While Port City Daily already covers the majority of this news, changes and smaller changes sometimes go under the radar.
“Small Bites” is a new column that Port City Daily will publish to fill gaps in coverage and educate readers on what to expect with regard to existing business expansions or menu changes, temporary closures and renovations, overtime or grand openings, pop-up events or other newsworthy information that may be overlooked during the daily routine.
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News from the culinary school
Still, plans are in place to open for lunch ($ 10 for three courses) in the spring as well. Those interested can book here mid-January 2022. The 403 Water St. Restaurant offers students a real-world practice on performing their skills. Guests are currently limited to 20 according to Covid-19 protocols; the college will follow state guidelines if necessary.
Cape Fear Community College has been running its Culinary Arts and Hospitality program for some time, although its learning restaurant and dining hall, Our place, has been closed to the public due to the pandemic. Our Place has reopened for the fall semester and is fully booked for its dinner service ($ 13 for a four-course meal), which emphasizes French cuisine.
Across the river in Brunswick County, the Douglas Terhune Culinary Arts Center is about to open on the Brunswick Community College campus. The center once served as a campus cafeteria and Firebird Café, but has been renovated since Douglas Terhune – who sits on the school’s board – first suggested his plans in 2017. He presented to the Brunswick Community College Foundation a gift of $ 115,410.
“[T]transforming the space into a culinary arts center to meet the needs of our students in the culinary pathways was one way to have a lasting impact on our community, ”Tehune said in a press release.
The renovation includes state-of-the-art meeting, catering and hospitality space, the statement said. “We are grateful for the generous donation to transform our cafeteria kitchen and serving space into a world-class teaching and learning kitchen,” said Dr. Gene Smith, President of Brunswick Community College. Smith added that this would strengthen the local workforce in the area.
“Brunswick County restaurant owners need all the skilled help they can get, especially with all of our tourists and the growing residential population,” added Tehune.
The Douglas Terhune Center for Culinary Arts will have a ribbon cutting on October 21.
In the past few weeks, many bottle shops and even a private wine club have sprung up in the port city. Bottles in the Cargo District opened at 615 S. 15th St., next to Homegrown Market. Both companies are owned and operated by Kendra Burgon and Fredrick Giles. While Homegrown Market offers local produce and food, Bottles focuses on natural and sustainable wines. Some are organic, many are made without additives and minimal sulfites, and others are produced in smaller batches. The store also includes beer – eight on tap, all brewed in North Carolina.
Downtown Wilmington in the Murchison Building, a new private club is launching: Wine Knot Sky Bar and Lounge will be located on the third floor at 201 N. Front St., Ste 909. Owned and operated by Cameron Martin and Natalie Singletary, private club memberships are $ 145 per year. Members have access to the bar, which will serve wine and beer (members can bring their own liquor), and can relax in an area overlooking the river, with a view of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Occasional events will take place, such as comedy nights, and members’ space can be hired for private parties. The soft opening will take place on October 14 and 15, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for members, who can bring up to four guests at the preview launch.
On Wrigstville Avenue, a craftsman’s chalet was renovated in Wendy’s house, a wine store with hundreds of bottles – from reasonably priced wines to premium wines from around the world – and dispenses from a WineEmotion system for one-time installments. Also a gourmet boutique, Wendy’s offers bites and appetizers: artisan cheeses and salamis, nuts, olive spreads, olive oils, canned fish, breads, crackers and crisps. Sweet finishes, from smoked and salty caramel to white chocolate almonds with licorice and passion fruit, are also sold, for individuals to enjoy inside, outside or on the porch, or to take away and to to take with.
Surf’s Up Pizza and Arcade Room open in the spring at the old Indonesian restaurant, Candlenut, located at 2101 Market Street on Market Street. By the end of the month, Surf’s Up owner Stan McDowell, who also runs Burnt Mill Creek across the plaza, will be expanding his business to the neighboring business. Surf’s Up Arcade will feature old school skee ball and arcade games, with a dedicated back room for console games like Playstation and Nintendo.
Be located at 4512 Oleander Dr., The butcher’s market is scheduled to open in January 2022. Founded by Craig and Derek Wilkins, who already run four of the Cary, Raleigh and Holly Springs markets, the local franchise will be operated by Smith Prevost. A neighborhood butcher shop, the focus will be on choice meats – poultry, beef, lamb, seafood, pork and exotic meats, as well as homemade bacon and smoked meats. Takeaways, sides, beer and wine will also be sold, all delivered at a fair price and with warm hospitality.
With only one place in town – and the “Hot & Now” sign having been dimmed for a bit now – Krispy kreme lovers will again be able to queue for sweets from Monday, October 18. The company has made some adjustments to its gear at the Holly Tree Road site, but will light up the sign next week, just in time for Krispy Skreme’s season. Donuts celebrating Halloween will join the lineup, including a “Broomstalker”, an “Enchanted Cauldron” and an “Abra Cat Dabra”.
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