Tyler's Taproom in Apex (1483 Beaver Creek Commons Drive, 355-1380, www.tylerstaproom.com) will host a "Brunch with the Brewer" at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, July 13. The brewer is Jean et Alain DeLaet, owner and brewmaster of the Huyghe Brewery in Mella, Belgium. Tyler's chefs Matt Romatzick and Matt Hardner will prepare a four-course brunch, featuring smoked salmon draped over a red potato salad dressed with sherry-shallot, whole-grain mustard vinaigrette and house-made corned beef hash. Each course will be paired with one of DeLaet's brews. Cost is $35, and reservations are required.
The Down Under Pub (802 Main St., Durham, 682-0039, www.TheDownUnderPub.com) has a new owner, Chrystal Kelly. She's hoping to make it more of a neighborhood bar and grill, with an expanded menu and live music. The menu includes chicken wings, sandwiches, and I kid you not, "a peanut butter bacon burger" with this pitch: "Just try it—one bite and you will be a believer!" I may have to do that.
"I wanted to start over without gutting the entire bar and chasing away our current customers," Kelly said. "We have a very loyal and eclectic patron base—the pub maintains a casual atmosphere where customers feel at home. That being said, I also hope to expand to see new faces in the bar."
Coming later this year to Durham is Eno Restaurant & Market (101 City Hall Plaza, 426-1622, www.enorestaurantandmarket.com). Richard Holcomb of Hillsborough's Coon Rock Farm and Chef Sarig Agasi, partners in Zely & Ritz (301 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh, 828-0018, www.zelyandritz.com), have joined Southern food enthusiast Jamie DeMent to create the farm-to-table restaurant.
Named for the Eno River, which flows through Holcomb's farm and into Durham, Eno Restaurant & Market will offer a daily menu dictated by the harvest and season. It will reflect DeMent's North Carolina heritage and organic farming in the state today, the partners said in a release. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily and brunch on the weekend. An adjacent retail market will sell local, seasonal goods from Coon Rock Farm and their farm partners. Opening is targeted for this winter.
In Chapel Hill, EVOS restaurant, which serves "a new, healthier brand of fast food," will open July 11 in the Eastgate Shopping Center (1800 E. Franklin St., Suite 26, www.evos.com). This Florida-based chain "offers a full menu of burgers, fries and shakes that have 50 to 70 percent less fat and calories without sacrificing taste." EVOS uses naturally raised, free-range beef and organic ingredients, and cooks meat (and even the fries) in specialty ovens rather than on the grill or in the deep-fryer. Also on the menu are a variety of healthy options, including wraps and salads.
Also, Chapel Hill gets a Fresh Market grocery store this month in the Glen Lennox Shopping Center (1200-A Raleigh Road, www.thefreshmarket.com), in the former Harris Teeter spot. The listed opening is July 16.
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