The best place to eat breakfast in Raleigh (if you ask me, anyway) will reopen in this summer—in Durham.
Owner Peggy Jin, who ran the landmark former drive-in that was razed to make way for the new Peace Street overpass on Capital Boulevard, told me Wednesday that the new Finch’s will open at 3211 Chapel Hill Boulevard, probably in July.
“We’ll have breakfast all day long,” Jin says. “We’ll probably have some new dishes, but a lot similar.”
Jin’s company pulled a renovation permit in March for the site near University Drive. Diners can look forward to chicken pot pie and other menu items, Jin says.
Finch’s in Raleigh started business in 1945 and operated as a drive-in for many years. Its fate was sealed when state and local authorities unveiled a plan to relieve traffic on the nearby Capital Boulevard overpass, itself built in 1948.
Generations of Raleigh residents grew up on the hearty breakfasts and down-home fried chicken served at Finch’s. Sunday mornings brought both punks and politicians to the spot. And mourning was general when it closed at the end of last year.
The new location occupies the space of the former Family Garden florist, which also closed last year.