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Durham Business Debuts Dozens of Reasons to Celebrate Durham'S new ventures

Here at Discover Durham, we're often asked about business owners — where they've set up shop, who's at the helm, and what they serve. Here's a round up of some of Durham's newest visitor-facing spots for both locals and newcomers to savor in the new year!

The Oak House expanded from Elon, NC with a second location in downtown Durham. Locals fervently anticipated their arrival on the street level of One City Center.

David “Flip” Filippini, owner of the KoKyu BBQ food truck, opened the new Kokyu Na’Mean off NC Highway 55 after the first brick and mortar near Research Triangle Park. Kokyu BBQ became a quick favorite since taking to the streets in 2010 to serve mouthwatering global street food (we're talking short rib quesadillas and duck fat tots, here, folks). His diverse offerings have yielded an expansion of his mobile fleet, too, meaning the addition of a second truck, called KoKyu Ondo, to produce new offerings like a Cheerwine & swine slider, featuring seared pork belly, Cackalacky Cheerwine sauce and Korean pear slaw.

It's been less than six months since Sidney's second True Flavors location opened in Lakewood — the first (his baby, he says) is still going strong on NC Highway 55. Weeks ago, he celebrated his his third opening; a smaller shop serving delectable biscuits and hand-made jams named Debbie Lou's for his late mother (and now, his daughter). "My daughter was born on the same day my mother passed away," he said. "I gave my daughter my mother's name ... I wanted Debbie Lou to be the story of being reborn."

Right across from City Hall is a little gem, tucked away and filled with delightful, delectable treasures: @conviviowine. They've recently begun serving a full menu at their distinctive wine bar and restaurant.

@sugarkoi has all the makings of some sweet memories in Durham, with their uniquely shaped cones, soft serve ice cream and delectable toppings.

@micalvillo was a welcome new addition to Ninth Street in the spring, offering traditional Mexican fare within walking distance of Duke University.

The Cloche Coffee motto: coffee. plants. pastry... (then REPEAT. REPEAT. REPEAT.) One of the latest coffee shops to arrive in the Ninth Street district across from East Campus, this tranquil space is the perfect place to work, catch up with friends, or recharge. They serve organic, ethically sourced and fair trade coffee from Larry’s Coffee.

The beautiful interplay of bright yellow and green hues in this restaurant are just the tip of the iceberg; wait 'till you taste the food at @limeandlemongrill. This new addition to Ninth Street's already bustling foodie strip is a welcome combination of spice and everything nice.

The Fayetteville foodie corridor is home to tons of Durham staples, some of which have been around for decades. New to the historic Hayti community is Webson's Bar and Grill, which has shrimp, grits and so much more to explore.

Just a few months after it seemingly closed for good in the Rockwood area, renowned chef Scott Howell revived beloved Nana's.

If chicken wings are your thang, you've made it to the right place: @Chickenbeedurham is crispy, spicy, and oh, so lovely.

People's Coffee says their "focus is on making good coffee, so you can focus on great interactions." Cheers.

@soulfreshspringrolls claims to have the best spring rolls on the planet, and chances are, they may have the best rolls on four wheels.

You can see the pizza through a dozen floor to ceiling windows, y'all. Just kitty corner from local favorite East Durham Bake Shop is Sofia's Pizza, with pies named after their part of town, and cheese adornments like collards and pine nuts.

The latest in Mike Lee’s restaurant line took shape last summer. M Pocha is a Korean izakaya and bar that serves a creative variety of Korean-inspired tapas like DIY spicy pork belly steamed buns, bacon gyoza, Korean style BBQ meat plate, and Malaysian fried rice and shrimp. You’ll find it centrally located in Five Points where the former Cupcake Bar used to be.

Veganism never tasted so good — pray you'll come back to Earth after all this good food from Earth to Us!

Sweet Charlie's offers the rolled ice cream treats we didn't even know we needed. Pull off of NC 54 and treat yourself!

Whoever thought food shouldn't be art hasn't seen the beautifully delicious creations Indulge Catering creates.

Nolia opened this summer, and is all about family. This family-run coffee shop near Golden Belt is committed to blending great coffee and creating a kid-friendly space … while offering a relaxing and enjoyable spot for their caregivers.

One of Durham’s smallest but mightiest restaurants was nominated for Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants list! Sister Liu’s Chinese dumplings, noodles and sandwiches are worth every. single. bite.

What is there to love about delightful food and wine pairings at Trattoria Salve? A whole lot, apparently. 😍

Spanglish is another great food truck turned brick and mortar. We’re glad they’ve established their second location here in Durham at 104 City Hall Plaza (where the former Bagel Bar used to be). Their delicious Puerto Rican menu includes empanadas, mofongo, and crazy good Cuban sandwiches.

Watch out for First Watch: they're an award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch favorite that specializes in both traditional and innovative creations all freshly prepared to order.

@willandpopsfoodtruck has massive burgers and garlic fries. We're here for it.

The Northern Spy is a bottle shop, bar, and restaurant that revived the former Black Twig Cider House on Erwin Road. The new space holds a connection to its roots; former Black Twig owner, Mattie Beason, now works as a sales representative for Stem Ciders, which now owns The Northern Spy. As you can imagine, there is a strong cider presence on the drink list, including creative cider cocktails, cider floats, and plenty of varieties to take home. The kitchen is also churning out fantastic bar bites that strive to utilize as many high quality, local ingredients as possible (meat from Firsthand Foods, for instance).

Husband and wife team Toriano and Serena Fredericks have been melding their Puerto Rican and African American heritage into delightful bites for locals everywhere at Boricua Soul, and moved to a permanent space at the American Tobacco Campus this summer.

One City Center welcomed a ton of new traffic when B. Good opened its doors this year, boasting locally sourced grain bowls, burgers and smoothies.

Bralie's Sports Bar is meant to be a one stop shop for grub and good times. Make the game front and center at this bar that's off the beaten path.

You'll want to sip @quicklytea slowly. Every beverage at this teahouse is meant to be savored, we promise.

Gusto Farm to Street proudly proclaims that they were 'born on a farm', endeavoring to "accelerate the world's transition to healthier calories." Their new location brings farm fresh eats to Research Triangle Park.

Delivery. Catering. Dine In. Every single way to enjoy Tandoori Bites is a good one; samosas, paneer, pakora, and other Tandoori Indian classics are available in portions you'll love.

A short walk across CCB plaza will bring you right to the door of the newly open and breathtakingly beautiful Jeddah's Tea, where you can sip both hot and iced beverages sweetened with handcrafted simple syrups and decadent honey. The sweet treats are locally created too and are delightful accompaniments to each perfectly steeped cup.

Also along thebustling area of W. Geer Street is a new neighborhood bottle shop, bar, and intimate event space. LouElla offers curated wine, craft beer, and fortified selections from family operated producers. The owner and proprietor, Cam Davis, has been a part of the Durham restaurant scene for over 20 years and kept a majority of the building’s original charm intact, including the use of reclaimed wood for the counters and shelves.

The highly anticipated Kingfisher, which focuses on farm-to-cocktail concoctions, opened their delicately designed basement bar at 321 E. Chapel Hill St. in the summer. The husband and wife team behind Kingfisher are as intentional about what they serve — seasonal drinks and locally sourced bar bites — as what they serve it in. You will find handmade cups, accents, and art all around you.

Speaking of bars, a new drinking and D.I.Y-ing concept rolled out in North Durham called Crafts & Drafts — a fun, casual bar where you can purchase a project to work on solo or with friends any day you like.

National purveyor of scratch-made Mexican food, Uncle Julio's has opened another spot (this time on Renaissance Parkway), and brought its trademark table-side guacamole preparation and dark chocolate pinatas along for the ride.

Veggie and tofu Vietnamese curries, grilled pork, egg roll buns and vermicelli noodles... Phomazing? Indeed.

This sibling, veteran owned juice and smoothie bar offers 100% organic, non-GMO, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar free treats on the ground level of One City Center downtown. Find your raw juices and superfood shots at Juicekeys.

When your appetite is satiated, feel free to visit any number of partners offering delightful experiences: Gibson Girl Vintage, Boxcar Bar & Arcade, 5 Points Gallery, Triangle Rock Club, NorthStar Church of the Arts, Rumors Boutique, Salon de Miami, Cecy's Gallery & Studios, Gavin Christianson Bridal, and yoga off east, which also opened their doors in the last year.

This is by no means an exhaustive list (which we're really excited about)! As more endeavors come to the fore in the coming months, stay tuned for updates at discoverdurham.com.

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