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What's New in Durham: Summer 2017 Edition

A host of new Durham restaurant and entertainment options have popped up this summer, and even more are slated to open later this year.

Posted By Discover Durham Staff on Jul 11, 2017

Which new additions are you looking forward to trying?

Now Open

Try these new Durham establishments, which have opened within the last month:

Quarter Horse Arcade

Games + drinks = good times. Quarter Horse brings old-school arcade games and pinball machines (plus booze) to downtown.

Pour Taproom

Located in the Unscripted Hotel complex, the Pour Taproom serves pay-by-the-ounce beer, plus snacks and sandwiches.

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The Lakewood

James Beard Award-semifinalist Phoebe Lawless (Scratch) brings seasonal American cuisine to the Lakewood neighborhood’s historic Davis Baking Co. building. There’s also a rooftop terrace.

King’s Mobile

Durham’s retro burger stand has launched a mobile extension of the shop. Keep an eye out for the shiny King’s Airstream serving burgers, hot dogs, and tots – or book King’s Mobile for your next event.

Unscripted Durham

Located in the former Jack Tar Hotel building, the retro-chic boutique hotel brings a rooftop pool and 74 rooms to the heart of downtown.


Next door to Durham staples James Joyce and The Federal, Goorsha serves Ethiopian fare in the Brightleaf district.

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Located in a renovated gas station, Grub serves modern diner fare in Durham’s West End neighborhood. The casual restaurant will offer outdoor dining on its rooftop patio.

Augmentality Labs

Gamers, rejoice! Augmentality brings virtual reality gaming to Durham. The virtual arcade offers both group and solo gaming experiences.

Local Yogurt

This frozen yogurt shop shares space with Joe Van Gogh’s fourth location in a renovated gas station across the street from Durham Co-op Market.

Joe Van Gogh

Local coffee roastery Joe Van Gogh has opened its fourth location in Durham’s West End neighborhood.

Coming Soon

We can’t wait to explore these soon-to-open Durham businesses, which are expected to open later this year:


The iconic Raleigh diner will move and re-open in Durham later this summer. Satisfy your craving for all-day breakfast at Finch’s soon-to-open location at 3211 Old Chapel Hill Rd.

Jack Tar Diner

The latest restaurant from Gray Brooks (Pizzeria Toro, Littler) will serve diner fare in the retro Unscripted Hotel.

4th Dimension Coffee

Local coffee shop Cocoa Cinnamon will launch a new cafe and micro-roastery under a new brand in the Lakewood neighborhood.

The Pie Hole

The first East Coast franchise of the Los Angeles-bred pie shop opens on Ninth Street at the end of July. You’ll find seasonal offerings along with sweet and savory flavors.

Saltbox Seafood

The popular downtown seafood shack will open a casual sit-down restaurant in the old Shrimp Boats space. Saltbox’s new Rockwood location is slated to open this summer.

Saint James Seafood

Soon to be the newest restaurant from James Beard Award-semifinalist Matthew Kelly (Mateo, Lucky’s, Vin Rouge, and Mothers & Sons), Saint James will serve sustainably harvested seafood in the Brightleaf district.

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