Port City Small Bites: Wine Knot Sky Lounge Opens, Krispy Kreme Reopens, and More



The Wine Knot Bar and Lounge will be open on October 14th and 15th from 6pm to 9pm (Port City Daily / Courtesy)

SOUTHEEASTERN NC – A lot happens around Cape Fear when it comes to new openings and closings of restaurants, food trucks, bars and bottle shops. While Port City Daily already covers the majority of this news, minor shifts and changes sometimes stay under the radar.

Small Bites is a new column that will be launched at Port City Daily to fill the gaps in coverage and let readers know what to expect when it comes to additions to existing facilities or menu changes, temporary closings and renovations, additional ones Opening times or grand openings, pop-up events or other newsworthy tidbits that can be overlooked in everyday life.

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News from the cooking school

However, it is planned to open for lunch (USD 10 for three courses) in the spring as well. Interested parties can reserve in mid-January 2022 here. The 403 Water St. Restaurant offers students hands-on exercises to help them execute their skills. The number of guests is currently limited to 20 according to the Covid-19 protocols. the college will follow state guidelines as necessary.

Cape Fear Community College has had its culinary arts and hospitality program for some time, although its study restaurant and dining room, Our place, is closed to the public due to the pandemic. Our place reopened for the fall semester and is fully booked for dinner ($ 13 for a four-course meal) which focuses on French cuisine.

The first graduate class in culinary arts and hospitality at Brunswick Community College in the new Douglas Terhune Center for Culinary Arts. (Port city daily / with kind permission)

Across the river in Brunswick County, the Douglas Terhune Center for Culinary Arts opens on the Brunswick Community College campus. The center once served as the campus cafeteria and Firebird Café, but has been renovated since Douglas Terhune – who serves on the school’s board of trustees – first proposed his plans in 2017. He presented the Brunswick Community College Foundation with a gift of $ 115,410.

“[T]Transforming the space into a culinary arts center to meet our students’ culinary needs was one way we could have a lasting impact on our community, ”Tehune said in a press release.

According to the press release, the renovation includes a state-of-the-art conference, dining and guest room. “We are grateful for the generous donation to transform our cafeteria kitchen and serving area into a first-class teaching and learning kitchen,” said Dr. Gene Smith, President of Brunswick Community College. Smith added that it will strengthen the local workforce in the area.

“Brunswick County’s restaurant owners need all the skilled help they can get, especially with all of our tourists and the growing resident population,” added Tehune.

A ribbon cutting will take place on October 21 at the Douglas Terhune Center for Culinary Arts.

Bottles is Wilmington’s first natural wine bar in The Cargo District. (Port city daily / with kind permission)

Wine all around

In recent weeks, numerous bottle shops and even a private wine club have opened in the port city. Bottles opened in the Cargo District at 615 S. 15th St., next to the Homegrown Market. Both companies are owned and operated by Kendra Burgon and Fredrick Giles. While the Homegrown Market offers products and local food, Bottles focuses on natural and sustainable wines. Some are organic, many are made with no additives and minimal sulfites, and others are made in smaller batches. The store also stocks beers – eight on tap, all brewed from North Carolina.

Downtown Wilmington in the Murchison Building opens a new private club: Wine Knot Sky Bar and Lounge located on the third floor at 201 N. Front St., 909 Ste. Owned and operated by Cameron Martin and Natalie Singletary, the private club memberships are $ 145 per year. Members have access to the bar, which serves wine and beer (members can bring their own liquor) and can relax in a room overlooking the river with a view of the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Events such as comedy nights are occasionally held, and member rooms can be rented for private parties. The soft opening will take place on October 14th and 15th from 6pm to 9pm for members who can bring up to four guests to the preview launch.

A craftsman’s cottage was renovated in on Wrighstville Avenue Wendy’s house, a wine shop with hundreds of bottles – from inexpensive to high-end vinos from around the world – and donates from a WineEmotion system for one-off pourings. Wendy’s is also a gourmet shop and sells canapes: artisanal cheese and salami, nuts, olive spreads, olive oils, canned fish, and bread, crackers and chips. Sweet finishes, from smoked and salted caramel to white chocolate almonds with liquorice and passion fruit, are also sold to enjoy indoors, outdoors, on the porch, or as to-go and take-away.

Krispy Kreme will reopen in Wilmington on Monday after it closed for renovations. There will also be a range of Halloween-themed donuts. (Port city daily / with kind permission)

Coming soon

Surf’s Up Pizza and Arcade opened in the spring in the former Indonesian restaurant Candlenut at 2101 Market St. on Market Street. By the end of the month, Surf’s Up owner Stan McDowell, who also runs Burnt Mill Creek at the other end of the square, will be expanding operations to the shop next door. Surf’s Up Arcade will feature skee ball and old school arcade games, with a back room for console games like Playstation and Nintendo.

To be found in 4512 Oleander Dr., The butcher’s market is scheduled to open in January 2022. Founded by Craig and Derek Wilkins, who already operate four of the stores in Cary, Raleigh and Holly Springs, the local franchise is operated by Smith Prevost. A neighborhood butcher that specializes in premium cuts of meat – poultry, beef, lamb, seafood, pork, and exotic meats, as well as home-ripened bacon and smoked meat. Home cooking, side dishes, beer and wine are also sold at fair prices and with warm hospitality.

With only one location in the city – and the “Hot & Now” sign is now a little dimmed – Krispy Kreme Lovers can line up again for the sweet treats from Monday, October 18th. The company has updated its gear at the Holly Tree Road location, but will be flipping the sign next week, in time for Krispy Skreme season. Donuts that celebrate Halloween are added to the line-up, including a Bewitched Broomstick, Enchanted Cauldron, and Abra Cat Dabra.

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