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Aug 5, 2014 09:08 AM

Carrboro - new place on main, across from Milltown?

I was driving through Carrboro this morning and noticed that the little place that used to be a bbq restaurant (since I don't eat bbq I never paid enough attention to remember which) is now what looks like a new restaurant. I tried to slow down enough to see, but really couldn't tell much. It looks like it might possibly be called Bella? White curtains and what looked like white tablecloths inside. Anyone have any information on this place?

OK - just did a quick google search. Seems to be Bella's from Durham, moved from Guess Rd. I'd never been to Bella's. Any thoughts on it?

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  1. One of the beer reps told me it was a white table cloth Italian place, which jibes with what you said.

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    1. re: Tom from Raleigh

      Thanks Tom. Bella's website is down (just says "we're closing" or something like that) so I can't see a menu or anything. Indy review from a couple of years ago was so-so.

      1. re: LulusMom

        This is apparently their old menu:


        It's half pasta, although certainly not classic italian. Maybe the new location will have a somewhat different concept?

        1. re: carolinadawg

          Thank you so much carolinadawg. I can't say I'm especially excited about that menu - the starters are especially odd sounding (to me), and right this minute (admittedly just post-dinner) nothing on the mains sounds great to me either. Maybe tomorrow when I'm hungry again I should recheck.

          1. re: LulusMom

            Yeah, it struck me fairly pedestrian. Maybe they will change it when they move?

          2. re: carolinadawg

            Looks like the menu from a mid-tier hotel chain restaurant. I hope they're updating their concept in the new space.

      2. wow go away for one weekend & look what happens. Meh, I do hope they have a different menu, their old one doesn't appeal to me.

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        1. re: Rory

          Sarah's Empenadas is supposed to be opening next door in the old TJ's space. I'm excited about the bar/arcade opening down the street from Beer Study on Graham. Graham Street has gotten a lot busier with Al's on the corner.

          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

            Oh that's interesting Tom as I know zero about Peruvian food and she has vegetarian options.

            1. re: Rory

              Sarah is from Bolivia. The near RTP restaurant is very popular and has been for years.

            2. re: Tom from Raleigh

              Great news about Sarah's. I've always wanted to check it out but the current location is only open at lunch I believe and not convenient to home or office.

          2. I was walking by the building a couple weeks ago and I could swear that the sign said it was going to be a meatball place or at least meatballs were going to be the main focus. The place right next door said empanadas and a tequila bar.

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            1. re: LBD

              The people that do Calavera (I think) and the place that used to be Flying Burrito are supposed to be opening a meatball shop in that area so LBD you may not be mislead.

              1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                that could be fun, there is a place in lower Manhattan that specializes in meatballs, popular...

                1. re: Rory

                  There are a few places in Manhattan that specialize in meatballs.

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    I think it's the "East Main Meatball Shoppe" (sic) in Carrboro.

                    it was the first, I believe, the Meatball Shop on the lower east side, it was a big deal 3-4 years ago when I was back in Manhattan.

                    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                      No need to look to Manhattan for Meatball-centric dining. Look no further than downtown Raleigh's Oak City Meatball Shoppe:

                      Been meaning to try the place. Anyone been there?

                  2. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    Calavera tequila and empanada bar is open, havent been yet but dying to go, work is going on too with their meatball place. Here's the link:

                    1. re: Rory

                      They are really doing themselves a disservice by not being open for lunch.

                      1. re: Rory

                        We went to Calvera the weekend it opened. It was pretty good. The service was smooth considering it was opening weekend. The food was pretty solid. The cocktails slaked our thirst and the empanadas were thoughtfully flavored.

                        The one complaint we had was perhaps a difference of definition. We ordered queso fundido, which we expect to be a thick mixture of melted cheese (usually Chihuahua or Jack) and chorizo. We got a very thin, neon cheese like what one would see at a convenience store. It was a disappointment.

                        Overall, the place is worth a visit if you're seeking food in the Paris of the Piedmont.

                        1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                          wow, that is a pretty big difference. Did you ask about it? Happy to hear they have cocktails.

                  3. In an effort to get a speck of exercise I walked by this place and indeed it is Bella's of Durham. It's a similar menu. Anyway I hope for the best. Additionally over at Carr Mill Mall, Cafe Symmetry is opening in the late Panazanella spot.

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                    1. re: Rory

                      Oh, big news! Do you know anything about Cafe Symmetry? Concept? Food type?

                        1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                          Yuck. I really don't think much of Elmo's. Oh well, thanks for the info.

                          1. re: LulusMom

                            Maybe the new place will be a pleasant surprise?

                            "The concept for proposed new restaurant is 'very different' than Elmo’s, she [one of the partner's of Cafe Symmetry] said."

                            1. re: boaviagem

                              Understand, but my problem with Elmo's isn't the concept, it is the execution. I'd love there to be a great diner in the area.