August 1, 2016
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Cafe Lucarne - Si bon! Now Open in Downtown Raleigh

Parisian cafés serve as a center of social and culinary life in Paris. They have been around since the 17th century. Typical Paris cafés are not "coffee shops". They generally come with a complete kitchen offering a restaurant menu with meals for any time of the day.

Cafe Lucarne is a new restaurant in downtown Raleigh. It's small enough; only a 30-seat restaurant where you'll order at the counter and seat yourself. Then enjoy some fresh, delicious meals that the French would say...."Oh si bon!"

Cafe Lucarne has opened at 309 Blake Street. Hours are Monday's through Saturday's 7:30am to 8:30pm. The eatery will occupy the 1,200-square-foot space at 309 Blake St., which once housed the former Benelux Coffee space in City Market. (Benelux is now at Cameron Village.)

The casual, counter-service restaurant is the work of Andrew Shepherd and Will Jeffers, two of the partners in Raleigh's popular Stanbury restaurant. Cafe Lucarne will serve breakfast till 11:30am and lunch and dinner till 8:30pm.

Chef Jesse Bardyn, who was head baker at Asheville's City Bakery for seven years, is manning the kitchen. The menu will offer biscuits, lox, meusli, quiche for breakfast, and sandwiches, salads and seasonal side dishes for lunch and dinner.

Shepherd is the former beverage director at Raleigh's Foundation bar. Jeffers is a former farmer who transitioned to construction and real estate. Shepherd and Will Jeffers are still active partners in Stanbury, which is near Peace University. But excited to share their casual diner style lunch counter for some quality, delicious meals, reasonably priced with a French flair.  

The restaurant is so new that the menu is not yet posted on their website. We've snapped a photo for you. Bon appetit!

Cafe Lucarne - 309 Blake Street, Raleigh 27601. City Market.
Phone: 919-803-7475. Hours: Mon-Sat. 7:30am-8:30pm. Website.

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There are a whole lot of aspects to sharing roads and using good cyclists and auto etiquette. Everyone has different opinions, but we've got one that we'd all agree to agree on.

El Taco Cartel, Raleigh's first taco delivery bike has hit the streets for the first time. The bike will be serving up authentic street tacos. So by all means, yield to this cyclists and try these delicious tacos.

It's been a long road for the taco bike, which has been in development for more than a year. Investor Justin Miller, who is the founder of the popular WedPics app, said creating the bike itself was a tough task. The bike needed to be able to keep the tacos hot, be able to be cleaned and not weigh too much.

"Nothing like this existed, so there were no references," Miller said.

After failed development attempts, the bike now has a more streamlined design and incorporates a more Russian nesting doll style, so pieces from the taco box can be removed and cleaned much easier. The bike weighs about a third of the original prototype, Miller said.

"It's been a whirlwind of emotions. Up and down," Miller said.

After recently receiving permits to operate, the crew decided National Tequila Day was the best day to launch.

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