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Cary Recipe

Recipe: It’s Time to Make Pesto

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Cary, NC – Right about now, if you have a garden, or a raised bed, or even a pot that contains basil, you are ready to harvest. And that means it’s time to make pesto!

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Hickory Tavern Opens in Morrisville

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Morrisville, NC – Hickory Tavern now has its third location in Wake County, opening up in Morrisville’s Park West Village this month.

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Cary Restaurant

kō•än Opening This August in Former An Location

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Cary, NC – The former owner and chef at bu•ku both open kō•än in Cary this August, sharing food from around Southeast Asia in the former An location.

New Flavors and Dishes

kō•än is set to open in the Arboretum in Cary in late August, and in addition to popular Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes, Executive Chef Drew Smith said he wants to put a spotlight on food from countries such as Laos, Cambodia and the Phillipines that are not as common in local restaurants. Smith was also a chef at bu•ku as well as so•ca.

“I spent a lot of time in that part of the world and I wanted to share my experiences,” Smith said. “Our guests are going to experience a part of me, my story and the reason I will always be humbled and inspired by Asian cuisine. I will never master this food. It’s not meant to be mastered. It’s meant to tell a thousand stories to anyone who will listen.”

Some examples are a popular dish in Laos called larb, with minced meat mixed with vegetables, herbs and citrus. Smith also said they will do their own twists and takes on some of these dishes, such as Vietnamese pho soup.

“We’ve had pho on the menu for a long time but this is going to be reimagined,” Smith said.

kō•än will also offer an omakase dinner, where diners leave it up to the chefs to select several dishes for them, which Smith said he and his team will develop over time.

“It’s a difficult program to create but it gives us a shot at giving a customer a great experience,” Smith said.

kō•än owner, and former bu•ku owner Sean Degnan, said this is part of what he calls “radical hospitality,” to try and give the customer a special experience.

“I want to offer the customers what we offer our best friends and family,” Degnan said.

kō•än is located at 2800 Renaissance Park Pl.

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Story by Michael Papich. Photos courtesy of Cara Grace Powell, f8 Photo Studios.

Cary Business

Business Bits: Waverly Place, New Restaurants and More

Cary, NC – Several new restaurants opened in Cary and Morrisville this month, plus new businesses are open in Waverly Place and much more.

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Pimento Cheese

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Cary Food

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Cary, NC – The next time you’re sleepily decrying your early-morning existence, take comfort in the knowledge that things started WAY earlier for the fine folks at Big Dom’s Bagel Shop in Downtown Cary. Read more

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Business Bits: Cary Crossroads, Grocery Stores and More

Cary, NC – There were several big announcements for Cary business this month, from multiple new grocery stores announcing they are coming to town to a Cary-based business selling for more than $3 billion, and much more. Read more

Cary Cafe

International-Influenced Café Newly Opened in Cary

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Cary, NC – Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea is now open with its first North Carolina location in Cary, with a focus on international flavors and community charity participation. Read more