I'll be straight-up with you: one of my worst predictions ever was about Dain's Place. I went in there not long after they opened, and told a friend I'd give them about 6 months before they closed. I figured they wouldn't make it through the summer. But years later, they're doing well. And I'm glad for it, because I enjoy going there. I was wrong, big-time. So what. I'm wrong a lot. :)
Now about a block away, Dain of Dain's Place has opened Heavenly Buffaloes, a takeout (and delivery) wing place that sells... well... (oh come on, guess!)... wings, waffle fries, and beer. Ok, so he's got a few other small things like sodas, brownies, and celery, but the three core items are... well, you can look back about as easily as I can type it. It's that simple. He's a block away from Dain's Place, and less than a block off East Campus. Open 6 days a week (currently closed Tuesdays), with some nights being open until 3 am.
I think it's going to work. :)
Seriously, one thing Durham could stand is more late night food, so there's one reason this might work. Another: Dain has a proven winner already with his focused approach at Dain's. No real seating might be a problem, but on the other hand, who enjoys going to the Cosmic Cantina and sitting down? Nevertheless, the Cosmic has done well too with a focused, close-to-Duke model, and I love them, even though their dining area has about as much charm as a barn. So why not no dining area at all? One possible negative indication: several other businesses have failed in the same spot in front of Books Do Furnish A Room on West Markham. But I think it's going to work, and I haven't even been there yet. :) We'll see. Early indications are that it's good food. If you have an opinion, let us know.
Durham is fun. :)
1807 West Markham Avenue
Durham, NC 27705
Phone: 919 237 2358