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New High-end Mexican Coming to Durham


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My friend Charlie Deal (detlefchef) has finally gone public with his plans to open a new Mexican eatery in Durham. Named "Dos Perros" after his two dogs, the restaurant will feature a fairly broad range of items, including mole, seafood, slow-roasted meat and chicken, and, of course, great drinks. Here's the press release:

Restaurateur Charlie Deal announced today he'll be opening a new restaurant in downtown Durham. Dos Perros will be a restaurant, taqueria and bar featuring classic Mexican cuisine, such as authentic moles, exquisite seafood, slow-roasted meats, aguas frescas, and hand-made margaritas. Durham will get a preview of  Dos Perros at “Durham Rising” this Saturday, June 23rd, where Deal will serve traditional aguas frescas, or fresh fruit juices. The restaurant is slated to open in early 2008.

Dos Perros, named after his two loveable mutts, will be a departure from Deal's popular Asian bistro Jujube. He launched Chapel Hill-based Jujube in 2004 after he and his wife, Diana, relocated from California.  Durham residents, the Deals have been inspired by the growing interest in revitalizing downtown Durham.

The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, providing the opportunity for diners to explore the traditions of Mexican cuisine. Dos Perros will have a full bar and outdoor seating.

In order to remain consistent with the LEED certified green building elements of Greenfire Development, as well as uphold his own beliefs in an ecologically responsible lifestyle, Dos Perros will conduct its day-to-day operations in a similar manner. This includes buying locally farmed and raised products, recycling (including rainwater, vegetable oils, and produce scraps for compost), and many other considerations.

Dos Perros will be located at Rogers Alley, a trio of historic buildings currently undergoing a transformation by Greenfire Development. Rogers Alley is located at the intersection of City Hall plaza, N. Mangum, and E. Parrish Streets. The buildings include the Fire Station, Pharmacy, and Garrett-Sullivan Buildings and are joined by a common alley. They are slated to be a mix of retail and restaurant, office, and residential space and renovations are expected to be completed by late 2007.

If you've been to Jujube in Chapel Hill, you'll know that Charlie really works hard at his craft. He knows food, and he's been dying to open an "expanded taqueria" for years. That's going to be happening, soon, and it will be a great addition to the local scene.

Dean McCord

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Living a mile from downtown I am very pleased. I heard the rumor, but figured it would be in the Grasshopper spot and not downtown. Reading Charlie's posts on Mexican food you know he knows the cusine. Piedmont, Rue Cler, and now Dos Perros.........tough to beat that.

quote=Varmint,Jun 28 2007, 12:52 PM]

My friend Charlie Deal (detlefchef) has finally gone public with his plans to open a new Mexican eatery in Durham. Named "Dos Perros" after his two dogs, the restaurant will feature a fairly broad range of items, including mole, seafood, slow-roasted meat and chicken, and, of course, great drinks. Here's the press release:

Restaurateur Charlie Deal announced today he'll be opening a new restaurant in downtown Durham. Dos Perros will be a restaurant, taqueria and bar featuring classic Mexican cuisine, such as authentic moles, exquisite seafood, slow-roasted meats, aguas frescas, and hand-made margaritas. Durham will get a preview of Dos Perros at “Durham Rising” this Saturday, June 23rd, where Deal will serve traditional aguas frescas, or fresh fruit juices. The restaurant is slated to open in early 2008.

Dos Perros, named after his two loveable mutts, will be a departure from Deal's popular Asian bistro Jujube. He launched Chapel Hill-based Jujube in 2004 after he and his wife, Diana, relocated from California. Durham residents, the Deals have been inspired by the growing interest in revitalizing downtown Durham.

The restaurant will serve lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, providing the opportunity for diners to explore the traditions of Mexican cuisine. Dos Perros will have a full bar and outdoor seating.

In order to remain consistent with the LEED certified green building elements of Greenfire Development, as well as uphold his own beliefs in an ecologically responsible lifestyle, Dos Perros will conduct its day-to-day operations in a similar manner. This includes buying locally farmed and raised products, recycling (including rainwater, vegetable oils, and produce scraps for compost), and many other considerations.

Dos Perros will be located at Rogers Alley, a trio of historic buildings currently undergoing a transformation by Greenfire Development. Rogers Alley is located at the intersection of City Hall plaza, N. Mangum, and E. Parrish Streets. The buildings include the Fire Station, Pharmacy, and Garrett-Sullivan Buildings and are joined by a common alley. They are slated to be a mix of retail and restaurant, office, and residential space and renovations are expected to be completed by late 2007.

If you've been to Jujube in Chapel Hill, you'll know that Charlie really works hard at his craft. He knows food, and he's been dying to open an "expanded taqueria" for years. That's going to be happening, soon, and it will be a great addition to the local scene.

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