The Herald-Sun reported in its Sunday 'Business Buzz' section that a former co-owner of Rue Cler and Pop's is opening a wine bar down at Erwin Terrace (map), across the street from Duke's West Campus.
Erwin Terrace -- a modern development by local attorney/professor/developer Robinson Everett, a long-time player in the business community who was once active in the creation of the Downtown Loop and other 60s/70s downtown redevelopment -- has had mixed success with its mixed-use plans. Shade Tree Coffee, Nosh's restaurant, and Chai's have all done well, but Wishbone Grille's purportedly-temporary closure at the end of the Duke school year seems to have gone permanent.
Into this scene comes Six Plates, which will at any time serve up six different wines out of a total selection of one hundred from various wine regions. The H-S reports the wine list will vary with the "six-plate menu of cheese, seafood, meats and produce," and that the establishment is intended to fill what really is a missing niche in Durham's eating scene. Everett's son and daughter-in-law are business partners in the new venture.
Interestingly, an earlier rumor had claimed Rue Cler was thinking of expanding eastward and add a wine bar to its current offerings. No idea whether Six Plates is an off-shoot in the absence of such expansion plans by Rue Cler, or if there are any longer active plans to expand Rue Cler in its current location.