Char-Grill is one of those old Raleigh institutions that our friends in the City of Oaks just can't seem to stop talking about. (Literally -- just get a Raleighite to try to shut up about the place. I've tried; it's hard; you probably can't do it.)
Of course, here in Durham, we've had Cook-Out for many years, a Piedmont tradition in which tiny opaque buildings manage to push out an ungodly quantity of cheap, good-quality hamburgers in very fast succession. No, we have no idea how they do it, and we don't really want to.
Yet Durham has remained free from the influence of our Wake County neighbors' institution, with the nearest Char-Grill being a trip to the Beltline away. And, really, who wants to deal with driving there?
Well, the N&O's Sue Stock is reporting that Char-Grill will be coming to the Bull City; her Saturday article reported it was arriving at New Hope Commons, but according to some SoDur watchers, the Char-Grill is actually coming to Hope Valley Commons, the new Harris Teeter-helmed center at the corner of NC 751 and NC 54. (Yeah, we know, the names are confusing. Couldn't someone think of a more original name?)
According to the N&O, the fast-food restaurant will open there in the fall.
We haven't seen the designs of the Durham Char-Grill, but here's hoping to an addition to Durham's architectural inventory that's a little less, er, distinct than the International Style monstrosity over to our southeast: