This one is strictly from the fanned flames of the rumor mill, folks -- but we've got good reason to believe this particular nugget to be pretty accurate, so I'm running with it.
It's been almost a month since George's Garage left its old site at the corner of Hillsborough Rd. and Ninth St., but the question on most Durhamites' mind has been, just where would serial restaurateur George Bakatsias look to find new digs in the Bull City -- something he promised he'd be doing when he announced the closure of the beloved George's, whose lease had run out?
While there's no confirmation, a BCR source suggests that Bakatsias has, in fact, found his new digs.
If the rumors are right, Bakatsias will be moving closer to downtown; an energetic walker could get there in a good 25-30 minutes or so from the old Ninth Street locale.
By all accounts, it should be a posh place for having dinner or a glass of wine once Bakatsias ends up opening the new site, though we'll all have to stew for a bit barring any official announcement.
We'll report back more when we have fuller details to share since this is, of course, mainly rumors for now. (Assuming some enterprising reader doesn't figure this one out.)
Update: OK, since Michael Bacon picked this one off almost as soon as I published it, something I kind of intended with the puns above:
Rumor has it that Bakatsias has been spotted spending a lot of time in the central bay of West Village's Walker Warehouse, looking at the space slotted between the West End Wine Bar and the new Amtrak station -- and that the space in question has just disappeared off the leasing market, purportedly to become the new home for a restaurant that recently closed.