Bistro Dishes Up Comfort Food With Global Spin
Chef Andrew Moore’s secret ingre- dient in building a culinary career is a contractor’s license. Where
others saw the empty Fleet Feet shoe store
in CarrMill Mall, he saw Venable Rotisserie
Bistro. He did the demolition and upfit
himself before planning the menu.
Trained at the Culinary Institute of
America, Moore cheffed his way around
the world — from Boston to New York,
Italy to Asia — and around the Triangle, at
The Federal in Durham, Tyler’s Taproom
in Carrboro and Il Palio in Chapel Hill.
Now master of his own kitchen, he loads
his menu with comfort food from all over.
Local foodies like his banh mi, a Vietnamese sandwich he creates by stuffing a
baguette with pickled carrots and daikon
radish, cucumber and fried tofu, along with
jalapeno and ginger-lemongrass dressing
with miso mayonnaise. From Italy, he
brought home a recipe for fried risotto balls
called arancini and the Sicilian eggplant and
pepper relish, caponata. His open-faced
BLT layers fried green tomatoes and a spicy
bacon cured by a master chef in Mississippi.
A star of the menu comes from the rotisserie — juicy, roasted chicken with asparagus and crunchy fries.
Items in the soup-and-salad section range
from $7 to $10. More substantial entrees
cost $10 to $20. Moore aims for enough
variety in the menu that people will return
to Venable a couple of times a week.
Venable Rotisserie Bistro, 200 N.
Greensboro St., Carrboro, (919) 904-7160
SARAH MCCARTY ARNESON ’ 96
of America-trained chef
did the demolition and upfit
menu for Venable
now open in
Cave Sold to Slim’s Owners
The Cave, that underground bar where
you and your dog can hang out for a beer
and a band, has been sold to new owners
who value the casual, no-need-for-a-clean-shirt-here atmosphere. Mark Connor and Van Alston, owners of Slim’s in
Raleigh, partnered with Richard Darling
to buy the 44-year-old bar in August from
Mouse Mock, who put the place up for
sale in February.
Connor books music for Slim’s and
plays bass in various Raleigh bands. Alston
is an entrepreneur with 20-plus years of
bar and restaurant ownership. Connor and
Alston aren’t planning on any immediate
changes but see the potential for bands to
perform at both Triangle locations.
Peccadillo Takes Bar Upscale
Slinking down Brewer Lane, which is
little more than a back alley in Carrboro,
you might pause before a metal door
stamped 100A right alongside the railroad
tracks and draw some conclusions about
what you’ll find on the other side, espe-
cially if you were used to finding Go! Stu-
dios or Reservoir. But Peccadillo, which
opened in February, offers a very different
drinking experience. You know that as
soon as you see the coat check that
replaced the metal hooks along the wall.