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Old North Restaurant Trillium Kitchen and Patio Now Open

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Old North Restaurant Trillium Kitchen and Patio Now Open
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Trillium Kitchen and Patio, the restaurant and bar set to take the old Alana’s Food and Wine space at 2333 N. High St., is officially open. With focuses on wine and outdoor entertainment, restaurant co-owner and chef Brad Balch aims to attract diners looking for an upscale experience as well as those who just want to relax and hang out.

Inside, Trillium assumes the identity of a true wine bar. Stocking soon to be 120 different wines in their cellar, they’ll be doing wine tastings and wine dinners, with each course paired with its complementary wine. For regulars, there’s the option of purchasing a wine locker, where patrons can get bottles of wine at cost and store them in lockers on-site for future consumption.

There’s a food menu, too, that serves up snacks and small plates, soups and salads, and a variety of entrees. On it can be found poké, poutine, caprese, ahi tuna, trout, Shagbark spelt pasta, and more. The ingredients come from about a dozen purveyors, including locals like Swainway Farms and The Butcher & Grocer. All are listed on the back of the menu.

Trillium aims to accommodate parties large and small, and reserved a more private space for special gatherings of up to 24 people for celebrations, business dinners, and other events. The focal point inside, though, is the large bar made of sycamore wood, which seats 20.

Choosing to sit on the front porch or patio means a more “eclectic and colorful” experience, said Balch. Red, yellow and white chairs sit among picnic tables, all enclosed in a bricked patio lined with greens and florals. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Trillium will host acoustic artists to serenade outdoor diners from 6 to 9 p.m.

Closed Sunday and Monday, Trillium will operate Tuesday through Thursday, from 4 to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, from 4 to 11 p.m. While he’s decided to “let the people that do brunch do brunch,” Balch said lunch may be added in the future.

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