The News and Observer is reporting that David Mao, the former chef and partner behind Duck and Dumpling, has come back out of retirement (he was bored) to start a new restaurant, David’s Dumpling and Noodle Bar located at 1900 Hillsborough Street in the old Red, Hot Blue/Darryl’s location. The restaurant is said to be more affordable then the Duck with lunch and a beverage coming in at $7.50. David Braken at the N&0 recounts Mao’s past, moving here in 1972 and opening Cameron Village’s Mandarin House, followed by the 2002 partnership with Greg Hatem and Empire Properties to create Duck & Dumpling. Mao parted ways with Empire last fall selling his 40% stake in the business.
Read more from ole Bracken and the N&O in the dramatically titled “Return of David Mao: Act III”.