One of the more upscale restaurants in Downtown Raleigh has closed and will become a new restaurant
in January (according to their website). According to Dean McCord, over at Varmint Bites, Fins, which was located at the corner of Davie and Wilmington Streets in the Progress Energy Building, has closed and will become bu•ku. The current Chef of Fins will stay in place and the restaurant will continue an Asian-themed menu with a French twist. As well, bu•ku will be a bit more casual than Fins and eventually serve dim-sum style brunch, a first for Downtown Raleigh. “In the near future, we look to test the waters with the area’s first dim-sum style brunch, inspired street carts that cater to the discerning pedestrian diner, and delivery and catering that rivals that of much bigger cities.”
The name “bu•ku” itself, is derived from a French-Asian twist (with a hint of Southern twang) on the internationally acknowledged phrase, “Merci, beaucoup” meaning, “Thank you, very much.”
Fins stopped serving lunch in the middle of 2009 and there were lots of rumors flying about its closing back in 2008 but fortunately it held on. Luckily, the new restaurant will focus on the lunch crowd and according to Dean it will “at some point to have actual street carts downtown and to offer a dim sum brunch”. Fin’s received a handful of awards in its few years open including being named one of the best seafood restaurants in the nation by bon appétit magazine back in December of 2008. I will definitely miss the Vietnamese Pork Sandwich (which will hopefully make an appearance on the new restaurant’s menu) and a few other aspects of Fins. It’s sad to see it go, but good to see a new concept being formed in its place.
Also, gotta love bu•ku’s website which says in simple html font: “The future awaits…”.
Actually, it looks like we had a slightly different version of the site, so here’s the correct one with an odd side scroll but has some great info the upcoming restaurant.
Chef William D’Auvray’s fantastic downtown restaurant, Fins, is no more and will soon reopen under the name bu•ku. With its name coming from the mispronunciation of the French word, beaucoup, the restaurant will continue D’Auvray’s focus on Asian-influenced food, but will emphasize a “global street food” concept. Small plates will be the norm at bu•ku in a manner “inspired by the pushcarts of street vendors.” Fortunately, the restaurant will also focus on the lunch crowd. bu•ku will have a dedicated happy hour along with a strong craft beer and artisanal cocktail program.
D’Auvray has always been one of my favorite chefs in the Triangle, but Fins struggled in its large downtown location. With this new concept, I’m hopeful that more folks will discover this amazing chef. More details to come after I get a chance to talk to Chef D’Auvray.
Edit: Interestingly, D’Auvray intends at some point to have actual street carts downtown and to offer a dim sum brunch. Now that’s very cool.
Block text from Varmint Bites
Sun-Th 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri-Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
110 East Davie Street
Raleigh, NC 27601