Reyhan closes, Chicken Salad Chick opening: What's new in the Fayetteville restaurant scene?

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Another fast-food chain is preparing to expand into Fayetteville, while residents will officially need to find a new spot to fulfill their Turkish döner cravings.

Here are the latest comings and goings in the Fayetteville dining scene:

Opening: Chicken Salad Chick

The Atlanta-based regional fast-food chain that specializes in — you guessed it, chicken salad — is planning to open at the former Five Guys location at 2811 Raeford Road in Fayetteville. Repeated inquiries to the chain have gone unanswered, but the restaurant has already begun hiring for the new location.

A scoop of egg salad, left, Olivia's Old South chicken salad, crackers and a fruit cup from the Chicken Salad Chick.
A scoop of egg salad, left, Olivia's Old South chicken salad, crackers and a fruit cup from the Chicken Salad Chick.

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Known for its 12 types of chicken salad, Chicken Salad Chick grew from a home kitchen to more than 220 restaurants across the South. Other North Carolina locations include Wilmington, Cary, Greensboro, High Point, Clemmons and several in the Charlotte area.

Now Open: Gollabs Grill

Burgers and sandwiches highlight the menu at this lunch and dinner spot, which opened inside the former home of Two Brothers Pizza in the North Pointe Plaza on North Reilly Road in Fayetteville on Dec. 20.

Gollabs Grill is owned by Adele Gollab and her husband, Sangkel, a math teacher at Seventy-First High School.

Adele Gollab said the Carolina burger, a cheeseburger topped with housemade chili and slaw, is a specialty. It's available on its own, or as part of a combo with hand-cut fries and a drink. Along with burgers, the restaurant serves chicken sandwiches, cheesesteaks, wings and fried appetizers.

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The restaurant, located at 195 Starpoint Drive, Suite D, is open Monday through Thursday, from noon to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, from noon to 10 p.m. Gollabs is closed Sunday, though they plan to expand to seven days a week in the future.

Call 910-758-8236 or follow them on Instagram for more info.

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Closed: Reyhan

Reyhan Sea & Mediterranean Grill closed in December.
Reyhan Sea & Mediterranean Grill closed in December.

Fayetteville's only Turkish restaurant, located at 155 Bonanza Drive, officially closed in December, according to the Cumberland County Department of Health.

Reyhan opened in Fayetteville in 2015; first as Reyhan Turkish Kebaps, located at 113 Person St., and later as Reyhan's Sea & Mediterranean after the restaurant moved to 114 Gillespie St., the former home of Sherefe and current home to The Bourbon Orleans.

Reyhan's signature Iskender kebab is a flavorful Turkish dish of lamb and beef that is marinated for days and cooked on a rotisserie. It is served over homemade pita bread with a homemade red sauce and a side of rice and yogurt.
Reyhan's signature Iskender kebab is a flavorful Turkish dish of lamb and beef that is marinated for days and cooked on a rotisserie. It is served over homemade pita bread with a homemade red sauce and a side of rice and yogurt.

More: Reyhan features Turkish, Mediterranean cuisine

The downtown restaurant closed in fall 2019.

The Bonanza Drive restaurant appears to have been closed for several months prior to the official closing date.

Now open: Parkton Grill 2.0

Parkton Grill has been feeding folks just over the Robeson County line in Parkton for about a decade. Now they've opened a second location, this time in Fayetteville's Massey Hill neighborhood.

The restaurant, aptly named Parkton Grill 2.0, opened in December, according to county health department records. It's located at 1070 Southern Ave. in the former home of Massey Hill Grill.

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Like the original Parkton Grill, the new restaurant specializes in breakfast and lunch. Menu items include pancakes, omelets and egg and meat platters for breakfast, with burgers, hot sandwiches, cheesesteaks and subs being the main lunchtime offerings.

The restaurant is open Monday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 910-491-6956 or visit their Facebook page.

Now open: Speedy Rice

Longtime takeout spot Siam Express, which opened its doors on Raeford Road nearly 20 years ago, was sold and is now Speedy Rice. The change happened in the fall, though the official name and ownership change was reported by the Health Department in early December.

A selection of food from Siam Express in Fayetteville. Left to right: pud phug ruam (mixed vegetables with chicken,) yum nuer (sliced grilled beef with cucumbers, onions, hot peppers and lime,) and beef fried rice, along with sides of fried spring rolls and fried bananas.
A selection of food from Siam Express in Fayetteville. Left to right: pud phug ruam (mixed vegetables with chicken,) yum nuer (sliced grilled beef with cucumbers, onions, hot peppers and lime,) and beef fried rice, along with sides of fried spring rolls and fried bananas.

The menu, for the most part, has stayed the same, including their popular Thai fried rice and multiple dishes with the word "yum" in the title, just as Siam Express had when it opened in 2002.

The restaurant is located at 6257 Raeford Road in Fayetteville and is open Monday to Friday, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, from 1 to 8 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Jacob Pucci writes on food, restaurants and business. Contact him by email at jpucci@gannett.com or follow him on Twitter at @jacobpucci or on Facebook. Like talking food? Join our Fayetteville Foodies Facebook group.

This article originally appeared on The Fayetteville Observer: Restaurant openings and closings in Fayetteville NC for January 2022

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