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Pop-up eatery hosts finale before moving to permanent home

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A pop-up diner took over the Dixie Grill for one night only before heading to a permanent home in the Brooklyn Arts District.

Canape was the Cape Fear's first pop-up restaurant, and while tonight was their final pop-up dinner, diners say that they have added new flavor to downtown Wilmington.

The world of pop-up dining is literally here today and gone tomorrow.

"What's really neat about the area is that Wilmington is a small town, and it disproportionately has some good chefs and good restaurants," diner Russ Dressell said.

But not every chef can afford their own brick and mortar building, so pop-up restaurants like Canape travel around the Port City invading established eateries and serving their own cuisine.

"It's a food culture and a community downtown, and if we can all kind of join together to create a really cool and fun food scene, then that's really where it's at," chef Matthew Gould said.

Pop-up restaurants usually offer small seatings and a small menu that is spread out over a number of courses, so what is it that keeps diners coming back?

"What keeps me coming back is the variety of the food," on patron said. "The exuberance of the chefs. For the most part they use all local ingredients."

Another said, "The way it was presented. The food, the drinks, the wine. It was phenomenal."

As pop-up restaurants become established and add another ingredient to downtown, they fill up more than our appetites as they move into more permanent homes.

"If you don't try them you're missing out, it's just a really great experience," Dressell said.

Canape will move into its new home on N. 4th St. in the Brooklyn Arts District some time in early February. It will be located in the old Big Thai building.

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