Most read stories in March: New restaurants opening, military news, local development

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The Port City’s dining scene is expanding, and PCD readers are … well, eating it up.

Two of our most popular stories in March came from tempting local appetites with the announcement of new restaurant openings. Indochine’s third eatery, Café Chinois, is up and running in the old Southern Thai space. Plus, a new fine-dining vegan restaurant, The Green House, is coming to the old Moe’s space on Military Cutoff by summer.

Readers also got wrapped up in military news in March, flocking to our coverage of Camp Lejeune Marines’ human-intelligence exercises along the southeastern coast. And then there are the fighter jets and other military airfcraft refueling and practicing touch-and-gos at ILM (the airport is supported by a FAA grant). It has some locals voicing concern over the noise pollution.

As always, the development coverage PCD commits to keeps readers coming back to see how our cities and counties are expanding, and how the land is being used. In Pender County, one developer began clear-cutting property over a burial ground, disturbing concealed gravestones — some of former slaves.

(“Poltergeist,” anyone?)

Here’s the roundup of all the most popular stories read during March, #ICYMI.

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1. Indochine opens a new restaurant

2. American fine-dining … and vegan

3. Marines embark on human intelligence exercise

4. Housing development set for NC/SC border

5. Pender County developer clears land over gravestones

6. Why are military aircraft flocking to ILM?

7. Vaccines will open to everyone on Apr. 7 — do you know where to get a shot?

8. Power plant closes in Brunswick

9. American Rescue Plan funnels money into Cape Fear

10. E-bikes have Wrightsville looking closer at the bike ordinances

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