Rise is a walk up counter that offers delicious, buttery biscuit and biscuit sandwiches as well as perfect gourmet doughnuts. Some of the doughnut flavors are surprising (a bacon doughnut, a S’Mores doughnut, and so on) but they are really good.
Inside Rise you will find a family-friendly spot. In the back is a tiny little kitchen area for kids to play in (and I have yet to see it unused in my now multiple trips there), there is a huge chalkboard for drawing on and sharing thoughts, and a lot of books to grab and read.
I have yet to visit Rise when it isn’t busy and crowded so expect a bit of a wait. However, while you wait, you can help yourself to some coffee (brilliant) and the line moves really fast. There isn’t a ton of seating inside; however, we haven’t had a problem when we’ve gone.
The only thing I would change about Rise is that it closes at 2 pm. I could nosh on some doughnuts with my kids and friends after a late afternoon trip to Target.
Now I realize this place is a huge temptation if your New Year’s Resolution involves losing weight. But Rise has low-fat, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options, too.
I am thrilled that Rise is open and glad they are already seeing so much success.
8200 Renaissance Parkway
Rise has opened additional locations in Morrisville and Raleigh. Coming soon to Carrboro and downtown Durham as well. See their website for specific location information.