International cuisines on Wilson eateries’ menus

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Despite it being nearly a month since the autumn equinox, Mother Nature has been blessing us with unseasonably warm temperatures. That is, until this week.

Needless to say, when I wanted some place different to meet a friend for dinner, What the Pho on Raleigh Road Parkway came to mind. Juicy beef in savory broth with chewy rice noodles was the perfect dish for a crisp fall night and the modern decor made it perfect for hanging out.

Needless to say as the temperatures decline, I’ll be taking advantage of their $5.99 lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays as I eat my way through the menu.

Oh, and we headed over to Varee for desserts and drinks. This is another hidden gem in the Asian cuisine offered in Wilson, but the chef adds a twist with some French dishes to offer variety. If you’re looking for a place for a sweet treat, check out this small cafe for sticky rice with Thai custard or creme brulee.


Kidde Fire Protection Systems, a part of UTC Aerospace Systems, unveiled a redesigned section of the Wilson plant in coordination Friday with the company’s 100th anniversary. The new fire and overheat detection section manufactures the Firewire product line, which triggers fire suppression systems and is used in a variety of the company’s commercial and military products.

“Advances in detection, suppression, inerting and other technologies provide protection for every potentially hazardous area of today’s modern aircraft, as well as military and commercial vehicles,” said Jessica Napoli, public relations spokeswoman for UTC Aerospace Systems.

In coordination with the Friday ceremony, Kidde donated a vehicle fire suppression system to Wilson Youth United.

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The city’s effort to bring in a private investor to redevelop the historic Cherry Hotel recently received attention from Business North Carolina. The state magazine highlighted ABA Hospitality’s plan to bring retail and event space along with a boutique hotel to the cornerstone of historic downtown Wilson, but also touched on other projects such as the whirligig park, Whirligig Station and 217 Brew Works.

Other local companies also were featured with the $11.5 million investment of LS Tractor USA into the Battleboro plant and AEL Span hiring about 150 workers at the former Safelite plant in Enfield to provide warehouse services for Cummins Engine Plant in Rocky Mount.

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