Bu.ku is leaving downtown Raleigh for Cary and former An building

The Thai barbecued pike, served with green papaya salad, is a dish found at Bu.ku in downtown Raleigh.Juli Leonard

At the end of the year, Bu.ku is leaving its downtown Raleigh home after an eight-year run, but it will take over one of the area’s most beloved dining rooms.

Early next year, Bu.ku will move into the former An Cuisines space in Cary, which closed in 2017.

“The An space is really beautiful,” said Sean Degnan, who co-owns Bu.ku with Tony Hopkins. “An was a really fantastic Asian fusion restaurant, and the look and vibe really fit what we want to do. We’re going to freshen it up for 2020 and beyond.”

While the Bu.ku name is leaving downtown, the family isn’t, Degnan said. They’re currently working on a new fusion concept for a space near the heart of Fayetteville Street. The location wasn’t identified and will be announced in the coming months, according to a news release.

“We’re still working on a name,” Degnan said. “But you can expect two syllables with a dot in the middle.”

They also own Latin American focused So.ca in Cameron Village.

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