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DaisyCakes and Pullen Place



Not far from where DaisyCakes (eatdaisycakes.com) used to park its airstream full of cupcakes on Saturday mornings during the Durham Farmers' Market, its signature pink flower covers a glass door. A little over a week ago, the mobile cupcake shop opened a brick-and-mortar store at 401A Foster St. Inside, it's not all cupcakes.

There are whoopee pies ($2), bread pudding ($3.75) and a caramel walnut tart ($3.75). There are also a number of savory options, including a daily bowl of soup ($5.50, or $3.50 for a cup), a sopressata sandwich with braised greens and fontina ($7.50) and a potato and leek frittata with bacon lardons ($6.50).

Owners Konrad and Tanya Catolos considered the building they're in now when they started their business three years ago, but the costs to build out the space were too much. So they looked for other options. "Next thing I know, I'm driving to the coast to get an airstream," Konrad Catolos recalls.

Over the next few years, DaisyCakes continued to expand—from baking in the Catolos home kitchen to working out of The Cookery, a culinary incubator space in Durham. About a year ago, the couple decided it was time "to make a leap," Konrad Catolos says. They created a campaign on Kickstarter to raise funds for kitchen equipment.

Now settled in the new space, the airstream isn't parked for good. The Catoloses plan to operate it for special food truck events and private parties.

DaisyCakes' storefront is open 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Tuesday–Friday and 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Saturday. For delicious photos and more, visit DaisyCakes online.

In Raleigh, a new restaurant has opened in Pullen Park. Located at 520 Ashe Ave. near the park's welcome center, Pullen Place (pullenplace.com) offers traditional concession fare including hot dogs and popcorn. But co-owner Steve Mangano says to expect much more: The cafe will also feature a range of local and seasonal foods as well as peanut- and gluten-free options.

Mangano, who opened the place with Holly Taylor and Sarig Agasi (executive chef at Raleigh's Zely & Ritz), says being a father is part of what inspired him to start the business. He wanted a restaurant in the park where options exceeded normal concession stand offerings.

Small bites include a baked sweet potato with brown sugar ($1.65) and "Sarig's Hummus" with pita or gluten-free crackers ($2.50) or carrots ($3). The cafe will also feature a range of sandwiches including a local, organic peanut butter and jelly ($1.50 half, $3 whole), a spicy bahn mi ($7), a veggie burger ($4.75) and a Farmhand Foods bratwurst ($6).

Pullen Place isn't for the faint of heart—its outdoor seating for 60 isn't heated. But the cafe will serve hot foods between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. every day during the winter. For particularly cold days, they also have hot apple cider, hot chocolate and coffee ($1.25 small, $1.75 large). Visit Pullen Place online for more details and to read about its partnership with the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

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