Monuts Donuts shop coming soon

Mar. 05, 2013 @ 12:33 PM

Downtown doughnut shop opening nears: The owners of Monuts Donuts are close to opening their brick-and-mortar shop in downtown Durham on Parrish Street across from Bull City Burger and Brewery.

The duo behind Monuts started off as a solely mobile business, offering doughnuts handmade at the Durham-based commercial kitchen The Cookery and sold from a tricycle with a cargo box on the back.

Lindsay Moriarty, co-owner of Monuts, said they’ve now passed all inspections, gotten all of their permits and are finalizing their menu before opening their new shop at 110 E. Parrish St.

The shop will sell doughnuts as well as bagels and English muffins made on-site, as well as coffee. She said they are permitted to be able to offer mimosas and other alcoholic beverages for brunch, as well as breakfast sandwiches.

They plan to offer doughnuts including glazed, frosted with sprinkles and other flavors including maple bacon bourbon, chocolate Earl Grey, toasted amaretto and apple cider, as well as rotating flavors.

Moriarty said the eatery is in a small space that seats 36. It’s designed to be “modern rustic,” she said, with large glass windows, brick outside walls, hardwood floors and neutral tones inside.

“We didn’t want it to be too bright or too dark or too edgy; we wanted to find an engaging look that was really warm and inviting to people,” she said.

The Monuts Donuts crew plan to continue selling doughnuts from their tricycle at the Durham Farmers’ Market and at food truck events.

“Once we have the staff to support both, we plan to continue going to the farmers’ market, and to food truck events as well with the trike,” Moriarty said.

The brick-and-mortar Monuts Donuts will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. six days a week to start, and closed on Tuesday. The phone number is 919-797-2634. To find out their exact opening date, go to their Facebook page at


Downtown food truck rodeo: A round-up of more than 50 food trucks is planned Sunday at Durham Central Park downtown.

Brian Bottger, owner of the Only Burger food truck and restaurant who helped organize the rodeo, said there will also be beer for sale by the Durham-based brewery Fullsteam, as well as live music.

The rodeo will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, go to


501 Diner in Chapel Hill: The 501 Diner, at 1500 N. Fordham Blvd. in Chapel Hill, closed last week.

Mark Moshier, principal at Legacy Real Property Group that is the asset manager for the property, said the operator of the diner at the time had owned the business for about five years.

However, Moshier said the location was in operation longer under different ownership.

“I think it’s a spot that people have grown accustomed to,” he said. “People called me (Monday) that, out of habit, just went to breakfast (there). I think it’s one of those places in Chapel Hill you always think of to go to. So I think it, certainly, could continue to do well as the same sort of place.”


Pelican’s SnoBalls, take two: A second Pelican’s SnoBalls location is planned to open April 1 in Durham at 606 Fayetteville St.

The site previously housed the fast food eatery Munchez. This will be the second Pelican’s SnoBalls location in Durham for franchisees Miles and Elizabeth Abbason.

The husband-and-wife team opened their first Pelican’s SnoBalls in Durham in May 2011 at 3217 N. Roxboro St.

Pelican’s SnoBalls serves shaved ice in 100 different flavors, Miles Abbason said, including pink champagne, lemonade, plum and dill pickle.

Abbason said the most popular flavors include sweet cherry, blue raspberry and cotton candy.

The Pelican’s SnoBalls shaved ice and ice cream shops close during the winter and open again in the summer.

The North Roxboro Street location opened Friday for the season, Abbason said. They’re working to get that location operating smoothly before they open their second in Durham on April 1.

“I’m kind of getting everything ready, and making sure there are no problems, everything’s streamlined in our original location before I open the second one,” Abbason said.

They chose Fayetteville Street for their second spot because they wanted a location that would more easily accessible to residents of South Durham, he said. The location will have drive-through operations, as well as a walk-up window.

“I feel like it’s got one of the best views of Durham anywhere in the city,” Abbason said. “It’s perched right up on the hill there before you get to 147. (You can see) the whole downtown, the ballpark.”

He said painters have been working at the location in the last couple of days. He said they’re going for a color scheme similar to the original shop: bright blue, with dark blue accents.

The site at 606 Fayetteville St. is the former location of the home of Dr. Aaron Moore, a prominent African-American physician in Durham, according to the website Open Durham, an archive of information about Durham people, places and history by Gary Kueber.

The home was demolished in the 1960s, according to Open Durham.

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