Dame's owner to talk chicken

Oct. 27, 2013 @ 07:35 PM

‘Biscuits, Bourbon and Fried Chicken’: Damion Moore, the founder and managing partner of Dame’s Chicken & Waffles, will speak on fried chicken and other matters on Saturday, Nov. 9, in a free presentation at the Durham County Library.
Called “Biscuits, Bourbon & Fried Chicken,” the event is planned as a discussion between Moore; Belinda Ellis, the author of “Biscuits;” and Kathleen Purvis, the author of “Bourbon.”
Moore said Dame’s, which is in Durham downtown on Main Street, offers what he categorizes as “comfort food” originating from a hodgepodge of different backgrounds and traditions.
Four and a half years ago, Moore said he believes there was a “misunderstanding” about chicken and waffles. He said that if anything, the restaurant has been a good steward of the genre, putting its own spin on it to make it “positively memorable” in most cases.
“Certainly the combination of the waffle and the chicken is what makes us very distinct, and certainly (is) what gives us our nomenclature,” he said. “But it doesn’t limit us or define us.”
When it comes to chicken, he said Dame’s has a very “serious process” when it comes to the managing and processing of chicken.
“Our chicken takes two and a half days to process before it ever gets cooked,” he said. “Is there some secret – 11 herbs and spices like KFC? No, not necessarily, but we do have a very clear and standard recipe that we follow in-house for handling our chicken for sure.”
Moore said Dame’s is hopefully poised to be an establishment in downtown Durham for some time to come.
“At least that’s what my retirement plan is based off of,” he said.
The discussion will start at 3 p.m. at the Southwest Regional Library.

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Hatch, a pop-up shop, to open: Hatch will open at the American Tobacco campus in Durham for a limited time starting Nov. 1, selling home goods, gifts and artwork.
The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday Nov. 1 through early 2014, according to a news release.
The store will be in the Strickland building on the campus, and will be accessible off Blackwell Street by Cuban Revolution.
“We’ve selected a collection of goods for living, working, entertaining, playing and decorating to help you create a colorful, happy and interesting home,” the release states.

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Crescent Ninth Street pre-leasing underway: Its opening date has not been announced yet, but pre-leasing has begun for the new Crescent Ninth Street apartment complex  between Main Street and Hillsborough Road, near Ninth Street.
The units are expected to rent from about $1,000 for a studio to $2,900 for a three-bedroom with two bathrooms.
Charlotte-based real estate development company Crescent Communities, previously known as Crescent Resources, is the company behind the apartment development.
Crescent also is developing another apartment community with higher-end paartments called Crescent Main Street. It’s under construction near Main and 15th streets, near the existing Erwin Square development.

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Panzanella to close:  The Italian restaurant Panzanella is planned to close Dec. 22 after 13 years of operations at Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro.
The restaurant is part of the Weaver Street Market Cooperative.
Nathan Milian, property manager for Carr Mill Mall, said the restaurant’s lease is expiring Dec. 31, and the restaurant owners chose not to renew it.
“We are in negotiations with two other restaurants, but cannot give you anything more specific at this time,” he said in an email.

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Carrboro’s Cat’s Cradle expands: Cat’s Cradle has expanded, opening a back room that the owners plan to use as a mixed drink bar or quiet space or for special events.
“We will also be using it for live music probably not on a nightly basis, but when there are potential shows that are suited for this type of intimate venue,” said James Tritten, venue manager.
The space was previously part of the Visart Video store, which has closed. What started as an empty space now has a stage, balcony, bar, and bathrooms.
The main Cat’s Cradle space has permits to sell only beer and wine, but the new venue has a mixed-drink permit, and will also have a different selection of beer and wines.
The owners opened it to have more flexibility in the larger space, to be able to introduce mixed drinks, and to fill a need for a small “listening room.”


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