Dynamik Duo Desserts opens
Dynamik Duo Desserts: In the location of what was previously the Carolina Cake Co. in the University Center shopping center, the Dynamik Duo Desserts bakery has opened. It’s located off West Main Street near its intersection with Hillsborough Road, and offers cakes, pies, cheesecakes, cookies, cupcakes, cake pops and other items.
The co-owners of the shop sell their items wholesale as well as in the retail shop. They can bake for bridal showers, baby showers and other events.
Co-owners Amy Trice and her sister-in-law Tonya McGee-Trice were both independently operating home-based baking businesses before they bought the Carolina Cake Co. business earlier this year, Trice said.
They opened their own shop on April 1, and plan to have a grand opening with cupcake samples starting at 10 a.m. on June 1.
“Our family, our grandmothers, taught us how to bake as little girls,” Trice said. “We enjoyed it, and continued to do so for family and friends, and then we decided to turn our hobbies into a business, and it kind of flourished.”
The shop is located at 2922 W. Main St. in Durham. The shopping center also houses a Food Lion. The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. It’s closed on Sunday. For more information, call 919-937-9715.
Al’s Burger Shack: Serving hamburgers made with beef of grass-fed cattle, Al’s Burger Shack is planned to open in June in a smaller space that previously housed The Chocolate Door on West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill.
Restaurant operator Al Bowers, who is one of the partners in the business, said the menu is planned to include French fries, onion rings, milkshakes, a regular hamburger offering, and specialty burgers such as one topped with blue marble jack cheese and bacon jam, another topped with cheddar cheese, onion rings, and barbecue sauce, to yet another topped with a fried egg, American cheese, pepper jelly and potato cakes.
As much as possible, the restaurant will source its ingredients from local farms and producers, Bowers said. He said he’s sourcing the beef from Mills Family Farm, which is located in Mooresville.
“A lot of times, with grass-fed beef, it’s a little leaner, and consequently, you lose a little taste,” he said. “And they were, after testing for months and months, beef after beef, they had the flavor profile that we liked.”
The restaurant is planned to open in an approximately 500-square-foot space at 516 W. Franklin St. He said they will have inside and outdoor patio seating and will offer take-out. They will have a counter-top and bar and an open kitchen.
Bowers said he felt that Chapel Hill is lacking a burger joint like one he remembers visiting as a child on trips to see his grandparents in Virginia. At the restaurant, he said he sat at the counter and could see the food being prepared.
“My first recollection of a hamburger, fries and a vanilla milkshake was (from) there, and I was probably 7 or 8; I’ve just been chasing that since then,” he said. “There’s just something about that that, I guess, spoke to me back then, and I’ve been trying to get there ever since.”
The news of the planned opening was first reported by the author of the Triangle Food Guy blog.
Denny’s open: The new Denny’s is open at the Hope Valley Commons shopping center at the corner of N.C. 54 and N.C. 751.
It’s owned and operated by Donnell Thompson and Ronald Wooten. They both played football for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and later in the National Football League.
The Durham Denny’s is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night items, according to a news release.
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