Pita Grill coming to Timberlyne
Pita Grill to open: The Pita Grill is planning to up in the location that previously housed J&J’s Deli in the Timberlyne Shopping Center in Chapel Hill.
The new eatery is expected to open in about 30 days under new ownership, said Paige Boyette, Marketing coordinator for Rivercrest Realty, the shopping center’s owner.
The new owners are expected to offer a menu with more of a Mediterranean flair with items such as gyros, salads ands wraps, Boyette said.
J&J’s Deli served hot and cold sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs, and other items.
New Pittsboro bakery: The Phoenix Bakery has opened in downtown Pittsboro serving breakfast pastries such as muffins, honey buns, doughnuts, cinnamon rolls, coffee cake, and monkey bread, which is cinnamon pull-apart bread.
Owner Jodi Hackney said she’s also serving afternoon pastries, including raspberry lemonade cupcakes, triple chocolate mousse cupcakes, vanilla pound cake with vanilla butter cream, chocolate brownies and giant cookies.
The bakery’s signature items include the “Carolina Muffin,” Hackney said, which is made with sausage, egg, cheese and beer bread, and Boston cream doughnuts.
She said the items are baked from scratch, and many are made with local ingredients such as honey, flour, eggs, and sausage. She said she uses the Carolina Brewery beer in the beer bread.
Hackney got her start working in the Carolina Brewery kitchen at the brewpub in Pittsboro. She said she was asked to bake for the brewpub’s coffee and bake shop -- the Hopshop -- after she said co-workers tried baked goods that she brought in from home.
“I started baking cinnamon rolls for them, and it just evolved into, ‘Would you like to be pastry chef for awhile?’ ” she said.
Hackney said she stopped doing the pastry work and started working in catering and special events, but continued to bake for friends in her free time. She said she built up a reputation for her cakes.
She stopped working for Carolina Brewery in their catering operation, and was doing some Christmas shopping downtown when she saw the sign on the door of Sweet Oven Bakery at 84 Hillsboro St. That bakery closed last year.
“I found the space just out of fate,” she said.
Hackney said she’s working on getting a high-end cake service up and running, and expects that to happen in the next few weeks.
The Phoenix is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Morning pastries are available after 7:30 a.m. and afternoon pastries are available after 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 919-542-4452.
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