Monuts moving to Magnolia Grill space

Jul. 15, 2014 @ 02:41 PM

Doughnut shop doubling space: Monuts, a bakery-cafe specializing in donuts, bagels, and sandwiches, is taking over the former Magnolia Grill location on Ninth Street through a 10-year lease.

Earlier this year, fire damaged the space, which has been vacant since Magnolia Grill’s closing in 2012.

“It was just a space issue,” Monuts co-owner Rob Gillespie said. “We’re a lot more popular than we thought we would be, which is a great problem to have.”

At 2,800 square feet, the new location is more than double the size of Monuts’ current location at 110 East Parrish St.

Gillespie said the new space allows for new additions to Monuts, including some menu developments.

“We’re going to be able to do everything we wanted to do, but never got around to,” Gillespie said.

Monuts still has three and a half years on the East Parrish Street lease, and Gillespie said they have a few ideas for how to use the location, but haven’t decided yet.

Gillespie and his wife, Lindsay Moriarty, started Monuts as a tricycle-based business, which then evolved to the East Parrish location about a year ago.

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Pizzeria Toro reopening: Gray Brooks, owner of Pizzeria Toro, which has been closed since November 2013 due to a fire, plans to reopen the downtown shop by Saturday.

The Durham Fire Department determined the fire started accidently around the exhaust duct from the restaurant’s oven.

A resident whose apartment was engulfed by the November fire filed a lawsuit in January claiming he is entitled to punitive damages by the fire.

The suit claims negligence by Pizzeria Toro and ExhaustClean, which was allegedly contracted to clean the exhaust areas three weeks before the fire occurred.

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New Cree warehouse: Cree, which designs, manufactures, and markets LED components, lighting products, and semiconductor products, has leased a new warehouse space on Weck Drive.

The new 80,600-square-foot space will store finished products before they are shipped to distributors.

According to a release from the company, the expansion will result in minimal new hires.

Cree employs 2,463 employees in North Carolina and 7,056 global employees.

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