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Oct 2, 2007 05:51 PM

Chapel Hill: New Bakery on Franklin St.?

Chapel Hill Magazine reports that there is a new bakery on Franklin Street but for the life of me I have not been able to spot it. Does anyone know whether such a bakery exists and where it is? Thanks.

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  1. Amelia Cafe in Univ. Square? Pastry only I think but I've never been.

    It has been open a little while now but not too long.

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    1. re: brokegradstudent

      that place? I went after the dentist. Avoid it; it's horrible.

      1. re: Rory

        Couldn't agree more. I had high hopes, but took one bite of my key lime tart and tossed it. Husband's dessert also not very good. I hope that there is a actually another place; Amelia's has been there for over a year now, so it's not really new.

      2. re: brokegradstudent

        Does Amelia create / bake their pastries? I'd have to guess they get them wholesale.

        1. re: peetoteeto

          Not on their premises. The gelato was foul (and I love gelato), the 2 cakes tasted commercial & supposed 'gourmet' coffee from u-serve thermos flasks.
          This place looked like an expensive patisserie, no problem by me. But there was 0 service & bad food and coffee.
          Go to Valour's in Hillsborough

      3. ah ha! I walked down Franklin for the first time in a while today and I think I found the answer.

        A place called Sugarland has signs up in the old Julian's location on Franklin (between Schoolkids and the Carolina Coffee shop.

        Window says fresh pastries, gelato, espresso and implies that they'll serve lunch. It also says opening in October but I guess mid/late-October. Windows are covered so it is hard to say how much has been done inside.

        Placeholder website:
        OrangePolitics thread about it (owner shows up down a ways in comments):

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        1. re: brokegradstudent

          This does sound promising. Franklin Street is in need of a good pastry place. Now I'll just keep my fingers crossed that they open sooner rather then later.

          1. re: brokegradstudent

            Great news. Thanks for finding all this out.

          2. sugarland sounds exciting but i think the start date of this month is unlikely. i walked by the space on saturday and peaked behind the posters. the entire front of the space does not look as if it has been demolished from the previous tenants. there were no permits up on the windows (that i remember) and no building supplies, equipment or tools to be seen. hopefully this is because they are spending all of their time working in the kitchen but my best guess would be at least a month or two of work will still be needed.

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            1. re: jean9

              Sugarland provided some goodies at a Chapel Hill Museum reception for a new Franklin St exhibit this evening. A nice looking cake (not cut while I was there) and some truffle-sized dark chocolate teacups filled with ganache and, I think, caramel or maybe something a little thinner, topped with whipped cream and some chocolate shavings. Outstanding.

              I should've taken a picture - sorry 'bout that.

            2. This place looked fairly corporate when I went by the other day - this may be completely the wrong impression, but it didn't excite me much.

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