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Jul 15, 2014 07:28 AM

Monuts in Durham moving into Magnolia Grill space

Saw the article about this in the N&O. Wondering what they will do with the space and how long time fans of Magnolia will/do feel about it.

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  1. Magnolia Grill has been gone over 1 year. Why should the Barkers' fans feel or "do" anything about the space being leased? Will they not patronize Monuts because they can't bear to walk into the building? The landlord needs to lease the space to make a living. Before Magnolia Grill, that space was something else and probably something different before that. What possible difference could it make who the previous tenant was?

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    1. re: rockycat

      Before Magnolia Grill, this was the original location of Wellspring Grocery. Before that I think it was a local grocery store/market, but it may have been vacant for a while before becoming Wellspring.

      I have been hoping for something new to come to this space for a while. We loved Magnolia Grill. I would not have predicted Monuts as the new tenant, but I am very happy for them and will feel great going there.

      1. re: rockycat

        It sounded in the article like the Alexanders (who owned Wellspring before sold to WF) still own the building. I thought that was interesting.

        1. re: rockycat

          Also I didn't mean that they would DO something.. I mean to use it as a present tense of how they feel vs. the future tense.

          1. re: burgeoningfoodie

            I still don't get why this matters. I loved Magnolia Grill and I was very sad to see them go, but that has absolutely nothing to do with how I feel about Monuts - or anybody else - occupying the space. I happen to like Monuts and wish them well. The fact that the building will no longer stand empty benefits the community. That, in and of itself, is important.

            1. re: rockycat

              It would be kind of cool if Monuts had a Magnolia Grill inspired item on the menu.

              1. re: LBD

                I'd be all over a grits souffle with foie gras donut. :-)

                1. re: rockycat

                  I'd "like" this about 10 times if I could. Drooling.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    I once got the foie gras "pineapple upside down cake" that was on the appetizer menu as a dessert at Elaine's. It was pure decadent heaven.

                  2. re: LBD

                    Come spring can there be a soft shell donut?

                    1. re: chazzer

                      Maybe a bagel. Their bagels (and bagel sandwiches)are awesome.

                  3. re: rockycat

                    I just raised the statement. I didn't say it mattered or not mattered. I put it out there because people have opinions. If you don't get why it matters then that is your contribution to the statement. And yes, the grits souffle with foie gras donut could be something.

              2. I share boaviagem's thought about not thinking that Monuts would be the next tenant, but more power to them as any time I'd gone by or to them they were packed.

                  1. Great example of how a business that pays its employees a living wage and provides heath insurance can not only survive but thrive! I'm very happy for them and will continue to give them my patronage-- but please don't leave the original location near my office!

                    1. Add me to the list of those who does not get why there would be any reaction to Monuts move by past fans of Magnolia Grills...The space is simply that - just a space. Not a shrine or monument. Things change, life goes on.

                      Good for Monuts! A business doing well enough to need expansion space is always terrific news.