Retailing

Pullen Park redo includes new food options

STAFF WRITERSNovember 18, 2011 

When Raleigh's Pullen Park reopens Saturday, visitors will find much of the park has been overhauled, including the food being sold there.

Gone is the traditional concession stand. In its place is Pullen Place, a café offering everything from hot dogs to Vietnamese bahn mi sandwiches to marinated chicken breasts and thighs.

The café is the brainchild of Holly Taylor, Steve Mangano and Sarig Agasi, the chef and co-owner of the Raleigh restaurant Zely & Ritz.

All three are strong advocates of healthy eating and local sourcing of food, and Pullen Place will offer plenty of both. Prices will range from $1 to $8.

"What we're trying to do is, one, make it accessible - it is the community's park," Mangano said. "But at the same time begin to offer up a change for people who want it and potentially people who don't expect it."

Pullen Place is located near the main entrance to the park off Western Boulevard, across from the carousel. A private restaurant in the park became more viable with the renovation, which made rides and the carousel open year-round.

Pullen Place also plans to cater events in the park. The café will initially be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours will be extended during the summer.

"We're working hard to cook as much as possible in-house, from scratch, with proven recipes," Mangano said.

Game Day Sports Outlet has opened at 8800 Harvest Oaks Drive in Raleigh, off Strickland Road near Rudino's. The store features licensed NFL, MLB, NHL, NCAA and soccer products with more than 100 teams or colleges to choose from.

Pawsibilities Adoption Boutique opens at the Northgate mall in Durham on Dec. 3. The store will be on the Plaza close to the mall's entrance No. 4. Pawsibilities assists animal rescues and shelters with increasing their rate of adoption for dogs. The store will also carry eco-friendly pet products with a focus on goods made in the U.S., featuring such companies as Cycle Dog, West Paw and Eco-Hound. A grand opening will be 7-9 p.m. Dec. 4 at Northgate's Center Court, coinciding with Northgate's annual "Paws and Claws" event. Shoppers can have photos taken with Santa and their dog or cat. All proceeds will benefit Pawsibilities.

See's Candies opened kiosks at the Streets at Southpoint and Triangle Town Center. The kiosks will be there through Dec. 26.

Dewey's Bakery will have seasonal holiday stores and kiosks in the following Triangle locations: Raleigh's Cameron Village (next to Pendleton's), 445 Daniels St.; Crabtree Valley Mall (near Macy's), 4325 Glenwood Ave.; and Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., Suite 200.

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