Looking west, 1920s
(Courtesy Duke Rare Book and Manuscript Collection)
The Paschall’s Bakery building was erected in 1924 on the southwest corner of Duke and Morgan Streets (119-121 Duke Street).
Owned and operated by Mallie J. and Louise W. Paschall, Paschall’s Bakery was a descendant of Mallie’s first bakery, the Star Bakery, which was located at 238 W. Main from 1913-14 and at117 E. Chapel Hill Street from 1915-1920. Paschall’s Bakery remained in business until 1943. It appears that they were primarily a distributor, but also must have had some walk-in/direct business as well to give away advertising.
By the late 1980s, though, the first in a series of ill-fated restaurant ventures would begin here. The first, the Weeping Radish, was actually the most successful - Durham's first brewpub, with impressive beer-making equipment behind glass walls; it was actually a fairly popular place during the late 1980s and early 1990s. I'm assuming that it was their renovation that took off the back of the building, leaving a 'ruin-esque' wall along Morgan St.
Soon, this would become The Place Where Restaurants Go to Die.
Weeping Radish closed, and was followed by Old Heidelberg Village/Charlie Goodnight's.
Looking southeast, 08.11.92
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun)
I think Steve and Clark's came next. I seem to remember another restaurant - maybe with Mardi Gras in the name? Yancey's, once successful at City Market in Raleigh, would make a big entrance to Durham in this spot - and lasted for about 3 months. A sign soon went up for "The Playground" - a restaurant that never actually got beyond putting up a sign.
The folks at Maverick Real Estate seem to have had the right idea when they bought the building - avoid restaurants. They've renovated the building for office space, and it appears to still be for lease.