Sunday Suppers

Check out the Sunday Suppers beautiful and tasty looking article in Midtown Magazine about Chef Patrick. We’re using this article to announce our new Sunday Supper Series held at our restaurant, The Pharmacy Cafe, in downtown Raleigh, NC.

The first supper will be in January, 2018. Each supper will a ticketed event, be between four and five courses, and focus on particular ingredients from our region and themes chosen by Chef Patrick. Your ticket will include one alcoholic drink and there are additional beer, wine, and non-alcoholic options available for purchase.

Seats are first come first serve. For the social crowed, we do have one large community table that seats 20 people and ten two-top tables for those looking for a more intimate experience. Each seating will be for a max of 40 guests.

Ticket info coming soon!

Find out about the neighborhood our restaurant is in!

Person Street Prowl


For decades, going to Raleigh’s North Person Street meant visiting the Krispy Kreme. If you left its fragrant confines, there wasn’t much else around.

Now the blossoming of downtown Raleigh has spread to this area bordering Historic Oakwood. You can make a day or a night of it here – and still cap your trip with a fresh, hot doughnut.

Bars, shops, restaurants and an upscale market serve residents of Oakwood and Mordecai and people from the growing number of condos in the neighborhood.

The district struggled for some time, despite the presence of Cajun and Italian markets and the recently closed Piebird restaurant.

“Demand and redevelopment began happening about the same time,” says developer John Holmes. “You had well-established neighborhoods and new projects.”

Holmes redeveloped the run-down Person Street Plaza, which has turned into a center of activity. Holmes and chef Scott Crawford, who cooked at Herons at the Umstead Hotel in Cary for many years, worked together on Standard Foods, a restaurant and market in the space, which opened this fall.

Here’s a road map for your Person Street prowl.

Standard Foods Restaurant + Grocery, 205 E. Franklin St. in Person Street Plaza

Crawford’s much anticipated restaurant offers the kind of creative, locally sourced menu you’d expect from him, along with an inventive bunch of bartenders. Besides getting produce from City Farm next door, the restaurant has its own garden in the back, where a brick barbecue grill will be used for cooking over wood. There are plans to host private parties in the outdoor space.

The Grocery offers selected local and regional products from small farmers and producers, such as Carolina Ground flour from Asheville and cream-top milk from Ran-Lew in Snow Camp. Deborah Brown, a farmer herself and the market’s farm liaison, says the Grocery is both a pantry for the restaurant and a way to showcase the work of small producers. You can also pop in there to get a rib-eye to cook for dinner plus house-made charcuterie for the appetizer. Information:

Person Street Bar, 805 N. Person St. in Person Street Plaza

The bar opened in 2014 as a private club (it doesn’t offer food). It serves artisan cocktails using such things as lavender and oak bitters in a contemporary wood-and-metal environment. You can catch football or soccer on the big TV. Rumor has it that the bar is a favorite late-night hangout for restaurant folks; you might catch local chefs there. Information:

Yellow Dog Bread Co., 219 E. Franklin St. in Person Street Plaza

This light-filled corner bakery, which opened two years ago, is a favorite of locals who look forward to the likes of croissants, pecan sticky buns and crostini. It serves locally roasted coffee drinks. The handful of tables fill quickly on weekends. Information:

City Farm, 800 N. Blount St. next to Person Street Plaza

The 1.3-acre plot was established in 2012 as one of Raleigh’s early urban farms. Besides growing beautiful organic produce for sale during farm-stand hours Saturdays 9 a.m.-noon, the nonprofit farm offers fun events and educational classes throughout the year. Some events are held in conjunction with the Piedmont Picnic Project. Information:

Wine Authorities, 211 E. Franklin St. in Person Street Plaza

This Durham wine shop opened its second location – and first Raleigh shop – here just over a year ago. It has become a spot to pick a glass of wine from the bottles in the Enomatic dispenser, settle in with a plate of cheese and charcuterie, and feel like you’re on a Paris boulevard. The bottle selection spans the globe. Wine tastings are held every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., as well as classes. Information:

William & Company, 616 N. Person St.

With brick walls and colorful stuffed sofas, William & Company looks like a bar where you could spend a comfortably pleasant evening. And there are certainly comfortably pleasant things to sip on. The drink menu at this bar, which opened in April, changes with the seasons, but brings things like nectarine Old Fashioneds and basil gimlets. It generally doesn’t serve food, though chicken tamales may appear on weekend nights. Information:

The Station, 701 N. Person St.

With expansive outdoor seating to accommodate Raleigh’s fascination with alfresco dining, this restaurant was once a gas station. Hibernian owner Niall Hanley opened the spot in 2013. The menu ranges widely, through bacon bloody marys at Sunday brunch, burger specials on Mondays, and pickled beet and goat cheese salad. Information:

The Pharmacy Cafe at Person Street Pharmacy, 702 N. Person St.

The drugstore has been open for more than 100 years, and for most of that time the lunch counter was as Old Raleigh as oak trees. Earlier this year, former Market chef Chad McIntyre took it over and revamped the menu. Then a few weeks ago, the cafe changed again. Green Planet Catering is running it with the company’s executive chef, Patrick Cowden. Look for more changes – possibly an expanded breakfast menu and New York-style deli sandwiches. Hopefully, it will still be a great place to get a milkshake. Information:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, 549 N. Person St.

The one, the only … Look for the glow of the big, red “Hot Doughnuts Now” sign and get a simple glazed orb of goodness right off the line. There are other offerings for those with more exotic tastes. Take in a show while you’re there by either watching the cooking conveyor belt or the variety of people hanging out in this 24-hour spot. Information:

The North Person-Franklin Street corridor doesn’t just draw the foodies. A number of small shops have opened there, giving the district a nice balance for patrons.

Edge of Urge, 215-110 E. Franklin St. in Person Street Plaza

Opened by Jessie Williams early this year, the cozy shop features an eclectic collection of local and handmade items, including clothing, jewelry, handbags and home accessories. Williams, who has another location in Wilmington that opened in 2002, also mentors young designers. Information:

Lumina Clothing Co., 215-120 E. Franklin St. in Person Street Plaza

This men’s clothing store originally opened on Martin Street in downtown Raleigh in 2012, but moved to the Person Street Plaza in late 2014. They sell classic menswear designed in-house. Information:

Gather, 715 N. Person St.

Gather first opened as a gift shop, coffee shop and co-working space on Chatham Street in Cary in 2013, but owner Michelle Smith moved it to Person Street this month. In the new location, Gather is primarily a gift shop offering local and handmade goods. They will also offer arts and crafts classes. Information:

Oak City Cycling Project, 212 E. Franklin St.

This local independent cycling shop moved into the Person-Franklin corridor in May 2012, and its laid-back, collaborative business model has made it a vital part of the cycling – and North Person Street – community. Information:

So and So Books, 704 N. Person St.

This small independent bookstore, located in front of the In Situ Studio, opened in May 2013. The store displays work by local authors and hosts reading clubs and author events, stocking everything from poetry to prize-winning novels and children’s books. Information:

Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery, 719 N. Person St.

A mainstay of the North Person-Franklin Street corridor, Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery was opened by Nicole Kennedy in 2000. The store underwent an expansion in 2011, resulting in a beautiful new gallery space that sells paintings by Raleigh artists and serves thousands of clients with art classes and framing services. Information:

Indy Weekly gives us some love for The Pharmacy Cafe

Daniel Whittaker’s Big Plans for Person Street Pharmacy’s Cafe.

Posted by Jill Warren Lucas

If it wasn’t already clear from chef Scott Crawford’s opening of the long-awaited Standard Food, the success of Oak City Cycling Project or the existence of So & So Books, last week’s announcement by New Raleigh of new ownership of the cafe at Person Street Pharmacy makes it clear: The North Person sector near downtown Raleigh is suddenly one of the city’s busiest zones.

Daniel Whittaker of Green Planet Catering has taken the reins of the cafe, which was renovated and reopened just a few months ago by Chad McIntrye and Craig Rudewicz. If you don’t have your notes handy, Rudewicz is best known as the owner and creative force behind Raleigh-made Crude Bitters. McIntrye was the chef at The Market restaurant, which was located next-door to Escazu in their Blount Street strip. (It’s occupied by Stanbury these days.)

Before that transition, McIntyre—now owner of Eco-Tech Draft Systems, which delivers environmentally friendly means of tapping kegs—was in discussion to open a restaurant-grocery concept at the address that is now the innovative Standard. His one-time partner in the plan was, indeed, Whittaker.


“It’s funny the way things work out sometimes,” says Whittaker. “I look across the street at Standard and wonder what might have been. But when [pharmacy owner Trey Waters] approached me about the cafe, I felt it was the perfect opportunity to grow Green Planet Catering. We’re thrilled to be part of the neighborhood.”

He’s also glad to maintain relationships with McIntyre, who services the Eco-Draft system he designed for the cafe’s vintage soda fountain, and Rudewicz, whose bitters and syrups are essential to creating their soft drinks, shrubs and cocktails.

Whittaker says the deal took shape in the past two months, around the same time he hired Patrick Cowden as Green Planet’s executive chef. Cowden has cooked in Chapel Hill at Southern Season’s Weathervane restaurant, Michael Jordan’s 23 Sport Cafe (where he and Whittaker first met) and kitchens in both Durham and Raleigh. He’s currently completing his obligations as executive chef for Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, which has three Triangle sites.

There will be considerable overlap between operations at Green Planet and the Pharmacy Cafe. Cowden will helm both, training staff and developing menus. Currently open 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, the cafe menu will continue to focus on breakfast and lunch offerings, though Whittaker wants to add dinner service during the next few months.

“I see it being something like Hayes Barton Cafe, which serves dinner just a few nights a week,” says Whittaker. “My first goal is to become the go-to place for great sandwiches in the neighborhood. I live there myself, and I know it’s something that’s been missing. I want to see lines out the door at lunch time.”

Whittaker will provide plenty of seating for those lines; he’ll soon add an 18-foot community dining table, with some seating outdoors for al fresco service. They’ll also emphasize to-go service. Whittaker is planning other neighborhood-friendly features, too, like taco nights and expanded barista service.

But he’s confident that deli-style sandwiches (with cured meats imported from Brooklyn), soups and salads will serve as the primary draws for those craving well made comfort food.

Write up in N&O About Our New Restaurant!

Person Street Pharmacy gets new owners, new direction
Daniel Whitaker, owner of Green Planet Catering, has taken over as managing partner at The Person Street Pharmacy Cafe. Patrick Cowden, a veteran chef whose resume dates back to the erstwhile North Raleigh landmark Jean-Claude’s in the ‘90s, will join the team as executive chef for the restaurant and the catering company in December, after fulfilling his current obligations at Tobacco Road.

During the transition period, the menu will remain largely unchanged. Details are still being worked out for the new menu, but an expanded breakfast offering is likely to include more egg dishes, “funky seasonal biscuits,” and a homemade jam and jelly bar.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

As for lunch, Whitaker says they’re aiming to create “the first-rate sandwich shop that Raleigh is missing.” To that end, they’re working with local bakers for the breads. “And I’ve got some meat-curing friends in Brooklyn, so we’re hoping to give a taste of New York deli.” The owners are toying with the idea of a pickle bar, but at any rate you can expect a varied selection of house-made pickles.

The dining area is getting a makeover, too, including the addition of an 18-foot communal table. An espresso machine is being installed, and an amped-up offering at the vintage soda fountain (the pharmacy was established in 1910) dispenses beer and wine on tap, as well as cold-brew coffee and kombucha tea. A limited Saturday brunch cocktail menu will focus on old school tipples such as the Moscow Mule and Gin Rickey. New signage and sidewalk patio tables will advertise the fact that Person Street Pharmacy is more than just a drugstore.

The guiding philosophy for the restaurant is the same as it is at Green Planet Catering: locally grown and sustainably produced food.

“Patrick gave the menu at Tobacco Road a much stronger local focus,” says Whitaker, “and that’s perfectly in line with what I’m doing with the catering business. We even grow a lot of our own vegetables and herbs.” The partners envision some of that home-grown produce as just what the doctor ordered for their restaurant.

The Pharmacy Cafe (702 N. Person St., Raleigh; 919-977-9305; is open Tuesday-Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Owner named one of Cary Magazine’s Movers & Shakers of 2015

For Cary Magazine’s inaugural Movers & Shakers award, thirty business people who have made considerable contributions and impacts on the community in Western Wake County. The award recipients were selected based on nominations from Cary Magazine’s readers and staff, in the categories of Business; Education; Philanthropy; Trend-Setting; and Health.

Congratulations to all the winners and to the Town of Cary for attracting all this great talent!