Keeping a simple lunch counter stocked with sandwiches, owner Daniel Whittaker recently added a restored heart pine wood table to the center of his pharmacy café, which now seats 24 in a communal space. The chef, Patrick Cowden, creates specialties like braised duck with pickled vegetables on a crusty baguette, fried, local shrimp rolls, griddled halloumi and at least twenty jars and bottles of house-made hot sauces and relishes that rival the cure-all strength in the pill bottles lining the walls (the space is, indeed, a working pharmacy, as well). Desserts and drinks take the soda fountain concept to the next level, using small-batch local ingredients—Crude Bitters syrups, Lumpy’s ice cream—that go beyond the malted milkshake and into rich territory. Try the Sweet & Shine: sweet potato ice cream, moonshine syrup, candied pecans, white chocolate, and orange-fig sauce. personstreetrx.com
[MUSIC] My name is Daniel Whittaker and I'm one of the owners here at the Pharmacy Cafe. And I'm Patrick Cowden, the chef, the other owner, and we're here on Person Street in Raleigh, North Carolina. [MUSIC] [MUSIC] An ode to old school pharmacy lunch counter, but in a modern sense. So we came in and decided that we were gonna do this very neighborhood specific, very friendly counter service style, cafe. What that meant to us was a really good breakfast, really good lunch and how do we also tie that in with a pharmacy that's going on all day. The pharmacy has been here for over a 100 years, so we wanted to have, you know, a nod to old school and nostalgia like. Now we really wanted to have a place that Would be sort of a meeting joint, for people to come and relax, play games, you know? You grow old, but you don't grow up, kind of attitude. People feel like, that live around here, are like, all I have to do is stay in this neighborhood. I don't even have to go half a mile into downtown Raleigh anymore, I can just stay here in my Person St. area. Mm-hm. And so when. You come to this area you immediately realize that things have been redone or restored to their old beauty and then they have a modern touch on them. It's nice to know you can get everything you need just by walking down the street. It's this really cool scene. Tons of families with young kids and growing up and having a sense of community. And so all of the owners of all of these businesses down here are friends of ours that have come along with us the entire time. We don't want to open up 23 of these cafes. This is our cafe. This is our community cafe and that's what we want to be in. That's our identity.