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June 26, 2008



I believe that it is Saladelia.

Bull City Rising

Yikes -- can't believe I missed that. Thanks C!

Durham Bull Pen

Oh no, now where will I get that signature "Black and White Cake" that my 87 year old grandmother craves on her birthday?

Sincere props to Mad Hatter's for always giving out free dixie cups of cool drinks and some snacks to the Pride marchers each year. Was always nice to see the them there on the corner being so supportive. Saladelia will have big shoes to fill in that regard.

Dave W.

shoot, we need a Neomonde in this town, not three Saladelias.


So is Saladelia gonna keep the Mad Hatters open and run it as the Mad Hatters? Or are they just taking the space for another Saladelia's? I'm confused...


Durham Bull Pen is right. The Black and White Cake is truly delicious, one of my favorites. However, their pastries lately were terrible. I also hope it does not become another Saladelia.

John Schelp

Next time you're standing in Mad Hatter's, look down and you might see the old home plate.

See first photo here...

Mike Woodard

When I stopped in for my afternoon latte yesterday, Robert told me that he intended to continue it as Mad Hatter's and make few changes.


Does that mean they'll keep the cakes? If not, they need to have their pastry (cake) chef take a gig somewhere else!


You just will not report on the Joy Johnson rape case will you?


Jay - why don't you start a blog ( lets you do it for free) and organize a cacerolazo in front of their house?


You do realize that 1) Kevin is not a "reporter" and 2) this is not a news organization, right?

Cheap Date

The Mad Hatter once was a proud, less profitable business that featured quite the hat collection and a small time feel. Of course, I am speaking of the Erwin Square location.

Since the huge investment they put into the new location, the prices have continued to outpace the neighborhood tolerance, as superior product is just feet away in the Whole Foods hot foods line.

The recent decision to ban laptops was absurd and unreasonable. Mr. Balius was a unique individual, but you never really knew where he was coming from. At one point, I thought they were going to open 10 of these things and take over the triangle. At least he talked a mean game.

Buying the Peterson house is pretty epic. Give him that. I hope he made a decent return.

Sabrina L.

I never understood the love affair Durham had with The Mad Hatter, goodness knows I tried - Oh, how I tried! It would have been fabulous for me to share the love - they are within walking distance from my home. Rather, when there, I experienced a restaurant with over-priced, mediocre food (the kind that sounded and looked better than it tasted), with terrible traffic flow, to boot. The cakes and pastries followed suit, looking impressive, but were ultimately disappointing to eat.

The fruits of the infusion of philanthropy the owners generously bestowed upon Durham will no doubt continue to be felt, and for that I am grateful. But let's try really hard not to exalt the contribution The Mad Hatter made to the food scene in Durham.

As for Saladelia, I already have my favorite Mediterranean eateries, so I don't really see the need for another Saladelia. I am very concerned that Saladelia is proliferating in Durham, reaping the benefits of business in Durham, but didn't return 10 phone calls/messages I left them last year on behalf of our school's PTA seeking a little help - Not even one return call. Rather, if Durham supports them, I'd like for them to support Durham, too.

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