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The Pyewacket Restaurant (1977 - 2002)

by Charly Mann


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Allyn      12:18 PM Wed 2/15/2012

Oh, the Lemon Tamari Dressing! We lived in Durham from 1980-1983 and I can still taste that salad dressing. Periodically, I would call Pyewacket to see if they were selling the salad dressing yet and if they would ship it to me. The answer was always no. We had always planned to go back but never did. I know that I am a little late but I am very sad to see that Pyewacket has closed. I am even sadder to hear about the crime on Franklin Street. I guess that it is time for me to track down the Lemon Tamari Salad Dressing Recipe. I wonder if either of the Bacons have ever thought about a cookbook. Really, so much changes in life, I hold onto the things that I know will never change; Pyewacket was one of those things. I am so sad!

Charlene      1:44 PM Thu 1/26/2012

This morning we were just talking about the wonderful food the pyewacket served and how much we miss it.

Art Healy      6:06 PM Mon 6/20/2011

The idea of Pyewacket no longer there still makes me sad, even 9 years after it closed. It was also my favorite Chapel Hill restaurant in my years living in the Triangle, mainly the 1990s. The food was mouthwatering, the atmosphere beautiful and calm, and the service perfect. A quality wine list that wouldn't gouge you. I would kill for that lemon tahini dressing again on a warm, humid summer night.

Don      7:35 PM Mon 5/2/2011

I lived in Triangle in 1991. I really did enjoy the atmosphere of the Pyewacket Restaurant. I used to go there very often.<br \>It&#39;s a bad thing that a so nice place is closed.<br \>Greetings form Italy.

anne      12:28 PM Fri 10/8/2010

Mary and David did all of us a great service in opening these restaurants. The recipes were a compilation of efforts and talents of many people. Let&#39;s not forget Mary Rocap and others in this. It was a group effort. The Nicolsons were also a big part of this effort in Chapel Hill. As was Louise Glogau and many others.....

Theodora Drozdowski      7:06 PM Sat 6/12/2010

I still make my MSBs and Delancey Street Specials, but they are never as wonderful as just being there. I miss it so much. So many lovely, lovely memories.

kathy speas      5:22 PM Tue 11/17/2009

I worked that kitchen from 1981-1983, several VERY hot summers. I can still smell the walk-in beer cooler at Fowler&#39;s Grocery where we went to recuperate after work.

kathy speas      5:20 PM Tue 11/17/2009

I e-mailed Mary Bacon and asked her for the recipe for Lemon Tamari dressing (a little googling and you can track her down), as I have been craving it for YEARS. I swore upon my life that it was not for commercial purposes, and she graciously sent it to me! I would share it with you, but I don&#39;t want to dishonor her gracious sharing of the recipe. (I did cook in that kitchen from 1981-1983, but she wouldn&#39;t have remembered me). She&#39;d probably send it to you too. Ask her!

Patricia Fields Neubert      12:00 AM Thu 8/20/2009

I returned to Chapel Hill in the summer 1981 for my 10th class reunion (CHHS 1971) and my parents took me to lunch at the Pyewacket.<br \><br \> I loved the &quot;Morning Star&quot; salad so much, I sketched a diagram of it on a paper towel from the ladies room and to this day, have it stuck in one of my cookbooks! Oh how I miss the Lemon Tahini dressing!<br \><br \>But I also remember the Dairy Bar at that location - great hamburgers and milk shakes.

Fagan Goodwin      9:21 AM Mon 5/18/2009

Oh the memories. I worked here toward the end. Some of my FAVORITE people and food! We miss you!!!!

Stephen Davis      11:55 AM Wed 5/6/2009

There should be a commemorative plaque at the Courtyard noting the history of this great restaurant.

Missy Harrison      10:25 AM Tue 5/5/2009

Thanks for keeping the memory of this great restaurant alive. I hope David Bacon is doing well today.

Mary Brill      5:11 PM Mon 5/4/2009

There will never be another Pyewacket. Everything about it was unique. I do not think it will ever be economically feasible to have another upscale vegetarian restaurant in Chapel Hill.

Kip Frances      3:25 PM Mon 5/4/2009

I lived in Chapel Hill and Raleigh from 1982 until 1997. The Pyewacket was my favorite restaurant. It is incredible to me that a place that was so great, and also so crowded, could have gone out of business.

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