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New Durham bakery opens to the public Friday

Posted August 23, 2012

For Amy Tornquist, it is all about Southern charm. 

Her popular restaurant Watts Grocery is known for its comfort food favorites like fried chicken on a cheesy biscuit and shrimp and grits. (And don't even get us started on their brunch.)

Now, she is taking that commitment to Southern comfort food and focusing on the sweet side. 

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"I'm training in pastry and I've always had a fondness for old Southern desserts," Tornquist said, while taking a break from preparing her latest venture, Hummingbird bakery, for its official opening on Friday. 

The 800 square-foot shop is located at 721 Broad St., just a few blocks from Watts, inside a newly renovated building. Hummingbird resides on the bottom level, while the American Dance Festival has an office on the top floor. The building will also house Step, a shoe store. 

Hummingbird has charm. From its light shades – leftovers from Watts that Tornquist's husband painted scenes on – to its pre-packaged items for sale like homemade marshmallows and hot cocoa mixes. 

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The staple will be its baked goods like red velvet cake, lemon meringue pie, and black and white cake. In addition to coffee, the bakery will also offer breakfast and lunch items, including biscuits, traditional sandwiches like pimento cheese with house cured bacon. Butterscotch pudding will be sold in glass jars, that if brought back will earn you $1 off your next purchase. 

Tornquist said the bakery is also working on vegan and gluten-free options.

As with Watts, the focus is on using as many local ingredients as possible. 

Hummingbird will be open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 

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