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The Lakewood 2022 Chapel Hill Rd. 919-402-8059 B Y A M A NDA MACL A R EN P H OTO G RA P H Y B Y B RI A NA B R OUGH





T’S NO SECRET THAT PHOEBE LAWLESS IS a busy woman. Between her beloved Scratch on Orange Street downtown – which she now lovingly calls “Mama Scratch” … we’ll get to that in a second – and her months-old restaurant The Lakewood, she spends most of her time at the latter. “When I started Scratch, I baked, I made lunch, I learned how to do coffee, I did it all because we had such a limited staff,” Phoebe says. “Technically I’m not on the schedule here [at The Lakewood], but I’m cooking brunch this weekend, I expedite, I run food, I’m still doing all of it, so I can essentially be on the support staff for what is needed, and that’s great. I really like that.”

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She’s also working to get an upstairs event space outfitted and to get “Baby Scratch,” the bakery attached to The Lakewood, off the ground. “It’s essentially just a smaller version, believe it or not, of Scratch,” Phoebe says. “Scratch seats 20; this will seat about 10. But it’s full coffee service, it’ll be a retail outlet for pastries and our expanded bread menu.” Expected to be open by the time you’re reading this, hours should be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Phoebe predicts. Previously home to the Davis Baking Company, many of the building’s historic elements remain – including the wonderful marquee sign, original windows and much of the

Durham Magazine September 2017