Ninth Street Bakery opened in the spring of 1981 as a retail bakery/cafe. The bakery was originally founded by: George and Frank Ferrell, two brothers; Maureen Ferrell, Frank's wife; and Michael Mooney, Maureen's brother. Frank and George were fresh from a stint baking at the Tassajara Zen Center with monk Ed Espe Brown. They brought with them recipes for wholegrain goodness and a mind for doing good works in Durham. Known by many for its seeded sliced pan loaves, NSB now has crusty artisan bread products that burst with the flavors of natural levain, and flaky pastries that slow rise to perfection. Since 1981, the Bakeries physical location and image has changed in accordance with its shift in focus from retail to wholesale. NSB first planted its roots on Ninth Street as a small café where Dain’s Bar is now. These early days were very successful, and as the business grew, so did its menu and reputation. In the '80's, the bakery was the dominant player in the organic/healthy cafe/ bakery market segment. In 1989, after outgrowing its original location, the cafe moved to a different spot on Ninth Street (where Elmo’s currently operates), separate from the bakery plant, and became a full-scale restaurant—serving everything from soup and salad to coffee and dinner entrees and desserts. In 1992, Ninth Street opened a bakery plant in Downtown Durham where it continues to operate along with its café. In 1996, the owners decided the restaurant portion of the business had become too time consuming and stressful, and they closed the restaurant. Elmo's Diner bought the site and operates there today. In addition to the Ninth Street site, NSB had also developed satellite cafes in Raleigh and Chapel Hill that, although fairly successful, were eventually closed.
For the first 10 years of operation, NSB dominated the organic/whole grain bread market. Sales consistently increased from year to year. In fact, in 1992 the bakery relocated its production plant to downtown Durham in order to accommodate the increased demand. Along with the wholesale operation, a small retail take-out was opened in the front of the plant, selling primarily coffee and fresh pastries and cookies. Over time, that retail has grown into a cafe with seating, selling the original items as well as sandwiches, salads, curries, chili, and soups.
In Fall of 2013, Ari Berenbaum, an ex-Ninth Street baker and production manager (2009-2011), bought Ninth Street Bakery from the Ferrells (as well as Ray Jones, then a general manager and owner), who were looking to retire and were seeking someone who would keep the name and business intact. NSB sits at Five Points in Durham, an anchor business in an ever-changing city. We have a full service café, as well as a robust wholesale program that covers the Triad from Greensboro to Raleigh, Durham to Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We give back to the community via our Bakery- and donor-supported Durham Neighbors program, an in-house experiment in Universal Basic Income whereby we Cashapp 100+ low-income local families every month $50 which goes to much-needed groceries, utility bills, or diapers.
Prior to Ninth Street, Ari wrote fiction and worked in a corporate bookstore before doing a requisite stint as a graduate student at UNC.
Previously, he was a home baker who attempted fifteen goes at the perfect blueberry pie (which could be found on Cape Cod and uses wild Maine blueberries). After training as a baker at Ninth Street, he started a sliding-scale baking business where anyone could purchase bread and pastries regardless of their means.
Since taking over Ninth Street Bakery in Fall of 2013, Ari has been modernizing recipes, improving quality, adding bread selections, and generally being inspired by all the new movements in both baking and the culinary arts. As a business owner, he cares about the Durham and Triangle communities, and hosts charitable events as well as sliding-scale classes at the Bakery on a regular basis.
An assortment of our freshly baked muffins, scones, croissants and danish. Coffee Service, juice and water.
Per Person $8.50
Includes muffins, scones, croissants and danish.
Per Person $5.00
Our Regular or Decaf Ninth Street Bakery-roasted coffee served with cream and sweeteners. Cups, stirrers and napkins included.
Per Airpot (Serves 12) $19.00
Includes full-size sandwich, chips and a pickle. Vegetarian and vegan options available
Per person $9.95
Add a cookie $10.95
Add a bottled drink $11.45
For both $12.95
Sliced seasonal fruit.
Small (10-12 ppl) - $39.95, Large (20 ppl) - $74.95
An assortment of Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Double Chocolate, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Sugar cookies.
This tray is full of thick fudgy melt in your mouth brownies with walnuts. Can substitute plain, coconut, or chocolate chip bottom brownies.
Soda, water, or juice.
At Ninth Street we supply both to restaurants/cafes and the public, providing fine bakery products to many of the businesses in the Triangle area. If you are interested in talking to us further about what we can do for you and your business, then please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ninth Street Bakery is always looking for talented staff who are interested in baking and the culinary arts. We hire bread bakers, pastry chefs, prep cooks, line cooks, as well as front of house staff. Please submit your resume and brief introduction to email@example.com.