Anne Niemann, owner, and her husband, Tom came to Durham in 1989. Ten years later, they moved into the neighboring area of Hope Valley. Anne quickly noticed a lack of nearby places to grab a good cup of coffee or a healthy, delicious salad and sandwich, and she was always on the lookout for an opportunity to fill that void. After the renovation of Shannon Plaza into what is now Hope Valley Square, the opportunity finally presented itself. The Niemann’s four daughters (three of whom are graduates of the College of Charleston, and one who is currently enrolled there) were loyal fans of a quaint eatery located on the corner of Smith and Bull Streets, aptly named Bull Street Gourmet. Like their girls, Anne and Tom fell in love with the food at the Charleston cafe. Determined to bring this delicious fare to the Bull City, Anne contacted the Charleston chef and owner, Justin Croxall, and with his help and input, Bull Street Gourmet & Market of Durham was born.
Always fans of delicious, fresh food and desiring to create a neighborhood eatery “where locals graze”, Bull Street uses fresh, simple ingredients while adding a little “twist” that makes the food unique and often times, unforgettable!
Likewise, Anne wanted to create a warm, welcoming space that would be a destination as much for the food on the menu as for the locally-sourced gourmet retail items, most of which would otherwise only be available at the local farmers’ market on Saturdays.