From the Food Arts birth announcements for December, 2007:
In September Amy Tornquist, owner of the Durham-based Sage & Swift Gourmet Catering Company and original chef at Nasher Museum Café, launched her first restaurant at 1116 Broad Street. Named for a beloved childhood haunt for candy and snacks, Watts Grocery serves classic North Carolina cuisine as defined by what's grown locally and seasonally. With high ceilings, large orange oval lampshades overhead, a chocolate hued banquette, and paintings by husband and Sage chef/partner Jeremy Kerman, the 110 seat interior has a laid-back, easy-to-love soul. Apps ($7 to $9): roasted butternut squash salad with field greens, Stilton, spiced pecans, and balsamic vinaigrette; smoked local ham with fig compote and cheddar toasts. Mains ($12 to $19): chile-braised short ribs with goat cheese dumplings and lemony sautéed escarole; rockfish "muddle" (fish stew with onions, potatoes, and carrots in bacon studded broth) with braised greens and hush puppies. Desserts ($5 to $6): root beer float with cinnamon ice cream and brown sugar/pecan bars; chocolate pudding layer cake with fresh whipped cream.