On July 24, Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr are fixing to unlock the front door at Talula's Daily, their cafe/"supper club"/market adjacent to Talula's Garden in the Ayer building at 210 W. Washington Square.
Olexy, working with Richard Stokes Architecture, fashioned this industrial-meets-country charmer out of a vacant space off the Ayer's lobby, at St. James Place. It's also a showcase for Anthropologie, as its kitchan and tabletop items are part of the furnishings.
The Daily is meant to serve many purposes: Washington Square grocery store with milk and yogurt brought in from Lancaster County, healthful-prepared-foods shop (there are an open kitchen and refrigerator cases), cafe, cheese and bread counter, and bar that serves housemade chai, teas, organic coffee, wine and two draft beers. (The curved bar was created by students in the Challenge Program in Wilmington from marble sourced from Independence Hall.)
At nighttime, after the Daily closes at 7 p.m. (every day but Monday), the cafe becomes a "supper club" with chef de cuisine Scott Megill's family-style suppers. The four-course menu ($50) will change monthly.
Starr only saw the mostly completed interior earlier this week. "I had been keeping him away, because he had been a tad skeptical about this," Olexy said. "I was telling him, 'You're not going to get it until I put all these layers into it.'" She explained that coming from a restaurant angle, Starr wasn't totally sold on the idea of a "community market and hub," as Olexy envisions The Daily.
Starr, however, got it. He was impressed.
Hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.