Cooke's Cafe

35.998642, -78.910156

Cross Street
Year demolished
Building Type
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200 South Gregson, looking east, 1948. Cooke's is on the far left.

The few blocks of Gregson Street south of the tracks were mostly residential well into the 1950s - however, immediately adjacent to the tracks - and the businesses just to the north - was Cooke's cafe. I don't know a thing about the menu at Cooke's, but I do know that they managed to explode themselves in 1957.

Looking east, 12.05.57.
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper

Looking northwest, 12.05.57
(Courtesy The Herald-Sun Newspaper

Today it's a parking lot for the tired-looking Tobacco Workers Union building (is there a tobacco workers union here anymore?)

Looking northeast, 12.09.07


Wow, that blowed up real good. :)

From Google:

Tobacco Workers International Union
205 S. Gregson St.
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 682-5989‎

So apparantly they are still around, though I don't know how active they are.

I walked by this building today and wondered the same thing. It still has the imprint of the Tobacco Workers International Union, but the building seems to be occupied by a moving company called Redi-movers.

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