Parker and Otis has recently opened in the space formerly occupied by Fowlers. I stopped by for lunch last week. The menu is short but the food is fresh and tasty. I had a vegetarian sandwich of avocado, sprouts, tomato, lettuce and white bean puree. It needed salt and pepper but that wasn't a problem because I got it to go.
I'm not sure what Parker and Otis is. Is it a candy shop with a wine section and a deli attached? Or is it a deli with some wine and candy? In a way, the place reminds me of what Foster's on the Durham Chapel Hill Blvd is doing, but at Parker and Otis the emphasis is definitely less on restaurant side and more on the retail side. Rumor has it the owner used to work at Foster's. I have no idea if this is true.
If I want good candy or wine, I go to A Southern Season. Parker and Otis is more convenient but they do not yet have a proven track record with me yet on wine (like Fowlers did and A Southern Season still does) and most of their chocolates were American. Like my wine, I want my chocolates to be French!
As far as I can tell, Parker and Otis stands the best chance of success if it emphasizes the restaurant/deli/cafe side of the business. But that means comfy tables and chairs are necessary. Right now the actual dining experience is somewhat lacking. That's why I got my sandwich to go. I hope there are plans to improve the eating space.