Chapel Hill Buzz
Sushi at 140 West: A sushi bar and Asian fusion restaurant called Spicy Nine is planned to open next year at 140 West, the mixed-use development in Chapel Hill that includes condominiums, retail space, an outdoor plaza and parking.
Shari Meltzer, director of marketing for Ram Realty, developer of 140 West, said an owner of Spicy Nine also owns other similar restaurants in Raleigh Durham, such as Sushi Thai Raleigh, Sushi Nine and Sushi Love.
“It’s an enhancement to the Franklin Street mix,” she said. “As far as putting together retail establishments, we’re looking for quality, a little bit of diversity of cuisine and also something that appeals to our home owners as well as the greater community.”
The restaurant Lime Fresh Mexican Grill has already opened at 140 West, and Gigi’s Cupcakes is slated to open at the end of August.
An Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom chain restaurant also is planned to open at the development, selling Chicago-style pizza, pasta, calzones and salads and craft beer.
Old Chicago is planned to open in early 2014, with Spicy Nine to follow in the first quarter. Meltzer said Spicy Nine is going into the space facing Franklin Street on the opposite corner from Lime Fresh.
Michael Zikitsreth, the planned manager of Spicy Nine, said his father, Tony Zikitsreth, is an owner of the four restaurants. He said they’re looking to do something modern that’s also a fit for Franklin with Spicy Nine.
“I’m a Tar Heel alumnus, and I’m looking forward to coming back to Carolina,” Zikitsreth said.
CVS/pharmacy on Franklin: CVS/pharmacy plans to open a new location on Franklin Street in October.
The new 14,000-square-foot drug store is planned for the former Bank of America location at 137 E. Franklin St. in the Franklin Street Plaza, which also houses R&R Grill.
“We believe this will be a convenient location to provide pharmacy services to the UNC-Chapel Hill community,” said Mike DeAngelis, director of public relations for the company, in an email.
The town issued a building permit in May to allow construction to turn it into a CVS store.
There are also plans for the CVS/pharmacy at Rams Plaza on Fordham Boulevard to move into an expanded, free-standing location in the shopping center.
DeAngelis said relocation to the free-standing store won’t happen for another two to three years.
“We’re going to welcome CVS to downtown Chapel Hill,” said Meg McGurk, executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. “Obviously, there’s a market for what CVS is offering and especially in that prime location of the heart of downtown close to the campus, close to the community.”
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