Carolina Ale House to open in Chapel Hill

Mar. 29, 2014 @ 11:08 AM

Carolina Ale House on Franklin: A Carolina Ale House restaurant will be opening in leased space at 419 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, Lou Moshakos, president and owner of LM Restaurants, the hospitality management company for 13 Carolina Ale Houses in North Carolina, announced Thursday. There are 21 restaurants in the chain in the Southeast. 

“We’ve been looking for a location on Franklin Street for years,” Moshakos said in a statement. “This spot is perfect for us.” 

The building, also known as the Yates Motor Co. building, will be remodeled, according to the news release.

The location was the site of a November 2011 encounter between police wearing tactical gear and carrying assault weapons and anti-capitalist anarchists.

According to previous reports in The Herald-Sun, the occupiers identified themselves as "some autonomous anti-capitalists occupiers" in a flier and hung signs with the anarchist symbol in the windows of the building, as well as signs calling for "Occupation Everywhere."

Last year, the building was used as the site of an art installation called “Declaration Project” by Stacey Kirby.


The Whistle in Hillsborough: A new business called “The Whistle” is targeted to open in April on Nash Street in Hillsborough that’s planned to be a coffee shop, live music venue, sandwich and salad eatery, and bar all in one.

The owner is looking to source the food from local farms, and small businesses. The proposed location is where independent pet supply store Paws at the Corner used to be, which has moved into the space in the same shopping center vacated by the general store, café and music venue The Depot at Hillsborough Station.

Doug Baker, the planned owner and operator of the business, said he bought most of The Depot’s equipment and non-perishable stock. He said the space is smaller than the Depot’s, and will have a “more comfortable” feel. The food offerings will be ordered fresh daily, he said, and there will be an outdoor seating area.

“We will be family-focused during the daytime and early evening hours,” he said. “Late evening will have more adult activities.”


Chapel Hill development proposal: A developer has filed plans with the town for a mixed-use development that would be on Weaver Dairy Road near the Timberlyne Shopping Center in Chapel Hill.

The proposed location is about 3 acres at a corner of Weaver Dairy Road and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Construction is proposed to add 38,689 square feet of office and retail space, with smaller shop fronts anchored by two anchors, one of which – a Walgreens drug store -- owns the site.

In addition to office and retail space, it would also have a bank

The proposal is targeted to go before the Chapel Hill Town Council at a meeting May 19.



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