Craft beer shop opening downtown
Beer Study in Chapel Hill: A craft beer shop, Beer Study, has opened in downtown Chapel Hill at 106-A N. Graham St.
The shop sells craft beer, and it also has beer on tap and seating.
Bobby Funk, assistant director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, said the shop is located between Rosemary and Franklin streets near the Carrboro line.
“They’ve got a really interesting selection,” Funk said. “They have a lot of short-term offerings; just last week they had some stuff from Charlotte, some microbreweries in Charlotte that weren’t available anywhere else in the area.”
Waffle House to open on Franklin: The breakfast food chain Waffle House is planning to open a Chapel Hill Location, a spokeswoman for the chain confirmed in an email on Thursday.
Kelly Thrasher, a spokeswoman for Waffle House, said there is a restaurant under construction in the town, but she said she didn’t have information about the exact location or official opening date.
There was a Town of Chapel Hill Building Permit Application filed this past summer for work at 127 E. Franklin St. for a new Waffle House.
According to a copy of the permit sent by Catherine Lazorko, a spokeswoman for the Town of Chapel Hill, the permit was for work on the space to allow for a new restaurant.
Other Franklin Street happenings: There’s a pop-up shop that’s opened on West Franklin Street selling guitars, Funk said.
He said they’ve opened up near Brown’s Paint and Hardware, which is located at 420 W. Franklin St.
Owner plans Thrill re-opening: The Thrill, the bar at 157 E. Rosemary St. that was closed as a result of construction work that that town officials said was done without the proper permits or inspections, was expected to re-open Thursday.
Scott Campbell, the bar’s owner, said on Thursday that renovations had been completed to the bathrooms, the stage, and the kitchen. They also installed some new plumbing, and had the floors resurfaced. He said they hope to be able to have food service starting in January.
“We’ve got three bars in the place … and we’ve made everything completely handicap accessible,” Campbell said. “We have outdoor seating, a full outdoor patio that we just finished.”
Campbell said Thursday that they planned to open at 9 p.m. Thursday. He said they’re planning to be open six days per week, and to be closed on Mondays. He said they’re expecting to open earlier when they begin offering food.
Previously, The Thrill had opened a grill paying tribute to the late-night food establishment Hector’s, but Campbell said he believes it “kind of missed a generation with students,” and wasn’t that big of a hit.
“It will be something completely different, but we’re not ready to announce yet, we’re trying to see if we can get the chef or not,” he said of their planned new food offerings.
Carr Mill Mall: In Carrboro, the Carrboro Pizza Oven is now open in a space across the hall from Elmo’s Diner. The eatery, which serves pizza, pasta, calzones, and other items, is a venture of the owner of the former Franklin Street Pizza and Pasta. That business was sold to the owner of Tomato Jake’s.
Also at the mall, Nathan Milian, property manager for Carr Mill Mall, said the store Gold Assay has opened. He said the store replaced the baby boutique Lea Baby.
Chapel Hill chocolate shop to close: In case you missed it, we reported that The Chocolate Door, the gourmet chocolate shop at 516 W. Franklin St., is planning to close at the end of December.
Owner Meghan Rosensweet is closing the shop because of her young children. A chocolatier with culinary arts training from Le Cordon Bleu, Rosensweet opened the business in 2010. The shop sells gourmet chocolates, barks and baked goods.
She said the West Franklin Street space was empty for a few years prior to the shop’s opening, and was last inhabited by a takeaway Asian restaurant. She said the plan is not to sell their chocolate business in case they decide to re-open one day.
“This decision did not happen lightly, and though we love our business, and all of your support, family has to come first,” a note on the company’s website states. “We are leaving on our terms, so that gives us goals for the future.”
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