Pizzeria to open on Churton Street

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 03:28 PM

Hillsborough pizzeria: A couple is planning to open a new restaurant and bar called Radius Pizzeria in Hillsborough in March in a renovated, 3,300-square-foot space at 112 N. Churton St. that previously housed Hillsborough Savings and Loan.
Kate Carroll is opening the restaurant with her husband and chef Mick Carroll. She said they’re waiting on the building permits needed to begin the interior construction. The space previously was used as offices for the Orange County government, she said, and prior to that, it was used as a bank.
“We’re trying to marry both the existing architecture of the space, which is a 1960s, wood panel, kind of bank-y square interior, and kind of meld that into something that’s more informal, more relaxed, and more open,” Carroll said.
They’re planning to use the bank vault as liquor storage, and to use the old marble countertops in the bar, Carroll said. They’re planning to resurrect the terrazzo floors, which were covered in carpet. The bar will be separated from the dining room with a metal partition, she said. They’ll have a wood-fired oven that will be visible to customers.
Carroll said they want to source the ingredients for their food locally as much as possible. They will also have to-go options, a child-friendly menu, and gluten-free options. They’re planning to offer a time each week for children to make their own pizzas.
“We wanted to make this a really family-friendly restaurant, we wanted to make it affordable for folks,” she said.

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Carolina Brewery: Carolina Brewery is increasing the number of beers the business has on top at its Chapel Hill brewpub to 12. The brewery only serves its own beer, said Steve Balcom, a spokesman for the company.
Balcom said Carolina Brewery is planning to introduce a line of small batch, limited-edition beers in January on top of its normal year-round and seasonal offerings that will be served only at the Chapel Hill location.
“There will be a lot more beer available on tap, there will be a lot more interesting, kind of unique, boutique beers,” Balcom said. “And I think for serious beer heads, this is like, this is beer nirvana.”
Balcom said the Carolina Brewery’s owners are rethinking their approach to the Chapel Hill brewpub, which was the original brewery. The Pittsboro location was built so the owners could expand their wholesale brewing operations, he said.
“And Chapel Hill was still brewing beer, but Pittsboro was doing more,” he said. “Now they’re going to be brewing these small batch, limited edition beers that are only served in Chapel Hill.”

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Wine dinner in Chapel Hill: The Il Palio Ristorante at The Siena Hotel is partnering with 3Cups to hold a four-course wine dinner on Jan. 18.
The Blakeslee Vineyard Wine Dinner will feature Il Palio chef Adam Rose and wine maker Bill Blakeslee. Blakeslee owns the Blakeslee Vineyard Estate, which produces pinot noir grapes in Oregon.
The gathering will be at 6:30 p.m. for the dinner, which will be at 7 p.m. The cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.

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