Mellow Mushroom soon serving slices in Chapel Hill

Feb. 27, 2013 @ 09:55 PM

Chapel Hill Mellow Mushroom to open: The Mellow Mushroom location in Chapel Hill is opening Monday at 310 W. Franklin St. across from The Franklin Hotel.

The restaurant serves pizzas, hoagies, salads, calzones, and appetizers, as well as options for vegetarians, vegans and children. Gluten-free items are also available.

Owner Kent Hodges said in a news release that the plan is to bring back live bluegrass music on Tuesday nights. The restaurant has two full-service bars with craft beer, wine and liquor. It also will have a Mellow Beer Club.

The restaurant has the largest mural in the Mellow collection, according to a news release. The mural is meant to emphasize commonalities between past and present. It has imagery drawn from psychedelic posters and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill college yearbooks.

Hodges said in the release that originally, he and others had plans for the Chapel Hill location that was open several years ago.

“Chapel Hill was the reason we moved from Alabama to North Carolina,” he said in a statement in the release. “Slightly premature in planning and with the economy, unfortunately, we had to make the tough decision to shut it down. Since then, we have opened stores in the Raleigh, Durham and Wake Forest markets.”

The restaurant will be open seven days a week beginning at 11 a.m. For information, go to the website




Vietri to build Habitat home for birthday: Vietri Inc., an importer of Italian dinnerware, flatware, glassware, linens and other items, is in its 30th year of business this year.

To mark its birthday, the company partnered with SunTrust Bank to build a Habitat for Humanity home in Orange County.

A groundbreaking will be held March 22 with company founder Susan Gravely as well as colleagues, friends, customers and others.

Gravely, with her sister Frances Gravely, and her mother Lee Gravely, founded Vietri in 1983 after a family trip to Italy.

The company has a customer base in the United States and around the world, and represents about 30 manufacturers in Italy.    

In order to raise $78,000 for the building, Vietri has created special limited-edition anniversary mugs to be sold in retail stores and on the Web at

A website dedicated exclusively to this project will launch in March at


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