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Carolina Ale House closes Chapel Hill restaurant

The Carolina Ale House in Chapel Hill closed Monday. The rest of the chain’s locations will remain open.
The Carolina Ale House in Chapel Hill closed Monday. The rest of the chain’s locations will remain open.

Carolina Ale House has closed its Chapel Hill location on West Franklin Street for good, effective Monday, a spokeswoman for the company said.

The sports bar opened a year and a half ago on the popular college strip. But the location “did not perform,” said Katherine Goldfaden with Raleigh-based hospitality group, LM Restaurants Inc., the company that owns Carolina Ale House.

She said the company made the decision to shutter the restaurant a year and a half into a 10-year lease for the space.

“Carolina Ale House would like to thank our friends and neighbors of Chapel Hill for the patronage and support,” a news release said.

The restaurant chain’s other seven restaurants in the area will stay open. She said Chapel Hill employees “in good standing” with the company will be offered jobs at other locations.

Carolina Ale House has 14 restaurants in North Carolina, half of which are in the Triangle, according to the restaurant chain’s website. The company has another 15 restaurants around the Southeast.

LM Restaurants, founded by Lou Moshakos, also owns Taverna Agora and Vidrio in Raleigh, among other restaurants.

Duncan: 919-829-4880, @duncanreporting

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