When Chris Carini bought Linda’s Bar and Grill on Franklin Street in 2011, one of the first things he learned was the bar’s history with The Daily Tar Heel.
“Someone mentioned that The Daily Tar Heel is a loyal group so I just tried to foster that relationship,” Carini said.
For more than 20 years, DTH editors and staffers have made the pilgrimage to Linda’s on Thursday nights after putting the paper to bed, or sending it to the printer — in search of a place to relax and wolf down cheese fries.
Lisa Reichle, the DTH’s business manager who first joined the paper as a writer in 1988, said writers and editors have been frequenting Linda’s since about 1988.
Carini said he wanted to honor those many years of loyalty when he took over the bar by making sure Linda’s was still a go-to spot for editors and reporters.