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Wilmington sports bar will take over Fitzgerald's spot on Franklin Street

Fitzgerald's Irish Pub had it's grand opening this Friday.
Buy Photos Fitzgerald's Irish Pub had it's grand opening this Friday.

The Franklin Street building where Fitzgerald’s used to be is getting a new resident — Might as Well Bar and Grill. 

The move was confirmed by William Jones, one of the partners behind Might as Well. Jones said there’s currently no timeline for the restaurant’s opening. 

“We’ve actually had the location for a while now,” Jones said. “We’ve just been waiting for permits and stuff to begin construction.”

Might as Well, which opened in Wilmington, N.C. in 2012, is a college-town neighborhood sports bar, according to Jones. This new location in Chapel Hill will be the restaurant’s second, Jones said.

The Wilmington location features daily drink specials, American-style food, 24 beers on tap and delivery every weekend until 2 a.m. 

Jones said Chapel Hill — a big college town — matched Might as Well's business model.

"We’ve been up there a couple different times and we’re familiar with the competition on Franklin Street," he said. "That’s why we ultimately picked the location.”

Jones said the Chapel Hill location will feature an indoor-outdoor bar, patio seating and long communal-style tables.

Fitzgerald's, which closed in January, was also a sports bar, although with an Irish focus.

Prior to opening its Wilmington location, Might as Well had a restaurant in Conway, S.C. near the Coastal Carolina University campus. 

While the Conway location was referred to multiple times in news coverage as a nightclub, Jones said both the Wilmington and Chapel Hill locations are not nightclubs. 

“It’s definitely a fun atmosphere,” said Aaron Denny, a UNC-Wilmington alumni and current Carrboro resident. “It appeals more to a college crowd.”


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