After four decades of business, Spanky’s on Franklin has closed its doors, ushering in a new Southern-concept restaurant to replace it: Lula's.
Lula’s opened this month on the corner of East Franklin and North Columbia Streets, Spanky’s former location. The menu is centered around fried chicken and homemade biscuits, accompanied by classic Southern staples such as macaroni and cheese and locally-sourced collard greens.
Greg Overbeck, marketing director and co-owner of the Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, described it as “simple food made the hard way.”
“What we’re doing is getting whole birds, butchering them ourselves, brining them, marinating and air drying them, then rolling them in seasoned flour and pan frying them in a cast iron skillet, just like grandma used to do,” Overbeck said.
Chef William D’Auvray, who previously worked at restaurants Fins and bu.ku in Raleigh, is the mastermind behind Lula’s fried chicken. According to Overbeck, Lula’s is going to bring something different to downtown Chapel Hill. He said that unlike the more upscale atmosphere that existed at Spanky’s, it is intended to be a casual place that serves simple and inexpensive food. You can get two pieces of chicken and a biscuit for $8.
With the football season only two months away, Lula’s is preparing to sell a lot of chicken for the tailgaters and sports fans of UNC. Overbeck said the restaurant has already been met with positive reception from the community.
“We’ve been really happy with turnout so far, and we can see that business is building,” Overbeck said.
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