Franklin Street today is home to a diverse array of pizza restaurants, boba spots and places offering every food variety in between. Students’ ever-changing tastes have opened the doors for new and progressive ventures and closed the doors of more traditional staples, and the iconic street has changed considerably over the past decade.
Epilogue, an independently-owned bookstore and coffee shop, has seen notable success since its recent opening. The shop is known for its warm churros and hot chocolate presented with a Spanish-inspired twist. Osamah Atieh, a first-year at UNC, has proudly named Epilogue his go-to study spot.
“I just love that it’s different,” Atieh said. “You can tell they want students to feel like they’re at home as soon as they walk in. I always go with the intention to study and somehow end up in the back with a book.”
New openings have not been as well-received by everyone, however. Rabina Sawhney, a Chapel Hill native and UNC senior, is among those who are less than thrilled with the direction Franklin Street is headed.
“When I was younger, my family had a tradition of going to this restaurant called 35 Chinese every Friday night," she said. "It closed a while back, and it was in a tiny strip mall where Carolina Square is now. Franklin is losing its charm and prioritizing convenience over character. To sum it up, it’s looking like the death of the mom-and-pop and the rise of fast-casual."