Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some of our favorite restaurants on Franklin Street have temporarily or permanently closed. Restaurants open and close all the time on Franklin, but since the pandemic began, it seems we've lost even more than normal. Nothing will be able to fill the void left in our hearts (and stomachs) from never eating Ms Mong’s fried tofu or Waffle House hashbrowns at 4 a.m. We didn’t even get to have a proper goodbye meal.
In light of the many changes happening on Franklin Street this year, the Editorial Board came together to write a short note on some of our favorite restaurants that have had to close their doors. Join us in mourning some UNC classics — these places might be gone, but they will never be forgotten.
- Ms Mong
Though often overshadowed by its close neighbor Hibachi & Company, Ms Mong and its delicious build-your-own stir-fry was a great option for both dine-in and takeout. We have nothing but fond memories there.
Not Lula’s! Nothing could beat the fried chicken and biscuits with honey. The friendly staff and homey atmosphere will truly be missed. Its predecessor, Spanky’s, didn’t make it either — maybe that location is cursed.
We have now officially lost all the restaurants on the intersection of Franklin and N. Columbia. We will miss eating our customized pizzas while people-watching through the windows. It's hard to imagine where hoards of first-years will gather after making the trek from South Campus. Hey, at least we still have Pizza Press.
- Waffle House?