On Nov. 11, Longfellow Real Estate Partners announced its plans to demolish and redevelop 306 W. Franklin St., the location of The Purple Bowl.
A new corporate office building to house pharmaceutical companies will take the place of the current building.
Longfellow, a real estate company, presented plans to create a wet lab space at 306 W. Franklin St. that would expand the square footage of the building by expanding it up several floors, making it taller than surrounding buildings. These changes would cause the demolition of local restaurants.
Paula Gilland, CEO of The Purple Bowl, said the restaurant is a family business, locally owned and operated.
“We created the recipes,” she said. “It’s been a family project.”
Her son, Taylor Gilland, co-owner of The Purple Bowl, said earlier in the year, that The Purple Bowl's current building was acquired by the real estate developer. He said the group announced its plans to demolish the building and replace it with a large corporate office space.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said there are spaces for the restaurants to move to permanently or temporarily during the project.
Taylor Gilland said he spoke to the Town and the real estate company, both of which suggested The Purple Bowl wait for the space to be developed and then rent part of the bottom floor of the retail space.
“The thing that I don’t think the Town understands and I don’t think that the real estate group understands is just the economic impossibility of that for us,” he said.