Snooze Eatery, a new breakfast restaurant in Eastgate Crossing in Chapel Hill, is now open.
Snooze is a nationwide breakfast chain restaurant that serves a variety of creative and “responsibly sourced” breakfast dishes, according to its website. The Chapel Hill location held its soft opening from Nov. 3 to 5 and its grand opening on Nov. 8.
The soft opening was held in collaboration with three nonprofit groups: PORCH, Best Buddies and the Snooze Compass Foundation.
The Nov. 5 soft open day was held with PORCH, a hunger relief organization in Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Each guest received one free entree and one beverage, and diners were encouraged to donate to PORCH rather than pay for a meal.
Susan Romaine, the mayor pro tem of Carrboro and a founder of PORCH, said the restaurant was packed at the soft opening.
“It's a really wonderful partnership between Snooze and PORCH, knowing the link between those who enjoy dining at Snooze and then providing that hunger relief for so many families in our community who are really struggling to get food on their tables each month,” Romaine said.
She said the partnership has allowed PORCH to send out extra bags of food this month — which is especially important during holiday months.