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Fitzgerald’s closes on Franklin Street

The luck of the Irish has run out for Fitzgerald’s Irish sports bar in Chapel Hill.

Once located at 206 W. Franklin St., the business announced their permanent closure on Jan. 4.

Fitzgerald’s was a popular spot for students to eat, drink and watch Carolina sports.

Many students will now have to take their business elsewhere.

In their closing announcement, Fitzgerald’s encouraged customers to check out their Charlotte location, one of their two open locations.

Fitzgerald’s second location is in Greenville, N.C.

First-year student Jabril Rice said he thinks Fitzgerald’s was ousted by competing restaurants on Franklin Street.

“I think it’s something that happens on Franklin a lot, with all the businesses closing,” Rice said. “I hear more people talking about Top of the Hill, I don’t hear people talking about Fitzgerald’s.”

A new sports bar will be opening in place of Fitzgerald’s.

Meatball kitchen opens in Carrboro

The Shoppe Bar and Meatball Kitchen is Carrboro’s newest restaurant addition.

The restaurant quietly opened in late September in the 300 East Main plaza.

The Shoppe serves an eclectic meatball-centered menu.

Manager Scott Kleczkowski said, so far, business is steady and that they’ve been getting a lot of attention for their menu.

“We’re a very specific concept,” Kleczkowski said.

“We sell only meatballs, the best meatballs you can get. It’s a modern twist on traditional comfort food.”

Kleczkowski assures that prices are affordable, and you won’t leave hungry.

“We also run quite a few specials,” Kleczkowski said.

The Shoppe’s specials include $6 meatball hoagies on Mondays and half off of whiskey and wine on Wednesdays.

The Shoppe also serves over 40 craft beers and 60 different kinds of bourbons.

The Shoppe is located at 370 E. Main St.

Los Potrillos replaced by new hotel

It’s time for Chapel Hill to say goodbye to Los Potrillos, or Los Pos, a popular Mexican restaurant at 220 W. Rosemary St.

Los Pos offered everything from the classic taco to more unique menu options.

Manager Leslie Amador said the restaurant is set to close by the end of February.

“Our landlord sold the property so our lease cannot be renewed,” Amador said in an email, regarding the reason why Los Pos will be closing.

The property was sold to make room for the new Marriott AC Hotel coming soon to Chapel Hill.

Marriott’s AC chain originates from Mediterranean Europe and is slowly moving into the U.S.

The hotel is set to have four stories with 123 guest rooms and two levels of below grade parking.

The hotel is expected to bring in around $192,000 in general tax revenue for Chapel Hill.

The new hotel will be located at the corner of West Rosemary Street and Church Street, next to the bar and restaurant La Residence.


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