East Franklin facing South at Blue Spoon Microcreamery and Carolina Coffee Shop, two popular locations where students work, on Sunday, June 7, 2020.

Column: A first-year's guide to food on Franklin Street

Walking down Franklin in search of dinner is practically a rite of passage in Chapel Hill. We'll get you started with some basics, but make sure to roam around and find your own favorite spots in time.


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An empty Franklin Street on Monday, May 18, 2020. With the new petition, Franklin Street may see a return of people and life without breaking social distancing orders.

Proposal aims to accommodate social distancing, increase foot traffic on Franklin Street

The executive director for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership proposed making temporary modifications to the area during the state's phased reopening, such as using the sidewalk for dining, transforming street lanes into pedestrian lanes and designating spots along streets for curbside pickup. A Chapel Hill resident also created a petition with over 500 signatures to transform Franklin Street's two outermost traffic lanes into a protected pedestrian lane.


Yeshua Sanchez, a manager at Cosmic Cantina, takes an order in Cosmic on Thursday, July 11, 2019. 

UNC student starts GoFundMe for Cosmic Cantina kitchen workers as hours get cut

The Cosmic Cantina cashier who started the fundraiser cites the hard work, passion, effort, and skill of his coworkers, and believes they are well-deserving of the extra funds. Despite their fears of contracting the coronavirus, Cosmic Cantina's staff keeps going to work. "I'm very scared of getting sick with the virus, but what're we going to do? We need to at least earn a little money,” said one kitchen worker.