The Daily Tar Heel

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Tuesday October 19th

Food Issue


The Library sits on Franklin Street on Wednesday June 23, 2021.

The Library closes on Franklin Street to make room for national brand

The Library, a bar and club on Franklin Street, was denied a lease renewal and announced it will be closing after 18 years in order to make space for a national brand. "It is very difficult to own a business on Franklin Street," owner AJ Tama said. "It's very hard to maintain a high overhead and high rental rate. All these people who've had their businesses close, it's disappointing."

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UNC junior Erin Boone, seinor Artistea Tontai, and Isiuwa Oghagbon chat after enjoying an outdoor meal at Mediterranenan Deli on Franklin Street on Monday, April 26.

Restaurants ask for permanent sidewalk space as COVID-19 regulations loosen

Although social distancing and capacity guidelines are being lifted, businesses on Franklin Street have advocated for some of these new policies to stick around, like allowances for outdoor seating space. For the past year, local restaurants have benefitted from curbside parking spots, extended sidewalks, outdoor seating and other temporary allowances approved by the Town of Chapel Hill. Robert Poitras, the owner of Carolina Brewery on West Franklin, has advocated to make patio extensions on West Franklin Street — like the one at Carolina Brewery — permanent to both the Town and the NCDOT.

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An employee of Little Waves Cafe speaks with a customer on April 9, 2021.

Areli Barrera de Grodski aims to uplift and diversify with her coffee business

“It is great to see all the women working alongside Areli,” Valeria Barrera, Barrera de Grodski's  sister and bookkeeper at Little Waves said. “They are really involved in the business and community and its been very encouraging to see the way that the women like to get into the coffee business, from the history to the small details such like the way coffee beans are grown and where they come from.”

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