New, Expanded, and Changing Restaurants in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough

Seafood Destiny, a Greensboro-based business that serves made-to-order crab legs, lobster, shrimp, and more is opening on the corner of Columbia and Franklin Street in the site formerly operated by Lotsa Pizza, announced the Downtown Chapel Hill Partnership. The owner of Seafood Destiny, Anthony Knotts, said he and his son, Jalen, hope to be operational in late 2021. Follow the restaurant on Facebook.

Seafood Destiny

Other restaurants that have opened, moved, and expanded during the pandemic:

  • Blues on Franklin – (October 2020)
  • Brandwein’s Bagels – now expanding to neighboring building (August 2020)

Brandwein’s Bagels, Chapel Hill

  • Breadman’s – moved and reopened (September 2020)
  • Crab House Company – with another location in Raleigh, opened in the former Monterrey Tacos and Burritos location on 237 S. Elliott Road. (May 2020)
  • Dame’s Chicken and Waffles – open at 147 E. Franklin Street (May 2021)
  • Dingo Dog Ciderhouse and Taproom (November 2020)
  • Hawkers – University Place (March 2020)
  • Hillsborough Bake Shop – connected to Panciuto Hillsborough (September 2020)

Pastry Chef Kim Mayer, Hillsborough Bake Shop

  • Iza Whiskey & Eats – in Carrboro (November 2020)
  • Japan Express – moved from Elliott Road to Estes Drive (reopened September 2020)
  • Johnny’s Gone Fishing in Carrboro became Present Day on Main (January 1, 2021)
  • Just Salad – (September 2020)
  • Kahlovera Tacos – Meadowmont Village (January 2021)
  • Kipos – not a new restaurant, moved and reopened in Eastgate (November 2020)
  • Market and Moss – Southern Village (October 2020)
  • Jed’s Kitchen – Mediterranean restaurant, replaced Peño Mediterranean Grill at 105 East Franklin St. (December 2020)
  • Moge Tee Chapel Hill – open at 151 E. Franklin Street. (December 2020)
  • Mosaic Cafe & Bistro – located at 203 W. Weaver Street in Carrboro (June 2021). During the day, it will be a café and pastry shop specializing in baked treats and in the evenings it will transform into a modern, casual tapas-style bistro. (Follow them on Facebook for any additional announcements and/or changes. So far only open at night. The daytime café has not opened yet.)
  • Napoli Hillsborough – West Hillsborough (May 2020)
  • Nomad – in Hillsborough (June 2020) with in house dining in July 2020

Nomad, Hillsborough

  • Old East Tavern – (February 2021)

Old East Tavern, Chapel Hill

  • Osteria Georgi– at 201 South Elliot Road. Opened in the former Living Kitchen space (April 2021)

Chef Daniel Jackson, Osteria Georgi, Chapel Hill

  • Paco’s Tacos – opened and began operating out of Mel’s Commissary in Carrboro. (June 2020)
  • Perennial Café – closed in August 2020 and reopened with new owner (May 2021)
  • Que Chula Tacos and Craft Tequilas (May 2020)

Que Chula Tacos and Craft Tequilas, Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

  • Summit Coffee – in 140 West (October 2020)

Summit Coffee, 140 West, Chapel Hill

  • The Colonial Inn Hillsborough – opened with its bar and Sunday brunch service (November 2020)
  • The Pizza Press – in Carolina Square on West Franklin Street is rebranded as /sôst/ which is the phonetic spelling of sauced (April 30, 2021)  
  • The Trophy Room – in the Graduate Chapel Hill Hotel (February 2021)

Coming Soon: These Are Not Open Yet

  • Flying Biscuit Café – (University Place)
  • Big Belly Que – 104 N. Graham Street (hoping to open in September to free standing restaurant, from Blue Dogwood Public Market)
  • Grata – (Carr Mill Mall in former Elmo’s)
  • Franklin Street Motors Bar – Lot (601 W. Franklin Street)
  • Go Stir Fry Express – coming to 306 W. Franklin Street, #A
  • Lime & Lemon Indian Grill & Bar – coming to the former Fusion Fish location in Meadowmont Village
  • Tesoro – announced in March it would be opening at 100 E. Weaver Street (not opened yet)
  • Coco Bean Coffee Shop & Cafe – currently in East 54 is relocating and expanding in the new Gwendolyn building in the historic Glen Lennox community. The new enterprise will be known as “Coco” and they will function as a coffee shop, restaurant, and bar. Tamara Lackey (owner) hopes to see her new vision come to life by early September, 2021
  • Expansion – Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews, an independent bookstore and Spanish-style chocolateria, opened in November 2019 at 109 E. Franklin St. And come September 2021 they will expand right next door adding 2,200 square feet of space. The spaces will be connected, but they will be differentiated in name to distinguish the concepts. Epilogue will continue to be the cafe and new book space while Prologue will house used, rare, and collectible books alongside additional cafe seating. Keep up with Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews here.

Kipos, Chapel Hill

The restaurants alone are reason enough to visit Orange County. For a quick snack, a laid-back brunch, casual meal, or fine dining, our Carolina communities offer something to satisfy every appetite.

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