United, Carrboro Restaurants Fight Back

Carrboro’s restaurants have been closed and the town’s food service economy has been on the verge of collapse because of COVID-19. But instead of fighting to survive on their own, a number of Carrboro businesses have banded together to serve the public and help themselves.

Status of Local Businesses

Here is a directory of the status of local businesses, as of April 1, 2020. This list will be updated often, so check back. Please let us know of other businesses that should be listed by emailing You can support restaurants and businesses by buying gift cards now for future use.

Another Taste of India

Chimney, a trendy Indian restaurant, has just opened at 306 West Franklin Street in the former location of the long-time standby Vespa.

CHICLE at 20: A Cause for Celebration

The 1990s in North Carolina presented something of a crisis for public health workers, city workers, teachers, law enforcement, the judicial system, employers, retailers and others. Many people found themselves at a loss for words — Spanish words.

Al’s Burger Shack Files for Bankruptcy

**UPDATED** Al’s Burger Shack, which has become a Chapel Hill institution and developed a national reputation in just six years, has filed for bankruptcy reorganization at all three of its locations.

UNC Receives Top Grade for Patient Safety

UNC Health Care once again has received the highest ranking in a bi-annual grading of hospital patient safety. UNC got a grade of A for all its locations in the ranking, which looks at preventable errors…

Recruiting Wegmans a Boon for Chapel Hill

BUSINESS By Pam Hemminger While I respect everyone’s right to voice an opinion about the decisions Town Council makes, I also want to make sure that facts are considered on…

College Towns Are Next Big Thing for Entrepreneurship

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli With students and recent graduates all over the country experiencing startup fever, college towns are the next big thing for entrepreneurship. Even though nearly 47% of venture…

Why Businesses are Leaving Chapel Hill

BUSINESS TLR Staff Report Despite recent efforts by UNC-Chapel Hill and the Town of Chapel Hill to stop the exodus, many emerging companies built on technologies created by university faculty…