What’s new in the Chapel Hill and Orange County area? Take a look…

Restaurant News

Momo’s Master, Chapel Hill

Momo’s Master is set to open at 110 N. Columbia St. near West Franklin Street in November. The restaurant will feature various kinds of made-to-order momos, a type of dumpling that is popular in places including Tibet and Nepal. https://www.momosmaster.com

Franklin Motors Beer Garden, Chapel Hill

Franklin Motors Beer Garden opened at 601 W. Franklin St., the former location of a used car lot. Franklin Motors Beer Garden is attracting lunch and dinner crowds to its full bar and restaurant, now serving sliders, chicken wings and bratwursts. The restaurant has a lively roof deck and outdoor picnic table seating. https://www.roquettechapelhill.com/menu

New Hotel

The Sheraton Hotel (former Europa) has reopened its doors to the public following a sweeping renovation.

The Sheraton Chapel Hill has 172 redesigned guest rooms, a contemporary bar and restaurant, a 7,000-square-foot rooftop deck, full outdoor patio and new fitness center. Restaurant and all food and beverage service is receiving rave reviews thanks to Chef Donovan Campbell, who has worked as executive chef for Caribbean resorts such as Sandals Grande Antigua, Sandals Exzuma, Sandals Grade Ochio Rios and Negril, and has opened Bellagio resort, Beverly Hills Hotel, and others.

For help in booking space, contact Marlene Barbera Hampton at Mbarbera@visitchapelhill.org

Donovan Campbell, Chef at Sheraton Chapel Hill

The hotel recently hosted a ribbon cutting event with members of North Carolina’s hospitality industry.

The 2021 Triangle Fermentation Festival in Orange County

Botanist and Barrel in Cedar Grove

Botanist and Barrel in Cedar Grove is a place where its owners and operators cultivate ideas and experiment with various types of fermentation, all while keeping the flavor integrity of the fruit they use to make their ciders and wines. Each month they host live music, cider making events and food trucks. In November they will host the 2021 Triangle Fermentation festival, Sunday, November 14th, 1-5 p.m. Attendance at the festival for attendees is free. This one day festival consists of demos, presentations, and hands-on workshops. https://www.botanistandbarrel.com




Carrboro Film Fest

Carrboro Film Fest is back for its 16th year and will begin with a special Early Fest Screening of the local documentary We Are Here at the Varsity Theatre on Nov. 5th. This is a one-hour documentary about the making of The Paperhand Puppet Intervention. The film takes a deep dive into the psyches of the company’s founders (Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger), and the diverse group of artists who help bring the show to life. The main festival will then run Nov. 19th-21st. Check out the full schedule https://www.carrborofilm.org/events

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon at Ackland Arts Museum thru January 9, 2022

Through the lens of nearly seventy works from the John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906–1978), foundation, the Ackland presents: Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon illuminating the impact and transformation of artistic styles associated with Buddhism and Hinduism — belief systems born in India — as they were transmitted across the continent over hundreds of years. Great artistic achievements of Asia’s diverse cultures are on view here; their presentation continues the Rockefellers’ vision of sharing extraordinary works of art with audiences in the United States.

Devil in the Grove Book Reading

On November 5, 2021 at 6 p.m., the Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition will host a book reading at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. https://www.flyleafbooks.com

Devil in the Grove is the dramatic and deeply disturbing account of one of the least known, but most important, Jim Crow criminal cases of the 20th century. In the Groveland case, four young African-American men were falsely accused of the rape of a white, married, teenaged woman in the orange growing region of central Florida. Devil in the Grove tells of the heroic efforts of Thurgood Marshall, the legendary NAACP Legal Defense Fund attorney and later Supreme Court justice, who labored to save one of them from execution.


Reneé A. Price, Co-Founder/Project Director of Free Spirit FREEDOM, a local cultural arts initiative, and Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners

The Orange County Community Remembrance Coalition [OCCRC], in coordination with the Equal Justice Initiative [EJI] of Montgomery, Alabama, has embarked on a multi-year project to recognize the victims and survivors of racial terror lynching from 1877 to 1950. Co-chairs and advisors are: James E. Williams, Jr., attorney and recently retired Public Defender for District 15B, Orange and Chatham Counties; Renée A. Price, Co-Founder/Project Director of Free Spirit FREEDOM, a local cultural arts initiative, and Chair of the Orange County Board of Commissioners; and Freddie L. Parker, recently retired Professor of American history who served as Chair of the History Department at North Carolina Central University. https://occrcoalition.org





Laurie Paolicelli is the Executive Director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

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