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The Daily Tar HeelAugust 28, 19899,
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By CHRIS CHALFANT
The more stores on Franklin Street
change, the more they stay the same.
Stores on Franklin Street change,
come and go; however, Sutton's Drug
Store, Jeffs Campus Confectionary and
Huggins Hardware are three businesses
on Franklin Street that have stayed the
same for almost 60 years.
Sutton's Drug Store sits on the main
biock of East Franklin Street. It is a
combination drug store and lunch
counter and is one such long-lived
place, said John Woodard, the store's
owner and manager.
"Sutton's has been here since 1923,"
Woodard said. "James Sutton built it
then and died around 1956, and then
his wife kept it for 10 years."
, Woodard bought the drug store in
' "When I bought it, I had to keep it
the same way," he said. "That was
part of the deal.
"They (the previous owners) said
they'd run me out of town if I changed
Woodard said the store hasn't
changed because Chapel Hill alumni
and residents want to keep it the way
they remember it.
"We have people come in that have
been coming in for 50 years," Woo
dard said. "We're the only full serv
ice, old-fashioned drug store and soda
"We're full-service because our
customers are able to go in and get
what they want with our help
without having to do it themselves."
"When someone comes in with a
prescription, I take it and help them
without giving it to a clerk," added
Woodard, who graduated from UNC
and has a degree in pharmacy. "Most
of our business revolves around the
students of the university and people
working there strictly within the
walking distance because they are the
ones who find it easier to get to us
because of the lack of parking.spaces."
According to Woodard, many stu
dents prefer Sutton's to a regular drug
store because Sutton's will set up charge
accounts where the bills are sent home
to the parents.
"We try to be their (students')
hometown drug store away from
home," he said.
As far as the food goes, Woodard
said the soda fountain, old-fashioned
lemonade and milkshakes are the big
gest drawing points to go with the
hamburger and fries.
At the lunch counter, which is lo
cated at the back of the store and has
old-time swivel chairs, customers can
get cold fountain drinks andor meals.
Egg breakfasts, hamburgers, french
fries, hot dogs, barbecue and cold sand
wiches are a few of the favorites.
In addition to Sutton's, another
Franklin Street oldtimer is Jeffs Cam
pus Confectionary. Jeff's has been
around since 1927, according to its
manager, Jim Mousmoules.
"We're the oldest business in Chapel
Hill that's been owned by one fam
ily," he said.
Although Mousmoules said they
were mainly in the magazine and news
paper business, he said Jeffs also of
fers cold Coca-Cola, beer, sandwiches
"We sell over a hundred thousand
fountain drinks a year," he said. "It's
the good carbonation, the old system."
A lot of the customers are regulars
who work on Franklin Street or who
run errands there, he said.
After serving a lady a cold Coke
and ringing up the price on the old
time register without her having to say
a word, Mousmoules said he "knew
what she wanted even before she
opened up the door."
Mousmoules said that it's the same
way they've always remembered it
not a thing has changed, not even the
"Jeff was my mother's brother and
he died in 1956, but you know what
would happen if I changed the name?
No one would come because that's
what they're buying," he said. "You
don't change something that's success
ful." Farther down Franklin Street is
Huggins Hardware, which has been
there for almost 50 years, said Glenn
Carver, its manager for 10 years.
"We sell almost everything you need
for your dorm room," he said.
At Huggins, a customer can buy
brooms, sewing equipment, toilet ar
ticles, book cases, nuts and bolts,
kitchen equipment, plants, picture
hangers, paint and other general hard-
"We have all the stuff that you for
got to bring to school, and it's cheaper
to buy it here than to go home and get
it," Carver said. "We also have bunk
ing kits, and we make extra sets of
keys with our keymaker, which is very
busy each fall."
Although Huggins hasn't changed
what it's always sold, it has added a
few extras, such as costume rentals
three years ago.
"Halloween is like Mardi Gras for
Chapel Hill," he said.
Huggins and Special Occasions, a
company from Durham that sets up
shop in the hardware store, lets the
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Take us to your leader!
No, Chapel Hill was not recently invaded by aliens from the planet Many students show their support for the football (and basketball)
Coors. Rather, these three gentlemen are merely enjoying the teams by dressing up in outrageous Carolina blue-and-white outfits
festivities of a football Saturday sometime during the 1 988 season, for games.
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By DAVE GLENN
At one point in time, before the
the day the drinking age was changed
to 21 and a sad, sad day that was
there was more alcohol consumed
in Chapel Hill (per capita) than in
any other town, city, village or mu
nicipality in the nation. Or so the
And, hey, there's a pretty good
school here, too.
Really, though, there is no truth to
the rumor that Milwaukee and St.
Louis are fighting over the rights to
Chapel Hill as a sister city. Or that
Anheuser-Busch has a beer pipeline
plan in the works already. Or that the
first mayor of Chapel Hill won on
the unforgettable "A chicken in ev
ery pot, a keg in every backyard"
But there is no ignoring the fact
that, in this lovely, placid-village on
the hill, there are enough bars to make
one wonder how they find room for
It would be an injustice to just run
off the names and addresses of these
reputable establishments, so grab a
set ofclubs and jump aboard for a
nice, friendly, interesting and, well,
unique round of Golf Chapel Hill
style. Bar Golf is an interesting phenome
non. It has no official Hall of Fame,"
though there are many eager and well
qualified candidates. There are basic
rules, but you can choose to forget
them at any time. Of course, you may
just forget them without trying, but
that's a different matter altogether. All
it takes is a few bucks, a few friends
with a few more bucks, and, of course,
a sincere love for the game.
Ready for your first round? Start
with a few basic rules. Yes, they are
unnecessary, but you're in college now,
and you're supposed to be responsible,
structured and goal-oriented. No cad
dies, though you may decide to pick
one up along the way. No clubs, though
you may need one to fend off the furry
creatures that will be flying around
your head somewhere on the 18th fair
way. And no balls, because, well,
somebody could really get hurt.
Hole 1, Par 5, 565 yards, Spring
Garden -This hole will require your
best drive of the evening. You see, it's
located at 1 1 1 E. Main St. in Carrboro,
so you may want to use your best 1977
VW bus driver to hit the middle of the
fairway. More importantly, this bar has
the best selection of beers in the area.
You name it, they have it. It's a par
five (five gulps to a beer), and the first
hole by design, because you deserve
See BAR GOLF, page 20
By MADDIE BAUMANN
OK, so you've had a few forkfuls
of cafeteria food at Lenoir Hall, and
you already find your tongue flapping
in the wind and your taste buds adrift,
awaiting some culinary wind to fill
. You need some real food.
;. Well, have no fear. There are alter
natives to cafeteria cuisine.
First, the fast food joints. Just as
every dogs has his fleas, every town
has McDonald's and it's ilk. Along
Franklin Street, you'll find McDonald's
and Hardee's on the west end toward
Carrboro, and Burger King and Taco
Bell on the main strip. Carrboro has
Wendy's and Kentucky Fried Chicken,
just to make the list complete.
Now, on to finer fare.
Would you like some breakfast?
First stop: Ye Olde Waffle Shop on
Franklin. Despite its doughy biscuits
and bitter coffee, this small, narrow
restaurant with counter seating and
tables is a Chapel Hill institution. On
weekends, you'll stand in line.
Another Chapel Hill favorite is
Preadmen's on Rosemary Street. It has
a roomy dining room and plenty of
parking. Try the thick blueberry pan
cakes, blueberry crumbcake a mile high
or creamy cheese omelets, which come
with home fries or grits and biscuits or
toast (try the sunflower toast).
Breadmen's also serves a great lunch
The Continental Cafe on Hender
son Street serves a good, inexpensive
breakfast. You can sit in a booth, tilt
your head back and look at the 20 or
so panels depicting scenes from Greek
mythology on the vaulted ceiling. Ask
for their mozzarela cheese omelet.
Bruegger's Bagel Bakery serves
fine, chewy bagels for those in a New
York state of mind sesame, pum
pernickel, whole wheat, cinammon
raisin, onion, garlic, salt and plain. Try
one with honey-walnut cream cheese,
and take home a cheap bagful of their
day-old bagels for your microwave or
toaster. They also serve big bagel sand
wiches and two soups daily.
Carolina Coffee Shop has a quiet,
elegant and expensive breakfast. You'll
feel like a real gentleman or lady while
you dine on one of their asparagus
HliDD iretayrainit caim salisfy aifl tastes
omelets and sip espresso.
"Put a little South in your mouth"
is the motto of Dip's Country Kitchen,
which is next to Tijuana Fat's on Rose
mary Street. Dip's serves authentic
Southern food at fairly reasonable
prices. Fried chicken, vegetable frit
ters, chicken and dumplings and even
chitlins are on the menu.
The Looking Glass Cafe is a fine
little gern, tucked away in the back of
University Square. It's light and airy
inside, with large windows, hanging
plants and ceiling fans. The Cafe's
selections range from vegetable and
spinach-cheese sandwiches to hamburg
ers and corned-beef sandwiches.
Spanky's and Four Corners, both
across from the University on Fran
klin Street, offer a wide assortment of
sandwiches and entrees, and you can
have a drink while you wait. Spanky's
is the place to take your parents when
they come to visit (or have them take
you), especially for Sunday brunch.
At Colonel Chutney's on Rosemary
Street, you can sit inside or at a table
in their courtyard. Try the tandoori
chicken one-half of a chicken, mari
nated in lime and garlic, and then
Crook's Corner, on Franklin Street
at the Carrboro line, is a former barbe
cue hut that went upscale. It now is
only open for dinner, and specializes
in nouveau Southern cuisine such as
the delicious sauteed shrimp over
cheese grits (no kidding). The roof
outside is decorated with a freakish
assortment of animals made out of drift
wood. North Carolina is famed for having
the best barbecue in the United States,
but there isn't any place in downtown
Chapel Hill to get it. Allen and Son's,
five miles down Airport Road, serves
a tangy and tasty plate of pig, if you
don't mind the drive.
For the vegetarians, and those in
sympathy with them, Pyewacket Res
taurant and Bar is the place to go.
Pyewacket is very popular and has
gourmet-type food, with especially
good seafood. Inside, it's spacious and
relaxing, but pricey.
Onward to other nationalities.
Magdalena's on West Franklin has
the best Mexican food around and
emphasizes healthful ingredients. A
selection of vegetable side dishes and
scrumptious soups rounds out filling
menu choices such as tostadas, enchi
ladas, excellent taco salads and other
lesser-known Mexican specialties. Be
prepared to drink a lot to cool your
tongue if you eat the combread stud
ded with jalapeno peppers that comes
with the sometimes spicy soup choices
or the salsa that comes with the chips.
Also serving fine Mexican food are
Papagayo's, in the NCNB Plaza across
from campus, and Tijuana Fat's on
Rosemary Street. The Flying Burrito
on Airport Road serves fine, less ex
pensive, Mexican fare.
The Golden Dragon and Four-Five-Six
are practically next door to each
other on Franklin and serve you
guessed it Chinese food. Both serve
cafeteria-style and nearly identical fare.
The consensus is that Golden Dragon's
food is tastier, but Four-Five-Six gives
Well, when you're in the mood, the
Italian Pizzeria on West Franklin,
Pepper's on East Franklin, Tony's in
University Mall and Mariakakis Res
taurant on U.S. 15-501 are all top-
notch. Tony's and Italian Pizzeria both
serve New York-style pizza, and
Pepper's is renowned for its spicy sauce.
Mariakakis also has Greek specialties,
along with the tasty and garlicky Ara
bic bread, which is basically a pizza
without the sauce. Not good to order
on a date unless you share it, but defi-
See RESTAURANTS, page 10
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From staff reports
It's a tradition.
It's a UNC tradition.
It's a Chapel Hill tradition.
It's the Rams Head Rathskeller,
more commonly referred to as "The
The Rat, a restaurant with a dark,
earthy atmosphere, opens at a heavy
wooden door in Amber Alley off
Franklin Street. The restaurant is as
much a part of Chapel Hill as the
Old Well or Silent Sam.
"We've been here since 1948,"
said manager Charles Smith, who's
been there for nine years. "We're
part of the history of Chapel Hill
"I've got waiters here who've
been here for 20 years," he said.
"I've got one waiter who's been here
for 40 years. On the average, people
are here for 20 to 25 years."
The Rat has a special relation
ship with the community, Smith said.
"It's just a unique place to work
with different clientele," he said. "We
also do a lot of repeat business, and
that allows you to build a personal
relationship with all your custom
ers. "During lunches, I'd say that it's
75 percent residents and 25 percent
students and then at night, it's 75
percent students? and 25 percent
Since 1948, people have been
coming to the Rat to leave their ini
tials in the solid wooden picnic-type
tables, see "their" waiter and to sink
their teeth into The Rat's specialty,
the "Double Gambler," a tender, siz
zling steak served on a skillet at 500
"We give quick service, and it's
a unique restaurant," Smith said. "Our
best sellers are the spaghetti, the Gam
bler and the lasagna by far."
With its famous Carolina blue
bordered paper menu, The Rat also
offers a patron anything from a bowl
of soup to a double roast beef din
ner, ranging in price from $2.75 to
$8.75. Ribs and barbeque chicken
are also popular items. The Rat's
iced tea is a delightful thirst quencher,
and each table gets its own pitcher,
so waiting for a refill is never a con
cern. The most expensive item on the
menu is an around-the-world pizza
at $ 15.75, containing hamburger, sau
sage, onions and several other top
pings. "This is not just any pizza,
though," Smith said. 'This is the same
pizza served when The Rat first in
troduced pizza to the people of North
Although Smith admitted there
has been some question as to whether
The Rat did serve pizza first, he said,
"As far as we know, it was first, but
if anyone knows another restaurant
that served pizza earlier, let us know,
and we will gladly concede."
An impressive group of people
have visited The Rat, including Andy
Griffith, Ron Howard, James Wor
thy and Michael Jordan.
"It's the regulars, though, who
carve grafitti all over the tables and
walls," Smith said. "There's not a
nook or cranny where a knife or a
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A cook prepares the Rat's world-famous lasagna
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