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ELON, NORTH CAROLINA 1 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2010 | VOLUME 36, EDITION 3
The Town Table
New restaurant to replace Brown and Co. location
Alexa Milan and Laura Smith
Upon return to campus following
Christmas break, many Elon University
students were surprised to hear Brown
and Co. had shut its doors for good.
On Dec. 31, the university announced
Brown and Co. would be replaced with
The Town Table, a new restaurant owned
by Elon alumnus Chris Russell of B.
Christopher’s, B's Bistro and Benjamin’s
Seafood in Burlington.
According to Russell, The Town
Table will feature French brasserie style
cuisine as well as American tavern
dishes. Some entrees include coco van,
croque-monsieur, fish and chips and
Lunch prices will range from $8-$ 10 a
person and dinner will range from $14-
$18 a person, Russell said. Phoenix cash
and meal dollars will both be accepted.
“I’m hoping that my background,
culinary-wise, will bring in some more
diversity of menu items than was here
before,” Russell said. “I think the quality
of our kitchen ... will be received well.”
The Town Table will feature a
street cafe Parisian atmosphere, new
aesthetics and weekly entertainment.
“It’ll be a little bit airier,” Russell said.
“It felt like it was very dark (before). It’ll
be a happier space.”
In addition to a Saturday brunch,
the restaurant will have the first Friday
musical entertainment. The first Friday
night of each month, there will be live
music from both regional and national
acts, Russell said.
Russell is signed to a 10-year lease.
He said he hopes to open The Town Table
at the end of March and is currently
searching for student employees.
“I’m very excited about this ... getting
to know the Town of Elon, the students
the faculty,” Russell said. “I’m looking
forward to being a member of the Elon
The building on Williamson Avenue
where The Town Table will be located
housed the original Brown and Co.
for more than 20 years. Cantina Roble
replaced it in 2002 before the new
Brown and Co. opened in fall 2008.
According to Gerald Whittington,
vice president for business, finance and
technology, the decision to close Brown
and Co. and open The Town Table stems
from the university’s strategic plan.
“The institution’s new strategic
plan has in it, as did the previous
strategic plan, a goal to enrich the retail
development of Elon for our students,
faculty, staff and the townspeople,”
The plan involves an increased
presence of retail venues such as
restaurants, drug stores and clothing
stores not owned and operated by the
When the original Brown and Co.
closed, Whittington said the university
tried to sell the space to local vendors
but no one bought it, so the university
ultimately decided to purchase the
During the summer, the university
met with local vendors and asked why
they were not interested in opening
BRYCE LITTLE | "Staff Photographer
Chris Rusself, the owner of several Burlington restaurants including B. Christopher’s, works on
his latest dining endeavor, the renovation of Brown and Co. The Elon eatery will be named the
Town Table and serve French inspired dishes.
venues in the Town of Elon. Whittington
said most of the vendors were interested
but didn’t want the university to
perceive them as competition.
“What we would rather do is have
them provide all those things (like
restaurants and retail shops) instead
of us having to provide it,” Whittington
See BROWN AND CO. I PAGE 3
Former student vanishes in January, searches inconclusive
On Jan. II, biology professor Matt
Clark got a call every parent hopes to
never receive. His former wife asked
him if he was sitting down, and his only
response was that he hoped it wasn’t
about their daughter, Jocelyn.
Crystal Gathers, Jocelyn’s mother,
was calling to tell Clark that Jocelyn
had gone out for a run that morning
and never come back.
Jocelyn Clark is a 2007 graduate of
Elon University and has lived in Durham
until recently, when she moved with her
mother to her grandparents’ house in
Jocelyn had left the house around
8:30 a.m. By the time it was noon.
Gathers said, she went to look for
Jocelyn on the route she normally ran,
but she was not there. The next step was
to file a report with the police.
Gathers said at first she hesitated in
contacting the police because she didn’t
want to make an issue if Jocelyn came
home. After a while, Jocelyn was still
missing, so Gathers filed the report.
At 6 p.m. that night, Clark received
the news that his daughter was
Police searched through the area
that night with dogs. Computer records
have been looked at, flyers have been
passed out, and while the officers are
looking into some leads, nothing has
led to the safe return of Jocelyn.
According to the police officer
on the case, Sgt. Chris Sanderson of
the Pinebluff Police Department, the
incident doesn’t seem to be criminal in
“She left on her own, that much we
do know,” Sanderson said.
Clark said he talks with Sanderson
regularly about the case.
“(Sanderson) said to me on many
occasions he did not think there was
foul play,” Clark said.
It seemed briefly the family would
be able to put out a silver alert, but
Gathers said because Jocelyn wasn’t
Jocelyn Clark hokls her Elon University diploma.
Clark has been missing since January 11th, 2010.
“cognitively impaired” at the time of
her disappearance, she wouldn’t meet
the qualifications for the program.
Because of previous medical
conditions, Jocelyn could have once
met the qualifications for a silver alert.
Gathers said, but not anymore. A silver
alert in North Carolina is issued under
the circumstance that someone of any
age with dementia or other mental
impairment goes missing.
Clark was told he is not able to sign
a document allowing a silver alert to
be put out because he hasn’t seen his
daughter in more than a year.
Instead, Clark has tried to rally
family members to find Jocelyn. He’s
contacted his family and gotten all
members involved in the search, trying
to get the word out.
He said that it’s a difficult situation,
though, and not one he necessarily
knows how to approach.
“This is not a book on my shelf as
a professor 1 can pull down and follow
the instructions,” he said.
One family member, Annie Hinds,
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