TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2005
FROM STAFF REPORTS
■ A UNC Hospitals employ
ee reported being the victim of
strong armed robbery at 12:05
a.m. Monday, Chapel Hill police
Reports state that a woman
returned to her parked car at the
Harris Teeter in the Chapel Hill
North complex at 1800 Airport
Road to unload her groceries
when a man in the car next to her
reached out of the window, poked
her in the side and demanded that
she give him her wallet.
Reports state that the victim
threw the wallet, which contained
her driver’s license and credit
cards, at the man and ran back
into the store.
According to reports, the robber
was described as being in his 30s
and having a stocky build.
■ The Eckerd drug store at 602
Jones Ferry Road reported a larce-
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police reports state.
According to reports, a store
employee observed a man leaving
a clear plastic bag at the front of
the store when he entered.
Reports state that after several
minutes, the employee saw the
man put items in the bag and run
out of the store.
According to reports, the
employee saw a Con-Air hair
dryer, valued at sl6, in the bag
and believes that the subject took
curling irons as well.
Reports state that the man was
last seen running behind Food
Lion. A police search of the area
was not able to locate him.
■ A UNC School of Dentistry
employee reported a breaking and
entering and larceny from her resi
dence on Cobb Street at 9:40 p.m.
Saturday, Carrboro police reports
According to reports, someone
threw a brick through a kitchen
window to break into the home.
Once in the residence, the per
petrator stole an Apex DVD player
valued at SSO, a Fila coat valued
at SSO, a Phat Farm coat valued at
S7O and a Sony CD player valued
at $25, reports state.
Police fingerprints of the area
were entered into evidence, but
no information on a suspect was
■ A local teenager reported that
her vehicle faced a breaking and
entering and larceny on Columbia
Street at noon Sunday, Chapel Hill
police reports state.
. Reports state that someone
entered through an unlocked pas
senger-side door and stole a Vera
Bradley hanging makeup bag val
ued at SIOO, a Vera Bradley shoul
der tote valued at $125, a Kodak
digital camera valued at S3OO,
S2OO worth of makeup and SBOO
worth of clothes.
■ A Durham woman reported
that she was the victim of larceny
at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, Chapel Hill
police reports state.
According to reports, the vic
tim was shopping at Whole Foods
Market at 81 S. Elliot Road when
someone stole her purse out of her
unattended shopping cart.
Reports state that the purse,
with contents that were valued at
SIOO, contained her driver’s license
and several credit cards.
■ Chapel Hill police responded
to a weapons discharge complaint
at 5 p.m. Sunday in Fraternity
Court, police reports state.
According to reports, police
received a shots fired call near
Granville Towers that said a loud
discharge was heard near the
court, at 106 S. Columbia St.
When police arrived on the scene,
they found a subject holding a PVC
pipe used for shooting potatoes.
Police confiscated the device,
more commonly known as a “spud
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Downtown coffee shop
puts the ‘bar’ in barista
The sounds of classical music
waft through the fragrant daytime
air inside 138 E. Franklin St. as stu
dents, professors and locals enjoy
But after night falls, the peaceful
restaurant transforms into a lively
bar, packed with students seeking
live tunes and cheap drinks.
The dark wooden booths and
the friendly atmosphere of the
same since its
opening in 1922.
ity of the restau
rant has helped
it become a his
Shop brews warm
feelings in area
“It hasn’t changed much over the
years,” said Matt Hodler, one of two
managers of Carolina Coffee Shop.
“We’ve done a good job of staying
with the original idea.”
awning over the Coffee Shop has
signaled a fun place to relax with
friends for many decades and to
“A lot of people are interested to
know that it’s the oldest restaurant
in the Wangle,” Hodler said.
Although the restaurant has
been open for 83 years, most of
its employees have been there less
than one. Many employees are
students, so there tends to be a
quick turnover among the staff.
“That’s what this place was origi
nally for: having students work.”
The restaurant’s unchanging
face is what has endeared it to
many UNC students, both new and
old. Sophomore Kathy Pierson,
who has lived in Chapel Hill all her
life, enjoys the tradition.
“I like it because it brings back
memories from when I was little
and Used to eat lunch there with
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People pass by Carolina Coffee Shop on Monday. The downtown fixture
opened in 1922 and features all-day meals as well as nighttime drinking.
my family and then walk around
town and campus,” she said.
As she got older, Pierson gained
anew perspective on Carolina
“I never really knew it was a fun
bar spot until I was a student at
UNC,” she said.
The history of the restaurant is
also important to junior Caitlin
“My mom worked at the Coffee
Shop when she was a student here,”
she said. “Now when I go there, I
think about my mom when she was
The daytime crowd consists
mostly of professors and gradu
ate students. The staff recognizes
the faces of many of the customers
who are pleased with the food and
continually come back for more,
“You can come in here and get
a cheap meal —a nice light snack
or you can spend a little more
and get a great meal,” Hodler
Hodler and the other manager,
Richie Hodel, consider the res
taurant’s menu unique. The most
popular items are the eggs bene
dict, the brie and bacon sandwich
and the various monthly dinner
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Saturday, allowing the site to be
a versatile attraction for daytime
diners and late-night partyers.
The venue features live bands on
Friday and Saturday nights, DJs on
Tuesdays and Thursdays and jazz
bands on Wednesday evenings.
Tuesday is the most popular
night, Hodel said.
“The late-night crowd is basi
cally all students,” Hodler said.
“They like it because we have cheap
drinks and great bartenders.”
Its many attractions have helped
Carolina Coffee Shop maintain
widespread appeal for more than
“When they think about the
history, people get all nostalgic,”
“You can get breakfast here,
lunch here, dinner here, drunk
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