WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 2005
FROM STAFF REPORTS
■ An 80-year-old Chapel Hill
resident reported Monday that a
window at his Crest Street home
had been shot out, Chapel Hill
police reports state.
According to reports, the man
reported the broken window frame,
valued at $l5O, about 12:03 p.m.
Police have not determined what
type of firearm was used in the inci
dent and still are investigating.
■ An unknown person is want
ed for disturbing the peace around
7 p.m. Monday off Whitaker Street,
Chapel Hill police reports state.
According to reports, the person
began fighting with another indi
vidual and pulled out a shotgun.
The type of shotgun is unknown,
but ammunition for a 12-gauge
firearm was found.
Police are continuing to investi
gate the incident.
■ A 66-year-old Chapel Hill
woman was the victim of larceny
and breaking and entering from
her home off Hillview Drive on
Monday night, Chapel Hill police
According to reports, someone
broke the window pane in the
victim’s front door to gain entry
before 10:39 p.m. The perpetrator
took about S2OO in costume jew
elry in the incident.
■ An unattended purse belong
ing to an area woman was taken
from the Fordham Boulevard
Holiday Inn on Sunday morning,
Chapel Hill police reports state.
According to reports, the purse
was taken sometime before 2:12
a.m. from the hotel, at 1301 N.
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The contents of the purse were
valued at more than SIOO, reports
■ An employee of Carolina
Cleaners was arrested Tuesday on
one count each of driving while
impaired and speeding, both mis
demeanors, Chapel Hill police
According to reports, David
Reid Perry, 33, of 904 Mineral
Springs Road in Durham, was
charged with both counts after
officers caught him speeding
around Fordham Boulevard.
His blood-alcohol content was
measured at .08 percent, reports
He was released on a writ
ten promise to appear June 7 in
Administrative Traffic Court in
■ A breaking and entering
and larceny from a vehicle were
reported Monday morning at 103
Stephens St., Chapel Hill police
According to reports, an unat
tended 2001 Chevy Tahoe was bro
ken into without force.
A S2OO iPod, sls Dave Matthews
Band CD, sls Jack Johnson CD
and $lO in coins were taken in the
incident, reports state.
■ A robbery was reported
Tuesday morning at 143 W.
Franklin St., Chapel Hill police
According to reports, a 43-year
old man told police that someone
tried to take his wallet and then
Police are investigating.
Familiar faces fill Bavarian bunker
BY ELANA JONES
“Rathskeller” was tradition
ally the basement of the town hall
in every town in Germany and
Austria, and in 1948, Franklin Street
received its own version in the form
of a dark, cavernous eatery.
When the Danzigers, a family of
grants, moved to
Chapel Hill, they
brought the tra
dition with them
“Now, it’s as
much a part of
Chapel Hill and
UNC as the Bell
search out lasagna
and steaks in
Tower or the Dean Dome,” said
Carter Honeycutt, the restaurant’s
Erwin Danziger was a pastry
chef, and the family originally
owned the Old World Gift Shop,
situated above the basement where
the restaurant resides.
The transition from gift shop to
restaurant was natural, said lan
Scott, a bartender and occasional
manager at the Rathskellar. “They
served coffee and apple pie to the
students who would study there.
Eventually, they opened a restau
rant in the basement.”
Eugene “Pop” Lyons, a server at
“The Rat,” as it is often called, has
been there since 1963. “You meet
a lot of different people here,” he
said. “But the employees, the atmo
sphere it’s just like family here.”
Because of the Danzigers’
Mama always said, you can never have
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Austrian heritage, The Rat features
traditional German decor, with dark
wood paneling and barrel heads.
Each of the rooms of the restau
rant is named the Train Room,
the Cave Room, the Circus Room,
the Coop for its unique decor or
function. The Circus Room traces
the Danzigers’ flight from Austria
to Chapel Hill. The Coop was his
torically the room from which fried
chicken was sold to waiting students
in the alleyway on game days.
In the bar, students have marked
the walls as their own. There are
many jubilant scrawlings com
memorating the NCAA men’s bas
ketball championships in 1982,
1993 and 2005. Several make
unflattering references to nearby
rival Duke University.
“On game days, we’re just
mobbed,” Scott said. “Football
games, basketball games... it’s a lot
of the alumni who come back, and
they want to visit the restaurant they
ate at when they were students.”
Scott said he thinks it’s the tra
dition of the establishment that
keeps people coming to The Rat
long after graduation. “They come
back to see our old servers, like Pop
and Linwood and Davis and Mitch,
who have worked here for 30 or 40
years,” he said.
These waiters, and others who
have since retired, are celebrated
with caricatures on one wall.
Pop also said people return
because of the history. “It started
off, college kids would come here,
but then they come back, and they
bring their kids, and then they
bring their kids,” he said.
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University alumni Buddy Hollind (left) and Dee and Wayne Parrish eat
Tuesday night at the Ramshead Rathskellar, a longtime local favorite.
Fred Hayes, a retired mechanic
from Hillsborough, estimated that
he has been coming to The Rat
about once a week for 30 years.
“It feels like home,” Hayes said.
“You generate friends, you get to
know the staff, and it’s always the
Hayes said he often orders the
specials for which the restaurant is
known lasagna, gambler’s steak,
or rare roast beef sandwiches.
The restaurant is also known for
its Hot Apple Pie Louise, named
after Louise Headen, who made
the pies for The Rat longer than
■ Due to a reporting error, the
April 26 article “Officials: 4 cases are
a coincidence” states that Student
Health Service is providing the men
ingitis vaccine for free. It is not.
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anyone can remember, Pop said.
The Danzigers also owned the
Ranch House, on Airport Road,
and the Zoom Zoom Room, once
located across from Spanky’s, but
only The Rat has survived, perhaps
because of its central location.
“It’s an interesting setting,
being a small business on Franklin
Street,” Scott said. “We all try to
help each other out. It’s a very
cooperative atmosphere, and you
can always get help.”
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