Eat, Drink and Be Merry
New placesfor good beer,fine dining, high living and some laughs
The intriguing, colorful labels of more than 300 types of beer - most of it high proof- carry the
decor in the austere store founded and run
by John Whitaker, a former engineering
executive with The Carolina Inn. Well
positioned between a barbecue joint and
an insurance agency, The Good Beer
Store has developed a following through
word of mouth. His clientele?
"Mostly people who can afford it,"
He sells his beer by the bottle, from
$1.99 bottles of Russian and Czech beer to
a $23.99 magnum of a Belgian brand. An
aficionado of high-alcohol beer himself -
"Can't you tell?" he says, patting his belly
- Whitaker seized the opportunity to go
into business in December after North
Carolina allowed beer with up to 15 per-
cent alcohol to be sold. Since then he has
added a kitchenette-size bar in the back for
his Friday tastings and some beer on tap.
He shares a balcony patio with The Barbe-cue Joint that overlooks a Tae-Kwon-Do
studio in the Cedar Falls Courtyard where,
he hopes, in nice weather parents waiting
for their children to finish lessons will relax
with a beer.
"But only one," cautions Whitaker, a
Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Monday
through Friday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
The Good Beer Store, 630 T#aver Dairy
Road, Chapel Hill; (919) 932-6060
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Recognize Rosemary Street? The new Rosemary Village Condos offer high-end living, with ground-level garages, three-story residences and rooftop patios. They also offer retail and commercial
space - and a glimpse of the future. Two other mixed-use developments are approved for downtown.
flowers on every white linen-covered table.
The restaurant accommodates private
parties, as well, from the single-table alcove
with a window into the kitchen to a
banquet for 160.A separate bar area has a view
of the 5,000-bottle wine cellar. The menu
features signature steaks from $21 to $28
with a choice of four sauces, seafood dishes
from $15 to $23, pasta and vegetarian
entrees, along with a bevy of soups, salads,
appetizers, side servings and desserts. The
establishment has live jazz Thursday nights.
Hours: Monday through Saturday,
dinner is served from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; the
bar is open fi'om 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
B. Christopher~, 100 Meadowmont Circle,
Chapel Hill; (919) 932-1968
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B. Christopher'S brings fine dining to
the mix of culinary experiences in Mead-owmont's cOl11l11ercial center. B. Christo-
pher Russell opened his first classic Anleri-
can steakhouse in Greensboro and
expanded to Chapel Hill in part because
his wife, Julie Russell ' 93, has ties here. She
did the art deco decor that softens the
1940s boys-club atmosphere with warm
earth colors, sliding glass pocket doors and
Moving vans began lining up outside
Rosemary Village Condos at the end of
March as urbanistas settled into their
stacked-level homes. Claudia Groeber, one
of the real estate brokers handling the sale
of the 38 residential units and seven retail
and col11l11ercial spaces, calls it "verticalliv-ing." Entry for most units is fi'om the
garage level. Directly above is the floor
with the kitchen, dining room and great
room. The next level has a guest bedroom,
bath and office/den space. Above that is a
master suite that takes up the entire floor.
Topping it offis a private rooftop terrace
for each unit. Only four remained unsold
as of the end of March.
May /JUli e 2006