Tom Scheidler and his business partners Jim Handoush and Mike Itayem are behind the new restaurant in Chapel Hill. They have a vision to allow customers to “create their own sandwich experience,” according to the release.
Scheidler said in a statement in the release that customers will be able to choose their meat and bun, and from more than 40 toppings to create a sandwich. The eatery will be open for lunch and dinner.
The owners also opened the Top This! Café in Raleigh’s Atrium on Blue Ridge Road last month.
The Thrill condemned: Renovation work is under way at The Thrill at Hector’s at 157 E. Rosemary St. after the location was condemned as a result of non-permitted construction on the site, according to a copy of a Nov. 13 notice from the town.
The notice, which was signed by the town’s chief building inspector and deputy fire chief and fire marshal, the said there were issues with an outdoor seating area and addition, and additional problems identified during a bar check.
Construction on a structural addition and patio, seating and assembly area was ordered to be stopped in April because the work was started without town permits or inspections, according to the notice.
Permits for the work were later applied for and approved, according to the notice, but never paid for or picked up, and no inspections were completed. The notice said town staff identified remaining violations Nov. 6 for the outside seating area and addition.
Inspectors also found interior issues, including un-permitted additions of two service bar areas, and a redesign to an existing service bar.
The notice stated that the business owner had to employ a registered architect in order to develop a plan to bring the building into compliance.
Matt Lawrence, deputy chief and fire marshal for the Chapel Hill Fire Department, said in an email that work has been started by a contractor at the site.
“The renovations that are being conducted at the site are a direct result of the corrective measures that property owner agreed to make to bring the property into compliance,” he said.
Lawrence said all work will be subject to inspections before the condemnation order is removed.
Attempts to reach the operators of The Thrill at Hector’s business were not successful Thursday.
Coffee to support community building: Carrboro Coffee Roasters is partnering with the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools PTA Thrift Shop to raise funds for the shop’s Community Building Campaign.
According to a news release, the Carrboro-based coffee company that operates Open Eye Café and Caffe Driade has developed the blend, and is selling it for $10 with all profits going to the PTA Thrift Store project.
The PTA Thrift Shop in Carrboro is planned to have a new 22,000-square-foot building at its old location in the town. The groundbreaking is expected to occur in the next several weeks. The project also includes a second, 5,000-square-foot building that will contain leasable space.
The shop has closed at the old location in Carrboro, but has a temporary location in Carrboro at 201 W. Weaver St. There is also a location in Chapel Hill at The Village Plaza shopping center.
The shop donates its profits to Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.
SaxArt Gallery Holiday Market Show: The fine arts gallery, the SaxArt Gallery in Saxapahaw, which is in Alamance County, is holding a free preview party today for its Holiday Art Market.
Suzanne Connors, owner and director of the gallery, said more than 40 artists with paintings, fiber, pottery, handmade ornaments, and glass work will be participating. Many of the artists will be there Sunday. There will be live music.
Connors said the event is being held in a room at the back of the gallery called the Meat Locker. She said the building used to be the company store for the cotton mill that was across the street. The room is eventually slated to become a wine bar, she said.
The preview party will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. today, according to the website http://saxapahawartists.com/Exhibit_Detail.cfm?ShowsID=90. The gallery is located at 1616 Jordan Drive in Saxapahaw.
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