It looks like you'll no longer have to travel to Durham to get your Mellow Mushroom fix. Come March 4, this popular pizza bakery will find itself back in Chapel Hill at 310 W. Franklin St., the former Ham's location, after closing its doors in 2005.
"Since [the closing], we have opened stores in Raleigh, Durham and Wake Forest markets ... when we started getting calls from local landlords in the Chapel Hill market, we knew it was the perfect sign," says owner Kent Hodges.
Its wide variety of pizzas, hoagies, salads, calzones and appetizers make Mellow Mushroom a restaurant that can easily satisfy your entire dinner party -- there are even options for vegetarians, vegans, kids and those that require gluten-free items.
Each Mellow Mushroom store has its own unique artwork that coincides with the owners' passions, and the Chapel Hill location will be no different. With a "flashback" theme designed by Amy Senn, the location will feature the largest mural in the Mellow collection, emphasizing the commonalities between past and present using imagery drawn from UNC college yearbooks and psychedelic posters.
If the creative artwork won't reel you in, then the two full-service bars and multiple vantage points for all things sports might do the trick. You can also join the Mellow Beer Club and make your way through an assortment of high quality craft beers while earning member-only rewards along the way. In addition, Mellow Mushroom will feature live bluegrass music every Tuesday night.
"Chapel Hill was the reason [the company] moved from Alabama to North Carolina," says Hodges. "We are thrilled to come back, and we are ready to show the community why Mellow is the perfect fit."
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