‘Food and Pleasure’: Five new businesses to open on and around Franklin Street in 2022


Over the summer, five new businesses and restaurants have come or will come to Chapel Hill.

Here’s what you need to know about each new location:

Base camp

Basecamp opened May 27 at 105 E. Franklin St., next to Sup Dogs. The restaurant offers a great selection of cocktails and a rotating menu of dishes from countries around the world.

Basecamp stays open until 2 a.m. to satisfy late-night cravings Thursday through Saturday. The restaurant is also open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Sunday brunch.

Basecamp owner Ramesh Dahal said he wanted to include the whole family at Basecamp, even those too young to drink.

“It’s not just the bar, it’s a place where (people) can celebrate, meet and have fun,” he said.

Still life

Still Life, an 18+ nightclub, is hosting a soft-opening of its rooftop space above Sutton’s Drug Store at 159 E. Franklin St. on July 8. The inauguration of the entire site will take place on the weekend of August 19.

Still Life’s general manager, Cameron Renna, said Still Life is an entertainment complex with four venues: a full-scale nightclub with bottle service, a smaller cocktail bar that seats 60 to 70 people, a bar on the roof with a roof that opens and closes and a 25+ bar.

Still Life also has another location in Greenville, North Carolina, where it is a popular nightlife spot for East Carolina University students.

“We’re definitely a big part of the Greenville community, and that’s something we’re excited to bring here to Chapel Hill as well,” Renna said.


Prologue Used and Rare Books, a sister store to Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews, is slated to open next door at 109 E. Franklin Street by the end of July. Owner Jaime Sanchez said the exact opening date for Prologue will be announced by the end of June.

Sanchez owns and operates Epilogue with his wife, Miranda. He said he chose to open Prologue to include more seating for customers and to house the used and rare book collections.

Prologue will also have community meeting space and provide more square footage to host events. Sanchez said the opening of Prologue follows through on the promise of having space for the whole community.

“We definitely don’t want to rush this time,” he said. “Epilogue opened up and we saw people responding to it, so we kind of stayed open and didn’t do a big opening. We want to do it right this time.


Bombolo, owned by siblings Garret Fleming and Eleanor Lacy, will be a Mediterranean-Italian restaurant opening at 104 N. Graham St., next to Al’s Burger Shack.

“We’re going to do it all from start to finish,” Lacy said. “It will be foods that we like to eat, that is to say a lot of fresh pasta, stuffed pasta. We’ll know prosciutto and salami and then we’ll use lots of fresh local vegetables and seafood to cook whatever we want to make.

She added that the restaurant will have a warm atmosphere and will not be overpriced or formal.

For now, Lacy said an opening date is unclear, but she hopes for August.

Raising canes

Raising Canes is a Louisiana-based fast food chain that specializes in chicken, Texas Toast, coleslaw, crinkle fries and its famous Canes sauce.

Raising Canes will open at 101 E. Franklin St., next to Starbucks. This location was home to Spanky’s Restaurant for over 40 years. From 2018 to 2022, the space housed Lula’s, another fried chicken restaurant.

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership executive director Matt Gladdeck said the restaurant is working on permits and will hopefully open around August, but the exact date is still unknown.

Raising Canes has only two other locations in the state, both in eastern North Carolina in Jacksonville and Greenville.

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