Burlington, Elon downtown food and drink operations lead during coronavirus situation

When North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper decreed Tuesday morning (March 17, 2020) that bars and restaurants statewide close for dine-in or in-house service in response to the rapidly spreading coronavirus (COVID-19) it was probably no major shock. Other governors took similar action after a weekend pre-St. Patrick's Day spree of jammed bars in major cities … Continue reading Burlington, Elon downtown food and drink operations lead during coronavirus situation

Updated: Lots of new ideas for things to do in downtown Burlington — and coming soon

Author's note: Updated again on March 13 to reflect schedule changes due to the COVID-19 situation. Latest updates in bold type. Author's Note: This post has been updated to add the event listing below of things to do during the first Fourth Friday Arts Walk scheduled for Feb. 28, 2020 in downtown Burlington. Painting, poetry, … Continue reading Updated: Lots of new ideas for things to do in downtown Burlington — and coming soon

The planned Burlington Food Hall gets a lead restaurant

Last summer it was announced that a food hall would be going into the former site of the Company Shops Market co-op on Front Street in downtown Burlington. Now we know what will go in it. I got a call around lunchtime today (Jan. 7, 2020) from Wellsley Robinson, president of Core Properties, the leading … Continue reading The planned Burlington Food Hall gets a lead restaurant

I wish I could shake hands with Vicente Hernandez at Prego’s Trattoria a last time

The last time I saw Vicente Hernandez he was busy. That wasn't unusual. He was always busy doing one thing or another at the restaurant he owned in Burlington, Prego's Trattoria. Watching Vince at work was a lesson in what operating a locally owned restaurant is truly like. He had a hand in everything -- … Continue reading I wish I could shake hands with Vicente Hernandez at Prego’s Trattoria a last time

Creating a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington

The heart of any city beats in its downtown. It’s the central point that historically ties all parts of a city to local government, commerce, churches, libraries, public services, transportation and information. So a strong heartbeat downtown is essential to the lifeblood of a thriving city. Ensuring a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington is the … Continue reading Creating a healthy heartbeat in downtown Burlington

There’s a new chef in town: Hiring Kyle Wilkerson a coup for Burlington Beer Works

UPDATED, Feb. 17, 2020: Kyle Wilkerson and Burlington Beer Works parted company in late January. --- Kyle Wilkerson got his first look at kitchen operations for Burlington Beer Works on June 25. At the time he was interviewing for the position of executive chef, which would become open in July. Wilkerson, one of the top … Continue reading There’s a new chef in town: Hiring Kyle Wilkerson a coup for Burlington Beer Works