The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel, Unveils New Crossroads Chapel Hill Restaurant

First significant renovation to historic hotel’s restaurant area in two decades

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (October 2015) – An evening stroll and a crossing of roads led John Sprunt Hill – distinguished alumnus, successful businessman and UNC Chapel Hill trustee – to sit and envision an establishment that would cater to the immediate needs of Chapel Hill and 
its residents. That establishment became an institution and close to 100 years later, The Carolina Inn is still carrying on that vision of hospitality, dining and libations.

The new Crossroads Chapel Hill restaurant opened on September 18 as a crafted dining experience unique to Chapel Hill. Share a meal or cocktail with friends and family in the historic setting of The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel. With its distinctly southern soul and, specifically, its North Carolina Spirit, Crossroads infuses dining experiences with energy, great food and a comforting sense of place.

Even with a new name, new menu, new venue and more seating, Crossroads Chapel Hill strives to build upon its already stellar reputation – Four-Stars by Forbes Travel Guide for 15 straight years and AAA’s Four Diamond rating for 13 straight years as Carolina Crossroads – and become more welcoming to newer generations and young professionals and serve as a central gathering place for UNC students, faculty, staff and Chapel Hill residents and visitors.

Chef James Clark’s menus will focus on grown, caught and raised ingredients that are sourced regionally to produce his interpretation of Carolina Cuisine.

“We will have a new look and a new menu, but I think everyone will be thrilled with the changes,” Clark said. “Our goal is to make it a great experience for even more people.”

And there are more sharing selections, more mixing and matching among small and large plate offerings.

The long-time patrons will also appreciate the lunch “Inn Tray.” As a reflection of The Carolina Inn’s Cafeteria, a selection of entrées are paired with the day’s soup and green salad, a slice of seasonal pie and Ice Tea or Lemonade.

Autumn’s dinner sharing plate features are Crispy Pork Belly Mac n Cheese and Soy Pickled Shitake Mushrooms, while small plate highlights are Duck Bolognaise, Fennel Bisque with Thyme Pepper Honey or Roasted Beet Salad with Local Pea Shoots. New large plates of note are Wild Boar Meatloaf with Charred Carrots, Short Rib Pot Roast or “Two Hands” Fried Chicken.

In addition, the Inn offers new indoor and outdoor dining spaces sure to be the talk of the town highlighted by:
New bar opens directly to outside pavilion featuring both lounge and dining areas with the main focal point being a fire pit.
New indoor space is very open and flexible (separated by glass panel doors) with an upscale look blending traditional and contemporary design elements.
Stone top tables and no tablecloths provide more comfortable setting.
Larger and more flexible bar seating area ideal for sports game watching.
Front porch area also offers additional seating.
Seven private dining options and special event possibilities.
New Pittsboro Street Provisions, a Grab-and-Go market open in the morning through the afternoon, to quickly pick up fresh coffee, juices, house-made breakfast breads and pastries, yogurt parfaits, and during the day, ready-made salads and sandwiches.
Complimentary parking when dining at Crossroads Chapel Hill for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch or dinner.

The new bar is now where the restaurant was previously located, increasing the size of the bar and featuring many comfortable gathering areas with booths, banquettes and tables with direct access to the newly created outside venues. The new restaurant takes over the old bar location and also expands into the North Parlor area. This transformed space provides a warm and open ambiance.

Two years ago, The Carolina Inn debuted another significant renovation that updated most of the property’s infrastructure, completely remodeled the guestrooms and enhanced the function rooms and public areas.

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About The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel
The historical Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel, features 185 charming and well-appointed guestrooms including 7 luxury suites. The Carolina Inn and its Crossroads Chapel Hill restaurant were awarded AAA’s prestigious 2015 Four Diamond ratings, marking 18 consecutive hotel honors and 13 straight restaurant recognitions. The restaurant has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide for 15 straight years. Follow us on Twitter: @CarolinaInn, Instagram: @TheCarolinaInn, Pinterest: #TheCarolinaInn, and Google+: TheCarolinaInn. Like us on Facebook: CarolinaInn.

About Destination Hotels
Destination Hotels (Destination) is a collection of luxury and upscale independent hotels, resorts and residences across the United States. Offering authentically-immersed and enriching experiences, each property is individual at heart, yet connected by a commitment to drawing upon the best of each location. Highly distinct, the Destination experience is always memorable and matchless; guests will feel the locale in a genuine way through each property and during the engaging moments cultivated both in and outside of them. Continuously growing with more than 40 properties from coast to coast, the award-winning portfolio features 20 renowned golf courses, 20 indigenous spas, and 110 exceptional bars and restaurants. Destination Hotels are true to our place; diverse by design. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @Destination. Like us on Facebook: DestinationHotels.


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