Update: Johnny's of Carrboro closes ... temporarily | Food
Food
INDY Week's food blog

Archives | RSS

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Update: Johnny's of Carrboro closes ... temporarily

Posted by on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 5:48 PM

IMG_0550.jpg
Sadly, it appears that Johnny's of Carrboro is closed this evening due to more than the impending rain. By the look of things, the local watering hole, community spot and haven for an array of food vendors has completely shut its doors. A note on the front door reads, "Closed, Thanks for 4 great years Carrboro." And inside, it looks as though most of the stock and furniture have been removed. No one could be reached at this time to comment.

Update 6/24:

Jan Halle, who helped co-open Johnny’s in Carrboro over four and a half years ago, reveled in her horoscope printed in the Independent earlier this week. “It said, ‘You’re going to jump out of a plane. You’re going to start a new life.’ It was fantastic.”

When I spoke with Halle earlier today, her new life was well under way. She was drinking iced coffee in an unusually empty and quiet Johnny’s, and answering the door for neighbors and customers who came knocking to find out more about the business’ close earlier this week.

According to Halle, the business had become too much for co-owner Brian Plaster, who has been busy with Frosty Trading Post, a similar venture in Pittsboro. Plaster will continue to oversee that operation, and Halle will put her energy into reopening Johnny’s. “It’s sad that it closed but it will rise again. I’m dedicated and determined that it will,” she says.

Halle, a doctor at UNC for 37 years, has had several inquiries about the store and hopes to find the right person to help carry it forward. “I’m a physician, so what do I know about business?” she asks with a laugh. “I have to figure out my role.”

Halle can’t confirm an exact date for the reopening, but promises a place with the “same flavor” that Plaster created. “I love this place and I love what he’s done with this place,” she says.

In the meantime, some aspects of Johnny’s will carry on as usual. On Saturday, Jody Argote of Parlez-Vous Crepes will be with her truck in its normal spot at the side of Johnny’s lot. “We’ll be there with our regular menu at the regular time and we’ll be selling cold beverages. The only thing missing will be going inside,” Argote says.

Or as Halle puts it, "It's like someone's gone fishing for a week or two."


Update 6/27:

Halle co-owned the former Johnny's building, but not the business. Thus, when Halle reopens the 901 W. Main Street space in Carrboro, it will operate under a different name.

Johnny's will continue at Plaster's newest venture, Frosty's Trading Post in Pittsboro (2143 Jones Ferry Rd., Pittsboro). Plaster's fiance, Courtney Buley, says that Plaster has not finalized a name for the business, but she anticipates something like Johnny's at Frosty's.

Pin It

Comments (6)

Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-6 of 6

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Food



Twitter Activity

Comments

I think the issue here is why this is happening. Why is an international company buying up mid-sized craft breweries? …

by Tim Harper on N.C. Brewery Wicked Weed Purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Dammit. (Food)

Thanks. It has been fixed.

by David Klein on Save Your Coins: Durham's Quarter Horse Arcade to Open by June 1 (Food)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

Most Recent Comments

I think the issue here is why this is happening. Why is an international company buying up mid-sized craft breweries? …

by Tim Harper on N.C. Brewery Wicked Weed Purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Dammit. (Food)

Thanks. It has been fixed.

by David Klein on Save Your Coins: Durham's Quarter Horse Arcade to Open by June 1 (Food)

I believe it's called Quarter Horse ;)

by bubbaganu on Save Your Coins: Durham's Quarter Horse Arcade to Open by June 1 (Food)

Ditto, I had concerns when InBev bought Devil's Backbone in Virginia, and their portfolio has only gotten better and their …

by Troy M on N.C. Brewery Wicked Weed Purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Dammit. (Food)

As a longtime fan of Goose Island, I was nervous when Inbev acquired them, worried that such a "sell out" …

by Doug Buchacek on N.C. Brewery Wicked Weed Purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Dammit. (Food)

© 2017 Indy Week • 320 E. Chapel Hill St., Suite 200, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation