Restaurants and Retail Shops Reopen in Chatham

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Some local businesses are reopening as regulations shift to Phase 2 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order. During Phase I, the order removed the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses. Retail businesses opened at 50% capacity and required customers to stand six feet apart, perform frequent cleanings, provide hand sanitizer when available, screen workers for symptoms and more. The order also allows people to leave their homes for commercial activity at any business that is open.

Gov. Cooper moved the state into a modest “Safer-at-Home” Phase 2, which went into effect on May 22 at 5 p.m. Phase 2 allows restaurants to open at 50% capacity for dine-in customers. Personal care services, like hair salons, can also open at 50% capacity, as can swimming pools. Bars, gyms, public playgrounds and indoor entertainment venues like movie theaters and concert halls will remain closed. No more than 10 people can congregate indoors and no more than 25 outdoors.

If you are a Chatham business that is reopening, please send us a note along with your hours and guidelines, and we will add you to our list!

580 Craft Beer – Retail shop and taps open Tuesday-Friday, 1-8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, noon-8pm. Customers can sit inside, with limited seating, or take drinks outside. Online ordering and curbside pickup options are still available. 

Allen & Son BBQ – Open for takeout only, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-8pm. 

Al’s Burger Shack – open for takeout and curbside pickup. Orders can be placed online.

Al’s Diner – Dining room is open Monday-Friday 6:30am-2:30pm. Takeout and drive through services remain available. 

Angelina’s Kitchen – Providing curbside service Wednesday-Friday, 10am-4pm, and Saturday, 10am-2pm. Individually wrapped, cold and frozen food can be ordered by emailing Menu changes daily. 

Bestfood Cafeteria and Hayley-Bales Steakhouse – Open for takeout only. Hayley-Bales Steakhouse is open for lunch, Wednesday-Friday, 11:30am-2pm, and for dinner, Sunday-Thursday, 4:30pm-9pm, and Friday-Saturday, 4:30-10pm. Bestfood Cafeteria is open for lunch, Monday-Saturday, 11am-2pm and on Sunday, 11am-3pm. Open for dinner Monday-Saturday, 4:30-8pm. 

Breakaway Cafe – Open Monday-Saturday, 8am-5pm. The patio is now open, however the inside dining area remains closed. Orders can be placed at the counter, online or over the phone by calling 984-234-3010. 

Brownie Lu’s Restaurant – Dining room is open with limited capacity. Open 7am-5pm.

Capps Pizzeria – Open for delivery and pickup Wednesday-Saturday, 4-8pm. Orders can be placed online

Captain John’s Dockside Fish & Crab House – Open for takeout Monday-Sunday, 11am-7pm. 

Carolina Brewery – Both locations are now open for indoor dining. The Pittsboro location is open Monday-Sunday, 11am-9pm. The Chapel Hill location is open Monday-Thursday, 4-9pm and Friday-Sunday, noon-9pm. Outside seating available. 

Carolina Cravings Co. –  Open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. Outside seating available.

Photo Courtesy Carolina Tiger Rescue

Carolina Tiger Rescue – Reopens its gates to the public beginning on June 5. The rescue is limiting tours to 12 guests and a guide, who will remain six feet apart at all times. Both guides and guests will be required to wear cloth masks while on site. Safety precautions are being taken in the gift shop, with limits to the number of people inside at a time and a new droplet guard installation at the checkout counter. Disinfectant procedures will be in place in between tours and throughout the day. Friday morning tours at 10 a.m. will be specifically reserved for vulnerable members of the public.

Chatham Business Services – Print/fax/copy services open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. Notary on site and also available for remote notary services.

Chatham Habitat ReStore – Now accepting contact-free drop-off donations at its administrative office (467 West St.). Call ahead if you’re not sure what can be accepted. Only drop off Tuesday-Friday, 9am-2pm.

Compadres Mexican Restaurant – Open for takeout and curbside pickup service.

Compadres Tequila Lounge – Open for indoor dining at 50% capacity.

Dry Dock Seafood Restaurant – Providing curbside pickup services. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 4-9pm, Friday-Saturday, 4-10pm, and Sunday, 11:30am-9pm. 

Fearrington Village – Real estate office, restaurants, shops, inn and spa reopening with revised hours on June 3. 

Fragments – open Thursday and Friday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday, 10am-3pm. Someone is available to meet customers for drop-in and appointments. Call 919-548-6651. Also following COVID-19 recommendations for social distancing and masks.

Photo by Beth Mann

French Connections – Now open (and they have colorful masks!).

Gathered Home Decor – Open Tuesday, 10am-2pm, and Wednesday–Saturday, 10am-5pm.

Goodness Gracious – Open Tuesday-Friday, 8am-3pm; Saturday, 8am-noon. Online ordering also available.

Greek Kouzina – Providing curbside pickup services. Open Sunday-Saturday, 11am-9pm. Orders can be placed by calling 919-542-9950.

House of Hops – Open everyday, noon-9pm, with indoor and outdoor seating. Online ordering and curbside pickup services are still available.

The Joyful Jewel – Open Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm. Beth Bale’s Watercolor Classes will resume on Sundays.

La Vita Dolce Espresso & Gelato Café – Open for dine-in and takeout, Monday-Thursday, 7am-7pm, Friday, 7am-8pm, Saturday, 8am-8pm, and Sunday, 8am-7pm.

Mark Hewitt Pottery – New pots from Firing 103 will be on the online store Friday, May 29, at noon. You can have them shipped, or make an appointment to pick them up. Shopping by appointment begins Saturday, May 30, at noon. In place of a traditional kiln opening, a few people at a time will be able to shop safely. Open several days a week this summer and fall.

Photo by Beth Mann

The Modern Life Deli and Drinks – Open for dine-in services at 50% capacity. Outdoor seating and takeout services are also available. Open Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-8pm and Friday-Saturday, 11am-9:30pm. Orders can be placed at the front counter, or over the phone by calling 919-533-6883. 

Moon Asian Bistro – Open for takeout, curbside pickup and delivery Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 11am-10pm, Saturday, 11:30am-10pm, and Sunday, 11:30am-9:30pm. Orders can be placed online. Outside dining patio is also open.

Nericcio’s Family Restaurant – Open for indoor dining Tuesday-Thursday, 9am-7pm, and Friday-Saturday, 9am-9pm. 

Oasis Fresh Market and Deli – Open for curbside pickup Tuesday-Friday, 11am-3pm, and Saturday, noon-3pm.

Photo by Beth Mann

ODDCO. – Now open Wednesday-Saturday, 11am-5pm, and Sunday, noon-4pm. Asking all customers to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Postal Fish Company – Open for dinner by reservation only, Tuesday-Thursday, 5-9pm, and Friday-Saturday, 5-10pm. Reservations can be made by calling 919-704-8612 or by emailing

Pittsboro Roadhouse – Open for dine-in or takeout beginning Thursday, May 28, at 11:30am. Live entertainment returns June 12. 

Pittsboro Toys – Now open.

Rasa Malaysia – Offering takeout, curbside pickup and delivery. Delivery must be ordered before 7:30. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-8pm. 

The Root Cellar Cafe and Catering  Offering online ordering and pickup, weekly prepared meals, groceries to-go box, and Friday night specials. Open Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 10am-8pm, and Saturday-Sunday, 8am-8pm. 

San Felipe – Open for takeout and delivery through Doordash.

S&T’s Soda Shoppe – The dining room and soda fountain are now open, capped at 50% capacity. Still available for takeout by calling 919-545-0007. Normal business hours of  Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-7:30pm.

Small B&B Cafe – Open for takeout and delivery. Orders can be made online.

Photo by Beth Mann

Starrlight Mead – Open Monday-Saturday, noon-6pm, and Sunday, 1-5pm. Now serving by the glass, to-go bottles and phone orders for curbside pickup.

Steel Roots Home Decor – Open Thursday-Friday, 11am-5pm, and Saturdays, 11am-3pm. Customers can schedule a private in-store shopping experience or in-home design appointment Monday-Wednesday.

Tarantini – Offering full menu take out. Open Sunday-Thursday, 4-8pm, and Friday-Saturday, 4-9pm.

Town Hall Burger and Beer – Patio and takeout services available Monday, 9am-5pm, Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday, 11am-8pm, and Friday, 11am-10pm. 

Virlie’s Grill – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday-Friday, and breakfast on Saturdays. Not open for Sunday breakfast at this time. Only accommodating half capacity.

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Amanda MacLaren

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