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Crossroads Chapel Hill Showcases Spring Bounty

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (April 2016) – The new Crossroads Chapel Hill opened more than six months ago 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 this spring 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 is building upon its already stellar reputation – Four-Stars by Forbes Travel Guide for 16 straight years (one of only two in North Carolina for 2016) and AAA’s Four Diamond rating for 14 straight years as Carolina Crossroads – and becoming more welcoming to newer generations and young professionals by serving as a central gathering place for UNC students, faculty, staff and Chapel Hill residents and visitors.

Chef James Clark’s spring menus focus on grown, caught and raised ingredients that are sourced regionally among 14 different farmers, fishermen and artisans to produce his interpretation of Carolina Cuisine.

With a rebuilt kitchen at his disposal to accommodate 50 more seats in the new restaurant and bar configuration, Clark recently shared some perspectives a half year into this new journey:

How would you describe the past six months?
We are still evolving from a food perspective but have stayed true to our mission. It’s been very busy as our guests love the new space and have really enjoyed the food. One of the coolest things has been the overall acceptance of this bold new chapter of the Crossroads Chapel Hill. Our capture rate from hotel guests has increased significantly as people are stopping to eat and drink rather than just pass through.

What are some surprises? 
The most pleasant surprise has been the positive reaction to the lunch “Inn Tray.” We eliminated the long-time lunch buffet with some trepidation. Fortunately, our guests love the new lunch “Inn Tray” which helps validate that decision. It’s been a real success story and the majority of our lunch sales. The quiche and shrimp and grits have been big hits.

How have guests reacted to the new spaces? 
We still offer great food and great service but in a more relaxed setting. Crossroads Chapel Hill is certainly evolving as a place to be and winning over lots of people.

What are some of the more popular spring dinner dishes?
We added some new sharing plates like Grilled Asparagus, Charcoal Roasted Peel & Eat Carolina Shrimp and a bold dish like Clam Frites served with Smoked Pork Broth, Benton’s Bacon, Fennel & Carolina Bleu Frites. I reintroduced my North Carolina Oysters dish that is also a hot seller along with the Carolina Barbeque Pork Tenderloin large plate.

What are the nightly Blue Board favorites?
We have great response each evening but the big favorites are the Monday Crispy Carolina Catfish, Tuesday Cackalacky Mopped Lamb Ribs, Wednesday Handmade Pasta and Sunday Carolina Fried Chicken. We feel that the Friday Frogmore Stew will be a huge hit once the Friday on the Front Porch series starts in late April.

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About The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel
The historical Carolina Inn 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 2016 Four Diamond ratings, marking 19 consecutive hotel honors and 14 straight restaurant recognitions. The restaurant has been awarded Four-Stars by the Forbes Travel Guide for 16 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.