Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:40 pm

Don’tcha love it when a plan comes together?

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The former Chapel Hill HQ of Raleigh’s News & Observer newspaper is going to become a distillery:

Scott Maitland, owner of Chapel Hill’s Top of the Hill restaurant and brewery, paid $2.15 million for the 0.8-acre site, which includes about 10,000 square feet of office space and 10,000 square feet of warehouse space.

Maitland will lease the office space, including 5,000 square feet to The N&O for its western Triangle news and advertising staff. The remaining space will be set aside to brew vodka and gin under Maitland’s Top Spirits company.

“Believe it or not, printing a newspaper and running a distillery are considered the same class of activity, and so the building is zoned correctly,” he said.

Well, I always thought so.

I had heard the N&R was thinking about selling some of its property. I think they ought to either go into the libations bidness or enter into some sort of partnership with (nearby) Nattie Greene’s or (not so close by but still very good) Red Oak. That kind of efficiency would certainly help the remaining news/editorial employees.

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