Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, August 3, 2011 8:00 pm

To the last drop

Filed under: Journalism,Sad — Lex @ 8:00 pm
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The Brewery, a Raleigh nightspot that was a minor but significant part of my misspent youth, was demolished Tuesday. Tony and I once saw X perform there, and I got to interview the band for a radio station.

Raleigh News & Observer video here.

Speaking of demolition, former colleague Steve Allen reports on Facebook that as a result of consolidation of the Raleigh and Charlotte papers’ design desks by corporate parent McClatchy, the new “lead sports designer” for the Raleigh paper, the primary sports-news outlet in one of the nation’s hottest college sports markets (the hottest during basketball season), has a grand total of 61 days — days — of experience. I’m sure he/she is a very nice person. I’m equally sure that anyone that inexperienced who was really all that would’ve landed somewhere other than Raleigh.

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2010 9:40 pm

Don’tcha love it when a plan comes together?

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 9:40 pm
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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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