History ~ Prince Charles Hotel, Fayetteville, North Carolina to be Renovated, 02/02

This is the right action for this historical structure–The Prince Charles Hotel. It is a part of Fayetteville Downtown Historic District and should [must] be preserved. From the National Register of Historic Places:

Prince Charles Hotel (NR-1983). The handsome, seven-story red brick hotel is ten double bay~ wide and ten bays deep and exhibits the Colonial Revival style. The hotel features an elaborate entrance bay with glazed doors protected by a marquee, surmounted by a fine Palladian window and flanking Ionic and Corinthian pilasters, crowned by paired windows enframed by a scrolled pediment with side brackets and urns. The first two stories are faced with a non-structural limestone face punctuated by semicircular window and door openings. The remaining stories are brick faced with paired 611 sash windows and have rows of headers demarcating the stories. The seventh floor fenestration is set apart from the rest by projecting moldings and different window sashes with iron balconies. A sixty-room addition was added onto the hotel in 1942, bringing the total number of rooms to 185. The Prince Charles Hotel was financed and erected by the Community Hotel Company of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Inc., a local stock company. It flourished in the 1920s when Florida-bound tourists on the adjacent Atlantic Coast Line Railroad line stayed here. The hotel operates now as the Radisson Hotel. (NR Nomination)

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Dining ~ New Years–Southern Traditional + Lasagna & Mimosa, 01/01

20150101_223727354_iOSRead about this southern tradition for New Years here. I added lasagna and mimosa as a drink. On the plate you see black-eyed peas, lasagna, mustard greens, and a piece of hog jowl. My grandmother, born 1880, knew about this traditional meal, sans the lasagna and the mimosa. Anyway, it was good… [more of my dishes]

Fayetteville ~ Vick’s Drive-In is Closing after 57 Years…

By Catherine Pritchard Fayetteville Observer Staff writer

Customers crowded into Vick’s Drive-In on West Rowan Street on Tuesday, eager for a last pork chop sandwich, foot-long hot dog, order of gizzards, taste of chitterlings or other item before the 57-year-old soul food restaurant closes its doors for good tonight.

A chapter of Fayetteville history comes to a close tonight. I remember the restaurant opening. I was 11 years old. Like many, I have eaten their food–smothered chicken breast was a favorite. Their closing is a part of the rerouting of Rowan Street and the replacement of the Rowan Street Bridge.

The article by Catherine Pritchard of the Fayetteville Observer is a good read…

If we are lucky we’ll see Vick’s Drive-In again at another location [in the community]. Will it be the same???