by Charly Mann
The Carolina Grill was located on West Franklin Street just beyond Fowler's Grocery Store and across from the bus station. I recall the place opening in the early 1960s and featuring good and very inexpensive food. I also believe it the first place on Franklin Street that featured bands several nights a week.
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What is it that binds us to this place as to no other? It is not the well or the bell or the stone walls. or the crisp October nights. No, our love for this place is based upon the fact that it is as it was meant to be, The University of the People.