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The Goody Shop - Chapel Hill's First Sports Bar

by Charly Mann


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Temple Grassi '69      4:02 AM Fri 1/13/2012

For some of us who didn&#39;t make grades in order to join a frat, The Goody became our fraternity. We were there most of the time between classes killing time and drinking beer. I was there so much that I would get long distance calls. I took my last exam to The Goody in August &#39;69 and spilled beer on the blue book! Bozo called me The Baltimore Flash (when I was ordering, he would laugh and say, &quot;keep talkin&#39; good lookin!). And finally,one musn&#39;t forget Mickey- a black waitress who always wore a white blouse, a white dress, white socks,white sneakers, and a blue sweater(&quot;damn if this place ain&#39;t cold!)<br \>Some people did &#39;stiff&#39; Spero, but most of us paid on time and Spero would even cash checks for us!<br \>An important place in Chapel Hill<br \><br \><br \><br \><br \><br \><br \><br \><br \>

Steve      3:35 AM Fri 9/30/2011

After eating at the Goody Shop for a couple of years, I started working there from 1963 until I graduated law school in 1967.I started out serving one meal in order to eat two meals. I ended up as a sort of assistant Spero, as I would substitute for him when he wanted time off.I always enjoyed the explicit and highly particular orders for burgers, such as,&quot;just a little past medium with very little pink&quot;. You were lucky to get one that was just cooked and not left over from the day before.The breakfasts for $0.78(oj and two eggs with meat and toast),the Goody Shop steak and the steak sandwiches on Wednesdays($0.95 with fries) were great deals and good food.I drove Pete Dorton home on many Sundays in Spero&#39;s car and stayed to watch the Redskins on TV. Pete made great baklava and believed in sharing. Erskine Bowles and Curry Kirkpatrick of Sports Illustrated are among the many alumni of the Goody Shop. It brings back many fond memories of the sixties in Chapel Hill. <br \> <br \>Steve Goldstein(&#39;64 and &#39;67 from law school)

Kay Thomas      9:18 AM Thu 7/8/2010

It wsa Aggie&#39;s before it was the Goody Shop.

Neal F Rattican      1:55 PM Tue 6/8/2010

Anybody remember The Patio out across 501 from Eastgate? Great place for music and beer by the pitcher. The property got sold and became the site of the Holiday Inn.

Bill Snypes      1:30 PM Wed 5/19/2010

I was a waiter at the Goody Shop in 1967-68, during my sophmone year. I worked lunches during the week and on Sunday. All the waiters were black, except for me and one other guy. We all hustled for tips and hoped that the customers weren&#39;t too picky about the food quality or the aging booths and chairs. The building was old even in the 60&#39;s and all the grease from all those omlets and burgers had taken a toll as well. I remember waiting on 2 girls and after delivering the food a huge roach climbed on to their table. The both scrambled out of the booth and ran for the door. They actually stopped and paid for the half eaten food. They never said a word to Spiro who was at the cash register. Fun Times. <br \><br \>Every Sunday I would take Spiro&#39;s Olds Cutlass and drive Pete, his father, home to Durham after the lunch rush. Pete usually had a cigar and spoke with a heavy Greek accent. He was the fry cook and was quite old. He didn&#39;t say much in the restaurant, except to curse under his breath at the waiters and customers that displeased him. On those trips home he would lighten up a bit and talk Carolina sports. After dropping him off I would drive back to the restaurant and give the keys to Spiro. I never knew how I was selected to drive his car.<br \><br \>I only worked at the Goody Shop for that one year. After my sophmore year I got a job at the Record Bar, a much cooler place to work.

Mike Hill      5:18 PM Sat 3/6/2010

Goody Goody says it all. Spero had as much to do with creating the Carolina sports culture as anyone.

Nancy House      12:56 PM Fri 3/5/2010

I especially enjoy reading about the downtown restaurants before my time. Until I started reading your blog I just sort of assumed that the Chapel Hill I now live in is pretty much how it always was.

Hal Kushner      7:20 AM Fri 3/5/2010

Great article!!! And don&#39;t forget Spero was Jeff&#39;s first cousin....of Jeff&#39;s confectioners and bookmaking shop across the street!<br \>That Goody Shop Special Steak was the best value in NC at $2.95 in 1960.

Brad Davis      1:02 PM Thu 3/4/2010

For someone who never went to the Goody Shop you have done a superb job capturing the place. The one thing I would like to add is that Spero Dorton was an incredibly nice person.

Byron Freeman      9:37 AM Thu 3/4/2010

Remember the Goody Shop, Bozo and the Dortons well. Bozo constantly jingled change in his white jacket pocket going around to tables. Bad checks and restaurant credit kept the students afloat in those days with no credit cards.<br \>If you ran out of money you had to put on a suit go to the Bank of CH and apply for a 60 or 90 day note and Mr. Gobble always said no encouragiang you to budget or that you really didn&#39;t need it. Always credited the B of CH for keeping CH the quant village it was because they never lent any money to anybody for anything.

Mark White      9:12 AM Thu 3/4/2010

For more than two decades I have tried to recall the name of the man who ran the Goody Shop. Thanks for clearing this up. The Goody Shop was my favorite place in Chapel Hill during my four years at UNC in the early 1950s. Tonight I will have a cold one in honor of Spero and Pete.

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