Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Winter 2019

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60 Winter 2019 | Wake Forest 27587 Magazine PHILIP M. READ The tanks inside the Raleigh Brewing Company carry the names of some of the brews, including "Hell Yes Ma'am," said to reflect the staff response to the owner's request for a Belgium golden ale. drag, not to mention next door to Brown's place. "is is where many come to watch the Wolfpack," said Beth Littlejohn, the execu- tive chef. "It is sports heavy, but we also like to be recognized for our culinary offerings." ose include the popular burgers — one version is named Wolfpack — and Mini's Sausage Dip & Chips. As for the sports fever, the Stanley Cup stopped here in 2006, as has Dereck Whittenburg of the NC State 1982-83 team that won the NCAA national championship. Even some comedians on a break from Charlie Goodnight's Comedy Club downtown, not the least of which is Steve Rannazzisi of the FX Network series "e League." "We like to leave them be," Littlejohn said. "We want them to be able to enjoy themselves and not feel like they're going to be bombarded." Back on Hillsborough, and directly across from the university's famed Memorial Bell Tower, one of the new vistas is of the Aloft Marriott, opened in 2015 and featuring a dramatic piece of public art. Called Over- tones, the omas Sayre creation is a "cutting edge" 51-foot stainless steel state- ment of shapes depicting the actual physics of how a bell produces sound when struck by its clapper. Just up the road you'll find Mitch's Tav- ern, the "old school" hideaway whose pedi- gree includes a ranking in the 25th spot in the Top 50 Best College Bars in America. e proprietor, Mitch Hazouri, opened the place in 1974 and recalls the filming of the 1988 Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon movie "Bull Durham." "e filming always took place after 12 a.m.," he said of an estimated 85 production people and an equally staffed cast of extras. "Very accessible and friendly," he said of Costner. "Sarandon seemed shy, but she did pop up at clubs in the area. Most of us remember her from 'Rocky Horror' (the 1975 cult classic)." Today, some of the head-turners are from Mitch Hazouri's personal art collection. "I think my favorite painting is Barack," he said of the colorful portrait of the 44th president behind the long bar. "I doubt that many 'bars' would display his portrait. Maybe we have lost some business because of it, but it does really act as kind of a filter." e gallery also includes a portrait (await- ing conservation) of English writer Gilbert K. Chesterton, the so-called prince of para- dox, painted by Frank Salisbury, the same artist who painted the presidential portrait

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