Spanky's, is an American Bar and Grill located on the busiest corner of downtown Chapel Hill, NC. A Chapel Hill institution since 1977, Spanky's is famous for great hamburgers, brown sugar baby back ribs, garden fresh salads and North Carolina BBQ cooked on premise. One of Franklin Street's most famous landmarks, Spanky's is a stone's throw from the campus of the University of North Carolina and a short drive from the Raleigh-Durham Airport (RDU) and the Research Triangle Park (RTP). The bar is a late night destination for local citizens and students of UNC.

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Our Mission

As with the entire Chapel Hill Restaurant Group, Spanky's strives to provide the value of quality service and outstanding food at an affordable price. We are committed to creating the best possible dining experience from our first contact with the guest through the end of the meal. We have also chosen to accomplish our goals sustainably, and we are proud of our efforts to become a leader in our industry. The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group was named "Sustainable Business of the Year" in 2007. All our restaurants use compostable to go containers, bags, bar stirrers etc in an effort to protect the environment. Spanky's, 411 West and Squid's Restaurant participate in a food recycling program. Mez Contemporary Mexican, our newest restaurant was the first Green Plus certified business in the United States, and was the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-designed restaurant in North Carolina.


Nick Heerschap – General Manager

Nick began working at Spanky's in 2010 while studying Political Science at the University of North Carolina. He quickly came to see how the great food, wonderful staff and inviting atmosphere made Spanky's the perfect place to be on Franklin St. He accepted the position as Floor Manager in June of 2015. His dependability, friendly personality and dedication to Spanky's customers make him a great fit for this position. Nick gladly accepted a position as General Manager in July of 2016.

Jennifer Kessing – General Manager

Jennifer began working at Spanky's in 2009 while attending the University of North Carolina. She soon fell in love with the lively atmosphere, beloved regular customers, delicious, local food and fun loving staff for which Spanky's is so well known. Upon graduating, she realized she was interested in turning her love for Spanky's into a career and began working here full time. She left briefly to work at sister restaurant Page Road Grill but happily returned home to Spanky's in August of 2016.

Colt Snody - Executive Chef

Colt is from Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. He was raised in his family's restaurant where his passion for cooking was born. In order to expand his culinary knowledge, he moved to Winston-Salem in 2011 to work as a line cook at Sweet Potatoes. By 2012 he was promoted to Sous Chef. Seeking further growth, he made the decision to move to Raleigh. He began working at 518 West Italian Café as a line cook in the fall of 2012 and accepted the Sous Chef at Spanky's in the spring of 2013. During the winter of 2016, Colt graciously accepted a promotion to the Executive Chef position at Spanky's.

Miles Duggan – Sous Chef

After working at 411 West, Miles has returned to Spanky's. Miles has worked at 411 West, Squids and Spanky's where he has provided high quality, all-American favorites to restaurant, bar, and banquet customers. Miles started his career with Chapel Hill Restaurant Group in 1996 as a line cook and then worked through all stations in the kitchen to accumulate a full range of culinary skills.

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Location: Spanky's Restaurant and Bar
    101 East Franklin Street
    Chapel Hill, NC 27514

    Phone: (919) 967-2678
  • Payment: MC, Visa, AMEX, Diners, Cash
  • Average Price: Lunch - $10 / Dinner - $15
  • Reservations: Accepted by phone (919) 967-2678
  • Other Information:
    • Dress Code: Casual
    • Full ABC permits
    • Parking: Complimentary Valet Parking Monday - Saturday Evenings / Adjacent metered on street parking and parking lot
    • Private Dining: Yes
    • Large Parties: Yes
    • Off Premise Catering: Yes
    • Delivery: For large groups. See Catering
    • Take Out: Yes
    • Split Checks: Yes for groups 7 or less
    • Wheel Chair Accessible: Yes, first floor only
    • Smoking: No
    • Gift Cards: Available for purchase during business hours, or anytime Online