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.


Kassi McIntosh - General Manager

Kassi began working at Spanky's in 2007 while studying Mathematics and Statistics at the University of North Carolina. She fell in love with the buzzing atmosphere, spectacular fresh food and energetic staff that Spanky's exudes. She accepted the position as Floor Manager in September of 2012. Kassi's reliability, exemplary organizational skills and trustworthy relationship with the staff was a perfect fit in the management team. In December of 2014, she was transferred to Mez and Page Road Grill as the Banquet and Catering Director. In August of 2015, Kassi moved back to her home at Spanky's and graciously accepted the position as general manager.

Nick Heerschap – Floor and Bar 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.

Justin Bass - Executive Chef

Justin completed his culinary training at Guilford Technical Community College in 2003 and began working as a line cook at 411 West in Chapel Hill. After gaining significant knowledge during two years in the kitchen at 411, he was offered the position of Sous Chef at Spanky's Restaurant in 2007. In 2011 he became the Sous Chef at Mez. His high level of energy and creativity contributed to the presentation of weekly specials and soups that featured seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms. Justin returned to 411 West in April of 2012 after spending a year as Sous Chef at Mez Contemporary Mexican Restaurant in Durham. In July 2013 he was offered the Executive Chef position at Spanky's Restaurant. Customers and staff can look forward to continued improvement in food quality and execution as this young, talented chef gets comfortable in his new position.

Colt Snody - Sous 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.

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
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