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Name:Bill Smith
Hometown:Lexington, NC

Longtime Chef: ‘Need Not Fear’ Big Changes at Crook’s Corner Under New Chef, Ownership
Iconic Chapel Hill eatery Crook’s Corner is being sold to new local ownership and is bringing in a new chef. The restaurant situated at the...

Meet the new chef of Crook’s Corner, the third in the storied restaurant’s history
As Friday dinner service winds down, Bill Smith and his newfound protege, Justin Burdett, sit at the Crook’s Corner bar. In January, Burdett will become...

Crook’s Corner, a Southern Institution, Embarks on a New Era
After 35 years running one of the most iconic restaurants in the South, the two men at the helm of Crook’s Corner are handing their...

Big changes ahead for NC’s beloved – and iconic – restaurant, Crook’s Corner
Crook’s Corner, the beloved Chapel Hill restaurant that elevated shrimp and grits from a humble fisherman’s breakfast to a signature of Southern cuisine, is changing...

Iconic Chapel Hill restaurant Crook's Corner serves southern food with modern twist
Situated on West Franklin Street, Crook’s Corner serves Southern classics with a modern twist. Crook’s features flavorful dishes from acclaimed chef Bill Smith and has...

The 38 Best Restaurants in the South: Crook's Corner, Chapel Hill
WHAT: The birthplace of the modern Southern culinary movement, sparked by founding chef Bill Neal (who died in 1990) and carried on with heart and...



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