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Feb 24, 2007 06:29 AM

Is Queen of Sheba Doomed? (Chapel Hill)

Greenbridge Developments is building a mixed-use condo/shopping complex on the block bounded by Franklin, Rosemary, Merritt Mill, and Graham. (

Have any of you Chapelachians heard whether this will butt up against the back door of Queen of Sheba or consign it to the wrecking ball? I'm going to be sad if we lose this Ethiopian dining venue.

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  1. AFAIK, she's moving toward Durham. Greenbridge is going to occupy most of that block, right up to the backs of the couple of small buildings behind Crooks. They originally made some noise about offering space to the existing businesses at favorable lease rates, but they apparently weren't favorable enough. I read somewhere (here? elsewhere on the internets?) that the owner had specifically said she was moving to somewhere along the 15/501 corridor, which might work out better for her in the long run anyway, as I've never seen QoS crammed with customers in its current location.

    1. Can anyone tell me about Queen of Sheba's? I work just down the street from there, and I'm intrigued by its possibilities, but I've never seen anyone go in or out and it just looks run down and over. What are your thoughts?

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      1. re: muttlover

        it is SOOO good - one of my favorite restaurants in this area. i eat meat, but i definitely prefer her veggie sampler. her coffee and sambussas are great too!

        1. re: muttlover

          I did a mini review of QoS and Abyssinia in this thread:

          It will give you some small idea of my impressions.

        2. two daughters swear by it. And they're 9 and 6. It's a great place: hospitable, fresh, and unique. We usually get one veggie and one seafood combo for the four of us, though as they grow up that's proving to be not quite enough.

          Yep, it's a little run-down. But there's a treasure least that's what we believe!

          1. Apparently Greenbidge did make QoS a good offer, except that it would have required that she wait about 2 years for her new place to be built - not so realistic (which mean, I guess, not so good afterall). she has picked a spot on 15-501 in the Walmart/Red Robin area - I hate to see her move to the land of strip malls, but it will be convenient to both Chapel Hill and Durham. And I'm just glad to see that she's sticking around!

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            1. re: klow

              Oh god, that area is a nightmare to navigate. After once going there to ship something at that new FedEx/Kinko's, I spent 10 minutes just trying to get back to 15/501 and have sworn never to go back to that place (Indigo Corners). Hopefully her place is in a more accessible area, because I definitely want to go!

              1. re: klow

                Ate at QoS last night, and asked when they'd be moving to Durham. She said that they had planned to move, but that the deal for the new place fell through. So now they are looking for a place again. She also said that they have only 4 weeks left at the current location, so better go there while you can! I put my email on a list she is keeping, to be notified when and where they move. She also mentioned that they will be having a party near the closing date, with bands and food and such.

              2. Wow, who'da thought QoS was all that?! Thank you for the responses - I'll make sure I hit it up for lunch sometime very soon while it's still in the Chapel Hill area. Thanks again.