Saturday, March 26, 2011

Edward "Papa" Danziger

Country of origin: Austria

The Ram's Head Rathskeller in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was opened in 1948 by an Austrian Jew by the last name of Danziger, who came to Chapel Hill as a refugee from the Holocaust. "The Rat" was the first restaurant in the area to employ an entirely African-American staff. Long a popular spot with students and alumni, the restaurant, which extends over a catacomb-like basement with many different rooms, was filled with UNC memorabilia and history. "The Rat" was one of the oldest continuously operating businesses in Chapel Hill, but was closed down in 2008 due to non-payment of taxes. Its decor and memorabilia was auctioned off leaving just the bones of the structure. It is scheduled to reopen under new management in early 2011.

Source: Wikipedia

To read more about Edward Danziger, see this website, as well as this page about the restaurant he opened which was one of my favorites in Chapel Hill.

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