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Ham's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Greenville closed abruptly, nine months after the Greensboro-based chain filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Around lunchtime Tuesday, two rental trucks were parked at the side entrance.
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Ham's Restaurant and Brewhouse in Greenville closed abruptly, nine months after the Greensboro-based chain filled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Around lunchtime Tuesday, two rental trucks were parked at the side entrance.

Summer redux: While you were gone


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After school ended last May, or if you were on holiday over the summer, there have been a few changes in and around Greenville. To help bring you up to speed, here's what's happened.


Winterville restaurateurs Scott and Kim Joyner, who've operated Wimpie's Steam Bar and Grill in Winterville since 1991, are ready to retire. So they're turning over the lease to their restaurant to their longtime friends — Donna Ware and her son Patrick Ware — who will open their own restaurant in the space.

Scott Joyner said he expects to close Wimpie's Sept. 17 after a series of parties featuring musicians who have played at the restaurant and oyster bar during its operation. See the calendar, pages 16-17, for details.

The company that owned and operated the Greenville location of Ham's Restaurant and Brewhouse, which closed abruptly July 4, has issued an e-mailed statement about the closing.

The Greenville Ham's, which opened in 1999 in the brick building that formerly housed Wilkerson's Funeral Home at 701 Evans St., featured the chain's only brewery.

Boli's on the Boulevard, 703 S.E. Greenville Blvd. in the Greenville Square shopping center, has closed. The original Boli's restaurant, Boli's 5th St. Pizzeria at 123 E. Fifth St., remains open.

“It was just bad timing,” said owner John Tesoriero, who said he signed the lease for the Greenville Square location — Boli's second restaurant in Greenville — in May 2009 and felt the effects of the economic downturn. “I think it will end up being better in the long run,” he said. “We can now focus on the downtown location.”

The Wendy's hamburger restaurant at 604 S.W. Greenville Blvd. has closed. The location opened in December 1997.

“We were not doing enough business there,” said Kelly Durham, president of Wendy's franchisee First Sun Management Corp. “Traffic would back up and it was hard to access the lot at several times of the day — especially the mid-day meal.”

Durham said the area's newest Wendy's, at 304 W. Fire Tower Road adjacent to the Wilco/Hess, is the location that's closest to the shuttered restaurant.

The Greenville Golden Corral Family Restaurant on Greenville Boulevard has closed temporarily as a new building will replace the one torn down.

Diviney's Bistro & Pizzeria, 4054 S. Memorial Drive in Winterville, has closed. Owners Richard and Christa Fortenberry said via e-mail, “We are very sad that this day has come. We want to thank all of our loyal customers and terrific staff over the past year and a half of business.”

Moxie Clothing, 204 E. Fifth St., closed its doors — but not before they held one final bash. The party was from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 21 with food and drinks and live music by The Ethnographers, Beat Cops and Noland Smock. A silent auction was held for the store's fixtures and furniture. Owner Kelly Boutilier says she plans to open a marketing firm.

Dulcinea, downtown merchant of women's clothing, accessories and gifts closed it's doors in late May.


Hours for some of East Carolina University's libraries have been extended to qualm negative response over last year's earlier closings. Joyner Library (located on the mall), for example, will be open 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; and noon-2 a.m. Sunday.

A.J. McMurphy's, 1914 Turnbury Drive, added a porch. Take advantage of cooling temperatures and head over to celebrate half way to St. Patrick's Day on Sept. 17.

The Plank closed for the summer but never reopened. It is now called Paradise and under operation of Alvin Grant, owner of Phoenix and South 13 Gentlemen's Club.

Ludacris announced his intentions to perform at East Carolina University's Homecoming concert, Oct. 11 at Minges Coliseum. Lean back.

Rumors began circulating that Greenville-based rock band Parmalee was going country. Facebook status (somewhat) confirms.

Drag diva Michelle Michaels and some other drag performers staged a walk-out at Greenville's alternative lifestyle nightclub, Great American Mining Company. After a brief stint at South 13 Gentlemen's Club, she now hosts a show Tuesdays at the Phoenix, with Adrian Watts of Krazy Karaoke providing the music.

East Carolina University's Board of Trustees started making plans to either move Chancellor Steve Ballard's to a home off Fifth Street, or renovate his current place of residence, known as the Dail House. East Carolina University student tuition increased by $390 for residents for North Carolina.

After more than 25 years at its location on Charles Boulevard, crews demolished Kings Arms Apartments during the first week of August. Edwards Communities Development Company, based in Dayton, Ohio, will also remove the former Real Crisis Center house and Green Mill Run apartment complexes to make way for a 15.81-acre apartment complex, called The Province.

In July, purple seats were installed onto both sides of Dowdy-Ficken Stadium between the 35-yard lines. It's a part of renovations and extensions to the stadium that began in December. The stadium's north and south ends were connected by construction that has added 7,000 seats to the Pirates' home turf, pushing capacity to 50,000. The new scoreboard, measuring 84 feet by 28 feet, will be the 21st largest in the NCAA.

Greenville police returned to First Presbyterian Church on Aug. 17 for a second meeting they hoped would resolve East Carolina University game-day football parking issues for residents of neighborhoods near Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, but gained no consensus and heard wide disagreement among those who attended.


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