Art Chansky

Ode to Davis Blackwell

When I arrived at UNC and Chapel Hill, a Bostonian feeling very much out of place, my first meal was at “The Rat,” a famous restaurant recommended by a stranger. My waiter for that first meal was Davis Blackwell, who became a friend for my adult life and one of the faces that made visiting Chapel Hill so important to so many. Davis passed away last Wednesday, and long after Chapel Hill lost the Rathskeller the town lost one of its greatest ambassadors who did more than deliver “gamblers” and rare roast beef sandwiches to hungry patrons. He was...

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