By all appearances, the City Kitchen restaurant at University Place will not be reopening.

The restaurant, a popular one in Chapel Hill, was emptied out Wednesday afternoon, with all kitchen equipment, dinner ware and furniture being loaded into trucks.

The Giorgios Hospitality & Lifestyle Group, which owns City Kitchen, has not released an official statement about the restaurant’s future. Owner of the hospitality group Giorgios Bakatsias oversaw Wednesday’s move and had no comment for Chapelboro, but said an official statement will soon be released by his marketing team.

Bakatsias’ group has operated in the space since 2000, first as a restaurant called Spice Street before converting it to City Kitchen. The space is near part of the University Place mall under consideration for redevelopment by ownership.

The Giorgios Hospitality & Lifestyle Group moved another one of its restaurants during the pandemic. Kipos Greek Taverna closed and announced it would be leaving its West Franklin Street location to a new spot in Chapel Hill’s Eastgate Crossing Shopping Center, formerly occupied by Babalu.

The hospitality group also owns the Chapel Hill-based restaurants Bin 54 Steak & Cellar and Village Burgers, as well as Vin Rouge and Local 22 in Durham.

You can find other restaurants open in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and around Orange County amid the pandemic on Chapelboro’s What’s Open and Closed? Restaurant Page. does not charge subscription fees. You can support local journalism and our mission to serve the community. Contribute today – every single dollar matters.