Sharing Sadlack’s Stories

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“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
― Philip Pullman

Sadlack’s Heroes has been a fixture on Hillsborough Street since 1972. The small building sits at the corner with Enterprise Street, just across from the N.C. State University Bell Tower. Sadlack’s, and all the other businesses on that block, will be moving out on Dec. 31 to make way for a new hotel.

A few members of the Record staff went down to Sadlack’s earlier this month to collect some of the stories that have accrued there during the years. Below are just a few of the stories we recorded.

Dwight Hawkins

Dwight Hawkins

Karen Tam / Raleigh Public Record

Dwight Hawkins


Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson

Karen Tam / Raleigh Public Record

Brent Wilson


Barry Eriksen

Barry Eriksen

Karen Tam / Raleigh Public Record

Barry Eriksen


Doug and Liz Bell

Liz and Doug Bell met at Sadlacks and have been married for 17 years.

Karen Tam / Raleigh Public Record

Liz and Doug Bell met at Sadlacks and have been married for 17 years.


Ronnie Monroe

Ronnie Monroe will celebrate his birthday at Sadlack's the last night it is open on Hillsborough Street.

Karen Tam / Raleigh Public Record

Ronnie Monroe will celebrate his birthday at Sadlack's the last night it is open on Hillsborough Street.


Chris Crew

Chris Crew

Karen Tam / Raleigh Public Record

Chris Crew


Ben Hale

More photos from Sadlack’s:

Ariella Monti and James Borden helped collect and record stories. Photos by Karen Tam. More recording and production by Charles Duncan.

3 thoughts on “Sharing Sadlack’s Stories

  1. I am very disapointed that you removed the story by Ben Hale. The picture that you posted and captioned as Ben Hale was, infact, a picture of me. I know Ben Hale, Ben hale is a friend of mine, and I do not mind (under most circumstances) to be confused with Ben Hale. I can assure you that the Audio that you posted was of Ben Hale. Only the picture was in error. I, for one would really like to have his story back on the “public record”. It added a lot of background to the story of Sadlack’s, a favorite haunt of mine for more than 25 years.

  2. My apologies for originally posting the wrong photo with the Ben Hale interview. I just restored the audio below.

    Thanks,

    Charles Duncan
    Editor | Raleigh Public Record