I just got done reading a book about the late chef Bill Neal and was wondering if any one had visted his restaurant Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, N.C.? (either when he ran it or now that the chef is Bill Smith) It sounds like a great place with a lot of history. In the late '40s it was a fish market owned by Mrs. Crook. She was murdered in the doorway of the market in 1951. The case was never solved. After that it was a taxi stand, a pool hall, and in the 80's it was bought and turned into a BBQ place. Bill Neal, a southerner who was known for his french cuisine bought the place and turned it into Crook's Corner. He got back to his southern roots and was well known for putting shrimp and grits on the map! Current items on the menu include grilled hanger steak, shrimp and grits, chicken pot pie, catfish amandine and corned ham with mash potatoes and collards. Yum! The locals of the BBQ place held a sit-in when Bill Neal took over, but they eventually gave in and hung out at Crook's Bar!