Since it opened nearly a year ago on Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill, The Standard restaurant has been getting rave reviews as one of the area’s best casual dining spots. What many customers may not know is that The Standard is a family affair. Co-owner Nick Williams helps run the kitchen, sister Annie pitches in after a day of teaching, and baby sister Katie is the front of the house manager. Even though Katie is the youngest of the Williams clan, she is the person the other two credit with working to make sure that they – and the restaurant – stay on track.
The three Williams siblings grew up in Chapel Hill and each of them participated in Volunteers for Youth’s mentoring program. Annie felt so positively about the program that she became a mentor herself while she was in college. Looking back, the three have fond memories of the times they spent with their mentors, remembering how excited they would be all week, looking forward to seeing the mentors. Annie reports, “We all agree that Volunteers for Youth helped to fill a void in our lives. Volunteers for Youth hand-picked mentors for each of us who served as role models and set the stage for the types of people we wanted to be when we got older.”
Customers at The Standard can agree that those mentors did indeed set the stage well and, as they enjoy their cheesy garlic knots or tasty pizza, can give a nod to Annie and Katie and Nick, Volunteers for Youth alums.
Category: 30 Years