(Photos via Google Street View)

When is Johnny coming back?

We don't know when he's coming back, but the Carrboro coffee shop is doing just fine without him. At 901 W. Main St., Johnny's home has been transformed into a community gathering place teeming with local culture. 

While it's unknown who this Johnny character is, his home exists much like a small town version of Gatsby's mansion. There's always food, drinks and music to be shared. Every week fresh entertainment and goods are served up for the whole family. 


Need to find a study spot away from your Chapel Hill-Carrboro home? Johnny's has cushioned seating and desks lining the back wall, electrical outlets a plenty and free Wi-Fi. Plus, a good caffeine fixin' is never far. 


Want to hear some good music with your pals, while enjoying a sip or two of wine? Johnny's got that covered, too. Musicians such as Eric Bannan, Band of Lovers,  andThe Barred Owls fill the rooms at Johnny's weekly and grace the backyard stage when the weather permits.


Johnny's has a menu to please most everyone. Take a look at some of the items on the menu:


  • Breakfast burritos
  • Bagels
  • Baked goods (i.e. scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls)
  • Oatmeal
  • Yawp Bars


  • Tacos
  • Paninis
  • Baked goods (i.e. scones, muffins, cinnamon rolls)
  • Biscuits
  • Homemade soups


  • Locopops
  • Ice cream
  • Cookies
  • Brownies
  • Cake


There's a beverage for every craving. Check out some of Johnny's drinks:

  • Coffee
  • Espresso
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Italian Soda
  • Iced coffee
  • Chai
  • Milkshakes
  • Juice
  • Gatorade
  • Wine
  • Craft beer


Since Johnny's gone, Susan Siplon, the shops manager, rents out the upstairs single bedroom apartment on airbnb. If a mill house meets your vacation needs, she has options for you.

Local goods

Johnny loves local shoppers. He works with vendors in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Durham areas to bring local products to the neighborhood. Here are some of the products for purchase:


  • Chocolate
  • NumNum sauce
  • Nut butter
  • Relish
  • Tempeh
  • Spice sauce
  • Baked goods
  • Frozen pops
  • Granola
  • Empanadas

Art and Gifts:

  • Jewelry
  • Cards
  • Baby gifts
  • Soap
  • Purses
  • Baskets
  • Napkins/Tablecloths
  • Mugs
  • Monthly artist spotlight wall decor


Parking in Chapel Hill and Carrboro can be hard to come by, but when you stop by Johnny's there's no need to worry about paid parking. His front yard serves as a gravel parking lot for all of his customers.