The Barbecue Joint in Chapel Hill has closed, according to posts on Chowhound. Reports are that the doors are padlocked by the sheriff. This has happened before, due to tax problems. Cross your fingers.
According to the Barbecue Jew, John Wayne's, one of the Lexington Six Pack, closed in February. I did visit the place and had a review in process. It turns out that that my visit was just a couple of weeks before it closed. It was the best of the Lexington restaurants I'd visited.
Also according to the Barbecue Jew, Short Sugar's in Reidsville has announced that their downtown restaurant is closing. The downtown joint was a single storefront lunch counter. I enjoyed the main restaurant more, but the lunch counter had a personality to it.
The economy is doing in a lot of independent restaurants. I've had to report on many more closings in the last few months than new discoveries.