Independents CAN beat chains, and many of them do.

Scott Maitland is the owner of Top of the Hill Restaurant, Brewery and Distillery in Chapel Hill NC. Scott literally started his business (over 20 years) ago to prevent a chain restaurant from dominating such a cool small college town. He and his team succeeded and still do today. Their mission is to embody and enlarge Chapel Hill’s culture and heritage by providing an independent, unique and enjoyable dining, drinking and social experience. Thank goodness for people like Scott.

Top of the Hill has won dozens of “Best in the Triangle” awards. The Brewery has won scores of gold medals in international competitions and three of its beers – BlueRidge Blueberry Wheat, Rams Head IPA and Singleton Ale – have been recognized as the best example of their styles in the world by the World Beer Championships. Top of the Hill Distillery – makers of TOPO Organic Spirits- is the only all-local and organic grain to glass distillery in the South and we have been making award winning Vodka, Gin, Whiskey and Rum since 2012.

This is a video we made 7 years ago. It’s Scott talking about several topics including the advantage he believes independent restaurants have over chains. It’s so good and it’s so inspiring for any business owner that is setting out to compete against businesses with more money and resources. Enjoy…