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What’s New in Charlotte (Fall ’17)

posted by Beth Castle October 1, 2017
Dot Dot Dot – Photo by Dot Dot Dot

Charlotte is a city on the rise. Tastemakers, trendsetters, thrill seekers and inspiring creatives – they’re all here. And more are arriving every day.

While our city is ever-evolving, we tracked the city’s trending topics so you’ll know what’s hot over the next few months.

Hyde Brewing – Photo by Sean Smith


Cava – Photo by Cava


Need to Know
What’s notable and what’s newsworthy
  • Hello, Sailor is expected to open in Cornelius in October. One of Eater’s 16 most anticipated restaurants, the lakeside establishment comes from the owners of Davidson’s acclaimed Kindred.
  • Dilworth’s much-anticipated urban grocer The People’s Market is expected to open by Halloween. Set up where 131 Main used to be, the one-stop shop for craft beer and wine will also be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Waxhaw’s James Beard-nominated restaurant Heritage Food & Drink is moving to Charlotte. The restaurant plans to take over the former Crisp space in Elizabeth.
  • Jimmie Johnson’s SoCal-inspired taco joint, SouthBound, is now open in South End. A walk-up window and stage space for bands are among the offerings still in the works for the new eatery.
  • The old A&P building near Johnson C. Smith University will become a restaurant incubator. The West Trade Street establishment will offer chefs rent-free space to open new restaurants.
  • Currently housed in Atherton Market, Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen will move to lower South End in spring 2018. The new location will be close to The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Queen Park Social.
  • A number of regional fast-casual chains will make their debut in Charlotte early in 2018. Knoxville-based Tandur Indian Kitchen will open in South Park, and Washington, D.C.’s Cava, a Mediterranean concept, will set up shop near UNC Charlotte and off Park Road.
  • Charlotte chains are also broadening their horizons. Sabor Latin Street Grill now has a location in NoDa, and Rhino Market & Deli opened a second location in Uptown. Cantina 1511 is also opening a third location in the Uptown spot where Blue Restaurant & Bar used to be.
Go Now
Charlotte newcomers to visit ASAP
  • b.good
    Opened: August 2017
    Location/concept: Uptown. A health-conscious, counter-serve chain that serves farm-to-table fast food.
  • BRIO Coastal Bar & Kitchen
    Opened: September 2017
    Location/concept: South Park. A casual restaurant chain featuring entrees like grilled salmon fresca, shrimp and grits and avocado toast.
  • Bulgogi Box
    Opened: September 2017
    Location/concept: South End. Fast-casual, Korean-style barbecue.
  • Deejai Thai Noodle Bar
    Opened: September 2017
    Location/concept: NoDa. The second location for the eponymous Myers Park eatery that serves curries, sushi, grilled entrees, noodles and more.
  • Fresh Chef Kitchen
    Opened: July 2017
    Location/concept: Cotswold. Located in the former Block & Grinder space, the restaurant serves pre-made lunches and dinners.
  • Loft & Cellar
    Opened: July 2017
    Location/concept: Uptown. A swanky spot featuring cuisine inspired by 30-plus countries and ingredients imported from places like Japan and Chile.
  • Queen City Q
    Reopened: September 2017
    Location/concept: Uptown. The popular barbecue joint returns with more than $150,000 in renovations to its credit.
  • Seoul Poke
    Opening: August/September 2017
    Location/concept: South End. These Hawaiian-inspired dishes combine rice, raw fish, veggies and more. Think sushi in a bowl.
  • Smashburger
    Opened: September 2017
    Location/concept: Montford Park. A Colorado-based burger chain known for its flat patty—think Steak n Shake—and fries tossed in Italian olive oil, rosemary and garlic. The newcomer is expected to rival Shake Shack.
  • SouthBound
    Opened: September 2017
    Location/concept: South End. A SoCal-inspired tacos and tequila joint set up in an airy building next to Mac’s Speed Shop.
  • Your Pie
    Opened: July 2017
    Location/concept: South End. A build-your-own pizza place with gelato and microbrews.
Save the Date
The best of the yet to come
  • Bardo
    Opening: October 2017
    Location/concept: South End. In the Gold District, this open-kitchen concept will feature 10 to 12 locally sourced small plates and desserts.
  • Caswell Station
    Opening: September 2017
    Location/concept: Elizabeth. New American-style cuisine and cocktails in the space where Kennedy’s Premium Bar and Grill used to be.
  • Crema Espresso Café and Bar
    Opening: October 2017
    Location/concept: Dilworth. A European-style café, pastry shop and creperie.
  • Graham St. Pub & Patio
    Opening: September 2017
    Location/concept: Uptown. A rooftop bar seated between BB&T Ballpark and Bank of America Stadium.
  • Lincoln’s Haberdashery
    Opening Date: Fall 2017
    Location/Concept: South End. Located in a 1920s Lance Factory, this urban food market will offer fresh baked goods and prepared foods.
  • The Loyalist Market
    Opening Date: Fall 2017
    Location/Concept: Matthews. This cut-to-order shop will slice N.C. cheese and offer other regional specialties, including chocolate, coffee, olive oil, beer and wine.
  • Mandolino’s Artisan Pizza
    Opening: October 2017
    Location/concept: Davidson. Old-fashioned, grandma-style pizza.
  • Zeppelin
    Opening Date: Fall/winter 2017
    Location/Concept: South End. Serving small plates, cheese, charcuterie, wine and craft cocktails, this upscale spot will open next to South End’s revamped Common Market.

Resident Culture – Photo by Kristen Moore


Need to Know
What’s notable and what’s newsworthy
  • Owner of Raleigh Beer Garden Niall Hanley will open Charlotte Beer Garden in South End where Light & Bulbs Unlimited used to be. Hanley’s Raleigh location currently holds the world record for most beers on tap, but rumor has it, he’ll top that record here.
  • Two Charlotte coffee brands can add new locations to their resumes. Not Just Coffee opened a Myers Park location in August and will open another one, its fifth, in Dilworth in October. And Ballantyne’s Rush Espresso opened its third location, Piccadilly by Rush Espresso, beneath Hearst Tower.
Go Now
Charlotte newcomers to visit ASAP
  • Charlotte Brewery Tour
    Opened: September 2017
    Location/concept: Pick-up locations vary. Now you don’t have to pedal through NoDa to tour Charlotte breweries. With individual, group, corporate and packages, this bus’ regularly scheduled tours stop at four breweries.
  • Crown Station Coffee House & Pub
    Opened: September 2017
    Location/concept: NoDa. Once a popular Elizabeth hangout and music venue, this coffee house and pub has reopened in NoDa Street Market alongside Bold Missy Brewery, Deejai Thai and Divine Barrel Brewing.
  • Dot Dot Dot
    Opened: July 2017
    Location/Concept: Park Road Shopping Center. This members-only speakeasy comes from the minds behind multiple Charlotte ventures: Foxcroft Wine Co., Heist Brewery, Ballantyne’s Gallery Restaurant, Barrington’s and Good Food on Montford.
  • Hyde Brewing
    Opened: July 2017
    Location/Concept: South End. In addition to a craft brewery, this space houses The Suffolk Punch, an eatery serving sustainably sourced food, and a craft coffee venture, Hyde Coffee.
  • Recess Charlotte
    Opened: August 2017
    Location/Concept: NoDa. At this pet-friendly gastrolounge, indoor and outdoor games, Asian-American tapas, and a bar make for a playful day (or night) out.
  • Resident Culture
    Opened: September 2017
    Location/concept: Plaza Midwood. Serving hop-forward IPAs, pale ales, lagers, barrel-aged beers and other fermented ales, the city’s latest brewery totals 14,000 square feet.
  • Stumptown Station
    Opened: August 2017
    Location/concept: Matthews. Now seated on the town’s brew-heavy strip is this private club—yes, membership required—that specializes in cocktails made with local craft liquors.
  • Stu’s Barrel House
    Opening: September 2017
    Location/concept: NoDa. Owned and operated by neighboring JackBeagle’s, this former deli space now serves as bar and music venue. There’s no food, but the patio seating is extensive.
  • Subsecreto
    Opened: August 2017
    Location/concept: Uptown. Shrouded in semi-goth décor, this craft coffee shop doubles as a not-so-secret society—you join for $13 and receive perks such as drink discounts.

Save the Date
The best of the yet to come
  • The Daily
    Opening: Fall 2017
    Location/concept: Uptown. This 5,100-square-foot taproom will open in Fifth Third Center.
  • Hoppin’
    Opening: October 2017
    Location/concept: South End. At this self-serve craft beer and wine taproom, you’ll pour from 62 taps of beer and wine.
  • The Queen & Glass
    Opening: Fall 2017
    Location/concept: Dilworth. Located at East Boulevard and Scott Avenue, this cocktail bar will partner with urban grocer The People’s Market.
  • Southern Tier Brewing Company + Victory Brewing
    Opening: TBD
    Location/concept: LoSo. These two well-known craft beer brands will produce regional brews at a 28,000-square-foot taproom down the street from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Queen Park Social and Sugar Creek Brewing.
  • Tommy’s Pub
    Reopening: Fall 2017
    Location/concept: Eastway Shopping Center. This storied dive closed its Plaza Midwood doors last year, but it’s set to reopen on Eastway Drive this fall. NASCAR memorabilia abounds.

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  • The opening date of the The Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel is just around the corner. (They’re now accepting reservations starting on Nov. 10.) The 217-room boutique hotel in Uptown is from the same company that built Winston Salem’s swanky Kimpton Cardinal Hotel. With the hotel comes Angeline’s, a restaurant featuring Northern Italian fare. Menu highlights include 45-day dry-aged ribeye, Parisian gnocci (not quite Northern Italian there), Neapolitan-style pizza and homemade pasta. The hotel will also have Merchant & Trade on its 18th floor. This rooftop bar and lounge will overlook Romare Bearden Park and BB&T Ballpark. In addition to craft cocktails, local spirits and beers, it’ll have shareable eats like oysters and calamari.
  • The dual AC Hotel and Residence Inn atop the EpiCentre will open early in 2018. The conveniently placed hotels add 300 rooms to Uptown’s growing hospitality sector.
  • The wellness-focused EVEN Hotels brand announced it will open a 10-story hotel in Uptown by 2019.
  • Salt therapy arrives in Charlotte – In June, the New York Times wrote about “salt cave” spas, wherein spa visitors sit in a room covered floor to ceiling with salt. Although not scientifically proven, this halotherapy is supposed to relieve asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, stuffy noses and stress, among other ailments. The Ritz-Carlton Spa opened Charlotte’s first one, Salt Vault, at the beginning of October.

Lumberjaxe – Photo by Lumberjaxe

Things to Do

  • The city’s (and the Southeast’s) first recreational axe-throwing facility, Lumberjaxe, will open in Plaza Midwood this fall.
  • In August, Big Air Trampoline Park opened off Sardis Road North. This 37,000-square-foot adult playground includes 75 trampolines and a climbing tower that looks like a rubix cube.
  • If you’re a Charlotte native, you’ve probably been to SCarowinds, the theme park’s annual Halloween takeover. But new this year is WinterFest, a holiday-themed event marked by light displays, seasonal dishes and desserts, and naturally, Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.

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