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What’s New in Charlotte (Summer)

posted by Beth Castle July 1, 2017
Camp North End – Photo by Kristen Moore

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.

Salud Ceverceria – Photo by Kristen Moore


Two Scoops Creamery – Photo by Eric Caratao


Need to Know
What’s notable and what’s newsworthy
  • Shake Shack is coming to Charlotte by the end of 2017.
  • These Charlotte favorites have opened or are opening new locations:
    • Living Kitchen opened a second Charlotte location in SouthPark.
    • Two Scoops Creamery opened a second location in Lake Norman.
    • Rhino Market and Deli opens its second location in Uptown in July. The urban grocer will sit on the same strip as fast-casual, farm-to-table eatery good as well as JJ’s Red Hots’ Uptown offshoot, which opens this summer.
    • Fort Mill’s Cupcrazed opened a second location near Park Road Shopping Center. The owner won Food Network’s “Rewrapped” and “Cupcake Wars.”
    • The Common Market opened Oakhurst/Cotswold location. Its South End location reopens this summer; in 2018, Bang Bang Burgers will open Bang Bang Bites next door.
Go Now
Charlotte newcomers to visit ASAP
  • DeSano Pizza Bakery
    Opened: May 22
    Location/Concept: Midtown. They serve Neapolitan-style pizza cooked in wood-fired ovens. This is the brand’s sixth location in the U.S. (Find it in Nashville and Los Angeles.)
Save the Date
The best of the yet to come
  • The Packhouse/Joe and Nosh
    Opening Date: Summer 2017
    Location/Concept: Uptown. The pair connect a full-service restaurant and bar to an all-day breakfast restaurant. It’s from the same folks who brought us Dilworth’s The Mayo Bird and The Summit Room.
  • Seoul Poke
    Opening Date: August/September 2017
    Location/Concept: South End. These Hawaiian-inspired dishes combine rice, raw fish, veggies and more. Think sushi in a bowl.
  • Lincoln’s Haberdashery
    Opening Date: Summer 2017
    Location/Concept: South End. Located in a 1920s Lance Factory, this urban food market will offer fresh baked goods and prepared foods.
  • Zeppelin
    Opening Date: Summer 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.
  • Wu’s Cajun Seafood
    Opening Date: June 2017
    Location/Concept: South End. The same group that created All American Pub, Whiskey Warehouse and Hot Taco created this Asian-Cajun fusion restaurant, serving everything from sushi to beignets.
  • The People’s Market
    Opening Date: August 2017
    Location/Concept: Dilworth. This urban market, deli, bakery and café replaces 131 Main, which closed in April 2016.
  • The Loyalist Market
    Opening Date: August 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.

Palmer Street Game Bar – Photo by Brigitte Acosta


Need to Know
What’s notable and what’s newsworthy
  • 5Church masterminds Jamie Lynch and Alejandro Torio opened Sophia’s Lounge, a swanky lounge in the ground level of The Ivey’s Hotel.
  • Look for Charlotte’s first “cat cafes.” Mac Tabby opens this summer, and Daily Mews Cat Café is in the works. Both will partner with area rescue groups to facilitate adoption.
  • Rolled ice cream has finally made its way to the city; SouthPark’s Nom Nom opens this summer. Until then, find rolled ice cream at Jolly Rolls in Matthews and Fort Mill.
Go Now
Charlotte newcomers to visit ASAP
  • Palmer St. Game Bar
    Opened: May 6
    Location/Concept: South End. Choose from more than 30 arcade games and pinball machines while sipping on craft beer, wine and kombucha.
  • Catawba Brewing
    Opened: May 6
    Location/Concept: Plaza Midwood. This brewery is the fourth of the brand’s locations in North Carolina.
  • Bold Missy Brewery
    Opened: May 13
    Location/Concept: NoDa. This brewery features beers named after famous women.
  • Trade and Lore/Salud Cerveceria
    Opened: June 3
    Location/Concept: NoDa. From the folks behind Fud at Salud, which was recently featured on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” this space is a coffee shop by day and a taproom by night. Order Fud’s eats from the taproom.
  • Pop the Top Craft Beer Shop
    Opened: June 3
    Location/Concept: South End. Purchase North and South Carolina brews at this bottle shop.
  • Ninety’s Ice Cream and Sandwiches (reopened)
    Opened: June 17
    Location/Concept: University City. After changing owners, this tenured ice cream shop now offers inventive desserts like chocolate-covered cookie dough pops.
  • Cuplux Coffee Drive-Thru
    Opened: June 26
    Location/Concept: 3115 Freedom Drive. This drive-thru coffee shop features guest brews from the Carolinas as well as sweet and savory snacks.
  • Brakeman’s Coffee & Supply
    Opened: July 1
    Location/Concept: Matthews. The “Brakeman” was the man in the caboose who was positioned to slow down the train. Guests are encouraged to slow down and enjoy this charming coffee shop with Fixer Upper-inspired design. On a monthly basis, Brakeman’s will donate a percentage of its profits to Matthews based charities.
Save the Date
The best of the yet to come
  • Recess Charlotte
    Opening Date: Summer 2017
    Location/Concept: NoDa. Bring your dog to this adult playground and bar.
  • Hyde Brewing
    Opening Date: Summer 2017
    Location/Concept: South End. In addition to a craft brewery, this space will house The Suffolk Punch, an eatery serving sustainably sourced food, and a craft coffee venture, Hyde Coffee.
  • Dot Dot Dot
    Opening: Summer 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.

Camp North End – Photo by Kristen Moore

Things to Do

Need to Know
  • AvidXchange Music Factory nightclub Label closed June 30. A new club, World, opens in its place August 31.
  • The Trolley Museum in South End will become CLT Powerhouse, which will host community meetings, civic design workshops, gallery displays, films, lectures, classes and more.
  • Just north of Uptown, 75-acre Camp North End is located in a former factory, which first produced Model T’s, then WWI bomb casings. The new mixed-use development will likely be under construction for a few years—the developer plans to add shops, food vendors, offices and apartments—but the space is already a community gathering place. Every Friday through October, find food trucks, live music and pop-up shops set up on the patio, called the “Boiler Yard.”
Go Now
Charlotte newcomers to visit ASAP
  • Topgolf
    Opened: June 9
    Location/Concept: Sterling neighborhood. This chain centers on golf games using microchipped balls in a fun entertainment complex (with food and beverage service).
  • Carowinds—County Fair Attraction
    Opened: Spring 2017.
    Location/Concept: Carwoinds. These vintage and classic rides recall the Carolina country fairs of yesteryear.
Save the Date
The best of the yet to come
  • Big Air Trampoline Park
    Opening Date: August 2017
    Location/Concept: Sardis Road North. This adult playground will include 75 trampolines and a climbing tower that looks like a rubix cube.

Written by Beth Castle | Updates by Chelsea Galusky

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