Here’s a quick Agenda guide to the 11 biggest restaurant and bar grand openings around our city in June. It’s a power-packed month.
Made-to-order, stone hearth-baked pizza chain
- Opening date: Tuesday, June 5
- Neighborhood: University City – Belgate Shopping Center near the campus of UNC-Charlotte, 6925 University City Blvd.
- Grand opening promotions: Free pizza to anyone who presents their flyer and makes a $2 donation through Saturday, June 9. On Friday and Saturday, the first 10 people in line will receive free pizza for a year.
- Toppings: 40 – including house roasted garlic, creamy mozzarella ovalini and lean grilled steak.
- Non-pizza menu options: Salads, oven baked wings and meatballs
Fast fired pizza and farm fresh salad restaurant opening in SouthPark food court
- Opening date: June 11
- Neighborhood: SouthPark – located between Chipotle and Chick-fil-A in the SouthPark mall food court.
- Kids eat free deal: All day on Mondays.
- Meat lover pizza order: 4 Little Pigs ($8.95) – House pizza sauce, capicola ham, Italian sausage, salami, pepperoni, mozarella and fontina cheese.
- Salad order: Local Farmers ($8.95) – Organic spring mix, fresh strawberries, fire roasted corn, spiced pecans, fresh avocados and feta cheese crumbles. tossed with our house made lemon basil dressing (add roasted chicken for $2)
- Early deal: Grand opening celebration on Sunday, June 10 from 1-3:30 p.m. at which time they’ll be giving away a free entree to customers (you can also donate money to Friendship Gardens).
Traditional Spanish tapas and small plates with a modern vibe inside
- Target opening date: June 11
- Neighborhood: SouthPark – 4310 Sharon Road, Suite W01 (former Chuy’s space)
- Large plate order: Paella ($39) – Valencia-style rice, calamari, prawns, clams, shrimp, red sofrito, saffron
- Fun fact: Bulla offers 6 different types of cured meats and 6 different types of queso.
- Brunch Special: Prix fixe, 3-course brunch for $27 (weekends only). You can also order off their brunch menu. $6 sangrías and mimosas.
- Patio size: 130 seats.
- Sangria options: 3. About $8 by the glass and $30 for a pitcher. Their 7 signature cocktails are $12 or $13.
Sushi restaurant and cocktail lounge
- Opening date: June 12
- Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood – about 30 yards away from Whiskey Warehouse, 1217 The Plaza.
- Menu: Instead of just sushi, the Sushi Guru’s Plaza Midwood menu will have traditional meat dishes like braised pork belly and skewers.
- Cocktails: Sushi Guru hired a world-class bartender from the Philippines named Michael Tubiera. Recently, Michael made it to the Diageo World Class Cocktail Global Finals in Miami. You can read his Esquire profile here.
- Popular sushi rolls: Guru Roll, Hamachi Jalapeño Roll, SouthPark Roll, Salmon Lover Roll and the Tuna Lover Roll.
- Space: The two-story restaurant will feature dining on each level, plus two large glass garage doors and a spacious outdoor patio. The downstairs dining area isn’t large, so expect a lot of dining to take place on the front patio. The second story will have a bar. I’ve also been told that the basement will serve as a wine cellar.
- Fun fact: Sushi Guru’s Plaza Midwood parking lot is tiny (I think I saw about 15 spaces), so they’ll install 7 car lifts. Yes, car lifts.
- Poke: The first floor will have a poke bar, but you’ll still be able to get all your favorite sushi rolls.
- Agenda story: This award-winning 26-year-old bartender could work anywhere in the world and he’s about to launch his cocktail program at Sushi Guru
Grocery store (you know what Whole Foods is)
- Opening date: June 13
- Neighborhood: Uptown – across from the Charlotte Convention Center and NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Stonewall.
- Grand opening giveaways: Free coffee and pastries outside, beginning at 8 a.m. until the doors open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13. The first 500 people in line will receive a gift card valued between $5-$50 and there will be one grand prize gift card loaded with $500. Expect product demos and samples throughout the day. Details.
- Features: This Whole Foods location will feature a signature hot and cold bars, a pizza bar, burrito and sandwich stations, a Korean/Latin fusion station, wine and beer bar and coffee bar.
- Space and parking: Free parking along with indoor and outdoor seating.
Uptown restaurant and bar with a rooftop deck near Bank of America Stadium and BB&T Ballpark
- Target Opening Date: Mid-June
- Neighborhood: Uptown – 400 South Graham St.
- Space: Indoor bar and kitchen, outdoor patio and a rooftop deck. Inside features a long concrete bar as well as counter seating at the front windows, which can be opened when the weather is nice.
- Menu: Street food-inspired menu designed to feel more like a food truck than a brick and mortar restaurant. That includes things like meat and vegetable skewers, sliders, tacos and grilled cheese.
San Francisco ramen, poke bowl, sushi, curry and Japanese street food restaurant
- Target Opening: Mid June
- Neighborhood: South End – 1508 S. Mint St
- Menu: Ramen, ramen sets (combos), donburi (rice bowls) and about a dozen appetizers (could also be small plates) that range from fried dumplings to pork belly to octopus salad.
- Ownership: Husband-and-wife team Tony Yum (chef) and Rosena Tong (manager) were born in Hong Kong and ran a restaurant in San Fransisco before moving to Charlotte.
- Agenda story: San Francisco ramen, poke bowl, curry and Japanese street food restaurant coming to South End
Full-service restaurant inside the massive 28,000-square-foot dual-branded brewery opening near OMB
- Target Opening: Late June
- Neighborhood: Lower South End (near OMB) – 4001 Yancey
- Menu: They won’t tell me yet, but an executive chef has been hired.
- Seats: 269 seats inside, 270 seats outside and an event space with a total of 104 seats.
- Beer volume: Victory and Southern Tier brewed roughly 255,000 total barrels in 2017. (OMB did about 21,000 in comparison.)
- Eating/drinking space: There are three distinct open-air patio spaces — a huge outdoor patio to the right of the building, a unique space dubbed “The Ruins” in front of the building and a covered patio with a view of Uptown.
- Agenda story: Take a look inside the massive new dual-branded brewery opening just down the street from OMB
Urban market, deli and bar
- Target Opening Date: Mid-June
- Neighborhood: South End – near Zeppelin and the new Bang Bang Burger, 235 W. Tremont Ave.
Neighborhood cocktail bar with small plates
- Target Opening Date: Mid-June
- Neighborhood: Dilworth – next to People’s Market, 1315 East Blvd. Suite 115
- Cocktails: Bob Peters, the former leader of the Punch Room at the Ritz-Carlton, has signed on to consult.
- Space: There will be about 50 seats.
Well-known gourmet food store and eatery debuting third Charlotte location
- Target Opening Date: Late June or early July
- Neighborhood: Uptown – first floor of 121 West Trade, the 32-story office building. It’s the space formerly occupied by Sandwich Club, across Trade Street from the Marriott.
- Offerings: Breakfast and lunch for both dine-in and to-go ordering, house-made fresh foods, a wine shop, catering services, and gift baskets. It will not be open for dinner.
- Sandwich order: Rotisserie Turkey Breast Sandwich – house roasted turkey breast, arugula, tomato, muenster, Green Goddess on sourdough ($8.99).
- Agenda story: Reid’s will become an urban food and drink powerhouse in the Carolina region, slowly