Confirmed: Massive, two-story Restoration Hardware with rooftop restaurant opening in SouthPark

Confirmed: Massive, two-story Restoration Hardware with rooftop restaurant opening in SouthPark
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A 41,000-square-foot Restoration Hardware design gallery with a rooftop restaurant will take the space formerly occupied by Dean & Deluca in SouthPark’s Phillips Place shopping center.

If you’re unfamiliar with Restoration Hardware, it’s a home furnishings company out of California. They have about 70 stores around the country, but only a handful of “design gallery” stores that also have chic restaurants and bars — and now Charlotte will join cities like New York and Los Angeles with a massive RH design gallery.

It’s huge news for SouthPark.

Timing: Construction has begun and RH Charlotte plans to open this fall. Restoration Hardware will move from their current 8,850-square-foot space just a few doors down.

Rooftop restaurant: In a statement from the developer said to expect “spectacular views of the Charlotte skyline.” RH restaurants focus on brunch and dinner, and entrees include items like their signature burger ($24), broiled salmon ($32), lobster roll ($31) and charred ribeye steak ($48). The small menu also includes appetizers and salads, all around $20. It’s pricy, but dishes are familiar and approachable.

Why it matters: As retail gets more experiential, it’s cool that our city is landing concepts like this. And I expect this unique restaurant to completely change the 1990’s vibe at Phillips Place — maybe it’ll become SouthPark’s version of South End’s Design Center or Atherton Mill.

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RIP Dean & Deluca SouthPark

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Cities with RH design gallery restaurants include New York, Napa Valley, Chicago, West Palm Beach, Nashville and Toronto.

What’s next for Phillips Place?

Owner Lincoln Harris plans to plow $50 million over the next few years into this mixed-use development which sits on 35 acres and has 130,000 square feet of retail.

Other Phillips Place updates: According to their statement we should expect a “more animated streetscape, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, updated architecture, reconfigured parking and traffic patterns, and the first completed section of ‘The Loop’ –  a pedestrian walkway that will connect key destinations and neighborhoods throughout SouthPark.”

Johnny says: “Phillips Place is one of a handful of developments that has transformed and elevated Charlotte over the past two decades, and the enhancements announced today will define the premier luxury retail experience in Charlotte for a new generation,” said Johnny Harris, chairman and CEO of Lincoln Harris who still hasn’t invited me to play golf with him out at Quail Hollow.

Other tenants: Phillips Place is also home to The Palm, Wolfgang Puck, P.F. Chang’s (shout out Chang’s chicken), Taylor Richards & Conger, Brooks Brothers, Orvis, J. McLaughlin, Eileen Fisher, Paper Source, Upstream, Windsor Jewelers, Granville and Modern Salon & Spa. Additionally, the development features a Hampton Inn & Suites hotel (it’s nice and fancy there), a 10-screen Regal Cinemas movie theater and apartments.

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Renderings of the updated Phillips Place, which first opened in 1997.

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Inside the current Restoration Hardware in Phillips Place

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