Eight & Sand sets August grand opening date in South End — owners of Inizio Pizza and Not Just Coffee behind the concept

Eight & Sand sets August grand opening date in South End — owners of Inizio Pizza and Not Just Coffee behind the concept
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Three powerful names in Charlotte food and drink are teaming up to launch Eight+Sand Kitchen, a “culinary playground” with an artisanal bakery, specialty cafe, bar and modern eatery. Construction is wrapping up, and the concept will open in August.

Inizio Pizza owner Grant Arons and Not Just Coffee co-owners James and Miracle Yoder are behind the joint venture. That’s a hell of a dream team.

“We discovered a shared love for worldly foods, sustainable ingredients, coffee, bread and more,” Arons told the Agenda earlier this year. “We have baker expertise, cafe expertise, multiple chefs and a whole lot of passion. We plan on bringing some new things to the Charlotte food scene.”

Eight and Sand will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hours will likely be 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Also expect cocktails on draft, bread for sale as well as other bakery items. Oh, and there’s an apple tree (I should have asked why, but I didn’t).

Arons is especially excited about the vegan and vegetarian dishes that Eight & Sands will offer. “They’re really going to impress people.” And he’s obsessed with sandwiches — particularly the porchetta and pastrami sandwiches that’ll be staples on the Eight & Sand’s menu.

Bread: The foundation of the menu will be built on doughs made with house-milled heirloom grains, locally sourced organic flours and natural leaven. There’s a mill room in the back right of the restaurant where you can watch the bread being made. Arons described himself as a “bread nerd.”

Pizza situation: Get ready for Roman-style pizza al taglio served in a pan by the slice (it’s not as greasy or heavy as Detroit pizza).

Name: Eight+Sands is a bygone saying from historic railroad days and a nod to Charlotte’s light rail. “Train crews would use the term as a well wishes of sorts for a safe and speedy journey,” Arons said. Eight refers to the speed of the train in its eighth gear, and sand was thrown on the tracks to create safe friction.

Location: Eight+Sand Kitchen will be located at 135 New Bern St. right on the light rail. The 3,500-square-foot space has soaring 20-foot ceilings and a clean aesthetic that’ll remind you of Not Just Coffee. It’s on the ground-floor retail in the new Bradham at New Bern Station apartment complex (also wrapping up construction). It’s an easy 100-yard walk from Suffolk Punch and across South Boulevard from The Waterman and Holler and Dash.

seating inside eight and sand restaurant in south end

porchetta sandwich from eight and sand charlotte

Porchetta sandwich on homemade ciabatta via Facebook

breakfast sandwich at eight and sand charlotte

Local sausage and egg on a brioche bun via Instagram

eight and sands location in south end charlotte

Eight & Sand is on the ground floor of the new Bradham at New Bern Station apartment complex (also wrapping up construction)

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apple tree inside eight and sands restaurant charlotte

Apple tree inside Eight & Sand

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