Link & Pin, a new concept from Rob Duckworth, plans to open in October near Eight & Sand in South End.
“I’d describe Link & Pin as restaurant first, but with a focus on craft cocktails and wine as well,” said Rob Duckworth, who also owns Duckworth’s and The Cellar. “We’ll have a craft cocktail cart where we’ll be making classic cocktails tableside in our lounge areas on certain nights too.”
I love idea of a tableside craft cocktail cart. Very cool.
In other cocktail news, Link & Pin will offer “mimosa trays” for weekend brunch. Champagne will be served on a tray alongside fresh juices and fruits and you can build-your-own-mimosas at your table.
Link & Pin will be open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu still isn’t 100% finalized, but you’ll find a mix of small plates and larger dishes. After 30 tastings, Duckworth told the Agenda he’s most excited about the following dishes: 12-ounce bone-in filet, ahi tuna poke, crispy whole flounder, Korean-style cauliflower popcorn and their house burger with black garlic aioli.
Small plates: Cheese and charcuterie, ahi tuna poke, brussels sprouts, ceviche, crispy artichokes, crispy oysters, crispy rice and salmon, tomato compote flatbread, 3-cheese and Serrano ham flatbread, hand-battered chicken enders, hummus trie, Korean-style popcorn cauliflower, marinated chicken skewers, Mexican street corn, mini ahi tuna tacos, pretzel bread, pork gyoza dumplings, poutine, truffle-garlic fries, house wings.
Large plates: Filet mignon (8oz), bone-in filet (12oz), Kansas City strip (18-20oz), porterhouse (30oz), bone-in cowboy (21-32oz), tomahawk bone-in ribeye (32oz), bibimbap, house burger, Impossible burger, chicken & waffles, free range chicken, crispy flounder, mahi mahi, scallops, lobster roll, tagliatelle pasta, angel hair pasta.
Name: “We’re on the New Bern Station light rail stop, which is what helped to influence the name, Link & Pin,” said Duckworth. “My son actually came up with that name when he was learning about the history of Charlotte’s rail system. The Link & Pin coupler system is what early railroads used to connect the rail cars together with.”
Location: Link & Pin is taking 6,500 square feet on the ground floor of The Bradham at New Bern, the new 423-unit luxury apartment community near Suffolk Punch. It’s on the corner of New Bern Street and South Boulevard. Parking is available inside a large deck and will be shared with Eight & Sand, also on the ground floor of The Bradham.
Layout: It’s beautiful inside and once open, Link & Pin will immediately become one of the most beautiful restaurants in Charlotte. It’s got soaring ceilings like La Belle Helene and a Crunkleton vibe.
Outdoor space: “We’ll have telescopic glass doors that open up virtually all the way to bring the outside in,” said Duckworth. “It will also have a retractable roof that opens up like a trellis on nice days.”
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