The 14 most anticipated fall restaurant openings in Charlotte

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The Charlotte restaurant scene is booming. Love it. Here are 14 restaurant(ish) openings that Charlotteans are anxiously awaiting this fall.

(1) Farmer & Butcher

Concept: Mediterranean smokehouse.

Location: Dilworth, next to Showmars and across the street from Summit Room (1608 East Blvd).

Food: Serving grilled and wood-fired dishes like pork, lamb, chicken, seafood, calamari and grilled vegetables

Other: Patio will be outstanding. Owner is Martin Sprock, a restaurant empire-builder. The man co-founded Moe’s Southwest Grill and has been behind other franchises like Mama Fu’s Asian House and Planet Smoothie. He is now running RuRu’s Tacos & Tequila, Leroy Fox and Ios Greek Kitchen at the EpiCentre (CA Story: A new Mediterranean restaurant is coming to East Boulevard and it’s a sneaky big deal).

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(2) CO

Concept: Vietnamese noodle house (Pan-Asian cuisine).

Timing: November/December.

Location: Next to Omega Sports at Park Road Shopping Center

Menu: Dumplings (ex, pork & ginger gyoza – $5), small bites (ex, pork & crab spring rolls – $7.50), noodles (ex, pad thai – $14), salads (ex, vietnamese chicken – $10) banh mi (caramel pork – $9.50) and broth noodles (ex, beef pho-$12).

Beverages: Sake, sake infusions, signature cocktails (ex, Lychee Daiquiri $9, Sriracha Mary $8, Mangosteen Red Sangria $9), draft beer and wine.

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(3) Rusty Bucket

Concept: American food.

Timing: November/December

Location: SouthPark, close to Whole Foods and across the street from Dogwood (4810-E Ashley Park Ln).

Menu: Fish and chips. Buffalo Chicken Sandwich. Fresh pizza. Hand pattied burgers. You get it – fresh, American comfort food.

Beverages: 24 beers on tap, including local. Rusty Bucket also has a “cocktail program” and takes their cocktails seriously. Most popular adult drinks include their house margaritas and the Pink Gin Fizz. (CA Story: Q&A Rusty Bucket Founder Gary Callicoat).

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(4) Which Wich

Concept: Sandwiches.

Timing: Opens either November 2nd or November 7th

Location: Uptown’s Overstreet Mall

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(5) Reid’s Fine Foods: Market

Concept: Market/Deli

Timing: October/November

Location: SouthPark Mall area, in the old City Tavern spot next to Dick’s (4331 Barclay Downs Drive)

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(6) Amelie’s Uptown Bakery

Concept: Bakery and more.

Timing: November/December

Location: Old College Plaza cafeteria in the Two Wells Fargo building in Uptown (201 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd).

Other: Open 24 hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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(7) Pasta & Provisions

Concept: Pasta/deli/market

Timing: November/December

Location: Next to Brawley’s (4700 Park Road).

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(8) Fresh Market

Concept: Grocery store/deli/market.

Timing: November 11

Location: Previous Blacklion space in Dilworth Gardens Shopping Center (1412 East Blvd).

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(9) One Life Raw Juice Bar

Concept: Organic specialty bar focused on juices and healthy living.

Timing: October/November

Location: Taking the space previously occupied by Selwyn Cleaner’s on Selwyn (2927 Selwyn Ave).

Menu & Beverages: Raw vegan tapas, veggie based smoothies, cold press juices, nut mylks, holistic juice cleanses and spiked cold press cocktails. Cold press juices and nut mylks will cost $9.50 to $13, SuperFood Smoothies will cost $7.50 and raw vegan artisan small plates will start at $6.

Other:  Will launch an “organic superfood cocktails infused with our cold press juice New Year Eve (called spiked cold press.” (CA Story: Goodbye Selwyn Cleaners, hello One Life Raw Juice Bar).

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(10) Foxcroft Wine Co.

Concept: Upscale wine bar and retail shop with small plates.

Timing: November/December

Location: Dliworth. Close to the Harris Teeter in the shopping center named Kenilworth Commons.

Menu: Menu items include Chef’s Veggies $8, Bruschetta $8, Lamb Sliders $12, Quinoa Salad $8, etc.

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(11) Growler USA

Concept: Brewpub with over 100 taps, growlers and food.

Timing: November/December

Location: Across the street from the Midwood Smokehouse in Ballantyne (12206 Copper Way, Ste 124)

Beverages: 100+ taps. Craft beer (duh), cider, wine, flavored kombuchas, cold-pressed coffee and hand-crafted root beer (big in other cities).

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(12) BJ’s

Concept: Grocery Store/Market

Timing: November 14th

Location: Below the Metropolitan Target (900 Metropolitan Ave).

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(13) ABARI

Concept: Bar/Arcade

Timing: November/December (TBD)

Location: Villa Heights neighborhood, adjacent to NoDa and just outside of Uptown (1721 N. Davidson St.).

Beverages: Full bar with local beers on tap, never-ending PBR, and a fun cocktail menu featuring “drinks for the girlfriends”

Menu: No kitchen, but looking to partner with local food trucks and delivery services.

Other: Abari will feature about 24 arcade games and 7 pinball machines Arcade games will go for $0.25 and pinball $0.50. On Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5pm Abari will be open to all ages (with adult supervision) but will otherwise be 21+. Occasionally they’ll have “free play” nights scheduled where you can pay a cover – estimated $5 – and enjoy free play on the arcade games “Private club” with annual membership of $1 (think Jeff’s Bucket Shop). (CA Story: Classic Gamers Rejoice. Inside scoop from Abari owner Zach Pulliam.)

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(14) Five Guys

Concept: Burgers

Timing: November/December

Location: Plaza Midwood. In between Health Home Market and YAMA Izakaya (1326 Central Ave.).

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Bonus

Three other arguably more anticipated restaurants that may open in 2015 if construction goes flawlessly…

(15) Sea Level

Concept: Raw Bar

Timing: TBD

Location: Plans call for this to be a raw bar concept going in the old City Tavern space inside Hearst Tower.

Other: This project is coming from the folks at Damian Dining who are behind Crepe Cellar and Growlers Pourhouse in NoDa. (CA Story: Updated – 5th Street improvements).

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(16) 204 North

Concept: Restaurant / Bar

Timing: TBD

Location: Uptown, going in the unoccupied space next to Ri Ra (204 North Tryon).

Menu: Chef Franke Jones wants to create a menu full of “approachable, creative food to speak to the Charlotte crowd.” Price points: $9-$11.

Beverages: 30 taps, a vast majority being local craft beers, craft cocktails on tap, beer infusion towers.

Other: Two levelsThe second floor will have a more “lounge-y” feel at night, while the first floor will act as more of a “hangout” gathering and eating atmosphere. The place is HUGE, with seating for 250 people. (CA Story: INSIDER: Everything you need to know about 204 North)

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(17) Fourth Ward Bread Co.

Concept: Coffee/Bakery/Breakfast

Timing: TBD

Location: Fourth Ward

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