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).
Concept: Vietnamese noodle house (Pan-Asian cuisine).
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.
(3) Rusty Bucket
Concept: American food.
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).
(4) Which Wich
Timing: Opens either November 2nd or November 7th
Location: Uptown’s Overstreet Mall
(5) Reid’s Fine Foods: Market
Location: SouthPark Mall area, in the old City Tavern spot next to Dick’s (4331 Barclay Downs Drive)
(6) Amelie’s Uptown Bakery
Concept: Bakery and more.
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.
(7) Pasta & Provisions
Location: Next to Brawley’s (4700 Park Road).
(8) Fresh Market
Concept: Grocery store/deli/market.
Timing: November 11
Location: Previous Blacklion space in Dilworth Gardens Shopping Center (1412 East Blvd).
(9) One Life Raw Juice Bar
Concept: Organic specialty bar focused on juices and healthy living.
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).
(10) Foxcroft Wine Co.
Concept: Upscale wine bar and retail shop with small plates.
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.
(11) Growler USA
Concept: Brewpub with over 100 taps, growlers and food.
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).
Concept: Grocery Store/Market
Timing: November 14th
Location: Below the Metropolitan Target (900 Metropolitan Ave).
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.)
(14) Five Guys
Location: Plaza Midwood. In between Health Home Market and YAMA Izakaya (1326 Central Ave.).
Three other arguably more anticipated restaurants that may open in 2015 if construction goes flawlessly…
(15) Sea Level
Concept: Raw Bar
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).
(16) 204 North
Concept: Restaurant / Bar
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 levels. The 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)
(17) Fourth Ward Bread Co.
Location: Fourth Ward