I’ve recently written about the Queen Park/LoSo/Scaleybark/OMB area and this is not a follow-up.
This is something much bigger, much better.
Olde Mecklenburg, Sugar Creek, GoodRoad CiderWorks, Broken Spoke, Doc Porter’s and Great Wagon Road are getting a new neighbor. It’s still unnamed but it’s only going to add to the incredibly alcohol motivated allure of the area.
At the corner of Yancey and Southside (4125 Yancey Road) sits a near 18,000-square-foot warehouse from the ’60s. Historic Charlotte and the Charlotte Museum of History are involved to incorporate rebuilding the Queen Park sign for the exterior as the landmark of the building.
Instead of tearing the warehouse down they are renovating it and creating a social house.
For those unfamiliar, a social house is a one-stop-shop destination for all-day entertainment with a drinking focus.
This place will have a centralized bar with a heavy focus on cocktails and beer. To complement the drinking, instead of just tables, there will be activities like shuffleboard and bowling.
Note: this is not a bowling alley.
Final layout has yet to be finalized but the piece that will be the focal point (and my favorite) is the centralized bar. I envision a Vegas-style “center bar” that all casinos have in the middle of the casinos that allow you to always know where to get a drink and then explore the remainder of the space.
There will also be a restaurant with a menu in the works but the plan is to go beyond just standard burgers and chicken tenders (not that there’s anything wrong with them or that they should be omitted).
Outside there will be approximately 2,000 square feet of patio space along Yancey and another 2,000 square feet of covered patio space on the other side of the building.
What strikes me most about this is just how much it will complement the area. Sure, the breweries in this neighborhood are fun, but everyone always gets an itch to go somewhere else after a while. This place adds another destination with an endless list of options for entertainment.
Right off the rail trail and near the Scaleybark station, this project helps solidify this entire area as a full-on entertainment district. Bars, breweries, outdoor patios, a social house and more all come together together to allow you to easily spend an entire day and night down there. I love it and can’t wait until it’s all complete.
Speaking of being complete, they are looking to be open by late 2016.
Cover image via Google Maps