Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


the scoop, july/august 2018

The Bottle Cap Group—parent  company to Brazwells, SIP, and more— has opened Rosemont in the former Wu’s Cajun Seafood location on South Boulevard. Expect cheap drinks, fried goodness, milkshakes, and all the  erratic fun in between.



A second Charlotte Shake Shack location is on its way! Their modern spin on  the roadside hamburger stand is coming to Blakeney Shopping Center, where  you’ll find classics like the ShackBurger®, crinkle-cut fries, and hand-spun shakes.



After much speculation as to what would become of Park Terrace Stadium at Park Road Shopping Center, Edens has announced the space will reopen once again as a renovated theater when  AMC Park Terrace 6 opens in early 2019.



We’re happy to announce that after  nearly a year of renovations, 1960s-era restaurant House of Pizza will in fact  be reopening in their original location  on Central Avenue. We’ve really missed  their pizza!



Tandur Indian Kitchen plans to expand their Charlotte presence with a second location, set to open this fall in Rea  Farms Village in South Charlotte. Tandur is a chef-inspired, fast-casual restaurant with authentic Indian flavors and an approachable menu.



Longtime restaurateur Bruce Moffett (Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford, Stagioni) will open a new restaurant called N.C. Red in the former Penguin space in Plaza Midwood. Blending Southern and New England cuisines, you'll find classic land and shore favorites.



After years of searching for just the  right place, Asheville favorite White Duck Taco Shop will open their first Charlotte taco joint this fall in the  Belmont neighborhood on the corner  of 10th and Seigle. Come on fall!



Local Potbelly Sandwich Shop franchise owner Shak Patel has opened a second location at Piedmont Town Center, joining the original uptown location at 320 S. Tryon Street. Look for a third location to open soon in Ballantyne.



Bardo has opened on South Mint Street in the Gold District. Serving sharable small plates and craft cocktails, the chef-driven, eclectic, American small plate restaurant opened after six years  of musings and even more as friends.



Belmont is on the up and up! Seven Oaks Café, the latest venture by restaurateurs Chad and Kathy Hutchson (who also own the String Bean in Belmont), opened Mother’s Day weekend. Tucked in the historic John Davidson McLean house at  175 Armstrong Road, the menu will feature casual Southern fare. Chef Ron  Drappeaux has put his own personal spin on the menu, which incorporates local ingredients, including some that will come from an on-site garden, and offers  choices for a healthier lifestyle. In addition to the main dining area, there’s a quaint patio and additional outdoor space available for dining and private events.



The newest 131 Main location has opened in SouthPark after several years in the making. Open for lunch and  dinner, expect to find a pared down menu featuring fan favorites, outdoor dining, and an intimate chef’s table.



Popular Cincinnati restaurant The Eagle Food & Beer Hall plans to open in South End’s Atherton Mill next summer. Just down the street from Price’s and Leroy Fox, they’ll serve their own take on fried chicken, in addition to other classic Southern fare.



Dilworth Tasting Room has expanded its menu by introducing 25 new  cocktails, each perfectly suited for  sipping on the patio this spring and summer. It’s part of an expansion of  the cocktail program, which will  include over 100 cocktails by the fall.



After eight years, Georges Brasserie  in Piedmont Row has closed after the  owner, Giorgio Bakatsias, decided not  to renew the lease. Be on the lookout  for something new to take its place later this year.



Waterbean Coffee owner Tony Vo will soon open Sizzlewich, a Vietnamese banh xeo restaurant, near Topgolf.  A tribute to Tony’s grandmother, a  sizzlewich is Vietnamese rice flour  crêpe stuffed with meats and toppings. Check it out!


Shortly after announcing the closing of The Liberty Gastropub in South End (due in part to the sudden death of co-owner Matthew Pera), chef/owner Tom Condron also closed his Myers  Park French restaurant Lumiere.  We’re sad to see you go!