Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


the scoop, nov/dec 2017

The space formerly occupied by Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill on Caswell Road in Elizabeth is being renovated for a new concept called Caswell Station. Expect a menu of New American-style fare, with an updated exterior, interior, flooring, bar tops, and furniture.

Cantina 1511 has opened a third Charlotte location in the former Blue Restaurant spot on the corner of Fifth and College streets Uptown. Gene Briggs, former executive chef at Blue, will be the executive Chef, and the chef-driven menu will offer an authentic take on Mexican specialties.

Renaissance Patisserie will be relocating this fall from their current location in Sedgefield Shopping Center in South End to a new home in the Specialty Shops SouthPark, just in time for the holidays. The Paris-born chef Sylvain Rivet is behind that venture.

D.C.-based Mediterranean restaurant chain CAVA is expanding to the Charlotte area, with a location across from the UNC-Charlotte campus and one on Park Road (exact address TBD). Cava’s menu includes Mediterranean dishes made from scratch, as well as seasonal juices, soups and roasted vegetables.

Wooden Robot Brewery will add an additional 2,000 square feet of space adjacent to its current space at 1440 S. Tryon Street. The gastropub concept will cater to the lunch, dinner, and brunch scenes, and patrons can expect a menu of shareable plates utilizing locally-sourced ingredients.

Jon and Kim Dressler of Dressler’s Restaurant and Dogwood Southern Table & Bar will be opening a new seafood concept Uptown next spring. Located in the former e2 emeril’s eatery spot, the 8,100-square-foot space will feature an open kitchen and bar with lounge-type seating.

Heritage Food + Drink plans to close their Waxhaw restaurant and reopen in the former Crisp location on the corner of Seventh Street and Pecan Avenue in Elizabeth. James Beard Award-nominated chef Paul Verica has plans for more edge in an ingredient-driven, dinner only concept.

Green Brothers Juice Co. has opened its flagship standalone store at 2230 Park Road in Dilworth. Green Brothers uses locally-sourced ingredients for each menu item, and look for new menu items like meal replacements, açai bowls, and superfood bowls. Smoothies will range from $6 to $8, while juices are $8 to $8.50.

Angeline’s, an Italian-influenced modern American restaurant, and Merchant & Trade, a 19th floor rooftop bar and lounge, have opened in the new Kimpton Tryon Park hotel on Church Street across from Romare Bearden Park Uptown.
www.angelinescharlotte.com  • www.merchantandtrade.com

Devon & Blakely, a fast-casual restaurant serving fresh breakfast, coffee, sandwiches, salads, and soups, as well as corporate catering, is set to open in the newly-renovated Bank of America Plaza building Uptown. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, an upscale restaurant featuring seafood, craft cocktails, live jazz music nightly, and a 300+ wine list, will also be opening, with plans that include a 1,000-square-foot outdoor patio. Two other new, ground-floor retail spaces in the building are currently in contract negotiations.
www.devonandblakely.com  • www.eddiev.com

Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar, located in the EpiCentre Uptown, closed in September after nine years in business. Owners Pete Lloyd and Erez Sukarchi, who are also partners in Essex Bar & Bistro in Bank of America Plaza, plan to continue growing other concepts in the Charlotte area.

Bang Bang Bites, sister restaurant to Elizabeth favorite Bang Bang Burgers, is set to open early next year on W. Tremont Avenue in South End near the new Common Market spot. Expect all the flavors of Bang Bang Burgers packed into roughly a dozen different two-ounce sliders.

Tandur Indian Kitchen, a fast casual Indian restaurant, plans to open in January near Earth Fare and YAFO in SouthPark. Boasting a contemporary, open kitchen dining experience, the menu will include freshly-prepared entrées, wraps, salads, kebabs, and unique sides.

Charlotte is set to get another poke spot! King Fish Poke is projected to open in early November at McCullough Commons in University City, serving traditional Hawaiian Poke with a contemporary twist alongside the popular Sushi Burrito.

The Postmates’ DRINKS service has officially launched in Charlotte. Touting “beer in your hands in 25 minutes or less,” the DRINKS ordering process looks and feels the same as the food delivery portion of the app, and beers are sorted by domestics, imports, favorites, and options under $15.

The Toasting Company gourmet s’mores food cart has started popping up at festivals and events around town. With three homemade s’mores flavors—original, cinnamon bun, and salted caramel, each is made with homemade marshmallows and graham crackers and toasted to order.