Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


the scoop, march/april 2018

A breakfast and lunch restaurant called Eggs Up Grill will open its first Charlotte location at the space formerly occupied by Rudy’s Italian Restaurant in The Shops at Piper Glen off Rea Road.



Holler & Dash is set to open in March in the Sedgefield area in South End. The menu is built around a core of simple biscuits as well as delicious specialty items, plus a variety of bowls, beignets, biscuits, parfaits, sandwiches, and salads.



Sprouts Farmers Market is opening a Ballantyne-area store this April, anchoring the retail portion of the 13-acre Colinayre development. Sprouts offers thousands of natural, organic, and gluten-free items in addition to produce, meat and seafood, dairy, and bulk foods.



Reid’s Fine Foods has signed a lease to replace The Sandwich Club on the first floor of 121 West Trade Street. Offering both dine-in and to-go options for breakfast and lunch, they’ll also feature a wine shop, catering services, and their signature gift baskets. Expect them to open this spring.



Fuel Pizza at Park Road Shopping Center has closed. Be on the lookout for CAVA, a growing Mediterranean fast-casual restaurant, serving up healthy salads, grain bowls, pitas, and house-made juices.



The owners of Dressler’s and Dogwood Southern Table plan to open a new concept in the former e2 emeril’s eatery. Fin & Fino will have a seafood focus, complete with a raw bar. Expect the interior to feature white tile, stainless steel finishes, and sea glass tones, giving it a seaside feel, when it opens early this spring.



Paul Verica’s new Elizabeth restaurant will be named The Stanley, a throwback to the old Stanleyville Bar & Grill that once called the building at the corner of E. 7th Street and Pecan Avenue home. Verica closed Heritage in Waxhaw in October and is targeting a March opening for The Stanley.


FūD at Salud in NoDa has closed. While Salud Cerveceria will remain open, Jeff, FūD’s owner, will be teaming up with Queen City Grounds, a new coffee shop opening this spring at Skyhouse in Uptown. He’s also working on a food truck named FūD Truck. Best wishes Jeff!


Cookie Dough Bliss, a new cookie dough bar, is now open near Concord Mills, with plans to expand into Charlotte soon. The dough comes in more than a dozen standard flavors, and is served in cups, cones, pops, pies, and more. Yum!



Bulldog Beer & Wine’s original Charlotte location has rebranded as a low-key, private club experience called Bulldog Dilworth. Adapting to cater towards customers who have been asking for spirits and draw in new ones that prefer them, the beer and wine menu, along with the grab-and-go options, will still be in place, but they’ve expanded to include liquors like tequila, bourbon, vodka, and rum. Like other private clubs in town, the bar will be members only, with membership cards costing $1 per year. Bulldog’s decor has been updated as well to reflect the change, including a new back patio, fresh interior paint, and plenty of wood work.



Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will open their first Charlotte scoop shop in South End this summer. Located in front of Design Center on Camden Road, Jeni’s ice creams have a uniquely smooth texture and buttercream body, with bright flavor and clean finish, without any synthetic flavorings, dyes, or mixes.



Wahlburgers is set to open sometime in 2018 in the former Lure Oyster Bar location at the corner of Rea Road and Williams Pond Lane. The restaurant’s menu includes burgers, sandwiches, and salads, along with signature items such as tater tots and floats.



Red House Café has opened at 3046 N. Davidson Street in NoDa. Aiming to be a family-friendly, comfortable gathering spot, they’ve transformed the former art gallery space into a farmhouse chic Italian-American restaurant. There’s also a walk-up window from which customers can order smaller entrées and desserts.



Foxcroft Wine Co.’s SouthPark location has reopened after an interior face lift, including an updated bar, more two-top tables, and a fresh, lighter paint color, much like the East Boulevard location. Menu changes are also in the works, borrowing and playing on plates from its sister concept, Dot Dot Dot.



Antonio Smallwood has begun remodeling the former Old Hickory House BBQ Restaurant, located at 6538 N. Tryon Street, and plans to open an upscale steakhouse called Prime. Look for the new restaurant to open this spring.


Philadelphia Deli Restaurant on Kings Drive has closed after nearly 50 years in business. Best wishes to the Drosinis family.