Epicurean Charlotte

Food & Wine Magazine


the scoop, jan/feb 2018

The owners of Aix en Provence on Providence Road are opening a second restaurant, called Le Cochon D’Or, in Waxhaw. They’re taking over the old Heritage space, and the menu will be hearty with a focus on Lyonnaise cuisine, which is heavy in pork and charcuterie.

Bulla Gastrobar—a Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant and bar concept by Diego Solano—is moving into the former Chuy’s space in SouthPark. They’ll feature an open bar with tapas, craft cocktails, and an impressive wine list.

Catch On Seafood Market in Plaza Midwood has closed. The owner sites Gold Line Streetcar construction and the closing of Hawthorne Lane led to a 60 percent drop in sales. You will be missed!

Brio Tuscan Grille at Piedmont Row has rebranded to BRIO Coastal Bar & Kitchen. Boasting a “lighter, fresher menu” as well as a less corporate, more friendly atmosphere, the menu still features some classic favorites, but has been cut down from 100 to around 40 items, with all ingredients are prepped fresh in-house.

Fuddruckers has closed its Matthews location after nearly two decades. A new-to-town breakfast and lunch restaurant called First Watch will take its place. Look for a menu featuring items like avocado toast, farm stand breakfast tacos, and lemon ricotta pancakes.

Cork & Crate, a quaint, rustic modern wine shop, has recently opened in Plaza Midwood. Featuring a variety of wines from all wine regions and craft beer sourced locally and nationally, Cork & Crate will host weekly wine tastings and boasts a private tasting room that can be reserved for private events. 

The Loyalist Market, a new cheese and charcuterie shop, is now open in Matthews, featuring 40 artisan cheeses, 15 to 20 charcuterie, 25 beers, nine wines by the glass, and 13 wines by the bottle. Named for being “loyal to authentic food, loyal to local food, and loyal to our community,” you’ll likely be loyal, too.

Augusto Conte of Luce, Toscana, Malabar, and Mezzanote has opened a new restaurant named Via Roma in the new Waverly shopping center. Offering authentic Italian fine dining with many of Toscana’s popular menu items, they’ll also feature specials that touch on dishes that are traditional in Rome.

Italian concept Zinicola has opened in Ballantyne Village between Mellow Mushroom and TCBY (formerly Gusto Pasta Bar). The menu will be scratch-made and seasonal, using locally-sourced ingredients and recipes passed down in his family, including wood-fired pizza, handmade pastas, and fish and meats.

The team behind Haberdish, Crêpe Cellar, and Growlers Pourhouse has opened a tiny new doughnut shop in NoDa called Reigning Doughnuts. Not much more than a window, the shop is housed in an 11x8 storage closet behind Growlers. There are just five cake doughnuts on the menu, plus an additional daily feature flavor (all cooked to order). Organic Counter Culture drip coffee is also available, but don’t expect to see any specialty espresso drinks due to limited space.

Rudy’s Italian Restaurant and Bar in Piper Glen has closed. Be on the lookout for something to take its place soon.  We’ll miss you Rudy!

Haberdish has begun serving weekday brunch Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. An all-new menu will feature waffles, biscuit sandwiches, and egg dishes in addition to house favorites like tater tots and macaroni and cheese. The restaurant will close for afternoons and reopen for regular dinner service at 5 p.m.

Comida, the contemporary Mexican restaurant located in the former Penguin building, has closed its Plaza Midwood location and will combine with LittleSpoon in Myers Park. The Selwyn Ave. location will close for construction in January to update the LittleSpoon space and fit the Comida vibe.

Toucan Louie’s, a Common Market-style neighborhood deli and café, has opened in a 1950s-era filling station near the intersection of Rozzelle’s Ferry Road and W. Trade Street. Breakfast and lunch are served via a deli counter, in addition to a full espresso bar and a retail market with to-go items and other local provisions.

Nolen Kitchen on Selwyn Avenue has closed after 15 years of business following the sale of the Selwyn Corners building. We’ll miss your zucchini chips!

Local food legend Jim Noble, owner of King’s Kitchen and Rooster’s, has signed a lease on Freedom Drive for a new BBQ restaurant called Noble Smoke. With plans to open in the spring, they’ll have four to five Texas-style smokers, multiple pits, and a wood-fired oven. Congratulations Jimmy on realizing your lifelong passion!