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Emeril Lagasse plans Charlotte restaurant


Charlotte Business Journal

Wells Fargo & Co. confirms that renowned restaurateur and chef Emeril Lagasse will open a restaurant in uptown Charlotte.

The restaurant will be part of the Levine Center for the Arts complex on South Tryon Street that encompasses several arts venues and extends to the Duke Energy Center. The opening date hasn’t been disclosed.

The Charlotte Business Journal first reported Jan. 7 that celebrity chef Lagasse would be bringing one of his signature restaurants to uptown.

That issue of the CBJ’s print edition also reported that health and fitness club Flex & Fit would open in the South Tryon complex. In an announcement Tuesday, Wells Fargo confirmed Flex & Fit as a tenant as well. That facility is scheduled to open in the third quarter.

Other businesses that are taking space in the complex include:

• Q Sundries & Dry Cleaning, a convenience market that recently opened on the lobby level in the Duke Energy Center.

• Energy Café, a quick-service restaurant that will open its second uptown location in the second quarter.

• Mizan, a Mediterranean restaurant and lounge that opens in the second quarter.

• Emzy Asian Sushi Bar, an Asian fusion/sushi restaurant opening in the third quarter.

San Francisco-based Wells (NYSE:WFC) developed the arts complex in partnership with the city of Charlotte and also owns the Duke Energy Center. That 48-story tower was initially planned as the new headquarters for Wachovia Corp. Wells Fargo bought Charlotte-based Wachovia at the end of 2008. Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) agreed in 2009 to move its headquarters to the tower.