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Just Opened - Dec. '20

Bundle up, Charlotte! Although the weather is colder, the latest openings in the Queen City are heating up. Grab your friends, family and mask, and discover the newest restaurants and stores that are bringing their own twist to this city.

Per a COVID-19-related Mecklenburg County health directive issued Jan. 12, 2021, please note that some businesses may have modified their hours of operation and changed procedures in order to comply with CDC and Mecklenburg County Health Department guidelines. Please wear a mask, limit any non-essential activities and refrain from gathering with anyone outside of your household.

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Botiwalla

Neighborhood:Optimist Park
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

James Beard-nominated chef Meherwan Irani has opened an Indian street food stall at Optimist Hall. Highlights include lamb burgers, chicken tikka, house-made hot sauce and alcoholic slushies. Vegetarians have plenty to choose from, too, like the Tandoori Veggie Roll and Impossible Boti Burger.

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Collier Candy Co.

Neighborhood:Optimist Park
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Sweet teeth unite! Atlanta-based Collier Candy Co. is open inside Optimist Hall. Take a walk down memory lane with classic candies or fill up on newer creations. Kids and adults alike will find joy in this cute candy shop.

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Hex Coffee

Area: Camp North End
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Monday-Tuesday.

One of Charlotte’s favorite roasters now has an espresso bar at their Camp North End roasting location. Stop by for a coffee drink or to stock up on Hex apparel, instant coffee and coffee beans. Seating is available indoors and out.

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Kounter

Area: Rock Hill
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Closed Monday

Guests can now dine in the historical McCrory’s Five and Dime, where, in 1961, 10 Black college students sat at the lunch counter and were arrested after refusing to leave. The counter in the room has been transformed with a 1960s design where they’ll serve approachable but elevated food. Chef and owner Rob Masone is also the man behind Kre8 Twisted Eats in Charlotte.

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Steak 48

Neighborhood: SouthPark
Hours: Temporary hours are Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m. and Friday-Sunday, 4-10 p.m.

Charlotte’s newest steakhouse is in SouthPark in the new Apex building. The space (post-COVID-19) holds 400 guests and features an exposed kitchen and several dining rooms. Guests will enjoy browsing the menu of steak, fresh seafood, delectable side dishes and photo-worthy desserts.

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Summit Coffee NoDa

Neighborhood:NoDa
Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Summit Coffee’s fifth location opened in NoDa this month. You’ll find craft lattes, locally roasted coffee and baked goods. To make your coffee run a breeze, download their app to order ahead.

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Grow

Area: Camp North End
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Closed Monday-Tuesday.

This popular plant shop has opened its second location. You can now browse through house plants and accessories at Camp North End in addition to the Plaza Midwood shop. Dare you to walk away with just one…

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Tiny Gods

Area: Myers Park
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

Wrapping up your holiday shopping? Find unique pieces at the city’s newest jewelry shop. If you can’t make it in-person, consider browsing through these beautiful rings, earrings, necklaces and bracelets online.