Just Opened in Charlotte
In the January edition of this ongoing monthly series, we’ll be highlighting the growth of the Queen City with recently opened eateries, watering holes and other hot spots to explore.
by Allie Papajohn Jan 23, 2020
With 2020 underway, we have a feeling Charlotte isn’t slowing down on the new openings anytime soon. From a delicious Italian restaurant in the Park Road Shopping Center to a high intensity interval training gym in Uptown, here’s a taste of what opened during the first month of the new decade.
Food & Drink
933 Louise Ave., Suite 105
Love sipping on craft brews at Catawba Brewing? Now you can enjoy a beer-infused meal without leaving the building thanks to the new eatery Blue Fork. Pair your White Zombie with flatbreads, wings, sandwiches and salads.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, noon-11 p.m.
Neighborhood: South End
1750 Camden Road, Suite F
Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, the fourth Get Fit Foods is now open in South End. These healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner meals are made fresh daily and available for quick grab-and-go pick-up. Consider a three- or five-day meal plan if you’re really committed to not cooking for a few days.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Neighborhood: Montford/Madison Park
4127 Park Road
The team behind Ballantyne’s TRUE Crafted Pizza has expanded their Italian offerings to bring us Osteria LuCa. The restaurant (named after the owners’ children, Lucas and Caroline) serves wood-fired pizza, homemade pasta, salads, antipasti and favorites like Chicken Parmigiana. Grab a seat at the pizza bar to watch all the wood-fired action.
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday, 5-9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; Sunday, 5-9 p.m. Closed Monday.
Neighborhood: South End
1414 S. Tryon St.
Slowly but surely, Rhino Market is popping up in every Charlotte neighborhood. South End dwellers can now get their hands on beer, wine, sandwiches and local treats at the Rail Yard. The popular neighborhood deli is open early, so consider making it a part of your morning routine with a breakfast wrap and hot cup of coffee.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Neighborhood: South End
125 Remount Road, Suite B
This new coffee/wine/beer shop is brought to you by the folks behind Hex Coffee and the now-closed Good Bottle Co. (Stable Hand took its place.) Enjoy your drink of choice and a nice bite to eat while you post up with your laptop or favorite book.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
1200 S. Graham St.
Two years in the making, Sunstead Brewing is now open near Bank of America Stadium (hello, game day brews!) Charlotte’s latest brewery will feature up to 12 beers plus wine, cider and homemade root beer and cream soda. If you also love art, this is the place for you. The brewery rotates through various art displays throughout the year.
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, noon-midnight; Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Closed Monday-Tuesday.
Things to Do
550 E. Stonewall St., Suite 200
Uptown’s latest gym is here to rock your world. You’ll get a 50 minute HIIT (high intensity interval training) group workout that combines strength, cardio, fat burn and team building moves. Get ready for high-energy coaches and all the motivation you need.
Hours: Monday & Wednesday, 5 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-noon.
10715 Independence Pointe Pkwy.
Reach new heights at Inner Peaks’ second location. The space contains 8,500 square feet of climbing, 38 top rope stations, a fitness center and exercise classes. Depending on your needs, daily passes and memberships are available.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-7 p.m.
Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
1318 Pecan Ave., Suite 101
Golfers and non-golfers alike will enjoy this new indoor course. Guests pay $10 for an annual membership (which includes a round) and $10 per round each visit. Those more interested in eating and drinking can do both with bites from Fresh Eats Catering and a craft cocktail program.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight. Closed Monday-Tuesday.
Area: Prosperity Village
5336 Docia Crossing Road
Studio Movie Grill’s second Charlotte-area location opened late December. Ten theaters show the latest box office films and offer full-service dining without leaving your seat. The company recommends showing up about 20 minutes early to get your order in and get settled, but guests are welcome to continue ordering throughout the movie using the buzzer at each seat. Talk about service.
Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
1824 Roxborough Road
Charlotte’s second AC Hotel, a $37 million project, opened its doors late December and is now hosting guests in its 162 rooms. Later this spring, the rooftop bar called Cordial will open to the public with craft cocktails, skyline views and seating for up to 100 people.
While January was fairly busy, the new openings are just beginning. We’ve got our eye on Chef Chris Coleman’s The Goodyear Housein NoDa, an all-day brunch spot in Madison Park called Easy Like Sunday, and Lake Norman’s Lost Worlds Brewery, a new brewery that celebrates a love for traveling the world.