Just Opened in Charlotte - Nov.'22
Happy holiday season! We’re gearing up for the hustle and bustle of the end of the year but still taking time to check out these newly opened businesses.
by Allie Papajohn Nov 28, 2022
Food & Drink
Hours: Sunday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight.
This local concept’s sixth location is now open in the space previously occupied by Taco Mac. You’ll find comfort in the menu of sandwiches, burgers, flatbreads and salads plus tons of beer on tap. Feel free to bring a crowd, too; the restaurant is 12,400 square feet with over 200 seats. Stay tuned for cocktail bar The Loft at Duckworth’s opening in Piedmont Row within the next few months.
Hours: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Enjoy a variety of Latin American dishes, from papusas and gorditas to tacos and tamales, at this new spot. Or, stop by for breakfast and fill up on platters of meat, eggs and beans. Guests are welcome to dine-in or grab their food to-go.
Area: Fort Mill, SC
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
We just can’t get enough of a build-your-own bowl concept! Naf Naf, an Illinois-based company, offers customizable grain bowls, salads and pita sandwiches with options like chicken shawarma, falafel, sumac onions and house-made sauces, like tahini. You can experience the flavor with just a quick drive from Charlotte to Fort Mill.
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.
Gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, soy-free, organic açaí bowls? Yep, you’ll find them at this new spot at the Arboretum shopping center. Build your own bowl with bases like açaí, blue majik and chia pudding and add toppings like hemp seeds, goji berries and coconut flakes. Don’t forget the fresh fruit and drizzles of honey or peanut butter!
Area: Matthews, NC
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.
If you love supporting locals, here’s a new way to drink local out and about or at home. This company distills liquor, including bourbon, rye, vodka and rum, right here in North Carolina. Guests are encouraged to purchase memberships, which include perks like a free monthly gift, merchandise discounts, invitations to events and more. You’ll often find food trucks and live music at the distillery, too.
Neighborhood: Optimist Park
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m.; Friday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m.
The popular Korean BBQ fusion concept in South End now has a second home in the Optimist Park neighborhood as the first tenant in the newly developing Lintmen’s Food Hall. The new space is huge, featuring five karaoke rooms, a dog park and tons of outdoor space. Unlike the original location, you’ll order your favorites (like Kimchi Fries and wings) at the counter and seat yourself.
Come for the fun and the food at this new restaurant in Belmont. The space was formerly occupied by another pizza joint, so neighbors are thrilled to have another pizza option open again. This sister restaurant to The String Bean serves small plates, wings, salads and plenty of pizza pies while also offering several arcade games for guests to enjoy.
Area: Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.
Sycamore’s taproom may be closed for relocation, but you can find them at the airport while you wait for their reopening. The new spot is located in Concourse E and offers their locally-brewed beer plus a food menu of pizzas, sandwiches and salads. They even serve breakfast from 6-10 a.m. for all you early travelers.
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-midnight; Friday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Closed Monday-Tuesday.
Miss seeing former Panthers player Thomas Davis on the field? Now you can support him by visiting his new sports bar and lounge. The menu features bar food favorites like flatbreads, all-beef “dawgs,” nachos and a giant soft pretzel plus fun twists like Sick Em’ Collard Green Dip and Creamy Carolina Crawfish dip. The cocktail menu includes beer, wine and liquor plus a few specialty cocktails ranging $12-13.
Neighborhood: South End
Hours: Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m.-midnight or by private appointment. Closed Sunday-Thursday.
Tucked inside Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails, you’ll find (if you look close enough) a cozy new 450-square-foot bar. Bar director Amanda Britton is the mastermind behind the cocktail list, which features up to nine drink options. This “pocket bar” also features a snacks menu with dishes like Mousseline Paté, olives, wagyu tartare and clams.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Relax and unwind at this new bar just miles away from Charlotte center city. The Hideaway is a full-service bar offering liquor, a long wine list, 16 beers on tap and craft cocktails. The bar doesn’t offer food at this time but does offer plenty of drink specials throughout the week, including half-off glasses of wine and 20% off whiskey and bourbon on Wednesdays and $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas on Sundays.
Hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 3-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, noon-9 p.m.; Closed Monday-Tuesday.
This Texas-based, Black-owned brewery is now open in LoSo. Beer is available now, but a food menu curated by Leah & Louise’s Chef Greg Collier, a cocktail bar and a coffee bar are all coming soon. Co-owner Marcus Baskerville is also behind Black is Beautiful, a “collaborative effort amongst the brewing community and its customers, in an attempt to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily.”
Things to Do
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Just in time for the holidays, Girl Tribe has opened their third physical location. Inside, you’ll find fun t-shirts, sweatshirts, artwork and jewelry, making this a one-stop shop for any lady on your shopping list. You’ll also find this shop in South End and Birkdale Village (Huntersville).