Things to do

Just Opened in Charlotte

In the November 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.

What’s the hottest area in Charlotte right? It might just be South End. Read on to see how many cool spots (including a hotel) have opened in this area alone (plus plenty of other new openings around the city) this November.

Food & Drink

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Ace No. 3

Neighborhood: Belmont
1001 Belmont Ave.

Andrew Chapman and Paul Manley, the faces behind Sea Level NC and The Waterman, have opened a burger joint in the Belmont neighborhood – and it’s been a hit. The burgers are simple, as is evident in the signature Ace Burger (two patties, American cheese, homemade sauce, onions and pickles) and the menu is small (fries, onion rings and milkshakes.) And, yes – gluten-free buns are available.

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

Bossy Beulah’s

Neighborhood: Wesley Heights
2200 Freedom Dr.

As if Jim Noble wasn’t busy enough with Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen, Noble Smoke, The King’s Kitchen and Copain Gatherings, he’s opened a new chicken shack called Bossy Beulah’s. The spot is named after his great aunt, who was known for “no-nonsense.” And that’s how the menu reads, too. Choose from a chicken sandwich (with or without cheese), nuggets, simple salad, slaw and fries (plus soft drinks, beer and desserts). Simple as that!

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. (For now, they’re only making 300 sandwiches per day. Stay tuned for updated hours.)

Social: Facebook / Instagram

Foxcroft Wine Co.

Area: Waverly
7416 Waverly Walk Ave., Suite H-1

Looking for craft cocktails, delicious sharable plates and all the wine? Foxcroft’s fourth location is now open (three in Charlotte, one in Greenville, SC.) New to this Foxcroft location’s menu is homemade pasta and a few introduced vegan/vegetarian dishes. The Waverly location also houses a Josper, a charcoal grill imported from Spain used to keep moisture in meats and eliminate a strong smoky taste.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (kitchen, 5-10:30 p.m.); Sunday, 5-10 p.m. (kitchen, 5-9:30 p.m.)

Social: Facebook / Instagram

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Indaco

Neighborhood: South End
2046 South Blvd.

Feeling the pressure of what to order? Let Indaco’s chef decide for you. If you can’t choose from their menu of antipasti, pastas, pizzas and entrees, the team will curate a three-course family-style meal for the table for $45 per person. It’s a great way to branch out and try something new.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 5-11 p.m.; Sunday, 5-9 p.m. Lunch hours coming soon.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

Link & Pin

Neighborhood: South End
155 New Bern St.

Rob Duckworth of Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse has opened a new restaurant and cocktail lounge in South End. Named after the history of Charlotte’s rail system, Link & Pin serves lunch, dinner and brunch in the form of salads, sandwiches and shareable plates. We’ve got our eye on the mimosa tray for a little weekend brunch fun.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-midnight

Social: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Mr. Chang’s Coffee House

Area: Fort Mill
900 Crossroads Plaza

Grab a book or laptop and cozy up at this new coffee shop. Mr. Chang’s gets its coffee from Magnolia Coffee and serves breakfast, salads and sandwiches (with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.) They also source their eggs and chicken from Six Stone Creek Farm in Indian Land.

Hours: Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

North Italia

Neighborhood: South End
1414 S. Tryon St., Suite 140

Located in South End’s The RailYard, North Italia offers pastas, pizzas, larger entrees, cocktails and weekend brunch. Our favorite part? The statement “Number of times pasta was a good idea” on the wall with quite a few tally marks surrounding it. We have to agree.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

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The Plaza at Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Area: Charlotte Douglas International Airport
5501 Josh Birmingham Pkwy.

The $39 million addition to the airport between Concourses D and E is now open. Hungry travelers will be pleased to see Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Shake Shack, Auntie Anne’s and Bojangles’, while shoppers may enjoy The Body Shop, Charlotte Supply Co, iStore and Minute Suites. Need a drink? Wicked Weed Brewing has a beer stall, too.

Hours: Varies by tenant.

Social: Facebook / Instagram / Twitter

Volo

Neighborhood: Myers Park
1039 Providence Road

Just call this month an ode to Italian cuisine! This upscale Italian restaurant is now open by the Myers Park Harris Teeter, and the team is completely comprised of Italians and Italian-Americans. Appetizers, pastas, entrees and craft cocktails are on the menu, plus a selection of items available late-night. If you can’t decide what to eat, the team can curate a “volo” (flight) for you.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 4:30-11 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 4:30 p.m.- 2 a.m.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

Things to Do

Barry’s Boot Camp

Neighborhood: South End
2140 South Blvd., Suite 2

Barry’s Boot Camp was founded in L.A. in 1998 and has developed a strong following since then. The workout consists of cardio, weight training, fun music and a high calorie burn. Be sure to check out the locker room amenities and smoothie bar before you go.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

Bonobos

Neighborhood: South End
2120 South Blvd., Suite 2

Bonobos, known for their signature curved waistband of their pants, is now open at Atherton. Men can schedule a fit and styling appointment (and sip on a beverage while shopping), then have their orders shipped directly to their home.

Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

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¡Cuba! Exhibition at Discovery Place

Neighborhood: Uptown
301 N. Tryon St.

Immerse yourself in Cuban culture at this exhibit now through January 1, 2020. Explore models of their underwater ecosystem, view an interactive art gallery and learn about leading businesses in Cuba. Mark your calendars for Taste of Cuba, an adults-only event featuring food, drink and live performances on December 4.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

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Eat the Frog Fitness

Area: Midtown
1111 Metropolitan Ave., Suite 110

Night owls and early birds all get the worm at Eat the Frog Fitness. This gym, developed by Olympic gold medalist Bryan Clay, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Your 55-minute workout features strength training, cardio or “flexcore” work. Call them today to see how you can score your first class for free.

Hours: 24/7

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House of Nomad

Neighborhood: Myers Park
1935 Brunswick Ave.

World travelers Berkley Minkhorst and Kelley Lentini now have a physical site for shopping their unique finds from around the globe. The interior design duo tackles new builds, renovations and full room designs.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Sunday and Monday.

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Marine Layer

Neighborhood: South End
1930 Camden Road, Suite 237

Marine Layer is known for their super-soft fabric made from recycled beechwood. You’ll also find jackets, shirts, pants and sweaters for men, women and the kiddos. Find them next to Hawkers Asian Street Fare.

Hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

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New Exhibitions at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Neighborhood: Uptown
551 S. Tryon St.

In honor of the center’s 45th anniversary, guests can observe “…and justice for all” (an illumination of racial injustice in the court system), “Painting Is Its Own Country” (abstract work from over two dozen artists) and an update to “Welcome to Brookhill” (a collection of photos from Brookhill Village). Now through June 24, you can tour the galleries for free on Wednesdays from 5 to 9 p.m.

Hours: Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m; Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Closed Monday.

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Society Social

Neighborhood: South End
2000 South Blvd., Suite 195

This high-end furniture company started out as online-only in 2011, and Charlotte is the location of its flagship brick-and-mortar store. You’ll love browsing through bright colors and unique shapes and patterns while a designer helps build the room of your dreams.

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

Topgolf Swing Suite

Neighborhood: Uptown
314 N. College St.

Love Topgolf? You’ll love their new indoor luxury experience. Topgolf Swing Suite at Northside Station features eight bays where guests can play simulated golf, soccer, hockey and baseball. Make a night of it and enjoy food and cocktails on tap.

Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Thursday-Friday, 11-2 a.m.; Saturday, 10-2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight.

Social: Facebook / Instagram

Development

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Holiday Inn Express

Neighborhood: South End
1617 S. Tryon St.

South End’s first hotel has 123 rooms and is within walking distance of some of the area’s most popular food and drink spots (Leroy Fox, Flower Child and Futo Buta). Enjoy complimentary breakfast, in-room tea and coffee, and, if you’re lucky, a great view of the Uptown skyline.

SpringHill Suites Charlotte

Area: South Charlotte
1000 Coasterview Dr.

SpringHill Suites is the first hotel on Carowinds' property. It features 130 rooms and will be the perfect place to relax after a long day at the theme park. Discounted park tickets and group rates are available plus an outdoor pool, full-service bar and fitness center.

What’s next? More Italian? Maybe not this year, but definitely in 2020, as Chef Paul Verica just announced his new restaurant, Orto. For now, we look forward to the Zada Jane’s and Cavendish Brewing collaboration in Plaza Midwood, Velvet Taco and Boxcar Betty’s at Optimist Hall, and the new extended-stay hotel Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte Northlake.