Opening Soon List: All 28 restaurants and bars opening soon in Charlotte

By Ted Williams

September 4, 2018


Restaurants and bars that have opened in the past 6 months days

Siggy’s Good Food

 New York-style neighborhood cafe. It’s part organic Mediterranean sandwich and salad bar, part juice bar and part wine bar.


European-inspired cheese and wine shop in Dilworth. MERE’s offers a large variety of cheeses and charcuterie, specialty boards and featured sandwiches along with wine and craft beer.

Common Market South End

 Neighborhood market and deli. It’s located on Tremont Ave near Bang Bang and Zeppelin.

Skrimp Shack

Fried fish chain positioning itself as the “Five Guys of seafood”

Pour Taproom

Hoppin’-style self-serve bar (118 taps) with locations in places like Durham, Asheville and Charleston.

Groucho’s Deli

Groucho’s opened in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1941 and serves cold and hot deli sandwiches, salads piled high with cheese and meats and a delicious dipping sauces.

Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo

Rooftop bar and restaurant on the 22nd floor of a new dual-branded AC Hotel / Residence Inn project at the EpiCentre. It’s a 4,400-square-foot space with a large U-shaped bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, firepits and a 2,200-square-foot outdoor patio.

Legion Brewing SouthPark

The 12,000-square-foot SouthPark space features a two-story taproom with 40 taps, an upscale bar bites menu, a 20-person circular bar on the first floor and a more relaxed vibe on the second.

EastSide Local Eatery

Coffee shop and neighborhood restaurant featured salads, juices, smoothies, soups, sandwiches, pastries, avocado toast and and NC nut butter toast.

Town Brewing

Right next door to Rhino Market, the brewery (24 taps) is housed in a roughly 11,000-square-foot space that has played home to an auto garage and industrial equipment supplier.

The Waterman

Two-story, oyster-themed restaurant and bar with a rooftop terrace from Paul Manley, the brains behind Sea Level in Uptown.

Your Mom’s Donuts

This popular Matthews-based bakery is now open in the space formerly occupied by the Key Shop in Park Road Shopping Center.

Sabor Latin Street Grill

New South End location now open in the space formerly occupied by Fidelli Kitchen.


This fast-casual Mediterranean chain is now open in the space formerly occupied by Fuel Pizza in Park Road Shopping Center.


Complete list of all restaurants, bars and breweries opening soon in Charlotte


Projected Opening: November 2018

Concept: Grab-and-go sushi restaurant based on styles and flavors from O-Ku. The Indigo Road, parent company of O-Ku Sushi and Oak Steakhouse, is bringing a fast-casual version of O-Ku to a 2,000-square-foot of space in the heart of Uptown fronting Tryon Street near Bank of America Plaza. Don’t expect your normal takeout sushi. They’ll offer specialty rolls, sashimi, nigiri and dim sum dumplings along with poke bowls, salads and craft beer/sake for the after work crowd.

Location: Uptown, space fronting Tryon Street near Bank of America Plaza

Sweet Lew’s BBQ

Projected Opening: December 2018

Concept: Barbecue joint. The fare will be authentic old-school North Carolina barbecue, cooked over hickory and pecan wood. Don’t expect anything super fancy. Think Price’s Chicken Coop but with some seating.

Location: Belmont, 923 Belmont Ave.

Agenda Preview Story: Sweet Lew’s BBQ opening in Belmont neighborhood — with boiled peanuts as a side

The Crunkleton

Projected opening: December 2018

Concept: Classy cocktail bar and restaurant. This will be Gary Crunkleton’s second cocktail bar. The original Crunkleton on Franklin Street in Chapel Hill has garnered national attention, most recently being named one of the Six Best Bourbon Bars in the South by Garden & Gun magazine. It’s legit, and this is a big deal for Charlotte’s bar scene.

Location: Elizabeth

Agenda Preview Story: Details emerge on The Crunkleton, including 50-pound ice blocks and a true Old Fashioned

Ilios Crafted Greek

Projected Opening: December 2018

Concept: Fast casual Greek restaurant from the team behind popular restaurant Ilios Noche.

Location: South End, on the corner of Church Street and West Summit near Wooden Robot.

N.C. Red

Projected Opening: December 2018

Concept: Latest restaurant from Bruce Moffett, the owner of Charlotte staples like Good Food, Stagioni and Barrington’s. The menu will consist of Southern food (think fried chicken) and New England food (think lobster roll).

Location: Plaza Midwood, 1205 Thomas Ave.

Barcelona Wine Bar

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Popular Spanish tapas and wine bar chain with a chic European vibe. Barcelona combines rustic, classic Spanish and Mediterranean flavors with other influences from North Africa and Southern France, and the result is a delicious array of tapas, dried savory meat and Spanish cheeses that pair well with the wide selection of wine from Barcelona’s expansive menu.

Location: South End, Design Center

Agenda Preview Story: What to expect at Barcelona Wine Bar, a Spanish-inspired tapas bar coming to South End


Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Cozy cocktail bar. They won’t have a menu — you just tell them what you’re looking for and they’ll make it.

Location: NoDa, 424 East 36th St.


Projected Opening: February 2019

Concept: Self-serve bar. The two-story, 6,036-square-foot space will feature four duckpin bowling lanes and 70 taps. For comparison, Hoppin’ is 4,600 square feet and has 60 taps. Pinhouse will also have a large outdoor space, plenty of large TVs, a putting green, about 30 parking spaces and food trucks. In terms of the user experience, Pinhouse will use the same iPourIt dispense technology with wristbands as Hoppin’.

Location: Pinhouse is taking the space formerly occupied by Midwood Cleaners in Plaza Midwood. The exact address is 2306 Central Ave., two blocks away from Resident Culture Brewing.

Agenda Preview Story: Hoppin’ launching new self-serve bar named Pinhouse in Plaza Midwood


Project Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Snooze A.M. Eatery is a popular Denver-based breakfast, lunch and brunch spot. Snooze has 30+ locations with most in Colorado, California, Arizona and Texas. According to their website, this will be Snooze’s first east coast location.

Location: Plaza Midwood, 1331 Central Ave. (same building as the new Yafo).

Agenda Preview Story: Snooze, a popular Denver-based breakfast, lunch and brunch spot opening in Plaza Midwood

Lower Left Brewing

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: In terms of beer, Lower Left Brewing Co. will have 4-6 core beers available year round including a New England IPA, tropical IPA, American pale ale, blonde ale, amber ale and a porter or stout. The brewhouse will be 1,200 square feet and the taproom will be about 900 square feet. Expect front and rear outdoor seating, lawn games, live music and a dedicated kids area. The brewery will not have food, but there will be prepackaged snacks for sale, popcorn and a rotating food truck lineup.

Location: The exact address is 4528 Nations Crossing Road — within walking distance of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Sugar Creek Brewing and Brewers at 4001 Yancey.

Agenda Preview Story: New brewery named Lower Left Brewing Co coming to Lower South End in early 2019 near OMB

Protagonist Clubhouse

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: This new brewery and taproom leased 1,700 square feet of space on the corner of North Davidson and East 35th streets. It’s the space formerly occupied by NoDa Grocery in the same complex as Popbar.

Location: Fat City Lofts in NoDa

Agenda Preview Story: New brewery named Protagonist Clubhouse opening near Popbar in NoDa

Room & Board

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Dinner and drink spot to start, with brunch on the weekends. he menu’s still in the rough draft stages, but you can expect something like Seoul Food where you pick from a list of meats and vegetables. There will be fried chicken, pulled pork, brisket and other meats.

Agenda Preview Story: New restaurant Room & Board coming to the former Revolution Ale House in NoDa

Noble Smoke

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Jim Noble, the restaurateur behind Rooster’s Wood-Fired Kitchen and King’s Kitchen, has a new venture in the works — a massive barbecue restaurant in an old bus storage facility on the west side

Location: Freedom Drive, 226 Freedom Drive

Agenda Preview Story: Noble Smoke could give Charlotte a true barbecue flagship

Bossy Beaut’s Chicken Shack

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Look for a simple menu – Chicken sandwich, slaw, salad and fries — plus a custom beer from Hyde Brewing. The chicken is brined and then buttermilk-soaked before being seasoned with salt and pepper, floured and deep-fried.

Location: Freedom Drive, 226 Freedom Drive

Agenda Preview Story: New “chicken shack” concept from Jim Noble coming to Freedom Drive


Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Bakery and market from Rooster’s owner Jim Noble. Copain will offer bakery items like bread, breakfast pastries, pies and cakes as well as grab-and-go sandwiches, soups, seasonal salads, vegetables, proteins, complete meals, wine, coffee and more. Customers will have the option of online ordering and Copain will also offer a curated selection of kitchen and home goods just in case you need a quick gift with your baguette and bottle of wine.

Location: SouthPark

Agenda Preview Story: Details emerge on Copain, the SouthPark bakery and market from Rooster’s owner Jim Noble

Hawkers Asian Street Food

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Orlando-based Asian restaurant inspired by hawker stalls of southeast Asia. Hawkers’ menu features “the best and most popular street foods from all over Asia,” including Singapore “Chilli” crab, Filipino-style crispy chicken skins and noodle soups. The menu is divided into five main categories: small plates, noodle soups, salads, noodles, and rice dishes.

Location: South End, Design Center

Agenda Preview Story: Hawkers Asian Street Food coming to South End near Superica

Pins Mechanical Company

Projected Opening: Early 2019

Concept: Pins Mechanical Company, a popular social house, has games like foosball, pinball, duckpin bowling, ping pong and bocce. 16-Bit Bar+Arcade has pretty much every classic arcade game from the 80s & 90s. Rise Brands, the parent company, will develop both concepts next to each other. Both have quality cocktails on top of an extensive beer list (custom curated, no “paid for” stuff here). And it’s all housed in a massive and beautiful facility with modern rustic decor in a gient 20,000 square foot space.

Location: South End, 307 W. Tremont Ave. near the new Common Market.

Agenda Preview Story: Pins Mechanical Company and 16-Bit Bar+Arcade are coming to South End

The Eagle Food & Beer Hall

Projected Opening: Summer 2019

Concept: Rustic-chic, Cincinnati-based restaurant with total of four locations serving fried chicken and other classic Southern food.

Location: South End, Atherton Mill

Agenda Preview Story: Popular fried chicken joint opening a few blocks away from Price’s and Leroy Fox in South End

The Fairwood 226

Projected Opening: Middle 2019

Concept: Restaurant and bar. Expect a “bar centric” atmosphere that offers guests beer, wine and liquor, as well as a kitchen that stays open until 2 a.m.

Location: South End at 226 Fairwood, a short walk away from Triple C and also within walking distance of The Suffolk Punch and Lenny Boy Brewing.

Agenda Preview Story: New restaurant and bar named The Fairwood 226 planned for South End near Triple C

Queen City Pour House

Projected Opening: Spring 2019

Concept: Restaurant and bar. Expect plenty of TVs, open garage doors, elevated bar food, straightforward cocktails and plenty of beer on tap.

Location: South End on the corner of Tremont and Hawkins

Agenda Preview Story: New restaurant and bar named Queen City Pour House planned for South End


Projected Opening: Spring 2019

Concept: Indigo Road, the restaurant group behind O-Ku Charlotte and Oak Steakhouse, will launch this Italian restaurant. The Italian restaurant will be named Indaco Charlotte. It’ll be Indaco’s second location; the original is in Charleston. Indaco Charleston is a hit.

Location: South End, Atherton Mill

Agenda Preview Story: Most popular dishes at Indaco, a highly rated Charleston-based Italian restaurant coming to South End


Poppy’s Bagels

New York style bagels (best in town) opening their second location in South End near Five Guys.

Project Opening: December 2018

Yafo Kitchen Dilworth

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fast-casual spot. They’ll open their 4th location in the space formerly occupied by Just Fresh at Dilworth Commons Shopping Center.

Projected Opening: December 2018

Rhino Market (2)

Neighborhood market and deli. This will be their 3rd and 4th location.

Villa Heights Projected Opening: Early 2019

South End Projected Opening: Early 2019

Chopt Uptown

Popular salad chain. This is Chopt’s 4th Charlotte area location. It’ll take the space formerly occupied by Fifth Third Bank at 212 S. Tryon St.

Project Opening: Spring 2019

Sabor Latin Street Grill

Latin street food

Uptown Project Opening: Spring 2019


Fast casual Mediterranean. It’ll be located in South End’s Atherton Mill.

Projected Opening: Spring 2019

Wooden Robot NoDa

This popular South End brewery has signed a lease for 5,700 square feet at Novel NoDa, a mixed-use apartment development near the 36th Street Station on the light rail extension.

Projected Opening: Spring 2019