Chef looks ahead as restaurant closes one chapter, preps for the next

CHARLOTTE — Chef Sam Hart has mapped out the next decade of his career — and a new chapter is about to begin.

Hart’s fine-dining restaurant Counter- hosts its last service on July 30 at 2200 Thrift Road. It is moving to the Salt+ Vinegar adaptive-reuse project on West Morehead Street. That $1.6 million, 5,200-square-foot space will house Hart’s new concept, Biblio, as well. Both are on track to open in October.

It’s a bittersweet moment for the chef. He opened Counter- during the pandemic on a shoestring budget, spending roughly $25,000.

“We knew if we could survive during that time, we could survive anything,” he says.

But Hart has his eye on the future and the possibilities it brings.

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