CHARLOTTE, N.C. — 5Church Charlotte is ready to return to uptown.
The North Tryon Street restaurant has set Feb. 4 as the date it’ll reopen its flagship location.
“It takes some time to get a restaurant that’s been closed ostensibly for up to a year up and running,” says Patrick Whalen, owner. “We’re approaching this like a new restaurant opening.”
The decision comes after the restaurant temporarily shuttered operations in late July — its second closure of 2020 due to the pandemic.
Whalen describes the first closing as terrifying and the second an existential crisis.
Yet, Whalen’s 5th Street restaurant group was unwilling to give up on its flagship restaurant. Closing its doors helped protect capital reserves at a time of uncertainty, Whalen says.
“I think what made it the hardest is it is unprecedented. It put such a pinch on everyone in the restaurant business’ cash flow,” he says, “We had no control over fixing the problem.”
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