Restaurant Bites: What’s coming soon to Charlotte’s food scene

CHARLOTTE — South End is shaping up to be the hot spot again this year for Charlotte’s food and drink scene.

Several spots have an eye on opening in that neighborhood in the coming months, starting with State of Confusion, which expects to begin welcoming diners at LoSo Village in lower South End sometime in March. Uptown Yolk — a breakfast concept from husband-and-wife team Greg and Subrina Collier — is targeting a spring opening for its space at Vantage South End, and Goldie’s — a new music venue and restaurant — is planning to debut this spring at 3601 South Blvd. Add Jon Dressler’s Mediterranean restaurant Chapter 6 to the list; it’s counting down to an opening in early summer at The Line.

Another concept — Atlanta-based gourmet market chain Savi Provisions — is doubling down on South End, with plans for its second location there at 1124 S. Mint St. And Hellenic Greek Kitchen opened its doors at 1436 South Blvd. in February.

Not far away, in uptown, work is progressing on a new food hall at One Independence Center, plans for which were first reported last October by CBJ. Called Monarch Market, the 12-stall concept within that tower at Trade and Tryon streets is expected to deliver later this year. Across the street, fast-casual restaurant Mezeh Mediterranean Grill plans to open this spring at the One South tower — marking its fourth location in the Charlotte market.

And fans of craft beer will have a couple of new options, too. OpenTap, a new-to-market, family-friendly, self-serve beer concept, announced on social media it will open in south Charlotte on March 3. On the other side of the metro, brewery 760 Craft Works is nearing its debut in downtown Huntersville, pegged for mid-to-late April.

For a closer look at the latest food and drink happenings across the Charlotte area, check out the latest installment of Restaurant Bites here.

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