CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Concord brewery and an uptown wine bar are among the newest establishments to open in the Charlotte area in recent weeks, while a restaurant in the Cotswold neighborhood closed its doors for good last month.
As of September, Southern Strain Brewing Co. is now pouring and producing beer from its 15,000-square-foot brewery and taproom that’s located near downtown Concord, and veteran restaurateur Pierre Bader’s Venetian-inspired eatery has replaced City Smoke in the Bank of America Corporate Center. Meanwhile, Fresh Chef Kitchen has closed its Cotswold location after less than three years in business.
Optimist Hall, the $60-million adaptive-reuse project at 1115 N. Brevard St. in Optimist Park, has also added another restaurant with the first bricks-and-mortar location for grilled cheese food truck Papi Queso opening there on Tuesday.
And still to come in the local culinary scene is a new concept from the owners of The Fig Tree Restaurant in Elizabeth and another brunch option for uptown — which is the second Charlotte location for Tupelo Honey.
Check out this photo gallery for a full look at September's recap of the latest restaurants, breweries and drinking spots to open — or close — across the Charlotte area as reported by CBJ staffers last month.
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