Restaurant Bites: What’s new and coming soon to a menu near you

CHARLOTTE — New dining and drinking spots continue to sprout across the Charlotte area this spring.

Among the restaurants to open locally in April is Tex-Mex chain Tipsy Taco’s Ballantyne-area location — the first of several planned for the Charlotte market.

Cornelius-based D9 Brewing Co. expanded in April with new locations, including an uptown taproom.

Elsewhere in uptown, the QC Social lounge at 300 N. College St. has undergone a rebrand, the first two venues at a new five-story hub for food and entertainment are expected to open later this month, and efforts are underway to fill restaurant and bar spaces that opened up during the pandemic at Northside Station.

While new additions keep popping up, there are also closures, such as the shuttering of a longtime barbecue restaurant in south Charlotte at the end of April.

Covid-related capacity limits in North Carolina remain at 75% indoors for restaurants, breweries and wineries. Such establishments can open at 100% capacity outside. Bars can operate at 50% capacity both indoors and outdoors.

Check out the latest installment of Restaurant Bites here for a roundup of restaurant, brewery and bar news from April.

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