The Yellow Rose, a hidden gem of a dive bar and pool hall tucked into a south Charlotte strip mall, will close its doors after 15 years this month as development revs up around it.
Barbara Kingsrud, whose brother James “Spanky” Sprowles owns the bar, confirmed to the Agenda that Sept. 27 will be its last day.
“We’re all devastated by it,” Kingsrud said. “We can’t believe it’s happening.”
Yellow Rose is the type of place where you order a Coors Light bottle and a shot. Four pool tables are in constant use. Neon signs hawk Budweiser, Busch Ice and Yuengling. A woman sings Terri Clark’s 1995 country anthem “Better Things to Do” at the karaoke station.
I could try to describe where the bar is located, but it wouldn’t make sense. The main point is, you can only find this place if you’re looking for it. That means everyone there tends to know each other.
The staff of The Yellow Rose will be moving over to Lure Oyster Bar on Rea Road, which is also in the Sprowles family, along with Bradshaw Social House.
The property owners wouldn’t respond to questions about why the Yellow Rose is being told to move out. But the decision comes as a developer is getting set to move on an 89,000-square-foot office building on the lot. According to site plans, the neighboring “obsolete” Tuesday Morning building will be torn down in favor of a new three-story building. The complex will house InVue Security, which is currently out on Lancaster Highway. The company makes products that secure electronics while on display at stores.
But from what I’m gathering, the Yellow Rose departure is not all about the redevelopment. An 18,000-square-foot portion of the existing retail building will remain in place. Riccio’s Italian Restaurant (the Agenda’s top-ranked pizza place) is safe. They will remain open in its location and won’t be affected, they told me today. The Sunshine House day care in the shopping center also is not going to be affected. It looks like a place like the Yellow Rose isn’t in the vision for what this little corner of Charlotte should be.
The Tuesday Morning will shut down in January 2016. Construction is slated to begin in February, according to neighborhood sources.
The developer – Touchstone Village LLC – bought the land for $3.3 million almost exactly one year ago, according to county property records. A cycling training business is expected to go in the Yellow Rose space.