Two-story brewery and food hall opening this summer in South End

Two-story brewery and food hall opening this summer in South End

Renderings courtesy Trolley Barn Fermentory

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A new brewery and restaurant concept from Legion Brewing will be going into Atherton’s Trolley Barn.

Named Trolley Barn Fermentory & Food Hall, it’s aiming to open this summer after delays pushed the project back from its planned opening in 2020.

What to expect: The 9,500-square-foot space will have indoor and outdoor seating, a second-floor mezzanine and patio with unobstructed views of Uptown, and three food stalls. I know, sounds very cool and has me thirsty for a Juicy Jay as I write this.

“I love South End, and to be able to bring the Trolley Barn Fermentory to this hip vibrant area of Charlotte is so exciting,” says Legion Brewing owner Phil Buchy. “The Atherton Trolley Barn is right on the Rail Trail, providing great pedestrian access with its walkability to multiple neighborhoods in Charlotte, making this a prime location to enjoy great beer and food with friends.”

Check out this drone video of the construction progress. (Video by @willyjunc)

The food: Trolley Barn will house three unique food stations within the food hall. “The food program at Trolley Barn is an extension of what we’re doing throughout the venue; it’s all about experimentation,” says chef Gene Briggs. “We want to serve dishes you can’t get anywhere else in Charlotte.”

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  • Green Works: A salad and grain bowl concept. (Hello, future lunches.)
  • Daily Shift Food Co.: Handheld favorites like sandwiches, tacos and wings.
  • Brand & Steel: Think surf-and-turf as well as other entrees off the grill.

Background: The name, Trolley Barn, comes from our city’s electric trolleys that began operating in 1891 and ran to neighborhoods like Dilworth, Myers Park and Elizabeth.

The big picture: When EDENS, a national retail developer, purchased Atherton Mill in 2007, they had big plans for what they felt could be the new center of gravity for South End. Fast forward 14 years and that vision is coming together in the form of 30 retail spaces taking up 115,000 square feet for dining, shopping and entertainment — topped with the 346-unit NOVEL Atherton.

[Full Axios guide: Everything you need to know about South End’s Atherton development]

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Trolley Barn Fermentory will occupy the entire Atherton’s Trolley Barn. Matt McLanahan of White Point Partners represented Legion Brewing Company in the deal with EDENS.

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Editor’s note: This article was first published in May 2019 and most recently updated on May 23, 2021.

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