View renderings: Two-story brewery and restaurant going into Atherton’s Trolley Barn

View renderings: Two-story brewery and restaurant going into Atherton’s Trolley Barn
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A new brewery and restaurant concept from Legion Brewing will be going into Atherton’s Trolley Barn.

The concept is named Trolley Barn Fermentory, and the aim is for it to open sometime in 2021 after delays pushed the project back from its original opening in 2020.

Expect indoor and outdoor seating, a second-floor mezzanine and patio with unobstructed views of Uptown Charlotte. 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,” said 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.”

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

“EDENS has been committed to preserving this structure and finding the appropriate restaurant use has been an important part of the overall retail development,” said Lyle Darnall, Managing Director at EDENS. “We have found the consummate partner in Phil and his team.”

Catch up: 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 twelve 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 a 346-unit apartment community named NOVEL Atherton being developed by Crescent Communities. 

Coming very soon: Atherton is currently wrapping up construction within the next couple of months and the list of new tenants that’ll open includes Barry’s Bootcamp (super trendy gym), Bonobos, Sephora, Indaco (Italian restaurant), West Elm, Cava, Drybar, The Eagle (food and beer hall), The Golden Carrot (jewelry), Las Olas (swimwear), Uniquities (women’s boutique), Madewell, Arrow (barbershop), Society Social (modern furniture) and Paint Nail Bar.

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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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