The 9 biggest restaurant and bar openings still to come in August

The 9 biggest restaurant and bar openings still to come in August
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The end of August will be a jam-packed time for restaurant and bar openings in Charlotte. Here’s a quick overview of the nine biggest restaurant and bar openings that are aiming to open by the end of this month.

Additionally recent openings include Flower Child, Lower Left Brewing and Optimist Hall tenants Dumpling Lady, Bao and Broth, Undercurrent Coffee, Honeysuckle Gelato, Zukku Sushi and Spindle Bar.


Eight and Sand

Target grand opening: Mid-August

Location: Eight+Sand Kitchen will be located at 135 New Bern St. right on the light rail in the ground floor of the Bradham apartments. It’s an easy 100-yard walk from Suffolk Punch.

Concept: A breakfast, lunch and dinner spot, this eatery comes from the masterminds behind Inizio Pizza and Not Just Coffee. Expect sandwiches, Roman-style pizza, breads, cocktails, bakery items and more. It’s at 135 New Bern St., right on the light rail.

Team: Inizio Pizza owner Grant Arons and Not Just Coffee co-owners James and Miracle Yoder are behind the joint venture. That’s a hell of a dream team. “We discovered a shared love for worldly foods, sustainable ingredients, coffee, bread and more,” Arons told the Agenda earlier this year. “We have baker expertise, cafe expertise, multiple chefs and a whole lot of passion. We plan on bringing some new things to the Charlotte food scene.”

Agenda preview story: Eight & Sand sets August grand opening date in South End — owners of Inizio Pizza and Not Just Coffee behind the concept

Rockin’ Roll Sushi

Target grand opening: Mid-August

Location: Near Carpe Diem in Elizabeth

Concept: All-you-can-eat conveyor-belt sushi priced at $10.99 for lunch and $14.99 for dinner. Around 50 different sushi rolls and Japanese dishes are loaded onto the belt, and it rolls by slow enough so you can grab whatever catches your eye.

Agenda preview story: All-you-can-eat conveyor-belt sushi restaurant opening in Elizabeth

QC Pourhouse

Target grand opening: Mid-August

Concept: It’ll be a neighborhood bar and restaurant. Expect plenty of TVs, elevated bar food, straightforward cocktails and plenty of beer on tap. Similar to VBGB, QC Pour House will be a free-roaming bar — you’ll order food at a window and drinks at the bar (no servers, just bar/kitchen staff).

Quote: “We want to add a staple neighborhood bar that highlights the great people and things that Charlotte has to offer,” owner Jay Gasbarro told the Agenda. “Our concept will be focused on the neighborhood and people interacting with each other, rather than big events and banging late night music.”

Agenda preview story: QC Pour House, a free roaming South End neighborhood bar, opening near Superica


The Bohemian

Target Grand Opening: Mid-August

Location: The Bohemian is taking the space of a dry cleaner in the heart of Plaza Midwood. The wine bar will be around 1,500 square feet with seats for 60. The exact address is 1319 Pecan Ave.

Concept: The casual wine bar will have a 12-tap system and more than 120 bottles. They’ll also have food — expect shareable plates, like flat breads, all priced at $15 and under.

Background: “Over the years, my wife Jenny and I have grown to love wine as much as we love beer,” Bohemian owner Patrick Villafane told the Agenda (he also owns The Hop Shop). “Since Plaza Midwood is our home, we wanted to bring a funky laid-back wine bar to the neighborhood.”

Agenda related guide: Quick details on The Bohemian, a relaxed wine bar opening in Plaza Midwood within the next few weeks


Middle James Brewing

Grand Opening: August 23

Location: The exact address is 400 N. Polk St.

Concept: Pineville’s first brewery with 24 taps, a food menu and shaded deck overlooking the putting green. Expect wine, cider and kombucha on tap, too.

Veronét Vineyards & Winery

Target grand opening: Late August

Location: Kings Mountain, about 30 miles from Charlotte

Concept: The 70-acre winery and vineyard will have eight different homegrown wines by the bottle, glass, flight or sample pour and charcuterie, cheese boards, small bites, coffee and tea. They’ll also have a 70-foot outdoor patio and a winery with indoor seating overlooking Crowders Mountain, The Pinnacle and five acres of vines.

Quote: “This announcement is a culmination of years’ worth of hard work and vision, and we cannot wait to share our stunning property with the world,” Monique Sullivan, founder and managing partner of Veronét, said. “We have worked hard to create a retreat where anyone can relax, take in beautiful views, and enjoy themselves through a range of offerings that will include food, beer, and non-wine beverage options as well.”

Agenda preview story: View renderings: New 70-acre vineyard with 2 bars and 70-foot outdoor patio opening in late August just 30 miles from Charlotte

vineyard opening in charlotte

Papi Queso

Target grand opening: Late August

Location: It’ll take a stall inside of Optimist Hall.

Concept: Gourmet grilled cheese sandwich restaurant from one of Charlotte’s most beloved food trucks created by Brian Stockholm and Shelley Odom.

Agenda Optimist Hall guide: Inside Optimist Hall, a game-changing new food hall, now open just outside of Uptown

papi queso stall at optimist hall

Papi Queso

Coliseum V

Target grand opening: Late August

Location: It’s located across Independence Boulevard from Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Concept: Coliseum V is a 13,000-square-foot “action bar” that’ll offer Hoppin’-style self serve booze, archery tag and 22 virtual reality booths. Oh, and there is a double-decker bus that’ll serve as a bar. Quite an eclectic mix. “This took me two and half years to put together and make come to life,” owner Philip McHugh told me.

Agenda preview story: Action bar with self-serve cocktails opening near Plaza Midwood — will have archery tag and 22 virtual reality booths

action field construction coliseum v charlotte

Part of the action field at Coliseum V and you can see the self-serve taps in the distance

Lincoln St. Kitchen & Cocktails

Target grand opening: Late August

Location: South End, exact address is 1320 S. Church St.

Concept: The sister concept of Craft Growler Shop & Tasting Room, Lincoln St. will have a focus on craft cocktails (whiskey specialty), wine and small plates. And it’ll have a 28-seat rooftop patio with views of Uptown (and a tree in the middle).

Agenda preview story: South End’s new 28-seat rooftop cocktail bar opening soon next to Craft — and it’ll have a tree in the middle of it

rooftop at lincoln st cocktails south end

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