Big Ben Pub (and Charlotte soccer fans) will move to the former Carpe Diem space

Big Ben Pub (and Charlotte soccer fans) will move to the former Carpe Diem space
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The move comes after the recent announcement that the Atlanta restaurant Bocado will open in the Big Ben space at Atherton Mill.

Why it matters: For 11 years Big Ben has been a hub for soccer fans in Charlotte. Now, it’s moving during an exciting time locally for the sport. Charlotte FC, the city’s MLS team, starts playing next year.

Food and drink offerings in the new space will remain the same, with a few new items, owner Neel Gandhi tells me. Expect live music in the new location as well.

  • “The foundation will remain the same with that English concept food with some tweaks,” he says.

Former Carpe Diem, Big Ben Pub

Zoom out: Carpe Diem closed its doors last summer after more than 30 years in business. The restaurant’s owners, sisters Bonnie Warford and Tricia Maddrey, decided not to renew their lease because of the financial pressures of the pandemic.

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Timeline: Big Ben will stay open in its current South End location through the end of the month, with plans to reopen in the new space this spring.

  • The new space is roughly twice as big as the old one. Gandhi says this is a positive for the pub, especially during a pandemic.

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