Mizu, a seafood restaurant, is slated to open this August atop SouthPark’s new Hyatt Centric hotel.
It’ll be the fourth Charlotte restaurant from the Charleston, S.C.-based hospitality group, The Indigo Road.
The big picture: Despite a pandemic, Indigo Road has doubled down on its hospitality presence in the Carolinas. In Charlotte, the group has three other restaurants: O-Ku, Oak Steakhouse and Indaco. (Indigo Road’s Sukoshi will not re-open Uptown.)
- The group is also opening a mid-century modern mountain lodge three hours west of Charlotte in Highlands.
What to expect: Mizu’s menu will be led by executive chef Michael Chanthavong, formerly of O-Ku, the South End restaurant consistently named Charlotte’s best sushi restaurant by Axios Charlotte readers.
- The concept is inspired by the wood-fried Robata grills of Japan, and the menu will blend ancient Japanese-style cooking with Southern and Asian flavors.
- The restaurant has its own custom Robata grill, which will give guests a view of the open-flame style of cooking.
On the menu: Wood-fired dishes will incorporate ingredients like Yellowtail cheeks, lobster and mushrooms, Chanthavong said in a statement. “It’s been a new culinary undertaking diving into this method of grilling, and we’re eager to introduce Charlotte to this type of cooking.”
- Cocktails will be light and feature seasonal ingredients. The program is led by Ed Parowski.
Space: The new Hyatt opens June 10 and will have both a rooftop restaurant and a lobby bar called IRO. Mizu offers skyline views, lounge areas and bar seating. Once it opens, Mizu will serve dinner and later expand to brunch.
Location: 3100 Apex Drive in SouthPark’s Hyatt Centric hotel. “SouthPark is one of the most notable areas in the city, so we feel fortunate to be planting roots in the neighborhood and expanding our footprint in the Queen City,” Indigo Road founder Steve Palmer said.