Tapas-focused restaurant PARA opening soon

Tapas-focused restaurant PARA opening soon

Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share by Email
  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • Share by Email

Located in the former Zeppelin space, PARA draws its inspiration from “izakaya” style restaurants, which are a type of bar or gastropub found in Japan.

Why it matters: South End has a fast-growing food scene, but PARA aims to bring a one-of-a-kind restaurant and patio experience — one that’s found in places like Miami, Puerto Rico, Las Vegas and New York, right here to Charlotte.

  • “PARA is short for ‘imparable’ which means unstoppable; PARA also means ‘for’, as in ‘for Charlotte,'” co-owner Chet Desai said in a statement.

What to expect: Great food, great cocktails, and good music. “We want it to be a destination, a place where people come to hang out, talk, drink, and have a good time,” Desai tells Axios.

Food: The menu consists of globally-influenced tapas leaning heavily on Asian cuisine. Executive Chef Alex Verica, who previously worked at The Stanley and Dot Dot Dot, tells Axios it’ll be a rotating, seasonal, menu that will change on a weekly basis, and sometimes on a daily basis.

  • There will also be a secret menu, with bigger dishes like a two-pound tomahawk steak that arrives at your table on a sizzling skillet.
  • The kitchen and bar are open late for a late-night bite or nightcap.

Drinks: Like their dishes, their cocktails will also be seasonal, crafted by head mixologist Yashira “Yoshi” Mejia.

  • “Sustainability is important to us and the industry,” Mejia told Axios. “Any opportunity to cross ingredients, we do it.”
  • There’s also a spirit-free section of their cocktail menu.

    Details: PARA opens to the public on January 19 at 235 W. Tremont Ave. and will be open Tuesdays through Thursdays from 5-11pm and Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm to 2am.

    para outside

    Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

    para bar

    Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

    watermelon tuna para

    “Tuna” Crudo- sliced watermelon topped with jalapeño, avocado, citrus. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

    lobster TOAST para

    Lobster Toast- Milk bread, chive aioli, ORO caviar. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios


    Lobster Shooter- Maine lobster. A portion of this shooter is donated to the Its4thekids Foundation. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

    drinks at para southend

    The “Tropic like it’s hot” and the “Mez me with that” spicy margarita.

    Story Views:
    Join the 107,898 smart Charlotteans that receive our daily newsletter.
    "It's good. I promise." - Emma   Emma Way