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.