Now open: 20 cool openings in Charlotte from this summer

Now open: 20 cool openings in Charlotte from this summer

Spread from Calle Sol; Photo: Emma Way/Axios

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The summer had no shortage of openings.

Supply chain delays might have caused businesses to open later than anticipated, but our team here at Axios definitely had our hands full keeping up with all that was new around Charlotte.

Here are 20 cool openings in Charlotte this July, August and September.



800 Degree Woodfired Kitchen & Bar One

An upscale pizza restaurant and scotch-focused bar under one roof.

What to order: Go with the Double Pepperoni pizza.

Location: 6815 Phillips Place Ct.

Read more: Upscale pizza restaurant with a rotating oven opens in SouthPark

800 Degree Woodfired Kitchen

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios.

Trolley Barn Fermentory & Food Hall

Latest brewery and restaurant concept from Legion Brewing.

What to order: The Duck Fat Chicken Wings are a must-try.

Location: 2104 South Blvd.

Read more: Two-story brewery and restaurant opening soon at Atherton Mill

trolley barn atherton interior

Photo: Emma Way/Axios.

Jinya Ramen

LA-based ramen restaurant that opened in the Ally Charlotte Center tower.

What to order: The Premium Tonkotsu Red ramen is a crowd favorite.

Location: 601 South Tryon St.

Read more: JINYA Ramen Bar now open in Uptown

JINYA Ramen Bar

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios.

JW Marriott Restaurants & Bar

Two new restaurants and a rooftop bar are coming to the new JW Marriott.

What to order: Head to Aura Rooftop Bar and order the Electress cocktail.

Location: 600 South College St.

Read more: A first look inside the new JW Marriott uptown

Emmy Squared Pizza (Plaza Midwood)

New York-based pizza joint that specializes in Detroit-style pizza.

What to order: 100% The Colony Pizza, the combination of honey and jalapeño will blow your mind.

Location: 1508 Central Ave.

Coming soon: Emmy Squared has a second South End location in the works.

Read more: Emmy Squared is now open in Plaza Midwood

Emmy Squared Pizza

Emmy Squared’s “Colony” pizza. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios.


Seafood restaurant opening atop SouthPark’s new Hyatt Centric hotel. 

What to order: Go with an order of Spicy Gyu Buns for the table.

Location: 3100 Apex Drive (9th floor)

Read more: See inside: Rooftop restaurant by O-Ku chef now open in SouthPark

Photo courtesy of Mizu.

Novelty House Rooftop & Havana Smoke

Two concepts coming to the Binaco Tower.

What to order: NH’s signature cocktail is called “Higher Love.” If you’re lounging in Havana Smoke, the “Vedado” (Smoked Old Fashioned) is an experience from the moment your order it to the moment it arrives in your hand.

Location: 123 East Fifth St.

Read more: Rooftop bar and cigar lounge now open in Uptown’s newest tower

novelty house rooftop

“Higher Love” cocktail from Novelty House. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios.

cigar lounge novelty house rooftop featured

“Vedado” cocktail from Havana Smoke. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios.

Velvet Taco (Park Road)

Funky fast-casual restaurant chain.

What to order: Go with the beer-battered cauliflower taco.

Location: 1601 East Woodlawn Rd., Ste. B

Read more: See inside: Velvet Taco now open in Park Road Shopping Center

Velvet Taco Park Road

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios.

Chick-fil-A (Woodlawn)

After a seven-month renovation, the East Woodlawn Chick-Fil-A, infamous for creating backups along Woodlawn, is now open.

What to order: A good ol’ chicken sandwich with a side of waffle fries.

Location: 1540 East Woodlawn Rd.

Read more: Renovated Woodlawn Chick-fil-A to reopen this month

Chick fil a rendering, east Woodlawn chick fil a, drive-thru only

The renovated restaurant will have outdoor seating. Michael Graff/Axios

Calle Sol

Latin café and cevicheria in Plaza Midwood.

What to order: The chaufa fried rice

Location: 1205 Thomas Ave.

Read more: Latin café and cevicheria Calle Sol now open all day on weekends

Calle Sol

Photo: Emma Way/Axios.

Rumaway Cove

A pop-up bar concept from The Royal Tot serving tiki-inspired cocktails at Refuge in Plaza Midwood.

What to order: The Mai Tai, it’s made with aged Jamaican rums, house-made Orgeat, dry curaçao, Demerara syrup and fresh lime.

Location: 1101 Central Ave.

Read more: Tropical bar pop-up opening soon in Plaza Midwood

Rumaway Cove, Royal Tot

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Rocket Pizza

Fast-casual pizza joint within walking distance of Bank of America Stadium.

What to order: Try the meat lovers pizza or the BBQ chicken pizza.

Location: 1213 West Morehead St.

Read more: Rocket Pizza is now open in Wesley Heights with glitter cocktails and a taco pizza

rocket pizza

Photo: Emma Way/Axios.

Snow Your Roll

Food truck serving shaved ice and egg rolls.

What to order: You can’t go wrong with any of the shaved ice options. As far as rolls go, the short rib Philly and imperial seafood rolls are the top two must-try items.

Location: Follow their Instagram for their latest locations.

Read more: New food truck called Snow Your Roll serves shaved ice and egg rolls

Snow Your Roll Food Truck

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios.

Bun Appetit!

A small-batch bakery that specializes in big buns — cinnamon buns, that is.

What to order: Go with the vanilla bean glazed bun.

Location: 2753 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.

Read more: Cinnamon bun bakery brings scratch-made operation to the West End

Toucan Louie's, Bun Appetit, Jay Byrd and Maria Caceres, cinnamon buns, Charlotte, bakery

Vanilla bean glazed bun. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios.

Marble Slab Creamery

A build-your-own ice cream parlor located in the former Nova’s Bakery space.

What to order: Build an ice cream cookie sandwich.

Location: 1509 Central Ave.

Read more: Build-your-own ice cream shop opens this Friday in former Nova’s Bakery space

Marble Slab Plaza Midwood

Photo: Emma Way/Axios.


Charlotte Collective (South End)

After opening its Plaza Midwood location two years ago, Charlotte Collective opened a South End location.

Offerings: The popular shop houses more than a dozen small local businesses, offering anything from plants to clothes.

Location: 110 West Blvd., Ste. B

charlotte collective south end store

charlotte collective south end display

Photo: Brianna Crane/Axios

Ladies of Lineage

2,800-square-foot showroom in Phillips Place.

Offerings: An exclusive selection of designer bridal gowns.

Location: 6809 Phillips Place Ct., Suite B

Read more: See inside: Ladies of Lineage’s new Phillips Place showroom, with its designated “yes moment” space.

ladies of lineage phillips place entrance

Photo: Bri Crane/Axios.

Street Commerce

Luxury consignment shop that creates less waste and has designer goods at a more accessible price point.

Offerings: Designer clothing and accessories. That includes everything from Chanel bags to Gucci shoes to lesser-known designer jeans and clothing. All items are new or gently used and marked down 30-60% from the retail price.

Location: 325 East 9th St.

Read more: Luxury consignment boutique Street Commerce now open near Uptown

street commerce consignment boutique uptown sign

Photo: Bri Crane/Axios.


Hall Family Farm

A family-run farm that recently opened in a new location in Lancaster, SC.

Offerings: Pumpkin picking, hayrides, family games and a healthy mix of savory and sweet carnival foods.

Location: 445 West Rebound Rd.

Read more: Hall Family Farm now open 45 minutes from Charlotte

hall family farm cider donut sundae

hall family farm pumpkins

Photo: Bri Crane/Axios.

Refuge Plaza Midwood

A five-room, mini-hotel in the old Kickstand burger joint on Central.

How it works: Refuge is accepting reservations online.

Location: 1101 Central Ave., Unit B

Read more: See inside Refuge, Plaza Midwood’s new hotel. It’s unlike any other in Charlotte.

Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios.

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