Popular South End restaurant VANA expands to Lake Norman

Popular South End restaurant VANA expands to Lake Norman
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ELZ Restaurant Group, the team behind Bardo and VANA South End, announced it will expand to Lake Norman with VANA LKN in 2022.

“We are excited to bring new energy to Cornelius,” Jayson Whitesides, managing partner of ELZ Restaurant Group said in a statement.

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Background: VANA opened its South End location in 2020 at the height of the pandemic.

What to expect: The 2,016 square-foot space will center around a woodfire kitchen and have an outdoor bar and patio.

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  • For food and drink, VANA LKN will still focus on creative cocktails and rustic cuisine, but with a bit of a twist. More details about VANA LKN’s menu are expected in the coming months.

Location: The exact location will be 20823 N. Main St. in Cornelius. More info to come.

Here’s an initial rendering of VANA Lake Norman:

Vana exterior rendering copy

Rendering courtesy of Black Dove Interiors.

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