People who live, work and play in Uptown will soon have a healthy grab-and-go café in the mix.
Chef Edwin Cruz, of Edwin’s Organix, and Chris Johnson, of Bueno Box Architecture, opened a new fast-casual restaurant called Arbol.
Why it matters: Uptown is thriving — a stark contrast to the last two years of the pandemic.
- Cruz and Johnson say they want to be a part of that revival. “Uptown was dead for a long time,” Johnson said. “We’re going to be part of the new change,” Cruz added.
- Of note: The business partners are also behind Drip Joint, the espresso pop-up bar often stationed in Uptown.
Details: Arbol will be inside the Carillon Tower (227 W Trade St.). It’ll have a similar vibe to Plant Shed in New York — think “plants everywhere,” Johnson tells me.
- There’s seating for about 30 people inside, but for the most part, it caters to commuters on the go. “It’ll have more of a takeout vibe,” Johnson said.
- It’s open Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm.
The menu: Cruz is designing a healthy menu, including paninis, açai bowls and smoothies.
- Plus: Cruz, who’s originally from Mexico, says he’ll bring the “Latin flair” with horchata and Cuban sandwiches. Eventually, he plans on adding tortas, tres leches cake and choco flan cake to the menu.
- Of note: “arbol” means “tree” in Spanish.The big picture: Center City Partners are working with business owners to get people back into the city — whether that’s through community events like Charlotte SHOUT! or by working with people like Cruz and Johnson to bring their talents to Uptown.
What’s next: The duo hopes to collaborate with a local plant shop so customers can also buy plants inside Arbol.
- They also hope to host events outside the Carillon courtyard, including pop-up events with Drip Joint.
Editors note: This story was originally published on May 20th and updated on June 14 to reflect Arbol’s opening.
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