The team behind The Crunkleton will open a Mexican restaurant in The Stanley’s former spot in Elizabeth.
What’s happening: A Mecklenburg County building document lists the project name as En Fuego, but owner Gary Crunkleton, who also owns The Crunkleton on the same block, tells Axios the team has not decided on the name.
- “We have bounced a few options around, but nothing has been confirmed,” Crunkleton told Axios via text.
- The goal is to open by the end of the year at 1961 E. 7th St.
Why it matters: It’s a busy year of expansion for The Crunkleton team. They’re opening another Crunkleton, which will be in Raleigh, along with a new restaurant, Rosemont Market and Wine Bar across the street in Elizabeth.
- Both the Raleigh Crunkleton and Rosemont Market will open in early 2023, per Crunkleton.
Details: They are still working out the details, but expect food and drink inspired by Oaxaca in southern Mexico. Tequila will be the focal point of the drink menu.
- “I wish I knew more details, but the food and drink scene down there is so exciting and fun that is is hard for me to be more specific,” Crunkleton said. “I can say that the ingredients used for the food and drink will be of the highest quality and authenticity. Frankly, I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Flashback: Two-time James Beard Award nominated chef Paul Verica closed The Stanley in May.