Catalina Kitchen + Bar, a casual upscale restaurant, opens Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Elizabeth.
It’s the first restaurant in North Carolina for NFL legend Mike Ditka’s restaurant group.
Menu: Catalina will serve coastal-inspired dishes with southern influences, including Carolina Sunburst Farms trout with butter bean succotash, pappardelle with short rib ragu and roasted tomatoes, and a spicy buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. The restaurant will also have salads, protein bowls, a raw bar and a kids’ menu.
- Catalina will have 60 wines (more than half of which will be served by the glass), craft cocktails and 10 local or regional beers on tap.
Details: The 5,800-square-foot restaurant includes booths, high-top tables, patio and bar seating. Parking is free in the Elizabeth on 7th garage.
- Catalina will be open Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm.; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-8pm. The bar will remain open an hour after the last seating.
- Expect weekend brunch and a social hour menu with snacks, small plates and drinks from 3-6pm in the future.
- The restaurant is located at 1942 East 7th St,. in the Elizabeth on Seventh development next to Rosemont Market and Wine Bar and across from Puerta.
Why it matters: Elizabeth, like much of Charlotte, is rapidly changing. It’s evolving from a mostly residential neighborhood to one filled with hot new restaurants, including Menya Daruma, The People’s Market, Rosemont Market and Wine Bar, Puerta, and soon, Pizza Baby.
Yes, but: Elizabeth is among Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods, and neighbors are currently trying to curb increasing development by proposing historic district status.
Zoom in: Elizabeth on Seventh has leased space to a growing number of office tenants, too, including Lodging Capital Partners, Hord Coplan Macht, and LifeStance Health according to Ned Austin, vice president of leasing at Crescent Communities’ commercial business unit.
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