Scoop: What The Fries to open at City Kitch in Wesley Heights

Scoop: What The Fries to open at City Kitch in Wesley Heights

Rendering: Courtesy of Southwick Architecture + Interiors

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What The Fries has a new home.  

Driving the news: The food truck turned restaurant will open at City Kitch, a ghost kitchen in Wesley Heights, next year.

Catch up quick: What The Fries closed their south Charlotte restaurant earlier this year due to inflation and labor costs. Shortly after, their food truck was involved in an accident and they had to close that too.

Details: The new space at City Kitch, which also houses Boujee Soulfood and La Isla Tropical, among others, will be remodeled for What The Fries’ food stall.

  • The 500-square-foot food stall will have counter and booth seating. 
  • “We’re trying to create more space for people to experience all of the food options and support local chefs at the same time,” City Kitch CEO Liz Ren, tells Axios. 
  • City Kitch is located at 2200 Thrift Road.

Rendering: Courtesy of Southwick Architecture + Interiors

Why it matters: City Kitch is a takeout spot that allows chefs to create dishes in a shared kitchen so they can eventually move into their own brick-and-mortar space. 

Flashback: What The Fries co-owners, Jamie Barnes and Greg Williams, launched What The Fries as a catering company at City Kitch’s north Charlotte location nearly a decade ago.

  • “We operated out of City Kitch’s University location from 2014 to 2021, when we started as a food truck, so it holds a special place in our hearts,” Barnes said in a press release.

Menu: Expect the staple items that you know and love like shrimp hibachi-loaded fries and crispy chicken sandwiches.

  • Plus, it’ll have a few new dishes including a smash burger with bone marrow toasted buns.

What’s next: What The Fries will first offer carry out at City Kitch. The remodel will start this fall and is expected to be completed in early 2024.

Go deeper: What The Fries food truck serves what may be the city’s best loaded fries

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