Agenda for Wednesday June 17: Cider to ESPN

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Hello Wednesday.

Do you drink cider? I don’t now, but I will in about 2 weeks when our new local cidery in South End opens. Not all hard cider is like Woodchuck or Angry Orchard – which is good, because I associate those adult beverages with JV people. Red Clay Ciderworks will produce a drier tasting cider that appeals to beer and white wine drinkers. Yesterday at 3 pm, I popped in on Jamie, Jay and Jonathan (solid team alliteration) as they were hard at work finishing up the taproom and connecting ginormous silver, cider maker thingies. This place is going to blow up. Go: Sneak peek of Red Clay Ciderworks opening in early July. 22 photos.


Today’s Weather: 97. Sunny, 20% chance of rain. Go on, cry about it. 
Today’s Stat: $35,000. Starting pay for a new CMS teacher
Today’s Job: Account Supervisor at local ad agency Ashland Advertising. Apply.
Today’s Charlottean: Greg Gonzalez, President and CEO of SQL Entry, for raising$25 million from a west cost PE firm to grow his Huntersville software business.


Koalas, helmets, and screens: A look behind the scenes at ESPN Charlotte
Gi gives you a 14 photo tour of the ESPN Charlotte office in Ballantyne. Charlotte is now the hub for ESPNU, the SEC Network, and ESPN Events, and employs approximately 200 people.

10 phrases that perfectly describe the #CLTHeatWave
It’s so hot that Dana decided to cool you down with 10 GIFs that illustrate our heat wave. The lady next to me in the Newk’s lunch line yesterday said “Today feels like what I think Hell feels like, it’s sooo hot.” Personally, Hell sounds way hotter that Uptown Charlotte.

Starbucks mobile ordering expands to Charlotte. Play-by-play of my experience.
This just rolled out to 3,400 locations yesterday. I used my Starbucks app to order a delightful green tea lemonade (grande) and it worked flawlessly. 7 intuitive steps.

Construction underway on Fresh Market coming to Dilworth. Photos and neighbor reactions.
A Dilworth resident named John told me, “I am not looking forward to the inevitable traffic nightmare… That said, I love meat, I love fish, I love meat and fish together (we call that a surf and turf) so I fully welcome it and I’m sure the geniuses that approved the exceptional trolley service line (or whatever that mistake is called) will figure out how to make this well.”

CLT Playlist: Live music picks for June 17 – 21
Unfortunately, Taylor Swift has left our city and now Danny’s picks have gone less mainstream: Snarky Puppy (won a Grammy in 2014) on Thursday at the Neighborhood Theatre, 9:00pm ($20-$22) and The War On Drugs, The Everymen on Thursday at Amos’ Southend, 9pm ($23-$25). Good luck being two places at one time.

Packard Place restaurant site plans. No beer garden, but will have outdoor lounge
View the plans and get the scoop from Jason on everything from stained concrete to grass flooring outside to full service restaurant with centralized bar inside to Mosaic tile entry way to garage doors.


Charlotte hit a record high temperature yesterday of 98 degrees (not to be confused with the magnificent boy band). WSOCTV reports that the previous record was 97 degrees in 1994, Mecklenburg County EMS has received 19 heat related calls in the past 6 days and today will likely be even hotter. Things should cool down a bit (low 90s) by the weekend.

Former Dilworth Tijuana Flats location to become a Mediterranean smokehouse run by the owner of the building and founder of Moe’s – Martin Sprock. Observer reports that the restaurant will have a bar, 1,000 sqft patio and that dishes will include “pulled pork, smoked butts, chicken and lamb.” Martin has been an extremely successful restauranteur.

Paid parking is coming to Camden Road in South End. After 6/22, paid parking will be enforced Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm at a rate of $0.25 per 15 minutes with a 2-hour max. Agenda Briefing.

#AgendaLIVE is tonight at Angry Ale’s from 5:30 – 7:30. Come chit chat with our team over a beer and get nerdy about local news. These are intimate, so that we can actually meet you and listen to you. Agenda Briefing.

Have a hot Wednesday and if there is a line out the door on a 97 degree day for a $5.50 two slice special at Pie in the Sky, they must be doing something right. 

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