Panther Charles Johnson is spending an incredible $3.3 million to build out his firehouse restaurant

Panther Charles Johnson is spending an incredible $3.3 million to build out his firehouse restaurant
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Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson is living up to his nickname “Big Money” off the field as well.

Johnson is spending a whopping $3.3 million to build out a restaurant in the historic fire station on 5th Street, recently filed building permits show. The total could certainly go even higher.

firehouse restaurant rendering 1

via the Charlotte Historic District Commission

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For comparison, permits for the barbershop and speakeasy coming to South Boulevard from the Mac’s Speed Shop people totaled about $750,000. That figure doesn’t represent the final cost.

Johnson has spent years working on the project. Looks like construction is inching closer.

[Agenda story: Here’s what the 5th Street firehouse restaurant will look like]

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