Apr 30, 2018 - Food and Drink

5 biggest Charlotte restaurant openings in May

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Adjust your belt. Here’s a quick overview of the 5 biggest May restaurant openings.

Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

Upscale seafood and steakhouse from the parent company of Capital Grille

  • Target opening: May 4
  • Neighborhood: Uptown – 101 S Tryon Street
  • Premium appetizer: “The Big Eddie” ($120) – Alaska king crab legs, Maine lobsters, ahi tuna poke shrimp (8) and oysters (8). If you’re looking for something smaller, the jumbo lump crab cake ($19) is popular.
  • Cocktail order: Smoked old fashioned served tableside on a smoked plank
  • Entertainment: Live jazz every night
  • Steak order: Bacon wrapped filets “Oscar” style with Alaskan king crab, grilled asparagus and Béarnaise sauce ($55)
  • Seafood orders: Parmesan sole ($32) or the Chilean sea bass ($46)
  • Parent company: Darden Restaurants, a publicly traded company that also owns The Capital Grille, LongHorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden.

The Stanley

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Steak and shrimp from Eddie V’s via Facebook

New American farm-to-table restaurant from James Beard-nominated chef/owner Paul Verica

  • Target Opening: Middle of May
  • Neighborhood: Elizabeth – 1961 East 7th Street (former Crips space)
  • Family: Paul’s son Alex will work as the sous chef
  • Layout: On the right when you walk in, you’ll find a bar and lounge area. Dining is on the left. In the back is another dining area. I love the white ceiling tiles and exposed brick mixed with a modern decor. It’s cool inside.
  • Beverages: Larry Suggs, who’s worked at The Punch Room and most recently launched Zeppelin’s cocktail program, will be The Stanley’s head bartender.
  • Neighbor: Two doors down (Starbucks is in between) will be The Crunkleton, a classy cocktail bar and restaurant from Chapel Hill, when it opens later this year.

Superica

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I got a quick tour of the space on Friday and it’s gorgeous

Popular Tex-Mex restaurant with two locations in Atlanta from renowned chef/entrepreneur Ford Fry

  • Target Opening: May 21
  • Neighborhood: South End – Design Center
  • Vibe: Chic-yet-relaxed
  • Popular dishes: Steak nachos, fajitas mixtas and chicken mole enchiladas
  • Deal: Superica offers a cheap lunch special. For only $11.99, you can choose two items from a list of six options including chicken tortilla soup, salad, enchiladas, nachos, and tacos.
  • Brunch order: Chorizo, Potato & Eggs, a satisfying egg scramble combining chorizo, egg, and cheese. It’s best consumed with Michelada, a traditionally Mexican equivalent of the Bloody Mary but with beer as the alcohol base.
  • Cocktail: Superita – Herradura double reposado, combier, lime juice, orange, brine, citrus marinated olives, served up Austin-style
  • Instagram-worthy: The “Queso Fundido” is a double cheese dip with Monterey Jack and Chihuahua cheeses for the perfect cheese pull
  • Agenda story: What to expect from Superica, a popular Tex-Mex restaurant targeting a May grand opening in South End

Brewers at 4001 Yancey

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South End signage
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Current construction status
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Full-service restaurant inside the massive 28,000-square-foot dual-branded brewery opening near OMB

  • Target Opening: Late May
  • Neighborhood: Lower South End, 4001 Yancey
  • Menu: They won’t tell me yet, but an executive chef has been hired.
  • Seats: 269 seats inside, 270 seats outside and an event space with a total of 104 seats.
  • Beer volume: Victory and Southern Tier brewed roughly 255,000 total barrels in 2017. (OMB did about 21,000 in comparison.)
  • Eating/drinking space: There are three distinct open-air patio spaces — a huge outdoor patio to the right of the building, a unique space dubbed “The Ruins” in front of the building and a covered patio with a view of Uptown.
  • Agenda story: Take a look inside the massive new dual-branded brewery opening just down the street from OMB

Bulla Gastrobar

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Traditional Spanish tapas and small plates with a modern vibe inside

  • Target Opening Date: Late May
  • Neighborhood: SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road, Suite W01 (former Chuy’s space)
  • Large plate order: Paella ($39) – Valencia-style rice, calamari, prawns, clams, shrimp, red sofrito, saffron
  • Fun fact: Bulla offers 6 different types of cured meats and 6 different types of queso.
  • Brunch Special: Prix fixe, 3-course brunch for $27 (weekends only). You can also order off their brunch menu. $6 sangrías and mimosas.
  • Patio size: 130 seats.
  • Sangria options: 3. About $8 by the glass and $30 for a pitcher. Their 7 signature cocktails are $12 or $13.

Get the bank account ready to do some eating out in May. I’ll see you out there. Oh, and if you don’t have bank account problems, the new Charlotte Lamborghini dealership opens May 7, so you can ride to dinner in style, 🙂

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Bulla paella via Facebook
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