Mar 1, 2022 - Food and Drink

Now Open: 15 new openings in Charlotte from this winter

The Royal Tot

Outside The Royal Tot. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

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We’re only two months into 2022 and have already seen a handful of big openings throughout the winter.

Here are 15 cool openings in Charlotte from this January and February:


Babe Cave

A recently opened cocktail bar and brunch spot with decor and drinks that cater to women.

Location: 2122 Freedom Dr., Suite D.

Read more: Newly opened cocktail bar and brunch spot calls itself the “pretty girl playground”

HopFly Brewing

Babe Cave Bar at Good Life
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Beer production facility and taproom in the old Unknown Brewing space.

Location: 1327 South Mint St.

Read more: Look inside: HopFly Brewing debuts in former Unknown space this weekend


HopFly ground floor
HopFly seats between 250 to 300 people. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The 475-year-old German Brewer opened its first brewery outside of Germany in LoSo. This facility also serves as the brewer’s North American headquarters.

Location: 530 Dewitt Lane.

Read more: Opening soon: Long-awaited German brewery Gilde opens this weekend in LoSo

Benny Ferrovia’s

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Pizza spot that’s known for its famous 28″ pies and 14″ slices. It’s owned by the same group that owns Benny Pennello’s in NoDa. 

Location: 340 W. Tremont Ave.


Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Soul Gastrolounge’s new sibling restaurant located in the former KiKi space in Plaza Midwood. The menu includes popular dishes from Soul like the lamb lollipops and Asian-glazed pork belly tacos.

Location: 1500 Central Ave.

Read more: Kiki Bistro rebrands as Sister an all-day European café

Night Swim (One Wells Fargo Center in Uptown)

Sister Plaza Midwood
Phyllo-wrapped, barrel-aged feta with toasted sesame seeds and thyme honey. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

It’s the local coffee shop’s third location.

Location: 301 South College St., Ste. 210

Read more: Night Swim Coffee’s third location opens today at One Wells Fargo Center

MilkBread (Davidson)

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Coffee and a cookie from Night Swim. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Joe and Katy Kindred’s latest restaurant venture. A second Milkbread location is coming to the old Dairy Queen space in Plaza Midwood.

Location: 624 Jetton St. #110

The Royal Tot

Milkbread Davidson
Quite the spread of Milkbread treats. Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

Tropical-themed bar serving classic tiki drinks, frozen rum-based cocktails and of course the cult-favorite Dole whip.

Location: 933 Louise Ave., Ste. 350

Read more: Tropical themed bar now open in Belmont neighborhood


The Royal Tot
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Expect a globally-influenced tapas menu that will change on a weekly basis and sometimes on a daily basis. It’s in South End, in the former Zeppelin space.

Location: 235 W. Tremont Ave.

Read more: Now open: Tapas-focused restaurant PARA


para outside
Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

A Delaware-born sandwich shop that opened in Fort Mill.

Location: 810 Brayden Pkwy.

Bird Pizzeria

The cheesesteak is a popular item on the menu. It’s served Delaware-style sans the cheese whiz you’d find in Philly. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Gourmet East Coast-style pizza spot that recently opened in Optimist Park.

Location: 510 E 15th St.

Read more: East Coast-style pizzeria now open in Optimist Park

Halal Street Food

Bird Pizzeria
White pizza with fresh mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, olive oil and basil. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

The first brick-and-mortar location for the popular halal food cart located in Uptown.

Location: 4044 Connection Point Blvd.

Read more: Halal Cart family opens restaurant with all your favorites

Resident Culture (South End)

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Chicken Gyro ($9.99). Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The Plaza Midwood brewery expanded into a 17,000 square-foot space in South End. This location is also home to Toro Bruto and (soon) to Mostra Coffee.

Location: 332 West Bland St.

Read more: Sneak Peek: Resident Culture’s new South End taproom opens Friday

Midnight Mulligan

Resident Culture Brewing South End
This is R.C.’s main taproom inspired by their Lightning Drop beer. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Brewery and restaurant in Wesley Heights that has a selection of west Coast-style beers like IPAs, lagers, sours, stouts and a variety of seasonal beers.

Location: 2215 Thrift Rd. Unit A.

Read more: Brewery and restaurant with skyline views now open next to Summit Seltzer


midnight mulligan new brewery
Photo: Laura Barerro/Axios

Parachute Home

An upscale home and lifestyle store that opened its first North Carolina store in South End.

Location: 1930 Camden Rd.

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