Sep 9, 2022 - Food and Drink

Now open: Summit Seltzer expands into new Uptown outpost with Queen City Grounds

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Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Charlotte’s first seltzery is teaming up with local coffee shop, Queen City Grounds, to open its second taproom.

The combo space, called The Landing at Fourth Ward, opens today in Uptown.

The big picture: The spiked seltzer trend is poised to stay, and Summit Seltzer owner Kristin Cagney is leading the charge locally with her popular seltzery in Wesley Heights.

[Related Axios guide: 8 Charlotte spots with craft spiked seltzer *and* great patios]

Details: The landing is located at 644 N. Church St. in Uptown’s Fourth Ward neighborhood inside the existing, two-story Queen City Grounds coffee shop.

  • The Queen City Grounds side of the existing space didn’t change much. But you’ll notice a new bar and fridges for grab-and-go beverages on the left side of the space, where the Summit Seltzery bar lives.
  • Hours: Mondays 7am-3pm, Tuesday-Friday 7am-10pm, Saturdays 8am-11pm and Sunday 8am-8pm.
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Cluck Design was the architect for the new addition. If you’re familiar with Summit’s OG spot, you’ll notice the same tiles are used in both spaces. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

What to expect: A dinner menu, cocktail menu, brunch menu on the weekends, seltzers and beer on draft, and coffee of course. “We want it to be a well-rounded space,” Cagney said.

  • They’ll also have daily drink specials and nightly events, like trivia on Tuesdays, live music on Thursdays and open mic nights on Fridays.

On the menu: The full lineup at Queen City Grounds will stay. It’ll also have a full bar, more spiked and nonalcoholic seltzer and a grab-and-go selection.

  • They’ll serve breakfast classics like coffee, bagels from Poppy’s and breakfast burritos. They’ll also have a new dinner menu with flatbreads, salads and vegan-friendly options.
  • One favorite is called “The Big Mahoney,” a play off the Queen City Grounds’ family name, made with two Impossible Burger patties, white cheddar, Bibb lettuce, local pickles and red onions on a Duke’s potato bun.

Background: Cagney runs the business with help from her family. Her brother, for instance, manages distribution — Summit is now in 46 Harris Teeters. Kristin’s mom, Jolene, makes all the Jell-O shots. That’s a very important job.

The landing
The Landing will offer daily drink specials like mojito Monday ($5), tequila Tuesday ($3 shots), whatever Wednesday (bartender choice for $5), throw it back Thursday (green tea and lemon drop shots for $4), friend Friday (Bogo $6) and bubbly brunches on Saturday and Sunday ($5 double mimosas). Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
  • Queen City Grounds is also a family-run business, and that’s a big part of what drew the teams together.
  • “We all like to drink,” Bill Mahoney of QCG told Emma in May with a chuckle. That goes for coffee and seltzer alike.

Vibe: Keeping The Landing family-oriented is something the group wanted to prioritize. They want it to feel approachable and inclusive, with something for everyone — from plentiful vegan and non-alcoholic options to drag shows and live music.

  • “We want it to be an everyday spot,” Cagney says. “Whatever you need, it’s here.”

What’s next: Cagney tells us big changes are coming to the original Summit Seltzery location in west Charlotte. “We’re not going to be just a seltzery anymore,” she says. “We want to embrace our neighborhood and cater to the west Charlotte area,” she adds.

  • She wouldn’t elaborate further but tells us they’ll be switching things up to offer something the neighborhood is currently lacking.

Editors note: This story was originally published on. May 13, 2022 and updated September 9 to reflect new opening details. 

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The Summit Seltzer and Queen City Grounds teams together in The Landing space. Photo: Emma Way/Axios
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Queen City Grounds served Nightflyer Roastworks. Photo: Emma Way/Axios
All of Summit’s seltzers are made with real fruit. Photo: Emma Way/Axios
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