Oct 5, 2022 - Food and Drink

Six new tenants to open this week at Gibson Mill Market

Gibson Mill Market

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Six tenants will open at the new food hall and market at the Gibson Mill redevelopment in Concord on Wednesday, Oct. 5.

  • Cara’s Cookie Co., a locally owned cookie maker benefiting the local nonprofit Cara’s Purpose. Jennifer Hamilton, whose baby Cara died of a brain tumor, founded and runs both organizations.
  • Johnny Rogers BBQ, a popular barbecue and burger restaurant.
  • Taco Street, a new street taco spot from the team behind the Mexican restaurant Mexicasa in Harrisburg.
  • Churn Buddies, an ice cream shop serving sundaes, milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cakes and other treats.
  • Defined Coffee is a Huntersville-based coffee brand with two other regional locations.
  • The Market Bar will be led by Cabarrus Brewing’s Steve Steinbacher.

They join High Branch Brewing, a family-owned craft brewery, and Luck Factory Games, a board game and entertainment destination with a library of over 1,000 games, at the refurbished Mill.

What’s next: Three more food-hall restaurants will open at a later date.

The big picture: The market is the latest development project at the 100-year-old former textile mill. It’ll house food hall-style dining and shopping similar to Charlotte’s Optimist Hall, but on a smaller scale.

  • The “locally sourced” food hall sits on 17,000 square feet with room for 10-12 vendors and a full-service restaurant.

Background: Gibson Mill is the former Gibson Manufacturing Company, which opened in 1899. Now, Gibson Mill averages about 1,000 visitors each day. It houses a variety of tenants, including the largest antique mall in the south.

Here are a few photos of the food vendors at the Gibson Mill Market.

Editor’s note: This story was last updated on October 4, 2022 to include the newest tenants.

Kuni's Kitchen
Kuni’s Kitchen tuna salad. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
Cold brew at Defined Coffee. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
Barcos sports and raw bar.
Barcos sports and raw bar. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
Wings and pizza from Livy’s Neapolitan. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
Cara's cookies
Assortment from Cara’s cookies. A portion of profits from Cara’s cookie Company will always be donated to Cara’s Purpose charity. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
Johnny Rodgers BBQ
The Johnny Pork at Johnny Rodgers BBQ. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
Ice cream and popsicles are available at Churn Buddies. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
Assortment of tacos from Taco Street. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
High Branch Brewery has been open under the market for a little over a year now. Photo courtesy of Gibson Mill
Gibson Mill Market rendering, Concord, Food hall
Courtesy of Gibson Mill Market/ D3 Studio
Gibson Mill Market rendering, Concord, Food hall
Courtesy of Gibson Mill Market/ D3 Studio
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