Apr 13, 2023 - Food and Drink

Urban District Market, Charlotte’s newest food hall is now open

Urban District Market

Urban District Market in Villa Heights. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Urban District Market is a food hall that’ll be home to 12 new restaurants and Charlotte’s newest brewery and soju distillery called LaBARatory.

UDM is part of Lintmen’s, an adaptive reuse development called that’ll also have offices and retail space, Axios’ Emma Way previously reported.

Why it matters: Walkable to NoDa, Villa Heights and Optimist Park, UDM will further cement the Mill District area as a Charlotte hot spot.

Zoom in: The food hall is located just one mile from Optimist Hall, a massive former gingham mill that opened as a popular food hall in 2019.

What to expect: At UDM, the 20,000-square-foot textile building has plenty of seating and international food options. Guests have the option to dine inside, on the patio, or take food to go. They can also take food and drinks to and from Seoul Food Meat Co., located across the street.

Six of the 13 tenants will open Monday, April 17, from 4-11pm: 

  • LaBARatory — A science lab-themed bar that serves drinks from its on-site soju distillery along with other local craft beer and cocktails.
  • Crispy Patty — Katsu sandwiches served with a variety of proteins including seafood, chicken and beef.
  • The Rare Butcher — Premium steak and gourmet sides.
  • HC Burger Company — Hand-chopped burgers and fries.
  • Stick Street — Street fare foods from around the world served on skewers.
  • Stuffed — Savory and sweet dumplings that can be steamed, pan-fried or deep-fried.

Details: The Urban District Market is located at 2315 N. Davidson St.

  • Its hours will mirror those of Seoul Food — 11:30am-midnight Sunday-Thursday and 11:30am-2am Friday and Saturday.

Take a look inside: 

Urban District Market
LaBARatory is a science lab-themed bar that serves drinks from its on-site Soju distillery along with other local craft beer and cocktails. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Crispy Patty will serve katsu sandwiches with a variety of proteins that range from seafood, chicken and beef. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
The Rare Butcher will have premium steak and gourmet sides. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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The H-C in HC Burger Company stands for “hand chopped.” This stall will serve Hand chopped burgers and fries. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Stick Street will sell street fare foods from across the globe on skewers. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Stuffed will serve savory and sweet dumplings that can be steamed, pan-fried, or deep-fried. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

What’s next: Seven additional restaurants will open “soon,” according to a representative from The MOB Group Inc., a local hospitality management company behind Seoul Food Meat Co. and Bit by Seoul Food.

  • According to the UDM’s Instagram, those tenants will include a test kitchen that’ll serve as a restaurant incubator for aspiring entrepreneurs and a grab-and-go market called “SUPER.”
Urban District Market
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Urban District Market
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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A rooftop terrace connecting UDM and Seoul Food Meat Co. over the Cross Charlotte Trail will open later this year. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Go deeper: Owners of Seoul Food Meat Co. to open a new brewery and soju distillery

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