Sep 11, 2023 - Food and Drink

Mike Ditka’s restaurant group opens Catalina Kitchen + Bar at Elizabeth on Seventh

Catalina entrance off 7th Street.

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Catalina Kitchen + Bar, a casual upscale restaurant, opens Tuesday, Sept. 12, in Elizabeth.  

It’s the first restaurant in North Carolina for NFL legend Mike Ditka’s restaurant group. 

Menu: Catalina will serve coastal-inspired dishes with southern influences, including Carolina Sunburst Farms trout with butter bean succotash, pappardelle with short rib ragu and roasted tomatoes,  and a spicy buttermilk fried chicken sandwich. The restaurant will also have salads, protein bowls, a raw bar and a kids’ menu.

  • Catalina will have 60 wines (more than half of which will be served by the glass), craft cocktails and 10 local or regional beers on tap.

Details: The 5,800-square-foot restaurant includes booths, high-top tables, patio and bar seating. Parking is free in the Elizabeth on 7th garage.

  • Catalina will be open Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm.; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm and Sunday 11am-8pm. The bar will remain open an hour after the last seating.
  • Expect weekend brunch and a social hour menu with snacks, small plates and drinks from 3-6pm in the future.
  • The restaurant is located at 1942 East 7th St,. in the Elizabeth on Seventh development next to Rosemont Market and Wine Bar and across from Puerta.

Why it matters: Elizabeth, like much of Charlotte, is rapidly changing. It’s evolving from a mostly residential neighborhood to one filled with hot new restaurants, including Menya DarumaThe People’s MarketRosemont Market and Wine Bar, Puerta, and soon, Pizza Baby.

Yes, but: Elizabeth is among Charlotte’s oldest neighborhoods, and neighbors are currently trying to curb increasing development by proposing historic district status.

Zoom in: Elizabeth on Seventh has leased space to a growing number of office tenants, too, including Lodging Capital Partners, Hord Coplan Macht, and LifeStance Health according to Ned Austin, vice president of leasing at Crescent Communities’ commercial business unit.

Take a look inside:

Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
The 40 day wet aged ribeye ($55) — With meat by Linz, the 14 oz. boneless ribeye is made with herb butter and roasted with wild mushrooms. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
The tagliatelle pasta ($26) — scallops, lump crab, shrimp, white wine, butter, chili flake and fresh herbs. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
The Sonoma chicken salad ($19) — grilled chicken, avocado, corn, almond, date, bacon, tomato, Danish blue cheese and green goddess dressing. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
The seafood cobb ($26) — jumbo shrimp, lump crab, bay scallops, avocado, egg, tomato, bacon, Danish blue cheese, ditalini pasta, buttermilk lemon basil dressing. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
Spicy ahi tuna poke ($24) — edamame, pickled cucumber and carrot, avocado, scallion and rice. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
The chocolate tart ($12). Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
The key lime pie ($12). Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
The Carolina Sunburst Farms Trout ($28) served on butter bean succotash. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
Left: The Cenote ($13) cocktail, made with hornitos cristalino anejo tequila, blue curacao, cold-pressed lime and pineapple. Right: St.Ann’s Bay ($14) made with Goslings black seal rum, Bacardi light rum, aromatic bitters, cold-pressed passion fruit, pineapple and lime. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Catalina entrance off 7th Street.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
Catalina entrance off Caswell Road.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios
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