Updated Apr 1, 2024 - Food and Drink

What The Fries now open at City Kitch in Wesley Heights

What the Fries

What The Fries' Shrimp Hibachi Fries ($18). Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

What The Fries has a new home.

Driving the news: The food truck turned restaurant recently opened at City Kitch, a ghost kitchen in Wesley Heights.

Catch up quick: What The Fries closed its south Charlotte restaurant last year due to inflation and labor costs. Shortly after, their food truck was involved in an accident and they had to close that too.

Why it matters: City Kitch is a takeout spot that allows chefs to create dishes in a shared kitchen so they can eventually move into their own brick-and-mortar space.

Dig in: Expect the staple items that you know and love like shrimp hibachi-loaded fries and crispy chicken sandwiches.

  • Plus, it has a few new dishes including a smash burger with bone marrow toasted buns.

Flashback: What The Fries co-owners, Jamie Barnes and Greg Williams, launched What The Fries as a catering company at City Kitch's north Charlotte location nearly a decade ago.

  • "We operated out of City Kitch's University location from 2014 to 2021, when we started as a food truck, so it holds a special place in our hearts," Barnes said in a press release.

If you go: Find What The Fries at 2200 Thrift Road.

  • It's open Thursday to Saturday from 12-7pm.

Go deeper: What The Fries food truck serves what may be the city’s best loaded fries

What the Fries
The new 500-square-foot food stall has counter and booth seating. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Editor's note: This story was originally published in October 2023 and was updated on April 1, 2024 to reflect the restaurant opening.


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