Dec 19, 2023 - Food and Drink

Now Open: 126 new restaurants, bars and businesses that have opened in 2023 so far


Coquette in Uptown. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

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We're nearing the end of 2023 and have reported about a new business opening nearly every week so far this year.

  • Here's a comprehensive list of the 126 businesses that have opened, and that we've reported about, since Jan. 1, 2023:


RSVP South End

South End’s hottest nightclub right now, offering options for everyone in the friend group. 

Location: Across from Fairwood 226 at 225 Fairwood Ave.

Go deeper: New nightlife destination RSVP South End with a bar, lounge, rooftop and nightclub is now open

Parlor in RSVP. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios Charlotte

Harold’s Chicken & Ice

A Chicago chain restaurant, bar and hookah lounge in University City.

Location: 440 E. McCullough Dr.

Go deeper: Popular Chicago chain Harold’s Chicken expanding to Charlotte with “ice bar” and hookah

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios Charlotte

Swirl CLT 

A dessert shop featuring build-your-own cupcakes, cookies and milkshakes.

Location: Next to Link and Pin at 2822 S. Blvd.

Details: Expect the same custom cupcakes, cookies, milkshakes and ice cream as their Oakhurst location. In the future, this South End spot will offer spiked milkshakes.

cupcake from swirl charlotte
Photo: Axios archives

Open Rice

Expect traditional Asian dishes with a twist, located at the Metropolitan in midtown.

Location: 1100 Metropolitan Ave.

Go deeper: Now open: Open Rice expands to Metropolitan shopping center

Open Rice Asian Kitchen
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The Lobby

A cocktail bar and gift shop; the hybrid space is a collaboration between Camp North End retailers Black Moth Bars and Grow Charlotte. 

Location:  Inside Hotel Refuge at 1101 Central Ave.

Go deeper: The Lobby, a cocktail lounge and gift shop, is the newest resident at Refuge in Plaza Midwood

The Lobby’s Final Girl cocktail ($14). Photo: McKenzie Rankin

Hemp & Tea Company

Popular Huntersville Hemp & Tea shop expanded to Charlotte with signature tea blends, infused hemp tea plus other THC and CBD products.

Location: 1816 Galleria Blvd.

Go deeper: Hemp & Tea Company opens in Charlotte with more than 100 herbal and hemp-infused teas

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios Charlotte


A self-pour craft beer taproom in a modern log cabin, offering beer, wine, hard seltzer and cider. 

Location: 5010 Carmel Center Dr.

Go deeper: New self-pour craft beer taproom opens in south Charlotte

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Curry Gate

This popular Indian and Nepalese restaurant recently opened its second location on South Boulevard.

Location: 5516 South Blvd., next to Romeo’s Vegan Burgers.

Go deeper: Charlotte’s beloved Curry Gate restaurant is now open on South Boulevard

Curry Gate 2
Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Dave’s Hot Chicken 

The Nashville-style hot chicken chain opened its second Charlotte location in University City.

Location: 8932 J M Keynes Dr.

Go deeper: Dave’s Hot Chicken opens second Charlotte location in University City 

Dave's hot chicken
Photo: Danielle Chemtob/Axios


The Mad Greek family expanded to South End, offering traditional Greek food with a modern twist.

Location: 1436 South Blvd.

Go deeper: New Greek restaurant Hellenic opens in South End by same family as The Mad Greek

Hellenic means “Greek” or “of Greek descent.” Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios


One year after the Delaware-based sandwich shop opened in Fort Mill, Capriotti’s opened its second local restaurant in Steele Creek.

Location: 2040 Freeman Park Dr.

Go deeper: Popular sub shop Capriotti’s expands to Steele Creek

Cheesesteak is another popular item on the menu. It’s served Delaware-style sans the cheese whiz you’d find in Philly. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Restaurant Constance

Owner and chef Sam Diminich has been a personal chef for Christian McCaffrey, the owner of a successful meal delivery and catering service called Your Farms Your Table, and in 2020 he beat Bobby Flay. Now, he owns a restaurant in Wesley Heights, a mile from where was once homeless.

Location: 2200 Thrift Road, next to The City Kitch.

Go deeper: Farm-to-table restaurant from chef Sam Diminich now open in west Charlotte

short ribs from restaurant constance
Short ribs are one of Chef Sam’s signature dishes. Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

Elizabeth Parlour Room

A cozy cocktail bar with a soccer theme in Elizabeth.

Location: 1523 Elizabeth Ave.

Go deeper: Cozy new cocktail bar now open in Elizabeth

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios 

Change Please Cafe

A cafe/nonprofit that uses 100% of coffee sales to support people experiencing homelessness.

Location: 932 Seigle Ave.

Go deeper: New Innovation Barn coffee shop will support homeless mothers

Change Please cafe
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios


Hestia is a new rooftop restaurant with panoramic views of the city and Instagram-worthy dishes in Ballantyne.

Location: On the sixteenth floor of Ballantyne Village’s Panorama Tower at 14819 Ballantyne Village Way.

Go deeper: Hestia is Ballantyne’s newest rooftop restaurant

Hestia Rooftop
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Sugar Lounge

A coffee shop during the day and a mocktail and hookah bar at night.

Location: 231 N. Caldwell St.

Go deeper: Sugar Lounge is Uptown’s newest late-night spot, serving non-alcoholic drinks until 4am

Sugar Lounge
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Provided Coffee

Locally owned cafe cart opens its first storefront location in Uptown.

Location: 325 E. Ninth St.

Go deeper: The 25 best coffee shops for working remotely in Charlotte

Provided coffee
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Poppin Poke

A quick-serve and locally-owned poke spot in Uptown with Hawaiian-inspired poke bowls, build-your-own options, plus hot bowls and vegan-friendly options.

Location: 210 N. Church St.

Poppin poke
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Beard Papas

Japanese cream puffery in South End with a variety of fresh, customizable cream puffs, all paired with a vanilla filling.

Location: 222 West Blvd.

beard papas
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Menya Daruma

This Japanese noodle counter specializes in omakase cuisine, where the customer leaves the meal up to the chef.

Location: 1941 E. 7th St., behind The Crunkleton.

Go deeper: Menya Daruma specializes in Japanese comfort food and will open a hidden omakase-style dining room this month

The pork bao bun ($4.50). Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Tutti Gelato

A gelato shop offering vegan options, sorbet and espresso. 

Location: 1700 Camden Road.

Go deeper: Tutti Gelato shop now open in former Central Coffee spot in South End

Gelato cones in front of a lit up "Tutti Gelato" sign.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Crust Punk Bagels

Jeff McElwee’s bagels are in coffee shops across the Charlotte area. You might’ve ordered them from Undercurrent Coffee at Optimist Hall, any of the Nightswim Coffee locations or Central Coffee Co.

Location: 500 W. Summit Ave. in South End Eats.

Go deeper: Some of Charlotte’s best bagels are made in a South End ghost kitchen. Here’s how to get your hands on them

crust punk bagels
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Vitality Bowls

A California-based café, serving açaí bowls, smoothies, salads and wraps in South End.

Location: 1414 S Tryon St.

vitality bowls
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Teal Turnip

The restaurant is the brainchild of chefs Taylor Kastl and Steve McGinley, the team behind Tayste Catering. 

Location: 1640 Oakhurst Commons Dr.

Go deeper: Teal Turnip opens in Oakhurst with chef’s table, seasonal menu and specialty cocktails

The Teal Turnip’s indoor seating area. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Rosemont Market and Wine Bar

An all-day restaurant, neighborhood market and wine bar wrapped into one from the team behind popular Elizabeth restaurants The Crunkleton and Cheat’s Cheesesteak Parlor.

Location: 1942 E 7th St.

Go deeper: New all-day restaurant and market called Rosemont Market and Wine Bar opens in Elizabeth

Rosemont Kitchen and wine bar
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Sycamore Brewing

The popular South End brewery in a new building next to its former location. 

Location: 2151 Hawkins St.

Go deeper: See inside Sycamore Brewing’s new two-story South End location

First-floor of Sycamore Brewing's new South End location.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

The Co-Op

The Charleston-based frosé and sandwich shop first North Carolina store.

Location: 340 W Tremont Ave.

Go deeper: Charleston-based frosé and sandwich spot opens in South End

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Seemingly Overzealous

A dairy-free ice cream shop in Camp North End.

Location: 701 Keswick Ave.


A new 6,400-square-foot music venue in LoSo.

Location: 3601 South Blvd.

Go deeper: Goldie’s, a new live music venue with a bar and restaurant, is now open in Lower South End

We tried The “Born in The USA,” a rotisserie chicken sandwich ($13). We paired it with the sidewinder fries ($5) and an orange crush cocktail ($9). Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Intown Golf Club

A new social club for golfers at Apex SouthPark.

Location: 4425 Sharon Road

Go deeper: Private social club Intown Golf Club opens in SouthPark

InTown golf club
Actress and Charlottean Brooklyn Decker helped pick out some of the details inside InTown, including the fabric of these chairs in the dining room. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Midnight Diner

The former South End comfort food restaurant has relocated to Uptown.

Location: 420 E. Trade St.

Photo: Axios archives

Trio Nightclub

The popular Charleston nightclub is now next to Horseshoe.

Location: 1513 S Mint St.

Go deeper: Popular Charleston nightclub Trio expands to Charlotte with stacked EDM lineup

trio charlotte nightclub
Photo: Axios archives

Backyard Brew

A coffee shop in the former Mayobird spot on East Boulevard.

Location: 1218 East Blvd.

backyard Brew
Photo: Bri Crane/Axios

Michael Waltrip Taproom

A sports taproom owner by former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip in Concord.

Location: 7731 Gateway Lane NW

Go deeper: Former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip’s new taproom is now open in Concord

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Uptown Yolk

A breakfast and lunch spot from James-Beard nominated chef Greg Collier and his business partner and wife Subrina Collier in South End.

Location: 1220 S. Tryon St.

Go deeper: Uptown Yolk now open in new South End location 

Uptown Yolk, the popular breakfast spot by local restaurateurs Greg and Subrina Collier, recently re-opened in a new South End location. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Sip City 

A market and bottle shop between Two Scoops Creamery and Seventh Sin Tattoo Company.

Location: 917 Central Ave.

Go deeper: Bottle shop and market with local focus opens in revitalized Plaza Midwood building

sip city
Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

Love in Action Cafe

A vegan restaurant offering plant-based comfort food favorites, from meatless meatloaf to vegan sweet potato pie. 

Location: 4419 Tuckaseegee Road

Go deeper: Vegan restaurant serves popular meat alternatives in west Charlotte

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

HEX Coffee

The Camp North End coffee shop has transformed into an all-day café that is more than double the size of the original location, which is a few feet away.

Location: 201 Camp Road

Go deeper: HEX Coffee transforms into all-day cafe in Camp North End, serving food, coffee, wine and mocktails

The spam musubi ($8) — seared spam, teriyaki, nori and rice. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

State of Confusion

Chattanooga restaurant with a rooftop in lower South End. 

Location: 3500 Dewitt Lane

Go deeper: Chattanooga restaurant State of Confusion now open in Charlotte with a rooftop bar

State of Confusion’s outdoor dining area. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Club House Kitchen & Cocktails

A restaurant in the former LuLu’s Maryland Style Kitchen & Seafood spot is owned by the team that owns PARA, a tapas restaurant in South End.

Location: 2308 Central Ave.

Go deeper: The Para team’s newest project, Club House Kitchen & Cocktails, opens this Friday in Plaza Midwood

Expect a range of elevated bar foods, including burgers, flatbreads, salads and wings. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios


An urban pickleball and entertainment experience, at the corner of Old Pineville Road and Southside Drive.

Location: 101 Southside Dr.

Go deeper: Pickleball restaurant and bar with 8 courts opens soon in LoSo

The Annex, Rally's second bar.
The Annex, Rally’s second bar. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios


The Plaza Midwood pop-up bar will have a permanent location in Villa Heights with the same name, vibe and craft cocktails. 

Location: 2501 The Plaza

Go deeper: Villa Heights cocktail bar Humbug now open

Pool table in Humbug's lounge area.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Dram & Draught

Raleigh’s popular neighborhood bar Dram & Draught offers a range of drink options — from craft beer to mocktails.

Location: 1220 S Tryon St.

Go deeper: Popular Raleigh cocktail bar opening first Charlotte location

Dram & Draught
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Monday Night Brewing

Local developer Providence Group Capital converts an auto shop on South Tryon into the Atlanta-based brewery’s fifth location. 

Location: 2217 S Tryon St.

Go deeper: See inside Monday Night Brewing, a brewery and distillery opening soon in South End

Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Vicente Bistro

A bakery and bistro inside Seline at Southline.

Location: 2520 South Blvd.

Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Amelie’s Uptown

The largest Amelie’s location to reopen after a full interior renovation.

Location: 380 S College St.

Go deeper: Amélie’s reopens Uptown bakery June 15

Amelie's Uptown
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Suffolk Punch SouthPark

The new indoor-outdoor brewery is in the West Plaza where California Pizza Kitchen used to be, near Dick’s.

Location: 4400 Sharon Road

Go deeper: Suffolk Punch opens its second location with a cafe, taproom and coffee bar this weekend at SouthPark mall

The SouthPark location will offer an aesthetic reminiscent of the brewery’s South End location — with spacious seating, an open kitchen, and eventually, hanging plants. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Urban District Market 

A food hall with a soju distillery called LaBARotory in NoDa.

Location: 2315 N Davidson St.

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

Urban District Market
LaBARatory is a science lab-themed bar that serves drinks from its on-site Soju distilleryalong with other local craft beer and cocktails. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios


An Oaxaca-inspired restaurant located in the former Stanley space in Elizabeth.

Location:  1961 E. 7th St. 

Go deeper: The Crunkleton team will open a Mexican restaurant in the former Stanley space

Puerta salsa trio, empanadas, chipotle short rib, pork belly chicharron and a cafe expres cocktail.
Puerta salsa trio, empanadas, chipotle short rib, pork belly chicharron and a cafe express cocktail. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios


A three-story cocktail lounge where The Peculiar Rabbit used to be in Plaza Midwood.

Location: 1212 Pecan Ave.

Go deeper: New three-story bar called Eden will open in Plaza Midwood next month

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios


A new French cafe and restaurant, from the owners of Mariposa and Fern Flavors, in Uptown.

Location: 400 S Tryon St.

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Frothy Beard Brewing Company

Frothy Beard Brewing Company’s first North Carolina location is in the former Bhramari Brewing Co. taproom in South End.

Location: 1200 S Graham St.

Go deeper: Charleston’s Frothy Beard Brewing Company expanding to South End where Bhramari used to be

Frothy Beard
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Phat Burrito

Nearly five years after it closed, the landmark South End burrito joint Phat Burrito reopened in LoSo. 

Location: 3543 Dewitt Lane

Go deeper: Phat Burrito to reopen after a nearly 5-year closure

Phat Burrito
The colorful floor tiles, metal bar and chalkboard menu are all reminiscent of the original South End location. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Sixty Vines

A wine-centric restaurant with vineyard vibes in the Vantage South End building.

Location: 1415 Vantage Park Dr.

Go deeper: New restaurant Sixty Vines to open in South End with 60 wines on tap

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Chapter 6

Chapter 6 features cuisine from six different regions in the western Mediterranean including Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, France and Italy.

Location: 2151 Hawkins St.

Go deeper: New Mediterranean restaurant Chapter 6 opening in South End with a patio overlooking the Rail Trail

Chapter 6
The mosaic on the left was created by local artist Denise Torrance and highlights the six countries that make up the food at Chapter 6. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios


A Colombian tapas restaurant in the former Hot Taco spot in South End from one of the co-owners behind El Puro.

Location: 200 E Bland St.

Go deeper: Scoop: El Puro owner will bring a taste of Colombia to South End with new restaurant Muraya

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Pizza Baby

A New York-style pizza joint by chef Trey Wilson, of Flour Shop in Wesley Heights.

Location: 2135 Thrift Road

Go deeper: Team behind Flour Shop to open Pizza Baby in Elizabeth and Wesley Heights this year

Pizza Baby West rosemary pizza with pistachio pesto, shaved red onion, hot honey and pecorino ($27), burrata ($14), prosciutto and melon ($18) and el diablo signature cocktail ($14). Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

The Fox & Falcon by David Burke

Fox & Falcon, a modern steakhouse, features celebrity chef David Burke’s dishes like the DB clothesline bacon and popovers for dessert but its showstopper dish is the tomahawk steak for two. 

Location: 4905 Ashley Park Lane

Go deeper: David Burke expands culinary empire to SouthPark with new steakhouse The Fox & Falcon

Fox & Falcon by David Burke
Moroccan Spiced Rack of Lamb – merguez sausage tomato and olive couscous, preserved lemon ($46). Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios


An Asian fusion restaurant and bar in Wesley Heights in the former Rocket Pizza spot.

Location: 1213 W Morehead St. 

Go deeper:  New Asian fusion restaurant Tora Sushi & Bar opens in Wesley Heights

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Sol Delish 

A new soul food restaurant in University City with customizable turkey wings, mimosa flights and an outdoor patio. 

Location: 9211 N Tryon St.

Go deeper: Sol Delish will bring new soul food options to University City

Collard green dip. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Capital Tacos

A Florida-based Tex-Mex chain in University City.

Location: 1823 E Arbors Dr.

Capital Tacos
Photo courtesy of Capital Tacos

Beyond Amazing Donuts

The popular doughnut pop-up officially has its own brick-and-mortar.

Location:  1730 Abbey Pl. 

Go deeper: Popular doughnut pop-up Beyond Amazing Donuts opens a brick-and-mortar shop in Montford Park

Beyond amazing donuts
Raspberry Sprinkle doughnuts, Macon’s personal favorite and a staple flavor. Photo: Courtesy of Jasmine Macon

Bumble Bee Creamery

A new gelato shop in downtown Belmont.

Location: 41 Glenway St. in Belmont

Go deeper: The rise, fall and rebrand of Heirloom, once one of Charlotte’s best restaurants

Bumble bee gelato
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Cali Colombian Restaurant 

A Colombian restaurant offering authentic Colombian breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Location: 5920 South Blvd.

Go deeper: Cali Colombian Restaurant is now open on South Boulevard

Cali Colombian
I tried the “limonada de coco,” a lemony and coconut drink. Also pictured here are the arepas and bandeja paisa. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Catalina Kitchen + Bar

A casual upscale restaurant from NFL legend Mike Ditka’s restaurant group in Elizabeth.

Location: 1942 East 7th St

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

Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Dumping Lady

The popular Optimist Hall food stall expands into another space in South End.

Location:  327 W. Tremont Ave.

Go deeper:  The Dumpling Lady expanding to South End with new restaurant

dumpling lady dumpling
Photo: Axios archives

The Conspiracy

A new cocktail bar and speakeasy around the corner from The Vue in Uptown.

Location: 412 W 5th St.

See inside

Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Culinary Dropout

The brainchild of Sam Fox, the James Beard-nominated restauranteur behind North Italia and Flowerchild.

Location: 1120 S Tryon St #100

Go deeper: New restaurant Culinary Dropout opening in South End

Culinary Dropout
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios


The first brick-and-mortar of a delivery-only bagelery out of a ghost kitchen in Matthews. 

Location: 7878 Idlewild Road

Go deeper: Popular delivery-only bagel shop to open first Charlotte-area storefront with drive-thru

Photo: Courtesy of Kevin Priest/Bagelgram

Monarch Market

An 18,000-square-foot food hall at One Independence Center in Uptown.

Location: 101 N. Tryon St.

Go deeper: See inside: A new food hall called Monarch Market is coming to Uptown this fall

Monarch Market’s main entrance will be through Lanai Terrace Bar off Tryon Street. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Catalina Kitchen + Bar

A casual, upscale restaurant from NFL legend Mike Ditka in Elizabeth. 

Location: 1942 E 7th St.

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

Catalina Kitchen + Bar,
The chocolate tart ($12). Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Supperclub South End

A restaurant and entertainment concept backed by Brad Byrd and Andrea Nivens in LoSo.

Location: 3521 Dewitt Lane

Go deeper: SupperClub SouthEnd opens this fall with games and live music nightly

Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios


An international brand in the 7,000-square-foot former Carolina Ale House space at the Charlotte Plaza in Uptown.

Location: 201 S. College St.

Go deeper: New upscale steakhouse STK opens in Uptown

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Azul Tacos & Beer

Authentic Mexican street food restaurant in Wesley Heights.

Location: 2122 Thrift Road 

Go deeper: Wesley Heights is booming. Here are 9 businesses opening in the next year

Azul is located next to Restaurant Constance in Wesley Heights. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios


A tasting menu restaurant and chef’s market in Montford. 

Location: 4701 Park Road

Go deeper: First look: New tasting menu restaurant and chef’s market LʼOstrica opening near Montford

Lobster Brioche — Gochugaru (Korean chile flake) aioli is the base. Resting on that is a toasted house brioche round, salted cucumbers, and smoke kissed, butter poached lobster. The dish is finished with a little lemon zest and some lemon thyme. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Room Service

A boutique cocktail lounge from the same owner of Black Moth Bars at Camp North End.

Location: 701 Keswick Ave.

Go deeper: New cocktail lounge opens in Camp North End this week

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Soul Miners Garden

A Gastonia-based vegan restaurant with a new food stall in Camp North End, where Plant Joy used to be. 

Location: 1801 N Graham St.

Photo: Courtesy of Soul Miners Garden

1st Ward Social

A bar and lounge inside Homewood Suites by Hilton in Uptown.

Location: 508 N. College St.

1st Ward Social
See inside. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Dumpling Lady 

The first brick-and-mortar of the popular dumpling spot in Optimist Hall.

Location: 327 W Tremont Ave.

The avocado tartine ($10) and the rice porridge — which is rice, pork belly, charred cabbage, fried egg and togarashi for $12. Photo: Katie Peralta Soloff/Axios

Lorem Ipsum

A listening bar and cocktail lounge inside the Hotel Refuge in Plaza Midwood.

Location: 1101 Central Ave.

Lorem Ipsum
See inside. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Kappo En 

A speakeasy-style Japanese tasting menu restaurant by Menya’s owner Ted Nakato.

Location: 1941 E. 7th St.

Go deeper: Scoop: Speakeasy-style dining room opening inside Menya with a 17-course omakase menu

Kappo En is located inside Menya in Elizabeth. Photo: McKenzie Rankin


A late-night restaurant with international cuisines in Uptown. 

Location: 515 N Ellis Lane

Go deeper: New Uptown restaurant Spice offers international cuisine and late-night bites 

Matcha-tini at Spice. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios


A cocktail lounge located on the third floor of the Binaco Tower located above Saku Yakitori & Sushi Bar in Uptown.

Location: 123 East 5th St.

See inside. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Kudoku Sushi & Asian Kitchen

A sushi restaurant and Asian kitchen in place of  The Warmack in Plaza Midwood.

Location: 1226 Central Ave.

See inside. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Panzú Brewery 

A Dominican Republic-inspired brewery in Mint Hill.

Location: 7251 Matthews-Mint Hill Road

Go deeper: Panzú Brewery serves Caribbean-inspired food and craft beer in Mint Hill

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios 

Petit Philippe Fine Wine

Popular wine shop and tasting room that consolidated the two Selwyn Avenue locations into a single, much larger space.

Location: 4001 Park Road

Streetcar Bar + Bites

A sports bar with a Pop art theme in Wesley Heights.

Location: 2315 Thrift Road 

Go deeper: New sports bar Streetcar Bar + Bites to open soon on Thrift Road

Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

The Ugly

 A new bar in the former Idlewild spot in NoDa. 

Location: 424 E 36th St.

Go deeper: Idlewild in NoDa is moving and a new dive bar called The Ugly will open in its place

The Ugly bar
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Joan’s Bakery and Deli

A bakery and deli by local restaurateur Jon Dressler (Dogwood, Fin & Fino, The Porter’s House), led by Chef Rob Clement, best known for his popular Jewish deli pop-up Meshugganah.

Location: 1100 Metropolitan Ave.

Go deeper: Popular Jewish deli pop-up Meshugganah finally has a home inside Dressler’s new Joan’s Bakery and Deli

Photo: Courtesy of The Plaid Penguin

Mr. Charles Chicken and Fish

The third location of the popular fried chicken and fish joint located in Uptown.

Location: 413 Dalton Ave.

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios


A pizza joint in the heart of NoDa where Ruby’s Gift Shop used to be.

Location:  3204 N Davidson St.

Go deeper: Get late-night slices out of a window at Zämbies Pizza in NoDa

Zämbies soft opened during Thanksgiving, selling slices out of their pick-up window. The shop temporarily closed to increase staffing and will reopen Dec. 19, according to their Instagram. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios


Mackin’s Bridal Boutique

A bridal boutique offering affordable and size-inclusive wedding dresses for local brides.

Location: 2023 Beatties Ford Road, next to Archive CLT.

Go deeper: New bridal boutique opens with affordable luxury wedding dresses in west Charlotte

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios Charlotte


This popular custom-fitted hat retailer recently moved from Uptown to Camp North End. 

Location: 701 Keswick Ave.

Go deeper: Popular custom hat shop now open in Camp North End

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios Charlotte

Happy Camper

The once-mobile brand now has a storefront in Optimist Park with edibles, flowers and other legal cannabis options.

Location: 2017 N Davidson St.

Go deeper: Celebrate 4/20 every day at Happy Camper’s new store in Optimist Park

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios Charlotte

Brilliant Earth

A jewelry brand that sells ethically sourced and lab-grown diamonds in South End.

Location: 100 W Worthington Ave. 

Go deeper: Trendy jewelry brand Brilliant Earth opening first North Carolina location in Charlotte

Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios Charlotte

The Merchant

Atlanta-based home goods store inside Optimist Hall next to Paradiso Plant Shop opens July 1. 

Location: 1115 N. Brevard St.

Go deeper: Everything you need to know about Optimist Hall

Photo: Courtesy of The Merchant


Popular Concord boutique with everything from athleisure to your next Sunday brunch outfit relocated to South End.

Location: 1515 S Tryon St.

Go deeper: Popular boutique Adair reopens in new South End location with everything from athleisure to your next Sunday brunch outfit

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Current Nostalgia

Local shop offering global streetwear brands in Camp North End.

Location: 701 Keswick Ave.

Go deeper: Local clothing brand Current Nostalgia opens Camp North End shop

Photo: Axios archives

Glory Days

 A Charlotte-centric clothing shop opens in a new storefront in South End.

Location: 2202 Hawkins St.

See inside

Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios


BYOP (Be Your Own Person) is a locally owned vintage clothing shop with custom screen printing services in South End.

Location: 2923 South Tryon St

Go deeper: Customize your wardrobe at this new vintage clothing store in South End

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Seed to Soul

New dispensary offering a high-end cannabis shopping experience in Montclaire South.

Location: 624 Tyvola Road.   

Go deeper: New upscale dispensary near SouthPark sells a range of legal cannabis products

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Lilly Pulitzer and Anthropologie

Two popular women’s clothing brands open at Birkdale Village.

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Veronica Beard

A luxury women’s retailer opens its first standalone North Carolina store at Phillips Place. Additional popular retail brands including Ralph Lauren are expected to open later this fall.

Go deeper: Upscale retailer Veronica Beard to open at Phillips Place

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Cloud Closet

A local startup that allows you to rent clothes from designer clothing brands like Farm Rio, Reformation, Runaway the Label and Show Me Your Mumu, at an affordable cost.

Go deeper: Find trendy clothes at affordable prices from Charlotte’s new clothing rental service

The clothes available at Cloud Closet retail between $100-$300. Photo: Drew Furr

Hardy Boys Records

A record and comic shop in Camp North End.

Location: 701 Keswick Ave.

Photo: Courtesy of Hardy Boys Records


An Ireland-based retailer’s first North Carolina store in Concord Mills.

Location: 8241 Concord Mills Blvd.

Go deeper: Budget-friendly European retailer Primark opening soon in Concord Mills

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Jenni Kayne

A California-based brand with apparel, accessories, home, and apothecary at Phillips Place.

Location: 6815 Phillips Pl Ct.

Photo: Courtesy of Phillips Place

Rag & Bone 

An upscale apparel retailer at Phillips Place.

Location:  6822 Phillips Pl Ct.

Photo: Courtesy of Phillips Place

Ralph Lauren

Popular upscale apparel brand opened at Phillips Place with a pop-up Ralph’s Coffee truck in the courtyard. 

Location: 6822-A Phillips Pl Ct.

Photo: Courtesy of Phillips Place


A popular women’s boutique that opened in November inside SouthPark Mall.

Location: 4400 Sharon Road, across from Arhaus. 

Go deeper: Popular women’s boutique Aritzia among new stores opening inside SouthPark mall this fall

Alo Yoga

A stylish athleisure brand now open in SouthPark Mall.

Location: 4400 Sharon Road, in the Nordstrom wing.



This new local rideshare company offers rides exclusively in luxury cars. 

Go deeper: Scoop: New rideshare company in Charlotte will only use Mercedes-Maybachs, Rolls-Royces and Bentleys

Photo: Courtesy of Goldsainte


A locally-owned coffee company offering subscription services for ready-to-drink cold brews and pastries.

Go deeper: Stock up on cold brew and pastries with CHNO, Charlotte’s newest coffee company

Carlea Recinos, owner of CHNO Coffee Co. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Science on the Rocks

A monthly series offering an evening of entertainment, music, alcohol and hands-on science experiments, without kids.

Location: 301 N Tryon St.

Go deeper: Science on the rocks returns to Discovery Place. Here are 5 things to know before you go

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Bubbly Paws

A self-service dog-wash salon with bath stations, drying stations and professional groomers.

Location: 141 New Bern St.

Go deeper: Self-service dog salon called Bubbly Paws now open in South End

Bubbly Paws
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

SouthPark Mall’s personal shopper

A personal shopper program led by the mall’s lifestyle specialist, Suzanne Libfrain, who will help you transform your wardrobe.

Location: 4400 Sharon Road

Go deeper: SouthPark’s personal shopper will help transform your wardrobe, no matter your budget, age or lifestyle

Southpark mall
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Miri Nadler Cakes

A dessert shop offering cupcakes, 6-inch signature cakes and special event cakes. 

Location: 1317 Pecan Ave.

Go deeper: Social media cake designer opens her first storefront in Plaza Midwood

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

The Coterie Wellness Studio

A yoga studio offering a variety of classes including Yin Yoga and vinyasa flow in Wesley Heights.

Location: 2135 Thrift Road

Go deeper: New yoga studio opens in Wesley Heights

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios


Local woman-owned fitness company with a range of individualized fitness services, from personal training to nutritional coaching. 

Location: 10106 Johnston Road.

Go deeper: From personal training to nutrition, CharlotteFIT’s new studio aims to be a one-stop-shop for all things fitness

Interior of Charlotte FIT’s newest studio, Charlotte FIT South. Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

The Revelry

A 30,000-square-foot event space in Camp North End.

Location: 701 Keswick Ave.

Go deeper: Team behind Byron’s South End opens massive event venue at Camp North End

The Revelry North End.
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios


A custom brand offering DIY workshops and fully customizable sneakers in South End.

Location: 222 West Blvd

Go deeper: Custom sneaker shop to open in South End

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/ Axios

Tempo Golf Club

A golfing spot in Huntersville where you can play more than 500 courses and work on your short game.

Location: 10410 Arahova Dr.

Go deeper: Play 500+ golf courses at Tempo Golf Club in Huntersville

Tempo Golf Club
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Face Foundrié

A facial bar offering skin care services, from facials to lash lifts, in South End.

Location: 1932 Hawkins St.

See inside. Photo: Courtesy of McKenzie Rankin

The Long Room

A 2,800-square foot event space in Plaza Midwood. 

Location: 1111 Central Ave. 

The Long Room is the brainchild of professional performing artist Matthew Seneca and former Charlotte Ballet principal dancer Sarah Hayes Harkins. Photo: Moving Mountains Photographers


A coworking space that prioritizes self-care in east Charlotte.

Location: 3124 Milton Road

Go deeper: New east Charlotte coworking space inspired by Black women promotes self-care

Photo: Dionna Bright Photography

Editor’s note: This list was originally published on October 2, 2023 and updated on December 18. 


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