Mar 13, 2024 - Food and Drink

Scoop: Owner of Mattie's Diner to open a new breakfast restaurant

Mattie's Diner parking lot

Mattie's Diner is located at 3100 The Plaza in Plaza-Shamrock. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The Wafflery will open in the former White Duck Taco spot in the Belmont neighborhood on May 1.

Why it matters: The new restaurant will allow owner Matt King to make dishes that customers often ask for at Mattie's Diner that he doesn't have the space for. The Wafflery will be a fast-casual restaurant specializing in waffles, biscuits and grits.

"We currently don't have space to do waffles and biscuits with our current diner setup."
— Mattie's Diner owner, Matt King

Dig in: The Wafflery will be Mattie's Diner's sister restaurant.

  • The grits, one of Mattie's Diner's most popular menu items, will be available at The Wafflery in the form of grits bowls.

The vibe: The new restaurant will offer waffles, biscuits and grits as a base.

  • Then, you can pick the protein — fried chicken, hot fried chicken, crab cake, shrimp or fruit.
  • This is followed by two toppings and a sauce — you can go the savory route (cheese and vegetables) or sweet (fruit).
  • Or, you can choose from their signature menu, which will have about five to six pre-selected dishes.
  • They'll also serve wine, beer, rosé and other classic breakfast drinks like mimosas.
Owner matt king
There'll be about five or six different waffles to pick from (red velvet, chocolate, pecan and regular. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Flashback: Mattie's Diner was a fixture at the Music Factory for years until its 2015 closure. The popular restaurant reopened in a new spot on The Plaza about two years ago, serving the same meatloaf and milkshakes customers had been clamoring for.

Stop by: The Wafflery will be located at 1020 E 10th St. in the Belmont neighborhood.

  • It'll open at 6:30am or 7am until 2pm or 2:30pm daily.
hand holding drink with a duck pictured on its logo
Asheville's popular White Duck Taco Shop closed its Charlotte location in November 2023. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

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