Apr 1, 2024 - Business

Now open: 26 restaurants and businesses that opened in 2024 so far

Mike's Vegan Grill

Mike's Vegan Grill in University City. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

We've gained several new businesses, from anticipated restaurant openings to retail shops, every month since the start of this year.

Here's a comprehensive list of the 26 businesses that have opened, that we've reported about, since Jan. 1, 2024:


Bulldog Taproom/Social

A popular hangout that's evolved over the years from a college town bottle shop to a South End nightlife destination.

Location: 222 West Blvd. in the Centro Square building.

Go deeper: Scoop: Bulldog Taproom/Social is expanding into NoDa

Bulldog taproom
Photo: Mckenzie Rankin/Axios

Mike's Vegan Grill

A popular North Carolina-based vegan burger joint in University City.

Location: 440 E McCullough Dr., near Harolds Chicken & Ice Bar.

Go deeper: Mike's Vegan Grill will offer late-night plant-based dishes in University City

Mike's vegan grill
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Taco Boy

A popular taqueria out of Folly Beach in Charleston expanded to Charlotte this year.

Location: 3700 South Blvd, at The Station at LoSo.

Go deeper: Popular Charleston restaurant Taco Boy is expanding to Charlotte

outside of restaurant
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Hippin Hops Brewery

The Atlanta-based brewery expanded to Uptown this year.

Location: 650 E Brooklyn Village Ave, in the former D9 Brewing spot.

Go deeper: Atlanta's Hippin Hops Brewery to open in former D9 Brewing in Uptown

hippin hops
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios


A popular Asheville pizza spot next to Vinyl in South End.

Location: 1440 S. Tryon St. near Wooden Robot Brewery.

Go deeper: Popular Asheville pizza joint to offer huge slices late night in South End

large pizza slice
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The Accidental Baker

This locally owned pop-up bakery specializes in gluten-free baked goods at the Metropolitan shopping center.

Location: 1100 Metropolitan Ave., next to Joan's Bakery & Deli.

Go deeper: Get gluten-free baked goods at Accidental Baker at Metropolitan

man standing behind counter with sign that reads "Accidental Baker"
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Dos Caminos

A popular Mexican restaurant out of New York is now open in Uptown.

Location: 601 S. Tryon St., on the ground floor of the Ally Center.

Go deeper: Dos Caminos opens in Uptown

outside of restaurant with large patio with umbrella covering
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Yama LoSo

A Japanese restaurant with a range of sushi and kushiyaki dishes in Lower South End.

Location: 3535 Dewitt Lane next to Supperclub and Phat Burrito.

Go deeper: Japanese restaurant Yama expands to LoSo

Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Gotcha Matcha

A popular matcha pop-up in South End.

Location: 1300 South Blvd inside Tabbris.

Go deeper: Matcha and espresso pop-up Gotcha Matcha reopens in a new South End location

gotcha matcha
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Pizza Baby East

The latest restaurant from the team behind Flour Shop and Pizza Baby West.

Location: 1601 Elizabeth Ave., near The People's Market.

Go deeper: First look: Pizza Baby opens in Elizabeth

pizza baby east
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Keepsake Brewery

A new family-owned brewery in Gastonia.

Location: 211 Columbia St., near downtown Gastonia.

keepsake brewing
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

The Rose

A Nashville-style honky tonk in the former Oak Room spot.

Location: 200 E Bland St., next to All American Pub and Muraya.

Go deeper: Nashville-style honky tonk bar with live music and line dancing is now open in South End

people dancing at a line dancing club
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Salata Salad Kitchen

The third Charlotte location of a customizable salad spot opened in LoSo.

Location: 3700 South Blvd.

outside of new salad shop called Salata
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios

Curry Gate

This popular Indian and Nepalese restaurant added a food stall inside Monarch Market in Uptown.

Location: 101 N. Tryon St.

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

food stall with sign that says curry gate
Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios


A new Yemeni-style café in Plaza Midwood.

Location: 1204 Central Ave, next to Kouture Nail Bar.

Go deeper: A late-night Yemeni-style coffee shop is now open in Plaza Midwood

Photo: Mckenzie Rankin/Axios

Sandwich Max

This beloved family restaurant has some of the best sandwiches in Charlotte and recently relocated from South End to the Belmont neighborhood.

Location: 933 Louise Ave. in the former Paper Plane Deli and Market spot.

Go deeper: Sandwich Max is back in a new location in the Belmont neighborhood

hand holding sandwich
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Happy Camper Lounge

A consumption-based lounge with cannabis-infused drinks, located minutes away from its first brick-and-mortar shop.

Location: 3100 N Davidson St., next to Haberdish.

Go deeper: Happy Camper expands with a new consumption lounge and dispensary in NoDa

happy camper
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar

This Myrtle Beach-based dessert shop expanded to Concord.

Location: 5965 Thunder Road NW

crazy mason
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Noche Bruta

A new Mexican restaurant from chef Hector Gonzalez-Mora, formerly of Resident Culture's El Toro Bruto.

Location: Inside HEX at 201 Camp Road.

Go deeper: Scoop: El Toro Bruto owner launches dinner service at HEX in Camp North End

The "Katsu Hawaiiano." Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

What the Fries

The popular food truck-turned-restaurant opened a food stall inside City Kitch, a ghost kitchen in Wesley Heights.

Location: Inside City Kitch at 2200 Thrift Road.

Go deeper: Scoop: What The Fries to open at City Kitch in Wesley Heights

hand holding basket of loaded fries
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

Nusa by Prime Fish

Charlotte's first Indonesian restaurant by the owner of Prime Fish.

Location: 8200 Providence Road in the Arboretum.

Go deeper: Authentic Indonesian restaurant opens in south Charlotte

several dishes and drinks on a table
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios


A restaurant and bar with unique cocktails and a shareable menu featuring a blend of Latin and Asian cuisine.

Location: 130 W. Bland St., in South End.

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

New York Old School Bagel & Deli

The new spot makes all its bagels New York-style (crispy on the outside, chewy on the inside) in-house daily.

Location: 7510 Pineville-Matthews Road in Carmel Village.

Hand holding a bagel sandwich
Photo: McKenzie Rankin/Axios



The outdoor clothing company's first Charlotte location opened in South End.

Location: 1930 Camden Road.

Go deeper: Patagonia opens in South End

Photo: Mckenzie Rankin/Axios

Locker Room CLT

The popular vintage sportswear shop relocated to a new spot that's double the size of its first brick-and-mortar.

Location: 4100 Raleigh St., down the street from Independent Picture House.

Go deeper: Locker Room is reopening near NoDa with a large inventory of vintage sportswear

locker room
Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

PrimeFish Cellar

A gourmet market and bottle shop specializing in premium wine, Japanese sake and provisions.

Location: 2907 Providence Road, in the same shopping plaza as Omakase Experience by PrimeFish.

Go deeper: PrimeFish Cellar opens near Cotswold

hand holding sake bottle
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

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