Apr 23, 2024 - Food and Drink

OMB opening another brewery in Ballantyne

inside of two-story building

Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will open its new biergarten and restaurant in Ballantyne on Memorial Day weekend.

Why it matters: OMB is the oldest craft brewery in Charlotte. Its next location is the anchor tenant to The Bowl at Ballantyne, an under-construction neighborhood with food, entertainment, retail and living space.

  • This will be the first brewery in Ballantyne.

What to expect: The new brewery spans 14,000 square feet across its two floors.

  • On the ground floor, which is about 9,000 square feet, you'll find a large 360-degree bar, facilitating fast service during rush hour.
inside of building under construction
The 360-degree bar will have 20 taps. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The second floor will primarily be used for private events but will open up to the public when it's not booked. The 5,000-square-foot space has a full bar serving liquor, wine, cider and beer. Its balcony overlooks the biergarten.

large room under construction
The second floor has a maximum capacity of 300 people for private events. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Similar to the LoSo location, the brewery's crowned jewel is its one-acre biergarten. Expect plenty of seating, a playground, a fire pit and bathrooms.

view of a biergarten from above
View of the biergarten from the second-floor balcony. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

The vibe: OMB Ballantyne will be a family-friendly spot and will host OMB's popular annual events like Mecktoberfest and the Christmas Market.

  • Mecktoberfest will take place over two weekends in LoSo, followed by two weekends at the Ballantyne location, piggybacking off of Ballantyne's preexisting Oktoberfest celebration.
  • The Christmas Market will take place over the same four weekends at both locations.
shipping container turned into a pop up window
Similar to OMB LoSo's "Garden Grill," you'll be able to order food and beer outside on the Biergarten. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Dig in: Unlike its LoSo location, food from the full-service restaurant at OMB in Ballantyne is available both inside and outside.

  • Expect a similar menu, with new additions like rotisserie chicken and smash burgers.
outside of OMB
Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

What to expect: OMB will be the largest brewery in south Charlotte, according to Ballantyne owners Northwood Investors LLC.

Context: Northwood, which bought 535 acres in Ballantyne in 2017 for $1.2 billion, is in the midst of a massive overhaul of the area's golf course as part of a project called "Ballantyne Reimagined."

  • Owned and operated by Northwood, The Bowl at Ballantyne has about 70,000 square feet of retail, 80% of which is already occupied, Axios' Alex Sands reported.

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