May 20, 2024 - Food and Drink
Scoop

Scoop: International food hall Alley 51 opening inside Super G Mart in Pineville

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Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Alley 51, located inside Pineville's Super G Mart, offers foods from Vietnam, the Philippines, China, Japan and Korea, to name a few.

Why it matters: The food hall serves primarily Asian cuisine, catering to the diverse population flocking to Charlotte's suburbs.

"[The name is] inspired by the different food alleys of Asia, such as the Ramen Alley of Tokyo, combined with the locality of Pineville-Matthews Road (Highway 51) — [hence] Alley 51."
— Peter Han, VP of business development at Super G Mart

What to expect: The 25,000-square-foot food hall has 12 stalls plus retail boutiques selling an assortment of consumer goods.

  • Akihabari, an extension of Super Abari, has Japanese claw machines, arcade games and gachapon (vending machine capsule toys).
  • There's also a small convenience shop, a spinoff of Super G, called "Mini G," with grab-and-go snacks.
  • And there's a "Kidz Zone" for families with children.
  • These businesses join the already existing retailers, like K-Beauty, a Korean cosmetic shop, Tokiya, an anime and figurine store and Oppang, a K-Pop store.
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Akihabari inside Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Here's a list of the first nine food stalls set to open inside Alley 51 and what to expect at each:

  • Honeycow Desserts — serving desserts like bingsu (milk-based Korean shaved ice), soft serve ice cream, croffles (croissant and waffle hybrid) and coffee drinks.
  • Itaewon Bar & Food — a bar serving international beer and liquor, including soju, sake, and beers from Korea.
  • Mukja — a Korean street food stall serving fresh soondae, AKA Korean blood sausage, which is pig intestine stuffed with glass noodles, pork blood and glutinous rice.
  • Sizzling — a contemporary Japanese-inspired food stall offering American favorites. Their burger steak, for example, is infused with Japanese flavors like curry and cheese.
  • Saigon Cafe — Vietnamese cuisines such as pho, banh mi sandwiches and wok dishes.
  • Quicitop — expect northern Chinese street food like roasted cold noodles and jianbing guozi (a savory crepe filled with egg, crispy wonton and your choice of fillings).
  • Honey Buns II — serving bao buns, boba tea, fried rice, dim sum and noodles.
  • Yume Ramen & Sushi — Local Japanese hotspot opening its second location, offering dishes such as ramen and donburi.
  • Manila Grill — a taste of the Philippines with everything from savory tapsilog (beef, fried rice and fried egg) to sweet halo-halo (a cold dessert made up of crushed ice, evaporated or coconut milk and other ingredients).
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The special platter from Railay, which changes weekly. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Three more food stalls will open in the coming weeks. They include:

  • Railay Thai Express — the restaurant's fourth location, serving authentic Thai street food like curry, fried rice and noodles.
  • Mochinut — offering over 25 flavors of mochi donuts and several Kdog's.
  • Great Wall — a Chinese restaurant serving Hong Kong-style BBQ and Szechuan Hot Pot.

What's next: Alley 51 will open Thursday, May 23. To start, it'll be in its soft opening phase, meaning it'll have limited service while its tenants get fully staffed. Eventually, it'll open later with the goal of becoming a late-night destination, according to Han.

  • A 3,000- square-foot, full-service restaurant, will open as part of phase three of the project.
  • There is one remaining 450-square-foot retail space available for lease.

Stop by: 10500 Centrum Pkwy.; the entrance is located in front of The Club inside Super G Mart.

  • It'll open daily from 3-10pm.

Take a look around:

honeycow food stall
HoneyCow at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
food stall restaurant
Yume at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
sizzling food stall
Sizzling at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
mini market
Mini G at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
kid play zone
Kidz Zone at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
Great Wall restaurant
Great Wall at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
manila grill
Manila Grill at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
food stalls
Itaewon and Quicitop at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
hand holding beer
Korean beer from Itaewon. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
mochi food stall
Mochinut at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
saigon cafe
Saigon Cafe and seating area at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
honey buns food stall
Honey Buns II at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
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Mukja at Alley 51. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Editor's note: This story was updated on May 22, 2024 with the food hall's opening date.

Go deeper: Check out other Charlotte food halls like Optimist Hall, Urban District Market, Market on 7th Street and Monarch Market.

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