Jun 11, 2024 - Food and Drink

Copperhead Social Club will open in the former Pepperbox Doughnuts spot in NoDa

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Copperhead Social Club is a new neighborhood bar opening in the former Pepperbox Doughnuts spot on North Davidson.

Why it matters: Its owners, all born and raised in Charlotte, say they want to do their part to retain the city's local charm despite its increasing commercialization and growth.

What they're saying: "We desire to bring cool things to our city — helmed by locals who want to retain some of that old Charlotte," says Alex Beebe, co-owner of Copperhead Social Club.

Context: Pepperbox Doughnuts closed its NoDa location on May 31, its owners announced on Instagram, while simultaneously hinting at their next venture. Its owners told The Observer that the closure was due to high overhead costs.

Between the lines: Beebe, who previously worked at popular spots Soul Gastrolounge and Customshop, will lead the kitchen and overall vision for Copperhead Social Club. He's joined by co-owner Julian Billings, whose cocktails you might've tried at Merchant & Trade, Tattoo or Nuvole. The third owner, Forrest Hamilton, will oversee accounting and HR.

"Social club to us means a place where everyone can come to gather, have a drink, relax and be among friends."
— Alex Beebe, co-owner of Copperhead Social Club

The vibe: Copperhead Social Club will be casual and offer affordable food and drinks, Beebe tells Axios.

  • Its menu will be simple, with burgers, beer and "unpretentious mixed drinks," he adds.
  • Beebe says he doesn't want to label Copperhead as a "sports bar" — but the lifelong soccer fan says he hopes it'll be a destination for Charlotte FC fans.
  • At about 1,600 square feet, it'll seat 40 people inside and 20 on its new all-season outdoor patio.

What's next: Copperhead's opening date is still TBD but Beebe says he hopes to open by late July.

  • When it does, its hours of operation will be 11am-2am Friday and Saturday, 11am-midnight all other days, and closed Mondays.

Stop by: 2810 N Davidson St.

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