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March 13, 2024

πŸ‘€ Hello, Wednesday! It's Laura, with two big scoops that'll make you stand out at the watercooler. Do office-goers still congregate around those? Anyway, let's get the day started!

β˜€οΈ Weather: Sunny with a high of 76Β°.

πŸŽ‚ Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Alison Boyle and Denise Wells!

πŸ’Ό Looking to take the next step in your career? Check out our Job Board to see who's hiring.

πŸ“š Situational awareness: It is an early release day for CMS. Schools will dismiss three hours earlier than normal.

Today's Smart Brevityℒ️ count is 769 words β€” a 3-minute read.

1 big thing: Scoop: The Wafflery by Mattie’s Diner

Matt King, pictured, says the grits, one of Mattie's Diner's most popular menu items, will be available at The Wafflery in the form of grits bowls. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

A new breakfast restaurant by Matt King, the owner of Mattie's Diner, is on the way.

Why it matters: The Wafflery will allow King to make dishes that customers often ask for at the diner, but that he doesn't have the kitchen space for, he tells us.

Dig in: It'll be a fast-casual restaurant specializing in waffles, biscuits and grits.

  • You can build your dish with each base, plus your choice of protein, toppings and sauce.

What's next: The Wafflery will open in the former White Duck Taco spot in the Belmont neighborhood on May 1.

Read more about the new restaurant

2. 🍻 Scoop: Tyber Creek is moving to Mint Street

Tyber Creek owners Maynard Goble (left) and Tommy Timmins at the beloved bar a few days before the original location off South Boulevard closes. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Tyber Creek Pub will move to its new home at 1501 S. Mint St. in a couple of months, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

Catch up quick: The move comes as Southern Land Company, a Nashville developer, prepares to break ground at the original Tyber Creek spot to make way for a new tower with roughly 300 rental units.

Why it matters: Tyber Creek is a Charlotte institution in a city full of new businesses. Since opening in 1999, it has grown into a destination for sporting events and live music, and it's routinely packed.

  • Moving the pub to Mint Street allows co-owners Tommy Timmins, Maynard Goble and Kevin Devin to reopen some two months after.

What's next: The pub's final day in its original location is Monday, March 18.

  • "What's a better exit than St. Patrick's Day weekend?" Timmins tells Axios.

Read more about the move

3. πŸ—³ On the ballot: Our next labor commissioner

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos: Courtesy of the campaigns

Democrat Braxton Winston will face Republican Luke Farley in the race to become North Carolina's next labor commissioner, Axios' Alex Sands writes.

Why it matters: Along with promoting the "health, safety, and general well-being" of North Carolina workers, the labor department oversees inspections.

  • Remember Carowinds' wobbly beam on Fury 325? The labor department's Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau investigated the crack.

Zoom in: Winston, Charlotte's former mayor pro tem, will find it harder to compete in a statewide race than in a city election, where he's slid to victory as one of the most popular and progressive politicians locally.

  • Farley, an attorney from Wake County, is on the opposite end of the aisle ideologically.

Alex interviewed both of them β€” Check out what they said

4. 🏈 "Slow torture" and other speed reads

Same, Luke, same.

πŸ‘€ Country music superstar Luke Combs took to X Monday night after news of Brian Burns' trade broke. The deal sent Burns, a former first-round pick, to the New York Giants in exchange for second- and fifth-round picks. (WBTV)

🎢 Charlotte Symphony's Summer Pops series returns to Symphony Park in SouthPark with four concerts: Sonidos Latinos: Latin Sounds (June 9), A Juneteenth Celebration (June 16), Music from the Movies (June 23) and Celebrate America (June 30). (Charlotte Symphony)

✈️ President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are coming back to North Carolina on March 26. The White House has not confirmed where yet. (WBTV)

πŸ€ The Myers Park High School boys basketball coach, who led Myers Park to its first Class 4A state championship, is leaving to start a new program at a private school in Huntersville. (QC News)

🍽 The People's Market's owner will open a new bar in the former Protagonist space in NoDa. (CBJ πŸ”’)

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5. πŸŒ™ Ramadan-friendly food guide

Curry Gate spread. Photo: Axios archives

It's the month of Ramadan β€” a time of prayer, reflection and fasting for Muslims, Axios' McKenzie Rankin writes.

Context: During the holy month, Muslims fast every day from dawn to sunset.

  • Then, they break their fast with an evening meal known as iftar.

McKenzie found nine restaurants with Ramadan specials and halal (food that's permissible under Islamic law), including:

Full guide: 9 restaurants with Ramadan-friendly food in Charlotte

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6. β˜•οΈ "Love is Blind" drama dissected

The season six reunion will air on Netflix tonight at 9pm. Photo: Courtesy of Netfllix

Season six of Netflix's "Love is Blind," which was filmed in Charlotte with an all-Charlotte cast, showed the world just how "messy" the city's dating scene really is.

What's happening: McKenzie rounded up five of the biggest jaw-droppers to come out of this season β€” both on and off camera, including:

  • The Megan Fox comparison, the Lost & Found fight and off-cam love interests in the mix.

Why it matters: You'll want to catch up before the reunion episode airs tonight.

Spoiler warning ... The 5 biggest controversies to come out of "Love is Blind" season 6

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πŸ“† Check out what's going around Charlotte.

  • MOMIX Alice at Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts on Friday: MOMIX's internationally acclaimed dancer-illusionists conjure the magical world of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts in this stunning reimagining of Lewis Carroll's novel. $25+
  • Charlotte Independence Home Opener at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday: The Charlotte Independence professional soccer team kicks off their 10th season. Free giveaways for fans include a commemorative t-shirt and roller banner, while supplies last. $12.
  • Shamrock the Block at State of Confusion on Saturday: State of Confusion and neighboring restaurants in LoSo are hosting a St. Patrick's Day Block Party. Featuring live music, special menus, refreshing cocktails and more.
  • David Spade: Catch Me Inside at Ovens Auditorium on Saturday: Known for his razor-sharp wit and iconic comedic roles, Spade promises an evening filled with laughter. Secure your tickets now for an unforgettable night. $45-$85.
  • Storybook Ball at Discovery Place Kids - Huntersville on Saturday: The joy and magic of storytelling will come to life at this new family event celebrating all your favorite books and characters in a lively Museum setting.
  • Charlotte's Dog Jog at McApline Creek Park on Sunday: Tails are waggin' with excitement for the 3rd annual Dog Jog. With or without a dog, Charlotte's Dog Jog is a casual 5k or one-mile charity walk/fun jog. $18-$30.
  • David Jacobs Strain & Bob Beach Live at The Long Room on Sunday: Delta blues-inspired duo featuring David Jacobs Strain on slide guitar and Bob Beach on harmonica will perform live at Charlotte's hottest new music & event venue, The Long Room, in Plaza Midwood. $22.
  • Barnaby Bright at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Arts Center on Sunday: Not easily defined, Barnaby Bright is an alt-Americana trio with very contemporary influences that reflect their geographical journey from Brooklyn to Nashville to Kansas. $29.50+.
  • Moulin Rouge! The Musical at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Arts Center March 19-31: Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur, and glory. A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. $35+.
  • Central Piedmont Community College Skilled Trades Open House at Central Piedmont Harper Campus, Building IV on March 20: Experience the energy, innovation, and community that define Central Piedmont. You'll have the opportunity to learn more about the college's construction, trades, design, and architecture programs.
  • Charlotte Brewfest 2024 at South End Station on April 5: Celebrate National Beer Day with unlimited beer from 25+ breweries, food trucks, live music, and more. $20-$65.

Want more things to do? Check out our Event Board.

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7. πŸ’• Best first date spots, according to the cast of "Love is Blind"

Clay and AD went on a date to Fahrenheit in Uptown. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

We recently asked "Love is Blind" cast members to name their go-to date spots in Charlotte.

  • Clay gave a shoutout to Due Amici Pizza in North Charlotte.
  • Johnny said Heist Brewery, although it's unclear if he means the NoDa location or the Barrel Arts tap room.
  • Trevor said Sycamore or any place that's dog-friendly.

Charlotte places seen on Netflix's "Love is Blind"

😏 I know some of you are ready for the "Love is Blind" coverage to end but, c'mon, how cool is it that all eyes are on our city right now!

S/O to Katie Peralta Soloff for editing this newsletter and Lucia Maher for copy editing.