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March 06, 2024

👋🏽 Hello, Wednesday! It's Laura, excited to see some of you tonight for our "Love is Blind" watch party.

🌧 Weather: Rainy with a high of 62°.

🎂 Happy birthday to our Axios Charlotte members Claire Patterson, Patricia Neely, James Litvak, Ellen Martin and George Graff!

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Today's Smart Brevity™️ count is 991 words — a 4-minute read.

1 big thing: 🗳 Super Tuesday in North Carolina

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photos: Drew Angerer and Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Super Tuesday in North Carolina cemented the candidates of a few showdowns that are expected to be among the most closely watched in the nation this year.

Among them:

In expected wins, Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson and Democratic Attorney General Josh Stein clinched their party nominations for North Carolina governor Tuesday.

President Biden and former President Trump both won their primaries in the state — mirroring similar results nationwide as the two advance to a rematch of the 2020 election.

Democrat Jeff Jackson and Republican Dan Bishop, two popular Charlotte-area congressmen, will officially face off for the state attorney general's office — a role widely considered a springboard to governor.

Mo Green won the Democratic nomination for state superintendent. He'll face Republican Michele Morrow, who has called public schools "indoctrination centers" and attended the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

See other Super Tuesday results that could shape the direction of our state

2. Results from around Charlotte

A voter arrives on Super Tuesday at Mt. Moriah Primitive Baptist Church. Photo: Grant Baldwin/Getty Images

Here's a rundown of other local Super Tuesday results:

Nicole Sidman will take on Tricia Cotham, who switched parties from Democrat to Republican mid-legislative season last year, in House District 105.

Pat Cotham, who was first elected in 2012, was ousted from the board of commissioners. Voters may have been punishing Cotham for the actions of her daughter, House Rep. Tricia Cotham.

Republican Mark Harris, whose 2018 campaign was linked to allegations of election fraud, received 30.44% of the vote among 99.3% of reporting precincts by midnight for North Carolina's 8th Congressional District.

See other pivotal local results

3. 🍽 Leah & Louise to leave Camp North End

In a statement, the Colliers said the new restaurant will have a similar vibe as the OG location. Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Leah & Louise is closing in Camp North End and will reopen in a bigger space in Charlotte's west end, QC Metro first reported.

Why it matters: Owned by local restaurateurs Greg and Subrina Collier, Leah & Louise is one of the city's best restaurants. Since opening in 2020, Camp North End's first restaurant helped elevate Charlotte into the national spotlight with features in the New York Times and Esquire.

What's next: The restaurant's final day in Camp North End will be Sunday, April 21, according to a statement.

  • To commemorate Leah & Louise's Camp North End chapter closing, the Colliers will host a ticketed dinner on Sunday, April 21. Details will be released at a later date.
  • Greg, a James Beard-nominated chef, did not provide further details about the move.

Read about what this move means for Charlotte's Historic West End

4. 👀 Local businesses spotted on "Love is Blind"

The brides-to-be took their friends and family to the Savvy Bride Boutique in South End seven days before the weddings. Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

We did the leg work so you don't have to — watching, rewinding, and contacting Netflix to find out which local restaurants, bars and businesses were featured on "Love is Blind".

The latest: The final episode premiered at midnight, revealing which couples said "I do" at the alter. It also featured some more local businesses, like:

Warning, spoilers ahead: Charlotte places seen on Netflix's "Love is Blind"

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5. 🏈 Speed reads: Defining the "franchise tag"

Under the franchise tag, Burns will make $24 million in the upcoming season if he chooses to sign it. If he does, it will essentially serve as a one-year deal. Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

🏈 The Carolina Panthers placed a franchise tag on star edge rusher Brian Burns, meaning the team can keep Burns at the end of his contract for another year if he chooses to sign it. (WBTV)

🍪 Villani's Bakery is the best bakery in North Carolina according to Yelp. (Observer 🔒)

💰 General Motors announced plans to invest $23M in its Charlotte Parts Distribution Center to increase work safety and modernize operations. (CollisionWeek)

🥪 Capriotti's, a Delaware-born sandwich shop, opened its third Charlotte-area location at Park Road Shopping Center. (Axios)

🍨 The Yard Milkshake Bar, a popular dessert shop that appeared on "Shark Tank," opened its first Charlotte location this week. (Instagram)

🏀 The Charlotte Hornets named Jeff Peterson their new EVP of basketball operations. (WBTV)

📺 Local news anchor Molly Grantham is leaving WBTV after more than 20 years at the station. (Instagram)

6. 🍸 Coming soon to Uptown

Bar One Lounge. Rendering: Courtesy of Southwick Architecture + Interiors

800° Woodfired Kitchen and Bar One Lounge are expanding to Uptown, Axios' Ashley Mahoney writes.

The vibe: 800° will open at The Alley at Latta Arcade, formerly known as Latta Arcade, this spring. Expect pizza, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, plus beer and wine on tap.

  • Bar One Lounge will open at The Stuward (formerly Packard Place) this summer.

What's next: Renovations on The Alley's common areas and storefronts are expected to be complete this summer.

Read about changes happening at The Alley

7. 🎉 Happening now: Charleston Wine + Food festival

Photo: Cameron Pollack for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Today is the first day of the Charleston Wine + Food festival, which runs through Sunday, March 10 across the foodie city.

Why it matters: It's one of the biggest food festivals in the Southeast, featuring dozens of chefs, wine pros, farmers and artists.

This year, 11 local chefs are representing Charlotte at the weekend-long event, including:

See the full list of Charlotte chefs

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Things to do

📷Upcoming events around the city.

  • The Real Talk About the Spring Homebuying Market in Charlotte at Legion Brewing South Park tonight: Grab a beer, dinner and the real talk on what to expect from the housing market in 2024. Our panel of experts will answer your questions about today's market and the homebuying process in CLT. Free.
  • The Thursday Night Bridge Circle at Theatre Charlotte March 8-24: Three generations of women gather for cards in a small NC town in 1970. With a Steel Magnolias feel, this regional premier from NC playwright blends thought-provoking drama with witty southern comedy. $30.
  • Charlotte Master Chorale Unity Concert: Earth at First United Methodist Church Charlotte on March 9: The North Carolina premiere of Jake Runestad's EMMY Award-winning Earth Symphony, which imagines Earth's hope for humanity, her discovery of its power, her ruination at its hands, her lament at its loss, and her recovery. GA - $30, Students - $10.
  • Run Jen Run at Symphony Park on Saturday: Join Go Jen Go for its 12th Annual Run Jen Run 5K and Festival. Following the 5K and Fun Run, enjoy music, food vendors, an expo area, kids' fun zone, and adult beverages (for those 21+).
  • Robin Spielberg at Cain Center for the Arts on Saturday: Robin Spielberg has had a long and storied career as a pianist, composer, recording artist, music therapy advocate and educator. She is considered one of the most expressive pianists of our time. $25-$45.
  • 2024 Crown Lacrosse Classic at American Legion Memorial Stadium on Saturday: 8 teams, 4 games, 1 huge day. Syracuse vs. Johns Hopkins headlines the region's premier college lacrosse event returning to American Legion Memorial Stadium. $15.
  • Opening Weekend at Carowinds Saturday and Sunday: Mark your calendars for Carowinds' Opening Weekend, March 9 and 10! With nearly 60 rides and attractions, Carowinds offers fun for all ages. Get tickets as low as $39.99 when you buy online.
  • Charlotte: Moving Forward, Looking Back at Levine Museum of the New South March 9 through June 30: Tells the story of Charlotte from Native and early European settlement to today. The exhibition combines stories of people, places, and events in a foundational.
  • Oscars® Viewing Party & Fundraiser at Independent Picture House on Sunday: Join them for a night of live streaming, local filmmaker connections, Queen City Jazz, Shameless Society Improv, raffles, trivia, and more. Support IPH's mission by donating at the event. $80-$130.
  • Gaston Coffee Week at various locations in Gaston County March 10-16: Gaston Coffee Week is designed to highlight coffee shops throughout Gaston County and create community events for coffee enthusiasts (and hopefully convert others to become one).
  • Regenerative Farm Stays at Juneberry Ridge March 15-17: Escape to an all-inclusive 2-night stay on our farm. Enjoy farm-to-fork meals, yoga, forest bathing, garden-to-glass mixology class, and cozy cabins. Perfect for couples, solo travelers, and groups. $900.
  • Charlotte's Dog Jog at McApline Creek Park on March 17: 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.
  • Songwriters in the Round at The Hamilton on April 20: This unique concert is a "behind the music" experience with Nashville songwriters to benefit Charlotte cancer non-profits! Enjoy a buffet dinner, open beer & wine bar and a live acoustic performance. $300.

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8. 🏝 Best beach bracket

Bracket: Axios Visuals

Axios' North Carolina beach bracket comes down to Wrightsville Beach vs. Emerald Isle, Axios' Zachery Eanes writes.

A fun fact about each of our finalists:

  • The ocean off Wrightsville Beach has become well-known for its large concentration of megalodon shark teeth.
  • Emerald Isle was originally going to be named Gulf Stream Beach until a consultant from Florida flew over the island and came up with the name.

Pick the winner: Vote by 5pm to have your vote count.

Cast your vote here

💃🏻 March is Women's History Month and International Women's Day is coming up on Friday.

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