Can Amelie’s grow AND keep its cool? And other development news

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The newest Amelie’s location opened Saturday in Carmel Commons shopping center in south Charlotte, joining the NoDa location and ones in Atlanta and Rock Hill.

There’s also the planned 11,000-square-foot uptown location at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and College Street.

More Amelie’s can’t be a bad thing, right?

Observer reporters Ely Portillo and Sarah Chaney ask an important question: Can Amelie’s keep its funky vibe as it expands?

Managing Partner Bruce Willette is the guy who founded and grew Charlotte-based Salsarita’s.

“The brand deserves growth,” Willette told the Observer. “It works for the customers and it works for us to grow the company.”

Can he strike the right balance of growing and staying unique? We sure hope so.

Last segment of I-485 opens Friday

With the last segment of the outerbelt opening this week, developers see an opportunity.

One developer has owned land in the area for a decade, waiting for the highway to open. Now he’s planning a mixed-use project.

Could this final segment of I-485 spark the kind of development that happened in Ballantyne? We’ll see.

New condominiums coming to Myers Park

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Eight new high-end residences are planned for the southwest corner of Selwyn Avenue and Croydon Road.

The new condos, called 2312 Selwyn, will be in a four-story building and sound fancy, with hardwood floors and marble countertops. Units will average 3,150 square feet with prices starting in the mid-$900,000s.

New Fresh Market in Dilworth

Construction recently began on the new Fresh Market in Dilworth Gardens.

The grocery store is slated to open in mid-November, just in time for you to stock up for Thanksgiving dinner.

Another burger option in Matthews

Because we always need more burger options, right?

Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries will open in Matthews on June 4 at 7800 Stevens Mill Road. The chain features retro-themed diner decor, burgers, cheesesteaks and frozen custard. 

Brewpublik is throwing a party

Remember when the folks at Brewpublik traded all those unwanted six-packs for tasty local beer?

They’re going to use all those traded-in brews to cook shrimp for an all-you-can-eat Lowcountry boil on June 7 at NoDa Brewing from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Yes, please.

You can get your $5 ticket online, but the event is limited to 150 tickets. What are you waiting for? 

Goodbye Greek, hello Mexican

Greek Isles is moving from it’s South End location beside All American Pub. Co-owner Frank Photopoulos said he hopes to have a new location still near the South End area.

Replacing it? A Mexican restaurant (eventually).

Expensive beer

If you’re looking to make small talk at your local bar this week, consider this: North Carolina has the nation’s eighth-highest tax on beer at 62 cents per gallon.

The only states with higher taxes are Tennessee, Alaska, Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky and South Carolina. The state with the lowest tax is Wyoming at 2 cents per gallon.

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