Can’t keep up with all the restaurant changes? Here’s your CliffsNotes: August 2019

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Optimist Hall

Charlotte’s restaurant scene is constantly changing, and if it seems like it’s happening faster than ever, you’re not alone. It can be hard to keep up with all the new places to try or remember which places have closed. Here’s a look at some Charlotte’s dining news from last month.

Restaurant openings

  • Optimist Hall opened August 1: Few announcements excite Charlotte more than food. Cue Optimist Hall. Situated in the Optimist Park neighborhood between Uptown and NoDa, the newest culinary addition to the Queen City started off August with arguably the biggest opening of the year. 
  • Davidson Wine Co. opened August 2: Davidson Wine Co. calls itself an urban winery, or a micro-winery. The company makes wine but doesn’t grow grapes. The shop purchases crushed grapes from vineyards all over the world, including from California, France, Italy and Australia.
  • Spindle Bar opened August 19: Operated by Billy Sunday mixologist Stephanie Andrews, Spindle Bar serves up a selection of easy-drinking draft and frozen cocktails, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Guests can take their liquor beverages with them as they wander throughout the hall. Enjoy your drink on the patio with a view of the skyline.
  • Middle James Brewing opened August 23: Spanning two stories on the backside of the Golf Village building, Pineville’s first brewery boasts 24 taps, lunch and dinner, 15 TVs and a projector, an 830-square-foot room for private parties, a shaded deck overlooking the putting green, par 3 and range, and an outdoor beer garden.
  • Tiff’s Treats opened August 24: It was a misty Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop the line, which began forming at midnight, from wrapping around the building. Austin-based cookie delivery company Tiff’s Treats was celebrating the opening of its first Charlotte store at 7314 Waverly Walk Ave., Suite E3, in the Providence Estates East area. The grand opening promotion: a dozen warm cookies for $1 and the chance to meet celebrities Brooklyn Decker and Andy Roddick. 

Restaurant closings

Photo by Vanessa Infanzon

Making moves

Courtesy of Amelie’s
A rendering of the new flagship location for Amelie’s.

What’s next?

Photo by Melissa Oyler
Snooze Eatery’s pancake flights

Take a mental note of all of these restaurants and bars, which made opening announcements in August:

ICYMI: Spotlight on July

Photo by Melissa Oyler
Flower Child opened on Tuesday, July 30.

Gem of the Queen City

As new restaurants open every day in Charlotte, it’s easy to forget about the old standbys, the places that have grown up alongside the Queen City. We think they’ll always be there for us, but so many favorites have closed along the way. This makes it even more important to support the ones we love. Our Gems of the Queen City series highlights the places that you have frequented for years, reminding us why they have stood the test of time.

Photo by Jennings Cool
The Zack’s Special at Zack’s Hamburgers

Check out: Zack’s Burgers. Located on the corner of Scaleybark and South Boulevard, Zack’s has been spinning milkshakes and flipping some of the best burgers in town since 1975.


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