Mike Libretto, owner of both Coaltrane’s Char & Grill and Libretto’s Pizzeria, is expected to open up Coaltrane’s second location the second week of October in the former John’s Country Kitchen space at 1518 Central Ave.

Libretto and his business partner Mario Flynn, who owns Pint Central and Neighborhood Theatre, have been eyeing the spot in Plaza Midwood for years.

“Once John’s closed in 2015, we knew that was the perfect spot,” said Libretto.

[Related: John’s Country Kitchen closes its doors.]

The 1,600 square-foot space has been completely gutted and will be two stories. Downstairs will have more of a fast casual experience while the upstairs mezzanine and roof deck will be more of a full-service restaurant.

“Upstairs, you can sit and relax, hang out on your laptop, have some drinks and enjoy the weather,” said Libretto.

The new Coaltrane’s location will have the same menu as the first location in the EpiCentre with popular items such as the Fresco Bowl, Rotisserie Chicken, Stuffed Avocado and more. The main difference between the two locations will be the atmosphere.

“This place will have a great vibe, fitting of Plaza Midwood,” said Libretto. “Here, we’re really bringing the brand the look and feel it deserves.”

Responsible for the warm and inviting branding Libretto was looking for is Tyler Hann and Jesse Maxcy from Negative Space Design.

“Coaltrane’s is more of an experience,” said Libretto. “We’re looking to be a full neighborhood hangout with good food and live music.”

Photos: Sallie Funderburk


  1. To the Coaltrane’s owners, if you’re peeking at this: Do you still have plans for live music? Earlier articles said there might be live jazz or something like that. Thanks in advance.