Loft & Cellar, Uptown’s new three-level, 7,500 square-foot restaurant and bar, officially opens at 4:30 p.m. July 12.

Located at 305 W. 4th street, the concept will specialize in cuisine and cocktails from all over the world.

“We wanted something that was completely different than what Uptown had to offer,” Executive Chef Nicholas Daniels said. “We’ve got the steakhouses, the farm-to-fork restaurants and the nightclubs. We wanted a place where people can come relax, sit down and not have to wait for a drink.”

Here’s what we know about Loft & Cellar:

(1) There are three levels to the restaurant and bar.

The cellar is a reservation-only, 20-seat wine and tasting room. Guests can come in and enjoy the regular menu or work with Chef Daniels to create a special tasting menu. This could be your go-to private area for corporate gatherings, special occasions, etc.

The main dining room will be cozy and more intimate, perfect for couples and first dates. Both the main dining room and the loft will serve the same dinner menu. There’s a bar on both floors as well.

The loft will be much more energetic and is best for big groups. It will have a bar, a live band and the artwork painted on the walls will be changed every few months. 

“You can have your whole night here,” Daniels said. “If you start at the bottom and come to the top, it’s like you’ve been to two different places.”

(2) What’s on the menu(s).

The main menu will include everything from Dim Sum Pancakes to Rogan Josh Lamb to a Tempura Bento Box. Plates range from $9 to $35.

Loft & Cellar has a menu item called “The Picky Eater.” It consists of your choice of chicken or beef, served with mashed potatoes and a side salad. (If you can’t find one thing on this menu to eat, we’re a little concerned.)

The loft will have a late night food menu Monday-Saturday. The menu consists of beef empanadas, fried cheese empanadas and Orrman’s meat and cheese board.

(3) There’s music every night.

There’s a sound system hooked up throughout the entire restaurant. The music could be everything from funk to jazz to blues. Loft & Cellar plans to have a DJ every Wednesday and expect bands Thursday-Saturday.

(4) Chef Daniels wants it to be a place for everyone.

He wants all walks of life to come in and dine, whether someone is wearing cargo shorts and a T-shirt or in a full suit, he wants the atmosphere to be a place for everyone.

(5) There’ll be a special menu for Panthers games.

For Panthers home games, Daniels will get rid of the regular menu and do more of a bar menu. One week it might be tuna melt nachos and the next White Castle sliders with beer specials. They’ll sell the food and beer on the back parking lot.

(6) Speaking of parties in the back parking lot.

Because the food is inspired by different cultures and cities around the planet, Daniels also hopes to have a world-themed party twice a year in the back parking lot.

(7) The hours.

For the restaurant:

Monday-Thursday: 4:30-10 p.m.
Friday: 4:30-11:00 p.m.
Saturday: 2-11 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 4:30-10 p.m.

Loft hours:

Monday-Friday: 4:30p.m.-2 a.m.
Saturday: 2 p.m.-2 a.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 a.m.

Photos: Sallie Funderburk