Embrace the spring fever and get out of the office to explore these newly-opened destinations.
1801 Commonwealth Ave.
If you’re driving down Commonwealth Avenue, you really can’t miss it. This new Plaza Midwood smoothie and acai bowl spot has a sweeping exterior mural featuring hip-looking monkeys, giant bananas, grapes, kiwis and other fruits. The mural was painted by local artist Ashley Graham and it’s a fun teaser to what you’ll find inside: A variety of fresh smoothies that can be made vegan with plant-based milk options, and açaí bowls with a base puree of banana acai and strawberry with apple juice.
2801 Central Ave.
This long-anticipated bakery, coffee and bottle shop is now open — and already rebranded from the original concept, Deli’sh. No matter, they are still focused on serving up quick and healthy meals with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, from breakfast sandwiches, to salads, to juices. Don’t miss their official grand opening May 11.
Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave.
NoDa Company Store’s “cutest little sister” concept opens today at Camp North End and will stick around for the entire season of weekly Friday Nights in the Boileryard to complement the offerings of live bands and food trucks. Owners Scott Lindsley and Joey Hewell plan to pour Charlotte beers, specialty sangria, sparkling rosé on tap, and nonalcoholic options like homemade sweet tea and homemade lemonade at this temporary, tropical cocktail lounge.
1605 East Woodlawn Road
Has there been a day since this place opened at Park Road Shopping Center that the endless line hasn’t snaked out the door? Charlotte hasn’t wasted time devouring the burgers, shakes and local beers that can now be found here (‘Shroom Burger included).
101 S Tryon St.
We’ve already taste-tested this upscale restaurant with seafood, craft cocktails, live jazz music nightly and a 300-wine list. Our recommendations: try the miso-marinated tofu and and a side of Brussels sprouts (to share) while you listen to the jazz music coming from the bar area. Steak lovers, there is plenty for you, too.
The Carvana car vending machine
3631 South Blvd.
That mysterious, eight-story, clear glass box loaded with cars on South Boulevard is now ready to use. Charlotte’s first “car vending machine,” owned and operated by Carvana, can carry 32 cars at a time. Customers buy the car via Carvana’s website and (unless they choose to have it delivered) hustle on over to the vending machine to get a silver “commemorative, oversized Carvana coin” to activate the machine and transport their new ride down the tower to the ground-floor delivery bay. Too much?
644 N. Church St.
All the rage on Instagram, this new Uptown coffee shop, art space and café has been rolling out its goods with soft-opening hours, with extended hours expected as summertime arrives. Try creative lunch items served as wraps or salads (from prosciutto-wrapped turkey breast to smokey, marinated tofu) as well as breakfast bites like homemade granola and a yogurt parfait. Don’t forget the coffee, roasted in-house.
Featured photo: Smooth Monkey