The Novel NoDa area at 36th Street Station has been busy getting ready for its next phase as a curated retail spot, which will include a craft cocktail bar called Idlewild, a bigger, beefier Wooden Robot Brewing location and The Barre Code, a national barre studio franchise.
And this is only the beginning.
Wooden Robot’s NoDa rooftop bar alone will be bigger than their entire South End location, CEO Josh Patton said. Dubbed The 36th Chamber by Wooden Robot, the space will have a similar aesthetic, but with its own flare, he said. “In NoDa, we want to be that funky farmhouse beer-centric space.” This is where they’ll spearhead their sour beer program, though IPAs and old standbys will remain on tap.
Of course, the 3,000-square-foot rooftop patio will be a game changer for the Arts District’s beer drinkers, who will be able to be able to sip on a cold one while enjoying what Patton called killer views amid planter boxes, shade sails and plenty of seating.
Another 3,000-square-foot patio will exist down below. “I’ve always wanted an outdoor beer garden,” Patton said. Inside, 5,700 square feet of space will allow the brewery owners to do so much more than they have been able to in South End, Patton said.
“In South End, live music really doesn’t make sense — we’ve been so space-constrained here,” he said. “In NoDa, we should be able to do live music.” Having three distinct spaces will allow for different vibes in each one, he said.
The 36th Chamber by Wooden Robot should be open sometime in the spring.
South End update
In related news, Wooden Robot is expanding its South End location as well, taking over a space formerly occupied by Park It. (Wait, does this mean no more parking tickets? If only.) This will give the brewery an extra 3,000 square feet with an expanded patio along Summit Avenue, if all goes as planned with the rezoning process, Patton said.
If a cozier space serving up specialty cocktails is calling your name, then the 1,500-square-foot Idlewild, opening in the Novel NoDa building in the next month or so, may be more your speed. The members-only spot will have a limited food menu and no cocktail menu at all — every drink will be curated to an individual’s taste.
“We’re not a speakeasy, and while I believe the product we put out is of the highest quality, the vibe is casual,” said Vince Chirico, the bar’s co-owner and managing partner. “No suspenders or bow ties.”
Space will be limited to about 35 people, with only parties of six or smaller accepted. This intimate space will pair fit right in with NoDa’s laid-back evening vibe.
“There’s a very genuine feeling about the nightlife here, and the close-knit attitude in the neighborhood is something we wanted to be a part of,” Chirico said. “I think that the expansion and new retail only bodes to make NoDa even more of a destination as it continues to grow.”
Idlewild will be open in a month or so, Chirico said.
Conveniently located to help burn off the booze from the night before, The Barre Code is a national franchise that offers fitness classes based around its cardio, strength and restorative programs.
At this different type of barre, participants will sweat it out with total body isometric workouts, conditioning classes that incorporate heavy weights and high intensity interval training and kickboxing classes.
The NoDa location will be the first Barre Code in North Carolina and it will be open in early spring, according to Charlotte franchise owner Lauren Travis.
NoDa was the perfect fit for her studio, which Travis said centers around positive motivation.
“Our fitness community at The Barre Code is centered around inclusivity, positivity and empowerment. NoDa stood out as a welcoming neighborhood reflecting those same values,” Travis said. “It just feels like you can be yourself here.”