NoDa’s former Solstice Tavern gets new owner, new name

Photo courtesy of Nick Napoletano

After Solstice Tavern abruptly closed its doors in November, NoDa residents were left wondering what would replace the neighborhood bar and grill with the expansive and popular patio that had stood at 3221 N. Davidson St. for more than a decade.

Wonder no more: Announcing The District, a casual new bar and eatery expected to serve American fare.

The District will be leased and operated by The Mason Jar Group, the same hospitality group behind Uptown’s TILT and 204 North Kitchen & Cocktails, The Union in South End and Grace O’Malley’s Irish Public House in Matthews. “The Mason Jar Group is a collection of one of the most authentic and unique hospitality groups in the city,” said The Mason Jar Group’s Anthony Kearey.

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“No one is alike in our family, and we celebrate the differences we have. We encouraged our team to be themselves as they provide the best customer experience in all our venues,” Kearey said. “As we expand to NoDa, we keep our philosophy in mind to ‘be you’.”

The establishment’s name is a reference to NoDa’s title of “Charlotte’s historic arts and entertainment district.”

“Our vision is provide a bar and restaurant that is a neighborhood gathering spot for everybody in the unique and loved community of NoDa,” said Celeste Kaplan, Mason Jar Group’s Director of Event Sales and Marketing. “We look forward to adding our personality to it’s distinct district.”

Kaplan described the menu as “funky, America fare with something for everyone.”

Menu items will include: Tickled Pickles, which are hand cut pickled slices, dipped in bacon batter and deep fried, served with southwest Aioli; a Wake and Bacon sandwich, with peppered bacon, fried egg, pepper jack cheese, tomato, avocado, lettuce and mayo on a brioche bun; and a Steak &(Sort Of) Potatoes served with roasted broccoli and Pierogies.

The restaurant’s expected open date this summer.


  1. Welcome to the neighborhood! There’s a number of people looking for healthy brunch options in Noda, would the District be up to the challenge?

  2. Great…more fried “American” food. Why can’t we get something unique in NoDa like a healthy food spot or some international cuisine. The bar food is killing me.

  3. We need good food that won’t give you a heart attack. We don’t need more fried food and bacon. Don’t let the bar scene fool you into thinking you can get away with bar food. “Something for everyone” won’t cut it here.


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