CharlotteFive’s top 5 business openings and closings stories of 2018


As we celebrate the new things 2018 brought us, we also paid our respects to the closed businesses that brought us years of happiness — or maybe that place we always meant to try. Here are our top 5 business stories of the year:

(1) 9 places that have closed in the past year, and what we’ll miss about them

Photo by John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer

Goodbye, Park Terrace Stadium Movie Theater (which closed at the end of 2017) and all the years of sticky sweet movie snacks we got to enjoy while watching our favorite flicks. Goodbye Dean & Deluca, with your fancy free samples and endless dinner options. Goodbye Healthy Home Market, with your kombucha, locally roasted coffee and supplement section we could get lost in for hours. Goodbye Wu’s Cajun Seafood, Luca, Woodlands and more.

From the comments*: “Comida: Overrated and overpriced + its haunted by a penguin spirit” — Greg Dolphin

(2) South End’s newest speakeasy is now open behind SouthBound—and it’s the coolest Charlotte spot you haven’t been to yet

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Backstage Lounge

If you are feeling nostalgic about music venues in town of days gone by, head over to Backstage, South End’s new speakeasy that pays homage to Amos’ Southend, The Pterodactyl, Double Door Inn and others. While reminiscing, do it with a craft cocktail in hand — try the Method, a standard strawberry vodka, passionfruit purée, egg white, house-made orgeat and yellow chartreuse.

(3) 12 of the most exciting items to eat and drink at Superica—Charlotte’s newest Tex-Mex restaurant opening Monday


The highly-anticipated Tex Mex restaurant, Superica, opened earlier this year with great fanfare — and more importantly, with great Steak Tacos Al Carbon and Camarones Brochetas, which are chili-spiced gulf shrimp stuffed with jack cheese and jalapeño, wrapped in bacon and toasted on their wood-fired grill.

From the comments: If they don’t ask you “flour or corn?” And bring you your choice, with butter, at the beginning of the meal… It’s not Texas.” — Cynthia Conrow

(4) 5 popular restaurants that have closed since March — and what we’ll miss about them

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Davidson Street Public House

RIP to The Liberty and its Crunch Burger and to Lumiere with its Escargots with puff pastry and green lemon-garlic butter, both of which closed after the death of co-owner Matthew Pera. RIP to Davidson Street Public House, which closed after a rezoning that included a promise of an open-air arts market in its parking lot (which we are still waiting for). A restaurant chain called Billy Jack’s Shack has since moved in. Goodbye Savor Cafe, with their banana pudding and marshmallow creme. Thank you, Jack Beagle’s, for your plans to bring your Jack Mac over this way.

From the comments: You forgot George’s Brasserie, the other French focused cuisine around town. Their Sunday brunch buffet was really quite good.” — Jennifer

(5) The NoDa Company Store owners are skipping town to expand their concept internationally

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Joey Hewell, Dave Holmes and Scott Lindsley of NoDa Company Store

If you think a NoDa Colada tastes good here, you should try it in Roatán. Thanks to NoDa Company Store owners Joey Hewell and Scott Lindsley, you’ll have your chance when they open up their paradise getaway to visitors. Think: the Company Store, if it had a beach and you could sleep there. They have purchased 3.5 acres of land with 352 feet of beachfront. Behind them is a national park and in front of them is a marine reserve on the Caribbean island in Honduras.

From the comments: “What a cool article about some people who are moving” — Gwaughd

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