January: Around town

Cuisine Entertainment

January 1, 2023



Now open

Limani is now open at Phillips Place, in the spot previously home to Upstream. The New York-based restaurant serves Greek and Mediterranean-inspired, seafood-focused cuisine. limani.com

Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse opened its newest location at Piedmont Town Center in SouthPark. duckworths.com

The Gilded Cellar, a 6,800-square-foot event space on the lower level of Resident Culture South End, opened. The venue includes a 4,000-square-foot room and a private bar and can accommodate up to 275 people for a cocktail reception and up to 200 people seated. residentculturebrewing.com

Museum of Illusions opened last month in uptown, featuring more than 60 interactive exhibits, including holograms, optical illusions and more. The museum is part of a conglomerate of 38 private museums in 25 countries. moicharlotte.com


photograph by Remy Thurston

Mama’s Ricotta’s, the homestyle Italian restaurant on Kings Drive, underwent an extensive renovation last fall that includes an expanded dining area, a private dining space that seats 30, and a kitchen upgrade. “After 30 years in business, we thought it was time for not only a refresh, but an expansion,” owner Frank Scibelli said in an email. Mama Ricotta’s worked with Peadon Finein Architecture and Gais Construction on the project.


Black Moth Bars

Two new businesses are set to debut this spring at Camp North End: Room Service, a boutique cocktail bar and lounge, and Stay Inn, a specialty market. The two businesses are a collaboration between Rachel Hopkins, co-owner of Black Moth Bars, and Jules Zanoni, owner of grow plant shop. Room Service, led by Hopkins, will offer cocktails, beer and wine along with shared plates in the evening. Zanoni’s Stay Inn will sell glassware, cocktail supplies, candles, linens, flowers and specialty foods such as olive oil and tinned fish.  SP

Featured photo: Camp North End

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