eat + drink
Restaurant Constance is open in Wesley Heights, with a seasonal menu highlighting local ingredients, a raw bar, and meat and seafood entrees. Expect dishes like oysters on the half shell, tuna crudo with soba noodles and crispy ginger, marinated scallops, and short ribs with sweet potato fondue. The concept from Your Farms Your Table Restaurant Group is named for chef/owner Sam Diminich’s daughter and has a coastal farmhouse aesthetic. Restaurant Constance is teaming with Wentworth & Fenn on the dessert program and also offers an extensive selection of nonalcoholic beverages. The restaurant is open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. 2200 Thrift Rd., restaurantconstanceclt.com Bossy Beulah’s Chicken Shack opened its second Charlotte location in South End at 2932 Griffith St. The 2,400-square-foot restaurant is twice the size of its original Freedom Drive location and features a pickup window, indoor and outdoor bar and seating for 146. Paper Mill Pub will open this summer at Truist Field. The name is an homage to the Virginia Paper Company, which occupied the baseball field site until 2012. The year-round pub will have patio seating, an indoor bar and a second-floor space with uptown views.
Childrenswear boutique Coco Leto opened at 2902-B Selwyn Ave. cocoleto.com. Womenswear brand Veronica Beard is opening at Phillips Place, its first standalone store in North Carolina. SouthPark Mall relaunched its personal shopper program, led by wardrobe consultant Suzanne Libfraind. After an initial consultation, Libfraind will shop with or for customers for up to three hours; each additional hour is $115. Interested customers can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Palestra Boutique Spa moved to the Hyatt Centric Charlotte SouthPark at Apex SouthPark from its original location in Cherry. The spa offers massage therapy, facials, lash and brow services, and more. palestraboutiquespa.com
More than 600 members of Charlotte’s Jewish community gathered Jan. 19 to encourage the local community to support the Jewish Federation of Charlotte’s Outshine Hate initiative. The mission of the initiative is to put an end to antisemitism through education and unity. Juju Chang, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline, was the featured speaker. The Harris YMCA unveiled a fitness-center renovation, including expanded free weight and heavy lifting spaces and open stretch areas, along with new strength machines, cardio space and more. Oakworth Capital Bank will open its first North Carolina office in mid-2023 at SouthPark Towers. The Birmingham, Ala.-based bank was founded in 2008 and has four branches in the Southeast. Oakworth offers commercial and private banking, wealth-management and advisory services. Local financial-industry veteran Tim Beck is Oakworth’s central Carolinas market leader. SP
Constance Photograph by Peter Taylor; other Photos courtesy Phillips Place and Bossy Beulah’s