BLVD: Around town


February 29, 2024

Taco Boy food on colorful plates


The Loft at Duckworth’s opened at Piedmont Town Center. Head upstairs at Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse to access the cocktail bar, where you’ll find beer, wine and mostly classic cocktails — 38 at press time, with plans to add more — and small bites like panini, pretzel bread and flatbreads. Most cocktails are priced from $15-19. Our photo gallery shows how The Loft is split into two sections — a lively Living Room that’s partially open to the restaurant below and the cozier (and quieter) Lounge. The Loft is open for walk-ins only, but groups of six or more can inquire about reservations online. Open Thurs.-Sat. 4 p.m. – midnight.

Little Mama’s Italian opened a second location at Rea Farms, with a menu similar to the SouthPark original with one additional category: pizzas. We can’t wait to try the Diavola — a pizza with Calabrian salami, caramelized onions, cherry peppers, provolone picante, house-made mozzarella and a Calabrian hot honey sauce. The Italian-American restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Folly Beach favorite Taco Boy opened in Lower South End. On the menu: Made-to-order guacamole, kampachi ceviche, salads, quesadillas and burritos, plus tequila-focused cocktails. There are tacos, of course, including the usuals (al pastor, birria, carnitas, carne asada) and a few surprises (chicken tinga, grilled shrimp with beet slaw, buttermilk fried chicken). Expect the same lively atmosphere as the Folly location, with late-night hours, a DJ booth, rooftop deck and menu of scratch-made Mexican-inspired dishes. 

Little Mama’s Italian and The Loft at Duckworth’s. Photographs courtesy Little Mama’s Italian and The Loft at Duckworth’s


SouthPark Mall announced a slate of new stores opening later this year: Athleisure brand Vuori, French perfumer Diptyque, Bally shoes and accessories and watchmakers Breitling and Tudor.

Bobby’s Burgers by celebrity chef Bobby Flay will open in the Towers at SouthPark on Fairview Road. Bobby’s will offer seven made-to-order Angus beef burgers, a fried chicken sandwich and a veggie burger, plus sides like buttermilk onion rings and sweet potato fries and milkshakes. The restaurant will also serve breakfast.

Zepeddie’s Pizzeria, a New York-style pizza joint from the mid-1990s, returns to Charlotte with a location in Lower South End. Expect pizza, calzones, stromboli and subs. Zepeddie’s will offer indoor and patio dining, takeout and delivery. 


Anthony “Wes” Wesley, the longtime sommelier at uptown’s McNinch House restaurant, died following a battle with cancer. Wesley was no stranger to SouthPark Magazine readers and delighted in sharing his knowledge about wine and zest for life with this community. Our condolences go out to those who loved and knew him.

Phillips Bistro (previously Bonterra) at Phillips Place has closed, along with Living Kitchen and Eight + Sand in South End. Famous Toastery also closed its Colony Road location.  SP

Featured photograph by Savannah Copeland courtesy of Taco Boy

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