EAT + DRINK
La Caseta, which sells street food inspired by the flavors of El Salvador, Mexico, Venezuela and Argentina, opened on Montford Avenue. 1730 Abbey Pl., Suite 4, lacasetaclt.com
Velvet Taco, the Dallas-based fast-casual taco chain with a location at Optimist Hall, plans to open its second Charlotte spot at Park Road Shopping Center. Expect the unexpected here: beer-battered cauliflower, Nashville hot tofu, and Kobe bacon burger are just a few of the taco varieties on the menu. 1601 E. Woodlawn Rd., Suite B, velvettaco.com
MIZU is open at the Hyatt Centric at Apex Charlotte. The rooftop restaurant and bar serves a menu inspired by the wood-fired robata grills of Japan. 3100 Apex Dr., mizu.restaurant
FS Food Group plans to open Amma’s Pizza & Cheesesteaks in Midtown in 2022. Amma’s will serve pizza by the slice and fresh chopped cheesesteak sandwiches. The restaurant group led by Frank Scibelli is also expanding to Raleigh, opening a Midwood Smokehouseat downtown’s Smoky Hollow mixed-use development.
Trolley Barn Fermentory and Food Hall is open in South End adjacent to Atherton Mill. The 11,400-square-foot space, the latest from Legion Brewing, has indoor and outdoor seating, a second-floor mezzanine with skyline views and three food stations: Green Works (salad and grain bowls), Daily Shift Food Co. (sandwiches, burgers, tacos, bao buns and other handhelds) and Brand & Steel (wood-grilled meats and seafood). In addition to small-batch beers, Trolley Barn will serve up original cocktails such as the TB Thunder (bourbon, grapefruit, lemon and honey Arbol ginger) and Mr. K’s Punch (rum, lime, Angostura and nutmeg). 2104 South Blvd., trolleybarnclt.com
The 381-room JW Marriott Charlotte is open at the new 23-story Ally Charlotte Center. The luxury hotel in uptown has a full-service spa, rooftop pool, 22,000 square feet of event space and three restaurants: Dean’s Italian Steakhouse (steak and pasta dishes in a rustic-modern setting); Caroline’s Oyster Bar (fresh seafood and raw bar); and Aura Rooftop Bar (a fifth-floor space with botanical craft cocktails, wine and small bites). 600 S. College St., marriott.com
Central Piedmont Community College received a $10 million gift commitment from an anonymous donor to advance the school’s arts and humanities programming. It’s the largest individual donation in CPCC history.
The gift will be used to create a scholarship endowment for students and establish an endowment to attract and retain faculty members in the arts and humanities. It will also be used to bring renowned authors, artists and performers to CPCC and to establish a public art fund. “The generous donor believes regardless of students’ academic background and desired education and career pathway, their perspectives should include experiences in the arts and humanities to achieve a better comprehension of the past, a better analysis of the present, and a better view of the future,” CPCC President Kandi Deitemeyer said in a news release.