July: Around town

Cuisine Entertainment

June 30, 2022

Eat + Drink

Asheville-based Burial Beer Co. opened its taproom and bottle shop, the House of Relics, in Plaza Midwood. Located in space previously occupied by Boris & Natasha, Burial Beer includes an indoor lounge, outdoor beer garden and a rooftop deck. 

A new dairy-free ice cream store is coming to Camp North End. Seemingly Overzealous was created by partners Garrett Tichy and Jessica Berresse, who bonded over their love of ice cream. Flavors will range from the standard (mint chocolate chip, vanilla) to the unconventional (blood orange carrot ginger, matcha with honey and lemon). The 700-square-foot shop is expected to open late summer or early fall.

Snooze A.M. Eatery, based in Denver, Colo., opened its third North Carolina location at Apex SouthPark. Snooze’s menu features signature items like Pineapple Upside Down and Blueberry Danish Pancakes, the Habanero Pork Belly Benny, and pancake flights, along with brunch cocktails such as The Snoozeberry Cereal Milk (vodka, strawberry coulis, cane syrup, oat milk and fresh strawberries). Snooze donates 1% of all proceeds back to the community and local nonprofits.

From October 19-23, Bayhaven Food & Wine Festival will return for a second year. Last year’s festival took place at Camp North End and featured 60 chefs and 2,000 attendees. This year’s expanded festival will include multicourse dinners, large tasting events and a tailgate. Tickets are on sale now at bayhavenfoodandwine.com.

Chef David Sears, who is the new executive chef at Charlotte Marriott Center City.
David Sears | photograph by LunahZon Photography

David Sears is the new executive chef at Charlotte Marriott Center City. Sears previously worked as an area executive chef for the Viceroy Hotel Group in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore. He will oversee culinary operations at Stoke, Coco & the Director, private dining services and banquets.

Mixologist Mena Killough Pratt has returned to Charlotte as beverage director at Tattoo Liquor Lounge in Plaza Midwood (accessed through Sister cafe at the corner of Plaza and Central Avenue). Pratt won the Discovery Channel’s show Moonshiners: Master Distillers in 2021 and recently worked at Young Hearts Distilling in Raleigh.  

— Cameron Crews

The Stiltsville Special,  a rum punch drink with pineapple and coconut from Calle Sol Latin Cafe and Cevicheria.
photograph by Remy Thurston

Calle Sol is coming to SouthPark

Plaza Midwood’s Calle Sol Latin Café & Cevicheria is bringing its colorful vibes and zesty energy to SouthPark. The Cuban and Peruvian restaurant with will open in 2023 at Apex SouthPark, next to the Hyatt Centric. On the menu at Calle Sol: ceviches, salads, chaufa (stir-fried rice), Cubano sandwiches and fresh, fun tropical cocktails like the Stiltsville Special (pictured) — a rum punch with pineapple and coconut, perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.  

“We have had great success with our restaurants in SouthPark and are excited to bring Cuban and Peruvian cuisine to a whole new demographic,” says restaurateur Frank Scibelli, whose other FS Group concepts include Little Mama’s, Paco’s Tacos & Tequila and Yafo Kitchen. Peruvian-born Executive Chef Juan Albrizion will join Calle Sol Executive Chef Paul Cruz in leading the culinary team. The 3,800-square-foot space will also feature a large patio. Follow @callesolcafe on social media for updates.

New digs for dogs (and cats)

Moving from its 1970s-era location to a brand new, 27,000-square-foot facility, the Humane Society of Charlotte is ready to expand its reach and help more local animals in need. After raising $15 million in funds and planning since 2010, the Animal Resource Center finally opened in June and includes an educational center, veterinary care and a cat cafe. A dog park will open later this year. The center is located at 1348 Parker Dr.  SP

featured photo by Remy Thurston

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