You may have enjoyed some lazy days of summer, but Charlotte’s bustling restaurant scene certainly didn’t take any time off. Here’s a recap of what’s new, what’s opening soon and what we’re watching on the foodie front in our first #scoopEATS for fall: Charlotte Restaurant Openings + Food News.

What’s New 

Bonterra introduces new Thursday Night Supper Club series, beginning Sept. 14

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The inaugural supper club will be featuring Wines from Gramercy Cellars in Washington State with Food & Wine Magazine’s 2016 Sommelier of the Year, Jeff Kellogg and a four-course menu created by Chef Blake Hartwick. Highlights include Moroccan spiced rack of lamb, smoke duck breast and roasted scallops with zucchini pappardelle. $60 per person. Call 704.333.9463 to reserve your spot.

Happy hour? The SoCo Bar at the Westin prefers “Cocktail Hour”

Wind down the workday with Cocktail Hour at the SoCo Bar. On Thursdays, they serve up meat and cheese plate specials, a raw bar, $8 Belvedere and Hennessey cocktails along with wine and beer specials from 5-8 p.m.

Fall specials at Tavolo

In addition to their tempting offer of three traditional Italian courses for just $35, take note of Tavolo’s specials throughout the week:

  • Monday through Friday | 4-7 p.m. : $5 bar bites 
  • Monday : Half-priced bottles of wine
  • Tuesday: $5 glasses of wine
  • Wednesday: Half off specialty martinis & craft cocktails
  • Thursday & Sunday: $15 carafes of wine

New menus and hours at Corkbuzz Charlotte

Swing by during their updated hours for fresh takes on brunch and dinner.

Dinner: Sunday – Friday | 5 p.m.- 10 p.m.
Brunch: Saturday – Sunday | 11 a.m,– 3 p.m.
Don’t miss $5 happy hour bites from 4-7 p.m. | Monday-Friday at the Cellar

Leroy Fox brings popular Cotswold concept to South End

Fried chicken, cocktails and the bacon marmalade – your Cotswold favorites can also be found at Leroy Fox’s new South End location that opened last week. Find them at 1616 Camden Road, Suite 150.

Rhino Market settling into new home in Uptown
The popular market and deli opened a new location August 21 at 400 S. Tryon St. If you haven’t checked it out yet, expect a bustling atmosphere perfect for grabbing breakfast or lunch with prime people-watching views.
The Packhouse is serving southern favorites in Dilworth
Deedee Mills, the mastermind behind popular area eateries The Mayobird and The Summit Room, brings a classic Southern menu oozing with local flavor to this rustic and warm spot in Dilworth. Don’t miss the sweet tea-brined fried chicken, shrimp and grits or skillet tomato pie.
Wu’s brings Cajun and Asian flavors together in fun fusion concept
Two world’s collide at Wu’s, where the red and black exterior, accented by climbing white alligators around the entrance, matches the fun fusion menu options. Endless options and abound for the seafood lover (blue crab, lobster, shrimp and crawfish are all on the menu), so those who prefer to stay on land (opt for the fried chicken sandwich with charred slaw). Try the Wu’s boil or ramen gumbo for a flavorful feast.
The Suffolk Punch adds a new must-visit to South End’s light rail
The Suffolk Punch, which opened in early August, offers something for everyone as a hybrid culinary cafe, coffee bar, taffies and fermentation lab. Beyond their stunning interior, the expansive patio and outdoor bar make a perfect sunny day hangout. Favorite dishes to share family-style include mussels with Spanish chorizo, grilled bacon and lamb tartar. Open for lunch and dinner.
Subsecreto challenges the Queen City to keep a secret
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If you take your coffee with a dash of eccentricity, you’ll want to make it a point to join the Subsecreto Society. It’s at 325 E. 9th St. where creatives Caleb Clark and Corri Smith have crafted the perfect offbeat hangout, coffee shop and retail space. Subsecreto opened on August 11.

Don’t Miss Foodie Events

Panther Fozzy Whittaker and teammates serve guests to benefit hurricane Harvey victims
The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar | Wednesday, September 12 | 4-8:30 p.m.

Carolina Panthers running back Fozzy Whittaker, his wife Jasmine Mario Addison and teammates Christian McCaffrey, Russell Shepard, Jonathan Stewart and Darryl Williams team up with Cowfish to raise money to support those recovering from Hurricane Harvey in Whittaker’s hometown of Houston, Texas. The Cowfish team will put the special guests to work serving lucky diners from 4-8:30 p.m. The Cowfish will donate $3 for every entrée sold to his nonprofit Fozzy’s Future Heroes, and donations will go directly to helping Sarah’s House,Pearland Neighborhood Center and other Hurricane Harvey victims in the greater Houston Area.

Bodega Catena Zapata Wine Dinner
The Pump House, Rock Hill | Wednesday, September 13 | 6:30 p.m.
It’s a wine dinner with a view as renowned sommelier and wine educator Marika Vida leads guests in a four-course tasting and pairing menu. Browse the menu above and call to reserve your spot: 803.329.8888.

Alto Piemonte Wine Dinner
Reid’s Fine Foods Southpark Mall | Thursday, September 14 | 6 p.m.

Henri Gabriel, owner of Advintage Wine Distributors, leads this exploration of Alto Piemonte, a region where the Nebbiolo grape made a welcome reappearance. The chef-driven menu includes three courses, each paired with curated wine. $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. For reservations call 704.377.7686 and ask for the Wine Department.

Ormanni Wine Dinner
Corkbuzz Charlotte | Wednesday, September 13 | 6:30 p.m.

Hailing from the Tuscany region in Italy, and a winery dating back to the 13th century, Ormanni World Ambassador Giorgio Rocco will lead this four-course wine dinner. Menu highlights include grass fed flank steak, pork belly and a roasted cauliflower, lobster and plum Salad. $90 per person. Reserve your seat online.

Live Music Fridays
JP Charlotte | Beginning Friday, September 15 | 5-7 p.m.

The first Live Music Friday Series at JP Charlotte kicks off this week on the terrace. Head over for live music, half off appetizers, specialty cocktails and specials on beer and wine.

Southern Tier Beer Dinner
The Liberty | Friday, September 15 | 6:30 p.m.

Don’t miss your chance to sip on one of the rarest brews in the south (Southern Tier’s Belgian Sleeper) at this special dinner celebrating the brewery. Dine on three courses, each paired with a Southern Tier brew, plus enjoy a reception. View the menu here. $40 per person.

Pig & Pilsner
Vivace Charlotte | September 17 | 4:30 – 9 p.m.

Feel the pride of the Queen City after the Carolina Panthers’ first home game at Vivace’s inaugural Pig & Pilsner. Executive Chef Caputo will be serving a menu worthy of a post-game toast featuring pesto-rubbed slow smoked whole pig, housemade pickled vegetables, tomatoes salad, grilled corn and fig panzanella and polenta fries. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery joins in with $3 OMB Captain Jack Pilsner and gluten-free Glutenburg Pale Ale. $25 per person.

Panthers Tailgate
Westin Charlotte Courtyard | Sunday, September 17 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Get ready for the Panthers’ first home game of the season in the Westin Charlotte Courtyard. Feast on food truck fare from Bebo’s Mac Truck, The Dumpling Girls and Papa Robbs Paradise Ice, along with BBQ from the Westin. Wash it down with NoDa Brewing beer and Jim Beam specials, corn hole and a broadcast of the game.

Mushroom Tasting Menu
Heirloom | Sunday, September 17 | 6:30 p.m.

Discover Chef Clark Barlowe’s favorite mushrooms as he prepares a five-course tasting menu for guests on September 17. Here’s a sneak peek at the menu. $60 per person, $85 with wine pairings.

Southern Beer + Southern Food
The Asbury | Monday, September 18 | 6:30 p.m.

We couldn’t think of a better pairing ourselves. Fluster Brewery and CurEat team up to host this celebration of Southern beer and Southern food. What could be finer? Preview the menu here. $65 per person. Reservations are required online or by calling 704.342.1193.

Charlotte Restaurant Openings and Opening Soon

2433 South Blvd.
This Baja-inspired eatery is slated to open in the next few weeks, reports Charlotte Magazine. Expect a menu of Southern California street food, including tacos nestled in kitchen-made tortillas. Hit the bar for craft beer, high-quality spirits and Bloody Marias and Micheladas featuring house-made clamato juice.

Merchant & Trade rendering

Angeline’s rendering

Don’t mistake these for your typical hotel restaurant and bar. Angeline’s, an Italian-influenced modern American restaurant, and Merchant & Trade, a 19th floor rooftop bar and lounge, are two highly-anticipated additions to Charlotte’s culinary and nightlife scene. Led by Executive Chef Robert Hoffman, Angeline’s will feature a warm and vibrant setting, a bustling look at Third Street from the patio and an intimate dining room. While nineteen stories up, Merchant & Trade offers city views, handcrafted cocktails and music. Both ventures are anticipating an October opening.

Help celebrate Smashburger‘s grand opening with week-long giveaways and events
4444 Park Road

Smashburger is opening its third location in Charlotte with a series of fun events beginning on September 25. Mark your calendars, save up your appetite and support multiple local non-profits!

  • Monday, September 25: “Pay What You Want” from 11am – 2pm  with 100% of proceeds benefitting Thompson Child & Family Focus.
  • Monday, September 25 “Pay What You Want” from 5pm – 8pm  with 100% of proceeds benefitting The Sandbox.
  • Tuesday, September 26 “Pay What You Want” from 11am – 7pm  with 100% of proceeds benefitting Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids.
  • Wednesday, September 27 Free Regular Classic Smashburgers from 11am – 7pm for guests, including an opportunity for the first 100 guests to win Regular Classic Smashburgers for a year.
  • Thursday, September 28 Grand Opening with the full menu being served at regular prices.
Graham St. Pub & Patio is looking to change the game-day scene
400 South Graham St.
With hopes to open within the first few Panthers home games, Graham St. Pub & Patio is a much-anticipated addition to Uptown’s bar scene. Located steps from Bank of America Stadium and near BB&T Ballpark, fans will flock to the rooftop patio (which will feature live music or a DJ on game days) or the TV-lined bar for libations and a menu featuring sliders, skewers, tacos and more.
Tandur Indian Kitchen coming to SouthPark
Journey of the regions of India wen Tandur Indian Kitchen brings its fast-casual concept to Morrison Place.  Charlotte Business Journal has more on the planned expansion.
Locals and wanna-be locals alike await the opening of Hello, Sailor

Turns out we’re not the only ones counting down the days until the unveiling of Joe and Katy Kindred’s new venture. Hello Sailor, which is taking over the old Rusty Rudder space, landed on Eater’s list of “Most Anticipated Restaurant Openings of 2017”. Read more from the Kindred’s and their targeted October opening date.