A new month in Charlotte means new menus, cocktails, tasty events and sadly, a few closures, in our culinary scene. Prep your palate for the best in June eats:
OPENINGS AND CLOSINGS
Rosemont Bar – Open now
The closing of Wu’s Cajun Seafood made room for Rosemont, a classic bar serving up bar bites, fried favorites and fun drinks including “Frozemont” slushees, adult Capri Suns and spiked milkshakes. View the menu here. Expect live music and happy hour specials.
Undercurrent Coffee – Open now
2012 Commonwealth Avenue
Founder and Owner Todd Huber has opened Undercurrent Coffee, a cafe and educational lab, in Plaza Midwood. Expect options featuring local and regional coffee partners and cold brews on tap. Undercurrent also serves pastries, breakfast bowls, toasts and salads for breakfast and lunch, sourcing seasonal ingredients from local farms and purveyors.
Bulla Gastrobar – Opening soon
4310 Sharon Rd., Suite W01.
Bulla Gastrobar, known for its traditional Spanish tapas and creative cocktails, is set to open this month in SouthPark. Expect a classic Spanish gastrobar feel and authentic dishes with modern touches like cured meats from Spain, Gambas Al Ajillo with sautéed shrimp, garlic and guindilla, Serrano ham croquettes and fig jelly and paella.
Whole Foods Uptown – Opening June 13
400 E. Stonewall St.
The much-anticipated Whole Foods Market Uptown will open in the new Stonewall Station development in June 13. The location will feature a wine and beer bar, Genji sushi station, pizza bar, coffee bar and signature prepared food options.
Gusto Farm to Street – Opening soon
4400 Sharon Rd.
Gusto Farm to Street will soon be serving chef-created or custom crafted fast-fired pizzas and fresh salads in SouthPark mall. Be one of the first to taste the menu at their street celebration on June 10, where they will be offering free lunch 1-3:30 p.m. and donating to Friendship Gardens.
Brewers at 4001 Yancey – Opening soon
4001 Yancey Road
This joint craft beer venture from Southern Tier and Victory Brewing is on pace to open soon. Expect new offerings from both beer brands, a massive taproom and expansive outdoor area.
Georges Brasserie – Closed
This beloved Piedmont Row favorite served their final brunch over Memorial Day weekend, the Giorgios Hospitality Group confirmed in a statement.
Suki Akor – Closed
The Japanese steak and sushi restaurant in the new Embassy Suites Hotel in Uptown closed suddenly after opening in March.
Lumiere – Closed
A Myers Park go-to has also shuttered its doors. Chef Tom Condron confirmed in a Facebook post that Lumiere French Kitchen has closed after five years.
Davidson Street Public House – Closed
This NoDa spot for craft beer, cocktails and live jazz has closed.
NEW & NOTEWORTHY
New menus and specials at Upstream from Executive Chef/Partner Gene Kato
It’s the perfect time to discover (or rediscover) the seafood and sushi offerings at Upstream from Executive Chef/Partner Gene Kato and Proprietor Tripp Cagle. The restaurant’s new lunch, brunch and dinner menus feature new bar bites and Asian-inspired fare. Try “The Rock”, a perfectly sliced New York Strip with a soy ginger marinade cooked tableside on a hot rock.
Make plans to visit during the following weekly events:
Monday: $1.00 East Coast Oysters on the half shell all day and $5 wines by the glass.
Tuesday: Drink local and enjoy special pricing on North Carolina’s best craft beers.
Wednesday: Half price Sake bottles and house sangria, red or white.
Thursday: $5 red or white glasses of Upstream’s famous Southern Sangria. Plus, unlimited select sushi from 4 – 7 p.m. in the bar and on the patio, $24.95 per person.
Tuesday – Sunday: Half off select bottles of wine and half price oysters from 4 – 7 p.m. in the bar.
WP Kitchen + Bar welcomes summer with new seasonal cocktails
The popular SouthPark dining and cocktail destination has refreshing new cocktails just in time for summer. Grab them for just $6 each on Thursdays.
Summer Thyme Lemonade – A light and refreshing mix of Absolut Citron, house made thyme syrup and lemonade.
Sweet Emotion – Fresh brewed ice tea paired with Jim Beam, a hint of lemon and a dash of mint syrup.
Pink Kool-aid – Hendricks gin, Amarena cherry essence, lemon juice and mineral water.
Mas De Daumas Gassac Wine Dinner
Wednesday, June 6 | Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Significantly step up your wine game with this tasting dinner led by the professionals at Corkbuzz Charlotte. $90 per person. Preview the featured wines below and view the menu here.
Sake and Sushi Tasting
Thursday, June 7 | Vin Master Wine Shop | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Explore the world of sake, from sweet and fruit-infused to dry and sparkling. Taste five sakes and nibble on sushi and appetizers. $25 per person. email [email protected] or call 704.307.5565 to reserve your spot.
A Night At The Musuem
Thursday, June 7 | Charlotte Museum of History | 6 – 9 p.m.
Six local chefs team up with the Charlotte Museum of History for a feast inspired by museum exhibits as they fundraise for the launch of the Urban Farm At Aldersgate. Dine on courses created by the chefs of Heirloom, The Yolk, Project 658, Yafo, 5 Church and Fern, wine and beer from Dover Vineyard, Shelton Vineyard and Resident Culture Brewing Company, and a specialty beverage crafted by Bob Peters. $125 per person.
Taste of Charlotte
June 8 – 10 | Uptown Charlotte
This three-day festival features over 100 samples from local restaurants, live music, kids activities, cooking demos, street performances and more. Find a new favorite or support your long-standing go-to by visiting booths lining the Uptown streets. Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Andre Mack Wine Dinner
Monday, June 11 | The Porter’s House | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Discover Mouton Noir wines with winemaker Andre Mack at this five-course wine and dinner pairing. $60 per guest.
A Charlotte Dinner with NC Fine Wines
Monday, June 11 | Heirloom | 6 – 9 p.m.
Heirloom Restaurant and NC Fines Wines team up for this six-course tasting menu showcasing the best in North Carolina wine. $85 per person.
Trefethen Wine Dinner
Tuesday, June 12 | Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Taste a number of Trefethen wines and dine on a five-course menu at Corkbuzz’s Trefethen Wine Dinner. Featured wines include Dry Riesling 2016, Chardonnay 2016, Merlot 2014 and Dragon’s Tooth 2015. Preview the menu here. $90 per person.
Woodford Reserve Release Party
Friday, June 15 | JP Charlotte Patio at The Westin Charlotte | 5 – 7 p.m.
Join JP Charlotte for the release of Insert Name Here & Triple J’s, their two new custom Woodford Reserve blends. The patio reception includes live music from Elonzo Wesley, a bourbon bar and bourbon inspired dishes. Free admission.
Friday, June 15 | Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Go back to basics in this wine class that lets participants taste their way through wine regions, varietals and styles. Learn about proper wine storage, decanting, wine production, food pairings and more. $50 per person.
Taste of the Mint | Last Look at ‘Develar y Detonar’
Saturday, June 16 | The Mint Museum Uptown | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Art, food and wine meet in this perfect girl’s night out. First, join Dr. Jon Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American Modern & Contemporary Art, on a tour of the special exhibition Develar y Detonar: Contemporary Mexican Photography, then enjoy three small plate and wine tastings at Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth. $45 per person, 25% off for Mint members.
Booker’s Bourbon Dinner
Monday, June 18 | Angeline’s | 7 p.m.
Start off your week with a chef-crafted four-course menu paired perfectly with Booker’s Bourbon cocktails. $75 per person. Book through OpenTable. Preview the menu:
Confit Rabbit & Chicken Liver, Pistachio, Taralli, Peach Mostardo
Ricotta Gnudi- Fried Gnudi, Pickled Ramp, Sweet Corn Puree, Pickled Hot Pepper
Braised Short Rib, Wood Fired Zucchini & Eggplant, Truffled Polenta, Wild Spinach
Bourbon, Chocolate, Marsala, Pickled Currants, Compressed Berries
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