Now Open & Opening Soon, BOGO Jeni’s & More. Your Charlotte Food News for September

New Charlotte Restaurants NOW OPEN

Emmy Squared Pizza opens THIS THURSDAY 9/9 at 1508 Central Ave in Plaza Midwood. Detroit style pizza and a pretty hot looking burger & sandwich line up plus cocktails, salads, these cheese fries and more. My family is stoked.

Emmy Squared initially opening hours Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays 5-10pm | Fridays and Saturdays 5-11pm

White Duck Taco opened a 2nd CLT location last week in Matthews, and we’re wearing the tracks out on our tires. Open for dine in, order online or call for pickup, located at 131 E. John St. in downtown Matthews.

A new bubble tea shop, Boba Boba Cafe, has opened at CENTRO RAILYARD at 1425 Winnifred Street, Suite 114 with soft open hours of Sunday to Thursday | 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Lots of drinks we can’t wait to try.

Tifa Chocolate & Gelato the Ballantyne dessert cafe is NOW OPEN Sunday-Thursday: 10:00am-10:00pm and Friday-Saturday: 10:00am-11:00pm. Coffee & cookies, pastries, chocolate and of course dozens of flavors of gelato and sorbetto made in house. This looks amazing.

Pepperbox Donuts opened its 2nd CLT location in NoDa at 2810 N. Davidson in mid-August. This peach fritter tho.

Rocket Pizza has opened the first of its planned several locations, this one in Wesley Heights near the BOA stadium. Next up is a spot in Plaza Midwood. Go for this New Haven CT style pizza with thin crust & fresh toppings. (or get delivery via doordash and grubhub)

Novelty House Rooftop cocktail bar has opened atop the Binaco tower in the  @5thstreetdistrict at 123 E.5th Street. Boasting a flower selfie wall, membership, a dress code, etc. it’s all the buzz on instagram.

RePour CLT is a new Craft Beer, Wine and Prosecco spot located inside the Innovation Barn at 932 Seigle Ave with a goal of supporting local and targeting zero waste.

Lauren at @restaurant_aholic shares her take on a few August openings, including three new experiences to Uptown brought to us by the new J.W. Marriot Hotel:

Caroline’s Oyster Bar – A dreamy take on coastal seafood celebrating the neighborhood charm and fresh flavors of the North Carolina coast. Uptown’s newest anchor is set by a 360-degree centerpiece bar, breezy outdoor patio, and charming Carolina-style raw bar.

Dean’s Italian Steakhouse – A classic American steakhouse with Italian expression set in a modern, rustic open space. Dean’s features a show kitchen where guests can watch American Wagyu Beef and other prime cuts – as well as authentic homemade pasta dishes – being prepared.

Aura Rooftop – Follow the glow five stories high to the rooftop bar, a place inspired by the regal aura of Queen Charlotte herself. The views reflecting off of the mirror-like exterior reflects the city back onto itself. Softened by lush greenery, Aura is similar to English gardens and conservatories. The menu features botanical craft cocktails, boutique wines and small bites.

Mizu – This Japanese restaurant opened in mid August to offer a refreshed take on live-fire cooking atop the Hyatt Centric Hotel in the heart of the SouthPark neighborhood. The rooftop restaurant combines the traditions of ancient Japanese cooking with Southern influences and Asian flavors. Steered by the O-KU chef, we expect nothing but great things.

Island Fin Poke – This BYOB (build your own bowl) Poke restaurant is now open in Berewick Town Center in South Charlotte. A quick, casual restaurant that serves Hawaiian-style poke in a cool-casual environment, transporting you from every day to a surf- shack on the beach. From their homemade sauces, 25 toppings, and sustainably sourced fish, you will be tasting the flavors of the islands.

Opening Soon

Jinya Ramen Bar is opening soon, this month for sure, in the new Ally Center Uptown. Out of LA, Jinya is also opening a SouthPark location later this fall. Known for its slow-cooked approach to ramen, made from broths simmered for 20 hours in-house, Jinya will offer over a dozen ramen choices plus buns, tempura, gyoza & more.

Mariposa at the Mint will open this month replacing Halcyon in a new iteration. Mariposa, Spanish for butterfly, will be a multicultural culinaria, representing an evolution for both the restaurant space and creator Jill Marcus of Mother Earth Group. The centerpiece of the Mariposa menu will be mezze, a North African and Mediterranean concept of small dishes meant to be shared, and experienced by everyone at the table. With executive chef Jonathan Moore leading the kitchen, dishes will include Lamb Belly Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Ceviche Aguachile, Piri Piri Chicken, Heirloom Tomato & Burrata Tart, Gullah Paella, and more.

via Mariposa

The Woodlawn Chick Fil A will open in the next week per Axios Charlotte, which sites a Sept 9th anticipated opening for the new drive thru only location.


The Royal Tot
 is opening a popup bar, Rumaway Cove, in early September at the new hotel Refuge on Central. The bar will be open a couple months, at least, potentially longer depending on construction progress at the permanent space for The Royal Tot (which is currently under construction and targeting a November opening). This is a unique opportunity for The Royal Tot to begin connecting with guests and testing recipes ahead of its opening at 933 Louise Ave. this Fall.

The Royal Tot – Plaid Penguin – LunahZon Photography

Food Events in September

Insomnia Cookies is hosting a PJ Party

Insomnia Cookies’ annual PJ Party is on Monday, 9/13 from 9pm – 1am. There will be free cookies, giveaways and the release of a new, but very nostalgic, breakfast-inspired Cereal N Milk cookie. It’s made with Fruity Pebbles cereal, marshmallows and white chocolate chips, and will join the Everything Bagel and Cinnamon Bun cookies as part of their limited-time breakfast lineup.

Ace #3 Shake Breaks are here to stay

Ace’s ‘Shake Break’ features soft serve milkshakes for just $2.50 every weekday from 2-4pm.  Both classic and seasonal flavors are included in this promotion: vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and cookies + cream. Shakes are served with optional whipped cream and a giant eco-friendly paper straw. No purchase necessary to enjoy this deal, and Shake Break is available for both Dine In + To-Go.

Jeni’s Gives Out BOGO Cones On Wednesdays during September

During the month of September you can get a free kid’s cone only on WEDNESDAYS when you purchase an adult cone at Jeni’s Splendid ice cream. One kids cone per adult cone purchase.


Cheats Cheesesteaks
Pop Up on 9/13

It’s already half way sold out for Cheats next event at @protagonistbeer Southend. We got our reserves.

Duck Donuts Fall Flavors & Gabe’s Chemo Duck Fundraiser this Month

The Fall flavors are now available in Duck DonutsCharlotte stores in Dilworth and Huntersville, including Apple Cobbler, Apple Pie, Pumpkin Roll, Pumpkin Streusel, Coffee Cake and Maple Bacon. 
Also, Duck Donuts has launched its fifth annual franchise-wide Quack Gives Back Campaign supporting Gabe’s Chemo Duck Program, a Nashville-based nonprofit whose mission is to help alleviate fear and anxiety in children undergoing cancer treatment. Throughout September, Duck Donuts’ guests can help provide huggable hope to families who are fighting childhood cancer by simply donating a dollar at checkout.

Each guest who donates will write their name on a ribbon icon that will be proudly displayed in the store for the duration of the month. As an added thank you, donors will also receive a coupon for a free donut during their next visit.

The Food Trucks are Back at the Charlotte Airport Overlook

Fridays through Sundays, weather permitting, there will be a food truck or two at the overlook. Specific trucks by day at the link above.

Euphoria Greenville is Mostly SOLD OUT

This sell-out Food, Wine and Music Festival in Greenville SC September 16-19, 2021 only has one event with tickets left, the big one on Saturday with info & tix here.

Mecktoberfest happens in September

Get a jump on the Oktoberfesting with Olde Meck’s Mecktoberfest ~ September 17-19 and September 24-26. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 am. to 10 p.m. on Sundays. READ MORE HERE.

Mark Your Calendar and Get Your Tickets Now to Everyone’s Fave Fall Food Fest, South End Wine and Hops Fest. Wine, Art, Rosés & Mimosas, Music, Cider & Brews & more.

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