31 Charlotte Restaurant Openings We’re Excited About for 2022

We’re officially in 2022, and our sights are set on the most anticipated openings coming to the Charlotte food scene. Ready your appetite with our season-by-season breakdown of the spots we’re excited to try this year.

Winter Openings Planned

Bird Pizzeria

Open now: 510 E 15th St.

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Now open in Optimist Park, Bird Pizzeria serves to-go pies from a takeaway window. Dine al fresco on those warmer winter days.

PARA Charlotte

Coming soon (Jan 19) to: South End (235 W Tremont Ave Suite 100)

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Alex Verica, formerly of Heritage Food & Drink, Dot Dot Dot and The Stanley, will take the helm at PARA when it opens next week in South End. Reservations are now live on Resy. Grab your table starting January 19.

Bagel Boys

Coming soon (mid January) to: South Charlotte (Waverly development)

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Soon you’ll be able to get your New York bagel fix without leaving South Charlotte. Bagel Boys is opening soon in the Waverly development.


Coming soon to: Davidson (winter 2022) and Plaza Midwood (summer 2022)

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Fans of the beloved Milkbread at Davidson’s Kindred restaurant will have two more reasons to look forward to 2022. Joe and Katy Kindred will open two all day Milkbread cafes, one in Davidson and the other in Plaza Midwood.

Gilde Brewery

Coming soon to: South End 

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Soon, you won’t have to grab your passport to experience an authentic German brewery experience. One of Germany’s oldest beer makers, Gilde, will open in South End in the coming months. On tap expect a Pilsner (their flagship brew), a pale wheat, lemon Sadler and more.

Dave’s Hot Chicken Plaza Midwood

Coming soon to: Plaza Midwood 

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Grab Nashville-style hot chicken from this LA-based chain when they open soon in the heart of Plaza Midwood.

Link & Pin Arboretum

Coming soon to: South Charlotte (The Arboretum Shopping Center)

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South Charlotte residents can look forward to the upcoming opening of Link & Pin, which will open its third location in the Arboretum shopping center.

Bar à Vins

Coming soon to: NoDa

This approachable wine bar from sommeliers Natalie Stewart (Fin & Fino) and Jeff Kellogg is sure to be a hit in the super walkable section of NoDa.

The Crust Pizza (South End & Parktowne Village)

Coming soon to: South End (former Mr. K’s location) and Parktowne Village

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Be on the lookout for this Naples-based pizza spot that will open in the former Mr. K’s space in South End. Expect midwest-style pizza, salads, subs and more.

Amma’s Pizza and Cheesesteaks

Coming soon to: Cherry (601 South Kings Dr.)

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From the team behind Mama Ricotta’s, Amma’s Pizza and Cheesesteaks will offer New York-style pizzas, Philly-style cheesesteaks and more.

Benny Ferrovia’s

Coming soon to: South End 

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Fans of Benny Pennello’s in NoDa will soon have another way to satisfy their pizza craving. Benny Ferrovia’s will serve its iconic 28-inch pizzas in South End near Common Market and Bang Bang Burgers.

La Capital

Coming to: South End (1910 South Boulevard)

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Coming to the former Luciano’s space, La Capital hopes to become a hot spot in South End offering elevated Mexican fare and a wide variety of tequilas.

The Waterman Lake Norman

Coming soon to: Cornelius

Make plans for a cocktail and oyster night or happy hour soon when The Waterman is opening in Cornelius this year.

Spring Openings Projected

Early Girl Eatery

Coming soon to: South End’s Dimensional Place building

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This Asheville go-to is coming to Charlotte, bringing fresh takes on home-cooked classics. Opening March 22.

Leo’s Italian Social

Coming soon to: SouthPark 

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Coming in March to Piedmont Town Center, Leo’s Italian Social will begin serving chef-driven cuisine and wine in the former Brio space.

Salted Melon Market & Eatery

Coming soon to: South End 

From the creators of Reid’s Fine Foods, Salted Melon Market & Eatery will offer a fresh take on “elevated convenience” and gourmet health food options on the ground floor of the Lowe’s tower in South End.

Uptown Yolk

Coming soon to: South End

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Following the restaurant’s closing at the 7th Street Market in early 2021, Subrina and Greg Collier will re-open The Uptown Yolk at The Vantage South End in spring 2022.

Weathered Souls Brewing

Coming soon to: South End

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In late spring, San Antonio-based Weathered Souls Brewing Co. will open its second location on Clanton Road.

Snooze AM SouthPark

Coming soon to: SouthPark 

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SouthPark will soon be home to the newest location of Snooze AM Eatery, which is already a hotspot in South End and Plaza Midwood.

Condado Tacos

Coming soon to: South End

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This build-your-own and specialty taco chain is coming to South End this May.

Ever Andalo

Coming soon to: NoDa (formerly Crepe Cellar)

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Fans of Crepe Cellar may be sad about the NoDa staple shutting its doors, but the same team will re-open a new concept in the coming months focused on homemade Italian food.

Summer Openings Planned

Maíz, Agua, Sal

Coming to: Lower Tuck

The team behind Craft Growler Shop and Lincoln Street Kitchen & Cocktails will open a new Tortilleria and agave bar with Uptown views in the Lower Tuck neighborhood featuring freshly-pressed tortillas.

Tenants at Gibson Mill Market

Coming to: Concord (325 McGill Ave NW.)

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Popular hotspot Gibson Mill will welcome a number of new tenants this summer, including Barcos Raw Bar, Cara’s Cookie Co., Kuni’s Kitchen and more.

Fall and Later in 2022 


Coming to: Cornelius (20823 N Main St.)

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Haven’t made it to VANA in South End just yet? Soon you’ll be able to enjoy their wood-fired specialities at the lake when another VANA location opens in Cornelius.

Suffolk Punch SouthPark

Coming to: SouthPark Mall 

As part of a major revamping, Suffolk Punch will open a second indoor/outdoor location at SouthPark mall. Expect doors to open late summer or early fall.

Saucy Brew Works

Coming to: Dilworth

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Be on the lookout for this part seven-room Airbnb, part brewery when it opens toward the end of the year in Dilworth.


Coming to: Various locations TBD 

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Delaware-based sandwich shop Capriotti’s plans to add up to ten locations in the Charlotte area to add to the recently opened spot in Fort Mill. Stay tuned for location announcements as we learn more.

Opening Dates TBD

The Penguin Dilworth (east Blvd)

Coming to: Dilworth (East Boulevard)

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The familiar name of the iconic Plaza Midwood spot will make a re-appearance at a new venture coming soon to Dilworth. Expect a few Penguin staples on the menu alongside new additions.

Southern Strain Brewing

Coming to: Plaza Midwood

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This Concord brewery will open a new location in Plaza Midwood this year. You’ll also be able to see local artwork in the new space.


Allison Hancinhttp://www.allisonhancin.com
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!