Openings, Closings, Coming Soon, Events, New Menus and More Charlotte Restaurant News for September 2023

With the end of summer comes familiar routines. Keep your back-to-school and work routines fresh by mixing in visits to these just opened and opening soon restaurants, plus a dash of the latest news and events.

Openings & Closings

Coquette – Open now in Uptown

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Mother Earth Group’s new French pâtisserie and restaurant, Coquette, is officially open for dinner in Uptown with limited reservations and walk-ins available for their chef’s signature take on traditional French dishes such as Duck Fat Fried Chicken and Coq au Vin Blanc, as well as unique and creative dishes like Foie Gras French Toast. The menu features an assortment of charcuterie and fromage as well as a selection of fresh seafood from their raw bar as well.

Pizza Baby – Open now in Wesley Heights

Feed your pizza craving with a stop to Pizza Baby, from the team behind Flour Shop. Guests can expect New York-style specialty and classic pizzas, sharable starters, sandwiches and signature cocktails.

Lebowski’s Neighborhood Grill – Re-opened in Dilworth

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This neighborhood favorite is back with brand new menus and aesthetic updates throughout the refreshed space. But some things always stay the same – you can still expect to find each Buffalo Bills game on the screens!

Frothy Beard Brewing Company – Open now in South End

This South Carolina brewery opened the doors of its first North Carolina location in South End. Guests can help celebrate with full-flavored beers and a kitchen that’s expected to open soon.

The Punch Room – Open now in Uptown

Raise a glass. The Punch Room is back serving elevated drinks on the fifteenth floor of the Ritz-Carlton.

Muraya – Coming soon to South End

Coming soon to the former Hot Taco spot, Muraya will lean on Colombian flavors but guests will find dishes a bit more elevated than other traditional fare. Expect twists on classic Colombian dishes, a cocktail lounge and outdoor seating.

Babe & Butcher – Opening soon in Montford

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Just in time for fall soirées and holiday gatherings, Babe and Butcher will open soon in Park Road Shopping Center. Stop in for a variety of charcuterie products, freshly pressed panini sandwiches and a retail section perfect for that last minute hostess gift.

Que Fresa – Coming soon to Uptown

Que Fresa, a trendy taqueria that opened in Summer of 2022 in Wesley Heights, is expanding. Que Fresa’s second location will be opening in Fall 2023 in Uptown. The menu will mirror the Wesley Heights location, where guests can expect a unique but approachable menu, a $9.95 lunch menu and all-day weekend brunch.

Cuzzo’s Cuisine – Coming soon to Charlotte Premium Outlets

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Soon, you’ll be able to take a well-deserved break from shopping at the outlets with Southern-style food from Cuzzo’s Cuisine. The popular food truck turned brick-and-mortar will open a location inside the food court at the Charlotte Premium Outlets this month.

Joan’s Bakery and Deli – Opening soon in Metropolitan

A new concept from Rare Roots Hospitality, Joan’s Bakery and Deli, is coming this fall to Metropolitan. The bakery and deli will combine the restaurant group’s best-known desserts with the food from a familiar Jewish deli pop-up, Meshugganah. Chef Rob Clement, the former executive chef of The Porter’s House who created Meshugganah, will lead the bakery and bring along his popular staples, including pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, to the Joan’s menu.

Taco Boy – Opening soon in LoSo

Well-known (and loved) around the Charleston area, Taco Boy will soon have a home here in the Queen City. The newest opening joins locations in Folly Beach, downtown Charleston, Summervile, SC and West Asheville.

Just Announced: 3rd and Fernwood, a new Bayhaven Restaurant, coming to Metropolitan this fall

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Coming soon from Bayhaven Restaurant Group, 3rd & Fernwood will draw from African and Southern American influences to provide new takes on Southern-style meals and dishes. Plus, there will be a speakeasy with a separate entrance.


  • Dogwood: will be replaced by The Fox and Falcon by David Burke
  • Heirloom: Closing to public dining to focus on catering and private events
  • Cantina 1511: Closed both Park Road and Mooresville locations
  • Catawba Brewing Co: still open in AVL
  • Red Salt by David Burke: opening new concept The Fox and Falcon later this year
  • The Dunavant

Charlotte Restaurant News to Note

Pumpkin shake, National Chocolate Shake Day, National Double Cheeseburger Day & More at Ace No. 3

  • 9/4: NEW Seasonal Shake: On 9/4, they’re launching: “Hey, Pumkin!” made with vanilla soft serve, pumpkin pie syrup, whipped cream, graham cracker crumble.
  • 9/12: National Chocolate Shake Day: Join any Ace No. 3 location for National Chocolate Shake Day. They’re celebrating with $3 Chocolate Shakes All Day and $1 off of any Chocolate Boozees (Choc N’ Screwed or Create-Your-Own). Available ALL day on 9/12. In store only.
  • 9/15: National Double Cheeseburger Day: Aaaaandd the celebration continues with National Double Cheeseburger Day on Friday, Sept. 15th. In honor of this incredible holiday, enjoy a double cheeseburger (this includes the classic Ace burger!), a side of fries (no substitutions), and a Narragansett or soft serve ice cream combo for just $15 (tax inclusive). Valid all day at any Ace No. 3 location on 9/15. In store only.

Sea Level‘s Rising Tide Cocktail

Raise your glass and do good with this month’s Rising Tide Cocktail at Sea Level. The Barrel Aged Boulevardier, available from 9/4 to 10/1, is made with Old Forester Bourbon, Cappalleti, and Cocchi Torino. 20% of proceeds will benefit nonprofit, Joy International, an organization dedicated to the prevention of child trafficking and to the freedom, healing, and empowerment of trafficked children, teens, and young adults worldwide.

Duckworth’s: your Fantasy Football destination

Gear up for Fantasy Football season, because Duckworth’s offers reservations through Sept. 8. Details: 

  • League Commissioner will receive a $35 gift card to use on future visits and 10 beer club points
  • Free Wifi
  • Duckworth’s will allow you to hook into one of their TV’s for live drafts

Gameday fun, live music & more at 401 Social

Located at East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and South Caldwell Street, 401 Social is the perfect gathering spot, with an inventive cocktail lineup, approachable menu and live music 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays.

Plus, 401 Social is stepping up its game on home game days ~ they’re opening their doors early at 1 pm, so you can kick off the festivities and indulge in the ultimate gameday experience with Panthers season specials like Hot Honey, BBQ, Mediterranean and Buffalo wings, beer bucket specials and pizza selections.

Round Up for Pediatric Cancer at Napa Kingsley

For the whole month of September, you will have the option to “round up” your meal tab.

New menu items at Link & Pin

Make reservations now to enjoy the latest menu additions at Link & Pin (and stay for dessert, we hear the new handmade donuts are ridiculously yummy.) New menu items include:

  • Shareable Sides (serves 2-3)
    • Grilled Asparagus- comes with a hollandaise sauce | Haricots Verts | Roasted Carrots | Onion Ring “Loaf” | Sautéed Mushrooms
  • New Dry Aged Steaks
    • Dry-aged porterhouse for 2 | Dry-aged porterhouse Ribeye/Delmonico
  • Steak and Chop Add Ons & Sauces
    • Lobster Tail | Shrimp | Bernaise Sauce | Truffle Butter | Hollandaise | Horseradish Aioli |Cognac Peppercorn
  • New Dishes
    • Faroe Islands Salmon- choice of simply seasoned or blackened | Caesar Salad | Wedge Salad | Bone-in Berkshire Pork Chop | Yard Bird – Confit Roasted Half Chicken
  • New Dessert
    • House made donuts

Enjoy specials lakeside at The Port City Club by David Burke

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Whether you’re looking for a mid-week break, tasty brunch or sweet treat on the weekend, Port City Club is your destination for lakeside fun. Here’s what should be on your radar:

  • Swing by midweek for Burger & Taco Night, Wednesdays beginning at 4 pm.
  • Elevate your brunch with choices including Caramelized Banana French Toast, Fried Chicken & Waffles and Steak & Egg Frites.
  • Kick back and unwind to the local live music lineup Saturdays 6 – 9 pm. Indulge in dessert heaven with treats including Key Lime Cheesecake, Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Sliders, Banana Pudding Ice Cream Sundae, Cheesecake Pops and Flaming Laked Alaska.

New sushi roll for good at The Cowfish and eeZ

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The Cowfish and eeZ have partnered with local nonprofit Dream On 3 to help Dream Recipients, ages 5-21 years old who are living with a life altering condition, have their sports dreams become a reality. Tthe Huddle Roll features tuna, kani salad, English cucumber and tempura flakes inside. Tuna, avocado and ebi shrimp are on the outside, topped with wasabi mayo and multicolored tobiko. During September and October, $5 from each $23 Huddle Roll sold will go directly to Dream On 3 to help bring customized experiences to those in need.

Order now off of YAFO’s Rosh Hashana menu

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YAFO is making it easy with an order online, pick up in store Rosh Hashana menu. Order online by September 10 and schedule for pick up on September 14th or 15th from YAFO East Boulevard (this location only.) All items are sold cold with reheating instructions from Chef Shai.

Negronis for a cause at Bulla Gastrobar

National Negroni Week is coming up, and Bulla Gastrobar is celebrating in a big way. From Friday, September 18 through Saturday, September 30, Bulla Gastrobar is serving Negronis for a Cause. Guests can order their choice of a Spanish or Bianco Negroni, and for every one ordered, Bulla Gastrobar is donating $1 to Slow Food.

Foodie Events

Oyster Roast – The Waterman Fish Bar x 26 Acres Brewing x Bags of Hope LKN
Sept. 9 | Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Co.

Sail over to Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Co. for their inaugural Fall Oyster Roast & Fundraiser featuring tide-to-table, wild oysters from The Waterman Fish Bar. Enjoy 2 dozen oysters ($30) served with fresh lemon, house-made cocktail, and hot sauce. You can also add-on a bowl of clam chowder to your ticket. Craft beer and hard cider will be available for purchase a la carte. Plus, there will be live music to enjoy. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit Bags of Hope. Bags of Hope seeks to bring hope to the Lake Norman and greater Charlotte area by supplying free weekend food provisions to school children who experience food insecurity.

Waterman’s 9/23 NoDa Raw Bar Pop Up

Join The Waterman Sat, Sept 23rd at NoDa Brewing (North End location) for a Raw Bar and Maker’s Market CLT Pop Up. SIP delicious craft brews, SLURP oysters on the half, and SHOP ‘til you drop from over a dozen local crafters and vendors! They’ll be shucking 500 oysters from 2pm-til gone. 

Wine Tasting at Napa Kingsley
✨ Wednesday, September 13th @ 6:00PM
✨ $25++ per person
✨ 4 Unique Wines
✨ Charcuterie Meats & Cheeses To Nosh On
✨ 10% discount on your meal if you stay for dinner after the tasting.

Call today to reserve your seats (803) 548-6335 or reserve online on Open Table here.

Locations Wine Dinner
Sept. 21 | Port City Club by David Burke

A Locations Wine representative and The Port City Club’s Executive Chef will walk you through the featured wines and carefully curated menu. Four Courses plus Amuse paired with five Location wines. Expect an intimate dining experience, great conversation and a relaxing evening learning about great wine and great food.

“A Vulcan & a Jedi Walk into a Bar….”
Supperland Speakeasy | Through Nov. 11

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Reserve your spot now for the speakeasy at Supperland’s newest cocktail tasting menu. It will be available September 7 through November 11 Thursdays – Saturdays with seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. $160 per person.

New “Thursday Night Flights” at Peppervine

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Join Peppervine every Thursday from 5-9 pm for an extraordinary experience of Wine Flights, Tequila Flights, and exclusive Coravin pours of high-end wines. Immerse yourself in a journey of flavors as you savor carefully-curated wine and tequila flights, designed to tantalize your taste buds, expand your palate and – well, help get a nice, stylish buzz on toward the end of the week.