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Delta's closes its Charlotte restaurant

By Glenn Burkins
Q City Metro

Less than two years after it opened as an upscale restaurant offering Southern cuisine and live music, Delta’s closed its uptown location Tuesday, leaving only a notice announcing its departure.

A sign posted on the restaurant’s door thanked its customers and said the N. Tryon Street establishment would not reopen.

“You have welcomed us with open arms, southern[sic] hospitality and loyalty since we opened…But unfortunately at this time our doors are now Closing[sic] effective immediately,” the notice read.

The closing came five months after Nana’s Uptown, another black-owned restaurant, closed its Gateway Village location. Nana’s original location in southwest Charlotte remains open.

Delta’s opened in April 2012 amid considerable fanfare and high expectations. It’s ribbon cutting was attended by a handful of invited guests, including U.S. Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald Carter.

In a 2012 interview with Qcitymetro.com, co-owner Joshua Suggs described the establishment as a “Southern cuisine, live R&B, jazz supper club.”

Suggs and a business partner opened their first Delta’s in December 1999 in New Brunswick, N.J., attracting a clientele that was about 80 percent African American, he said.

When scouting for a second location, Suggs said, the partners also considered Houston and Atlanta. They chose Charlotte, he said, because the city had a combination of favorable demographics and affordable rental rates.

“We were looking for an area that had an affluent African American population as well as affluent others that would support a restaurant like this,” he said.

Items on the Delta’s dinner menu ranged in price from $14 to $25.

Suggs could not be reached late Tuesday for comment. A call to the Brunswick location found it still open.

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