M5 Modern Mediterranean has conquered the SouthPark dinner crowd with restaurant regulars who include Michael Jordan and Bob Johnson, and now it's trying to carve itself a new niche.
The restaurant is now offering a late-night menu of specialty pizzas ranging from $6 to $12 – almost half the price of the regular menu. A DJ booth has been placed next to the host stand, creating an energetic vibe to the dining room and bar area. DJs spin house music starting at 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Managing partner Mark Darvill says he hopes patrons see the new late-night effort as “a great alternative to going all the way uptown.”
Darvill compares his weekend vision for the restaurant to a cross between Tutto Mondo Lounge in South End and the EpiCentre's Suite, and says he hopes it becomes as popular as Villa Antonio's late-night scene in Ballantyne.
“It seems like between Ballantyne and uptown there's really nothing (in the form of upscale nightlife), and that's why I'm hoping I can get this going,” he says.
Darvill plans to eventually add bottle service, and if the crowd gets a touch of dance fever, tables will be pushed aside.
All the makings of a great restaurant-turned-nightclub are there – a beautifully hip space, knowledgeable bartenders who use fresh ingredients, a thumping beat and upscale bar munchies. I look forward to the concept catching on.
Theater opening Dec. 12
The highly anticipated opening of the movie theater uptown has been pushed back. The EpiCentre theater is now scheduled to open Dec. 12. Also opening the same weekend: Mez, a restaurant adjoining the theater that will serve food to moviegoers.
According to a report from the Observer's Nichole Monroe Bell, the theater will feature an upscale atmosphere where food is allowed and VIP seats and love seats can be reserved. After 7 p.m., alcoholic beverages are allowed and the theater will open only to moviegoers over 21.