The owners of 5Church – which has developed into one of uptown Charlotte’s hottest restaurants since opening in May 2012 – are expanding their concept by heading about 200 miles south.
Charlotte-based MAP Management this week announced plans to open 5Church Charleston in early summer 2015 at Market and East Bay streets in Charleston’s downtown historic district. It will be the hospitality group’s third restaurant, after 5Church and Nan & Byron’s in SouthEnd.
The Charlotte 5Church is at Fifth and Church streets on the north end of uptown; the Charleston location will hew to the name by virtue of being located in an old church with stained glass windows (across from Old City Market). The spot was formerly Mad River Bar & Grille.
Alejandro Torio of MAP Management said the new location will adopt a similar “neo-Victorian decor,” and noted that artist Jon Norris has already been commissioned to paint the entire text of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” on the Charleston ceiling – a trademark of the Charlotte location.
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5Church will be joining The Cowfish among a shortlist of independent Charlotte-based restaurants of note to expand beyond North Carolina. The Cowfish Orlando just recently opened to much fanfare in Orlando’s Universal CityWalk.