Depending on when you go and what you’re there for, these are a few of the things you might see at the EpiCentre in uptown Charlotte:
A $4 hamburger. A $40 steak. A strike. A gutter ball. A great movie. A terrible movie. Live music. Live radio. Photos being developed. Muscles being developed. Someone falling off a mechanical bull. Someone falling over a railing. Charlotte Checkers fans. Charlotte Bobcats fans. Justin Bieber fans. Justin Bieber. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Emily Maynard. Anthony Foxx.
Seven years ago, these 3 acres at College and Trade streets sat on one big hole in the ground, haunted by the ghost of the pyramid-topped Charlotte Convention Center. Today, it’s a multi-level labyrinth of places to stuff your faces and places that are eternally celebrating 5 o’clock. There are 20 restaurants, 41 tenants in all (including some you might not expect – an insurance company, a drug store, a gym, boutiques, medical practices).
It’s not simply a destination; it’s a gateway, whether you’re going from Overstreet Mall to Time Warner Cable Arena or from the light rail station to Tryon Street.
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On an average night, more than 10,000 visitors pour into and through the EpiCentre, which – as it turns out – couldn’t have been given a more appropriate name.
This is one Saturday night in the life of the EpiCentre.