A new coffeehouse and restaurant/bar will open next month in the redesigned lobby of the Charlotte Marriott City Center, the hotel at Trade and Tryon streets that’s stayed open through extensive renovations.
The coffeehouse is called Coco and the Director, and it’ll offer coffee from Forte Legato in Fort Mill, a spokeswoman said. The space is designed “to foster collaboration among entrepreneurs and creatives” – it’ll have free WiFi and meeting spaces available to rent for free. Its retail section will offer gifts, books and snacks from local businesses, too.
The restaurant’s called Stoke, and it will be run by Chris Coleman, former executive chef at The Asbury at Dunhill Hotel in uptown Charlotte. The spokeswoman described the menu at Stoke as “wood-fired seasonal American cooking,” with many of its dishes meant for sharing.
Coleman’s known for his relationships with farmers and artisans in the Carolinas, so the restaurant will have a “local focus with an upscale feel.”
The restaurant’s adjacent bar, Stoke Bar, will have over 30 taps, including 24 craft beer, along with wine, cocktails, cider and nitro coffee.
The 19-story Marriott has been undergoing renovations that include updated guest rooms and fitness center, along with a redesigned lobby.