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New whiskey distillery coming to South End, and other development news

More alcohol is coming to South End and, no, it’s not a brewery.

Oliver Mulligan, a native of Ireland who moved to Charlotte in 1994, said Great Wagon Road Distilling Co. will open a 8,800-square-foot distillery and 5,000-square-foot bar at 227 Southside Dr. “sometime in the fourth quarter,” according to an Observer article.

He has already started distilling vodka and whiskey, and plans to start tours soon.

Great Wagon

The new facility will be much larger than the previous 1,700-square-foot space in Pineville that he’s used since 2013.

Another distillery, Doc Porter’s, should also be opening in South End this summer.

Get updates about Great Wagon on its Facebook page.

Uptown’s newest tower, with a little help from China

The newest office tower in uptown, the 19-story project next to the Westin hotel, is scheduled to break ground this week. The project, 615 South College, will cost $122 million, and the developer has lined up financing from a Chinese asset management corporation.


No tenants have been signed yet and the building is scheduled to be completed in February 2017.

Mint apartments coming along

They are not messing around with those apartments being built on top of the Mint Museum. Childress Klein has been pouring concrete and the tower is starting to peek above the museum’s roof.

Tower stats:

– 43 stories

– 394 units (studio, one- and two- bedroom and penthouse)

– Rooftop club, pool and fitness center

– Completion scheduled for fall 2016.

Fancy consignment coming to Ballantyne

Nouveaux, an upscale women’s consignment shop, will open in Ballantyne Village on Aug. 24. Its grand opening will feature music, refreshments, special discounts, raffles and more from 4-6 p.m.

Stuff you can buy: previously owned designer handbags, accessories and clothing from the likes of Chanel, Gucci, and Prada.

Viva Peruvian Chicken opening in Huntersville

Viva Peruvian Chicken is scheduled to open its 2,500-square-foot location in Huntersville’s Northcross Commons shopping center Monday, according to the Charlotte Business Journal.

Viva, known for its Peruvian rotisserie chicken, opened its first restaurant on Elizabeth Avenue in 2013.

Two other locations are in the works, according to CBJ, but the locations have not been finalized.

Eat more chicken.

Photos: Courtesy of Great Wagon Road Distilling Co.; Charlotte Observer file.