Food and Drink

Getting your brunch on at Famous Toastery will soon be easier. Plus other CLT biz news

The café formerly known as Toast will open four new Charlotte-area locations this fall in University City, Matthews, Indian Land and Concord.

The restaurant — now known as the Famous Toastery — started in a Huntersville house-turned-restaurant by friends Robert Maynard and Brian Burchill in 2005. It currently has locations in Davidson, Dilworth, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Tega Cay and Cary.

The University location will be at 8933 JM Keynes Drive, Suite 2, near North Tryon Street, and the Concord one will be on Concord Mills Boulevard, right near the Derita Road intersection.

According to an Observer article, exact locations for the Indian Land and Matthews locations are not yet available, and neither are exact opening dates.

Maynard and Burchill created a franchise system in 2013 and will also open a Winston-Salem restaurant in August and another in Jacksonville, Fla., in the fall.

Eggs for everyone!

Get ready for Charlotte’s newest brewery

Wooden Robot Brewery will have its grand opening July 11, but you can get a sneak peek of the new South End brewery during a soft opening this Fourth of July weekend.

Wooden Robot

According to a post on its Facebook page, the brewery will be open from 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday and 2-8 p.m. Sunday.

The brewery is located at 1440 S. Tryon St., near the Summit Avenue intersection. It will specialize in Belgian-style beers but will experiment with all kinds of things, from hoppy American ales to sours.

Grocery wars

Who is winning the Charlotte grocery store race?

It’s still Walmart, but its grip on the Charlotte market has slipped a bit, to 19.8 percent market share in 2015 from 22.4 percent last year.

Charlotte Business Journal has a slideshow highlighting the rankings in this crowded grocery store market.

Harris Teeter is second on the list, Food Lion is third and the popular new kid Publix is creeping up the rankings at No. 6.

Publix sub (leftovers) for lunch. Should have been told a long time ago this is the place to go! #publix #grocery #store #deli #exploreclt #cltsummer

A photo posted by Brian Alexander (@brianalexand3r) on Jun 29, 2015 at 9:19am PDT

What does Walmart being the top grocer say about our fair city? Discuss.

Charlotte Restaurant Week returns

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week is back this summer from July 17-26.

You know how it works: You get three courses at dinner at amazing Charlotte-area restaurants for just $30 or $35 a person.

More than 120 restaurants are participating, like: 5Church, Mama Ricotta’s, The Peculiar Rabbit, AZN Azian Cuizine and Fran’s Filling Station.

Get a full list of restaurants and details at

Price’s gets some national love

This is news that should surprise no one that has eaten at the Coop: Charlotte’s Price’s Chicken Coop was named one of America’s 75 Best Fried Chicken Spots by The Daily Meal.

Price’s came in at No. 48, approximately 47 spots lower than we think it should be ranked.

Praise: “Adam Richman from Man v. Food stopped by their kitchen to figure out their secret, and, while we won’t give it away, here’s a key aspect: there’s no dredge. The chicken is tossed in flour, and relies solely on the moisture from the poultry to make the flour stick. Apparently, it works like magic.”

And, of course, we’re going to end this one with some food porn.

Did we get enough chicken?

A photo posted by Sergio Tovar (@stunc) on May 15, 2015 at 9:20am PDT

Photo by Charlotte Observer.