Imagine a 7,000 square-foot patio smack dab in the middle of uptown Charlotte, within walking distance to the BB&T Ballpark and Bank of America Stadium. It’s coming.
The Bottle Cap Group purchased the old Picasso’s spot at Packard Place on Church Street (the same building as Packard Place) and plans to open Ink N Ivy, a sleek lounge with button tucked booths, wood slab tables and chandeliers. And I got a sneak peak of it earlier this week.
Expect a chef-inspired menu, “delectable American cuisine with a seafood push” according to Morgan Conroy, director of marketing for the Bottle Cap Group.
Then there’s the patio. Let’s talk about this patio. It’s huge. There’s no other way to put it.
The plan is to have outdoor seating that will overlook Romare Bearden Park, with the Charlotte Knights baseball stadium in sight.
Along with outdoor bars and games (ping pong, cornhole, darts) there will be an oyster bar. Did you catch that? An oyster bar. YES. I’m having flashbacks to Vinnie’s Raw Bar in South End.
The inside has been completely redone with a retro feel. An old motorcycle hangs on the wall. It was the first thing I noticed when I walked in, along with the huge wood slab tables.
Ink N Ivy plans to be open at the end of the summer, just in time for football season.
It will also be opened for Sunday brunch. I see a lot of Sunday Fundays on this patio in my future.
Photos: Jenna Gribble