Plans call for Cured to open in “late summer” in the Dilworth Billiards spot at 300 E. Tremont Ave., say partners Lexee Zutz and Meredith Mullins. Longtime Billiards owner Eric Sprouse said in a press release that “They remind me of me when I first opened.” He plans to close the club April 30, after a run of 35 years, and has a proprietary feeling about the property: “I wanted a business that would fit in the neighborhood and continue to be a place where people could still come in on their way home from work or on the weekend.”
Look for about 200 cheeses, 30 kinds of charcuterie, wines and locally produced craft beers at Cured, say the two. Zutz is the granddaughter of the founder of Zutz Cheese House in Wisconsin, which opened in 1952, and has been run by her father since 1977, she says. She worked in commercial construction, then got an MBA at Queens and decided to try her hand at cheeses and wine, working at a Salisbury winery and a Charlotte wine retailer before this venture. Mullins had restaurant and wine bar experience in Ohio, and met Zutz through a mutual friend.
The two hope to keep a pool table (Sprouse restored and sold them as part of the business) as part of the building’s history; it also has an original tile floor and exposed brick and wood, and is about 2,800 square feet, with a patio nearly as large.