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To reach draft beer fans, Harris Teeter embraces the growler

Harris Teeter is trying its hand at the sale of draft beer in growlers for the first time.

The Matthews-based grocer will put five growler stations in North Carolina stores over the next three to six months, said Danna Jones, Harris Teeter’s communication manager.

Popular among craft beer enthusiasts, growlers are reusable glass or metal bottles, usually 32- or 64- ounces, that can be filled (and sold to-go) at a station with national or local beers.

Kroger, which owns Harris Teeter, has also started adding growlers to stores in Virginia. Other stores in Charlotte with growlers include Total Wine and Whole Foods.

“Our home state of North Carolina is home to many breweries and craft beer enthusiasts, so we are excited to expand this portion of our beer business and intend to frequently rotate the varieties of beer offered in growlers,” Jones said.

Here’s the list of Harris Teeter stores that will add growlers:

Chop’t to open in Park Road Shopping Center

Chop’t Creative Salad Co. will open a restaurant in Charlotte, marking its first site outside of New York and the District of Columbia.

The new store will be in the Park Road Shopping Center. “North Carolina has a great food tradition, and we're excited to be a part of it,” co-founder Tony Shure said in a statement.

Chop’t is a popular lunch spot in D.C. and New York that serves “chopped-to-order” salads and wraps in a Chipotle-like assembly line. Its menu features a slew of chef-inspired creations as well as a create-your-own option.

Shure and co-founder Colin McCabe met at the University of Wisconsin as undergraduates and started Chop’t in New York in 2001.

It wasn’t immediately clear when Chop’t in Charlotte will open, nor is it known yet where exactly the restaurant will reside in the Park Road Chopping Center. Stay tuned.

Family-owned restaurant to open in Davidson

A family-run, chef-inspired restaurant is coming soon to Davidson’s historic downtown.

Kindred, which opens Feb. 17, has a rotating menu that blends “global experiences and southern traditions” using ingredients from local farmers and foragers. It will be at 131 N. Main St. in Davidson, in the former Tom Clark Museum, which was originally the town pharmacy. The restaurant will occupy the building’s three floors and will feature a patio with outdoor seating in the back.

Prices will run in the $30-per-person range, co-owner Katy Kindred told The Observer in August. The restaurant’s Facebook page showed Kindred’s kitchen has tested dishes like celery root tortelloni with Gruyere, fennel and sunchoke as well as handmade duck egg garganelli with guinea hen ragu.

The restaurant’s owners are husband and wife duo Joe and Katy Kindred. Most recently, Joe was the executive chef at Rooster’s in Uptown Charlotte. Katy, a sommelier, is the marketing and media manager for the Noble’s Restaurant Group.