New York restaurateur Scott Sartiano recently visited Charlotte to check out the nightlife and work on plans for his own venture here.
If you haven't heard of the 33-year-old co-owner of Butter restaurant and 1 Oak lounge in the Big Apple, you're almost certainly familiar with the women to whom he's been romantically linked: Jamie Lynn Sigler of “The Sopranos” and Ashley Olsen, among others.
Sartiano plans to open a concept club, Butter Lounge, in the N.C. Music Factory in Fourth Ward.
Music Factory developer Noah Lazes calls it a cross between Butter and 1 Oak.
“We are creating a scene that people want to come to, from the design, the lights, the seating, the music,” Sartiano says.
Sartiano was born in Columbia and grew up in Greenville, N.C., and his parents now live in Kannapolis. (He's a huge Gamecocks football fan.)
Other Music Factory news
The Garden & Gun Club, originally scheduled to open last month, will now have its grand opening Sept. 5. The club's owners are proceeding despite a trademark-infringement lawsuit filed by Charleston-based Garden & Gun magazine.
The Music Factory's main stage is nearly complete. The dimensions are the same as the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre stage, according to Ken Thomas of the ARK Group.
Tickets for the Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival are now on sale. The festival will be Sept. 27 at Memorial Stadium. Tickets: $20 to $50. Details: charlotteoktoberfest.com.