Food & Drink

Founder of one of Charlotte’s longtime favorite restaurants dies

David Brooks, left, and his brother Scott Brooks, right, with their father, Calvin “C.T.” Brooks.
David Brooks, left, and his brother Scott Brooks, right, with their father, Calvin “C.T.” Brooks. Observer files

It’s an unassuming little place, so small you have to get your food and take it outside to eat it.

But Brooks Sandwich House, 2710 N. Brevard St., the home of the “all the way” cheeseburger with chili and slaw, has been a landmark in the North Davidson Street area since 1973, long before the textile mills in the area gave way to art galleries and chic coffee houses.

Calvin “CT” Brooks Jr., the founder of Brooks Sandwich House, died Friday at the age of 90.

“He was the originator,” David Brooks said Monday. Brooks and his brother, Scott, both run the restaurant that their father founded.

The cheeseburgers at Brooks are simple, but they inspire a dedicated following. Brooks made the top 10 in a recent list of the 100 best burgers in the country on the website

Brooks will be closed today and Tuesday. The funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Idlewild Baptist Church in Matthews, with interment to follow in Sunset Memory Gardens.

Brooks is survived by his wife, Virginia Brooks; his children, Scott Brooks and wife Angela, David Brooks and wife Frances, Teresa Gandy and husband Ron, and Gina Clark and husband Joey; his brother, James Dixon Brooks; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Donations in his memory made be made to the Idlewild Baptist Church Building Fun, 12701 Idlewild Road, Matthews, NC 28105.

Scott Brooks makes a cheeseburger, all the way, at Brooks Sandwich House on N. Brevard St. in NoDa. Brooks says the chili, made with a secret family recipe, is one ingredient which makes the sandwiches at Brooks Sandwich Shop special. Kevin Alexan

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis