Food & Drink

A longtime Myers Park favorite is closing

Nolen Kitchen and Crescent Bar Lounge were a favorite stop in Myers Park for many years.
Nolen Kitchen and Crescent Bar Lounge were a favorite stop in Myers Park for many years. Observer files

A busy section of Selwyn Avenue is losing a popular spot with Wednesday’s news that longtime favorite Nolen Kitchen is closing.

That doesn’t mean bad news, though, for its former sibling restaurants Ilios Noche and Big View Diner. While all of the restaurants were started by Stratos Lambos, Nolen Kitchen was sold a year ago to one of other owners, Mark Pasko. Lambos and Xenia Hospitality Group kept the two locations of Ilios Noche and their Ballantyne restaurant, Big View. Pasko couldn’t be reached for comment.

Nolen Kitchen’s owners shared the news on Facebook Wednesday morning that the building where it was located has been sold: “After almost 15 years as Kaffe Frappe & Nolen Kitchen, The Selwyn Corners space has been sold. Our last day of service will be November 18th. Please join us these last 2 weeks to say good bye to the restaurant & all of our amazing staff!”

When Nolen first opened, it was quickly named one of the best restaurants in the city and had remained a popular spot. Its closing followed the news Tuesday that nearby littleSpoon, owned by Alesha Stegemeyer, will close in January and then reopen as the location of both littleSpoon for breakfast and lunch and her contemporary Mexican restaurant, Comida, at night. Comida’s location in Plaza-Midwood will close.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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