There’s not much to see besides concrete and plumbing yet at Paul Verica’s new restaurant at 7th Street in the Elizabeth neighborhood. But the restaurant is one step closer: It has a name.
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Verica announced Monday that it will be called The Stanley, a nod to a longtime Charlotte tradition of calling the small business district clustered around the intersection of 7th, Caswell and Pecan “Stanleyville.” Stanley Drugs was one of the original businesses when that section became a small business district in 1952.
The building that will hold Verica’s restaurant, most recently a location of the salad restaurant Crisp, was also once the home of the Stanleyville Bar & Grill. You can still faint traces of the words on the exterior.
Some of the other names Verica had under consideration: 1961, for the address (1961 7th Ave.), Veritas, Season and the Colonial. Many years ago, the building was a Colonial grocery store, part of the chain that used to be found all over North Carolina.
While the restaurant is still undergoing extensive renovations, Verica expects to open in early March.