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A fast-growing area of uptown Charlotte will get two new businesses next summer in an unusual partnership: A jazz club and a new restaurant from the team behind the now-closed Davidson Street Public House.

The building at 300 S. Brevard, in an area along Stonewall Street that’s growing rapidly with apartments and hotels, will be the home of both The Public House and the Middle C Jazz Room. Middle C will be in the corner space at Martin Luther King Boulevard and Brevard that used to be the soul food restaurant Lola’s, while The Public House will be on the other corner at 3rd Street, according to Chris Healy.

While the two businesses will be separate, they also will be connected: The Public House will offer a limited menu for the jazz club, according to both Healy and the club’s owners, Larry Farber and his son Adam Farber, who have long been involved in the local music scene.

Add two more local names to the group: Delano Little, former sports anchor for WBTV, will be a partner in both businesses and act as the go-between for the restaurant and the club, according to both the Farbers and Healy. And Jonathan Gellman, who owned Charlotte’s long-ago restaurant and jazz club Jonathan’s, will be general manager of Middle C.

Healy, formerly of the Gin Mill and the North Davidson small-plates restaurant on North Davidson, will be the managing partner for the restaurant. He says Clayton Sanders, the chef at Davidson Street Public House, will be the chef at The Public House. Healy says the menu will be similar but more extensive.

“We were pretty limited, kitchen-size wise. We’re going to have a full kitchen (in the new space).” He plans to serve lunch, dinner and have a late-night menu until 2 a.m.

That area of uptown, near the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the Charlotte Convention Center, doesn’t have a lot of restaurants at the moment, particularly not for late nights.

“It will be a good part of town,” Healy says. “We feel like they’re a little bit underserved.”

Meanwhile, Larry Farber, a longtime musician and partner in the booking agency East Coast Entertainment, as well as founder of Music With Friends, is excited about bringing a jazz club back to the uptown area.

“Bringing a jazz concept like this to my hometown has been a goal of mine for many years,” Farber said in a news release this week. “Charlotte is increasingly a receptive town for diverse musical offerings, and Middle C Jazz Room will fill a void in the wide-ranging jazz genre.”

Farber plans to bring both regional and national acts.

Both projects are expected to open next summer.

Kathleen Purvis; 704-358-5236.