When the dual-branded hotel tower atop the EpiCentre opens this spring, it’ll bring another rooftop dining option to Charlotte, the developers said Wednesday: Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo.
The restaurant on the 22nd floor of the AC Hotel/Residence Inn by Marriott will serve “upscale comfort food” with an emphasis on seasonal and local ingredients, said Peter Pollay, a restaurateur from Asheville who consulted with the developers on the project.
“We really think the Charlotte market will be excited about what we’re doing,” said Pollay. The restaurant will include about 2,100 square feet of indoor space and the same amount outdoors, including covered areas, firepits and dining areas with an up-close view of the skyline. The menu will include items such as Carolina bison tartare, a seafood tower with North Carolina shrimp, cold water lobster, oysters and king crab, as well as smoked pork belly macaroni and cheese.
“Nuvole Rooftop TwentyTwo will provide a carefully curated experience for locals and visitors to enjoy uptown Charlotte in a completely new way,” said Karl Oates, vice president of lifestyle hotels for McKibbon Hospitality. Construction was still underway throughout the hotel on Wednesday, with workers laying out tile floors, installing electrical wiring and installing fixtures in the rooms.
Local is a point of emphasis for the new venue: Drinks will include local craft beer and cocktails, with artwork from local artists as part of the decor and local musicians featured on the weekends.
Nuvolé (Italian for cloud) will join other rooftop bars and restaurants that have become popular in recent years as uptown grows, including the Merchant & Trade, which opened last year atop the Kimpton Tryon Park hotel, and Fahrenheit on the Skye condominium building.
Developed by McKibbon Hospitality and Vision Ventures, the 22-story tower will total 300 rooms: 184 in the AC Hotel on floors five to 12, and 116 in the Residence Inn on the upper floors. An opening date hasn’t been set, but hiring is underway for about 100 positions. Each hotel will have its own lobby and check-in area, with AC Hotel on the fifth floor and the Residence Inn on the 14th floor.
The hotel tower has taken the place of what was originally planned to be a 50-story condo tower, planned before the 2008 economic crash and ensuing recession.
The rooftop bar and restaurant on the 22nd floor will be open to the public, generally starting at 4 p.m. each day. A separate, 1,350 square-foot penthouse suite will also be located on the 22nd floor, available for rental by VIPs or for functions such as a wedding.
Uptown is seeing a major boom in hotel rooms, with projects underway adding to a wave of new inventory.
The Grand Bohemian, a 254-room luxury hotel on West Trade Street next to the Carillon building, is planning to break ground this year. A 270-room Intercontinental hotel, part of the Carolina Theatre renovation underway on North Tryon Street, is expected to open in 2019. On Stonewall Street, Crescent Communities is developing a 350-room upscale hotel (whose brand hasn’t been announced) that’s set to open in 2021. A Home2 Suites by Hilton and an EVEN hotel are under construction at the Stonewall Station development, adding 362 more rooms.