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A wine and tapas bar is coming to the Design Center in South End

A Spanish tapas chain called Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar is opening its first Charlotte location in the Design Center of the Carolinas, which is housed in a historic South End mill and undergoing a major transformation.
A Spanish tapas chain called Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar is opening its first Charlotte location in the Design Center of the Carolinas, which is housed in a historic South End mill and undergoing a major transformation. jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com

A Spanish tapas chain called Barcelona Restaurant and Wine Bar is opening its first Charlotte location in the Design Center of the Carolinas, which is housed in a historic South End mill and undergoing a major transformation.

The lease was signed last week, according to Sam Judd, chief investment officer of Asana Partners, the Charlotte firm that bought the Design Center for $42.7 million late last year from Ram Realty.

The new wine bar will be in a 5,000 square-foot space in the courtyard building on the corner of Camden Road and Worthington Avenue, Judd told the Observer.

Barcelona Wine Bar specializes in Spanish tapas and a selection of wines from Spain and Portugal. The restaurant group has locations in Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington, D.C., according to its website.

An opening date was not immediately available – a representative from Barcelona Wine Bar could not be reached for comment.

Asana is in the midst of turning the Design Center into a shopping destination, complete with a courtyard with room for shops and restaurants. The Design Center includes the main buildings at the southeast corner of Worthington and Camden, as well as the office building at the southeast corner of Camden and West Boulevard.

Currently, the Design Center is home to creative office spaces and meeting locations. Last year, Ram Realty and West Elm also announced plans to develop a 150-room hotel on the site. A Tex-Mex concept called Superica has also been signed as a tenant.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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