What's In Store

Two new restaurants open this fall in a rapidly changing part of South End

Ramen at Yume Bistro
Ramen at Yume Bistro Tom Hanchett

Two new restaurants are opening in a newly renovated building in South End’s Gold District, a mostly industrial area that’s blocks from uptown Charlotte and changing rapidly.

The Japanese restaurant Yume Bistro, which has another location in Mathews, will open in a 3,286 square-foot space in the building at Mint Street and Summit Avenue, and Bardo, an upscale, small-plate concept, will open in a 1,734 square-foot space next door.

Yume, run by husband-and-wife duo Tony Yum and Rosena Tong, will have a menu identical to the one it has in Matthews, and will also include additional Ramen dishes, and high-end traditional sushi/sashimi at an affordable price, Yum said.

The new Yume is expected to open in early November. Yum said he and his wife are considering converting the Matthews restaurant into an express location.

Bardo is a concept by entrepreneur Jayson Whiteside, chef Mike Noll, and the partners’ wives. Noll describes the menu as eclectic, and it will feature chef-inspired, seasonal dishes prepared on small plates. Bardo will have an extensive bar menu, with hand-crafted cocktails, wine and craft beer.

Noll said the goal is to open Bardo by early October.

The Gold District – roughly bounded by Winnifred and Morehead streets, the railroad tracks to the west and Summit Avenue – is where gold mines opened starting in the 1820s, drawing in people from all over the country.