What's In Store

Brewery and coffee shop among newest tenants coming to former mill near uptown

A rendering of the planned Tompkins Hall food court, office space and restaurants.
A rendering of the planned Tompkins Hall food court, office space and restaurants. Courtesy White Point Paces Partners.

A Morganton-based brewery, a French restaurant and a coffee shop were announced Wednesday as the newest tenants of Tompkins Hall, a historic former textile mill just north of uptown.

All three will open in late 2018, according to a statement from Atlanta-based Paces Properties and Charlotte-based White Point Partners, the two firms restoring Tompkins Hall.

Here are the details of the new tenants:

▪ Fonta Flora Brewery will open a 2,400 square-foot tasting room, along with a 5,000-square-foot outdoor patio. Fonta Flora was started in Morganton but sells its craft beer in several locations in Charlotte, including Salud Beer Shop, Good Bottle and Brawley’s, according to its website.

▪ Aix Rotisserie, from the owners of the Charlotte restaurant Aix En Provence, will open a French Rotisserie at a 500-square-foot stall at Tompkins Hall.

▪ Undercurrent Coffee, a full-service coffee and espresso bar, will also open a 500-square-foot stall at the mill.

Additional tenants of the hall, will include mostly regional and specialty retailers and restaurants, will be announced in coming weeks. Tenants will be able to start interior construction early this fall.

The Tompkins Hall site includes 83,000 square feet of office space, a 22,229-square-foot food hall, with 19 vendors selling local foods, a total of 31,514 square feet for six anchor restaurants and bars, an outdoor dining area and up to 225 apartments on an adjacent site.

Duke Energy said last summer it is leasing space at the mill. About 400 Duke employees will work there permanently, with about 100 more working there on a rotating basis.

Tompkins Hall is next to the Blue Line light rail extension in the Optimist Park neighborhood, at 16th Street and Parkwood Avenue, near the Parkwood station. The Blue Line extension is set to start running March 16.

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