What's In Store

One Duckworth’s restaurant in Charlotte has closed just as another marks its opening

At Duckworth’s on Park Road.
At Duckworth’s on Park Road. Kathleen Purvis

Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse has closed after more than a decade on Park Road near Charlotte’s Montford area.

Rob Duckworth opened the first Duckworth’s in Mooresville in 2004 as an ice cream shop. Over the years, the restaurant expanded and now operates five area locations, including a sports bar and speakeasy that opened in uptown in 2015.

The brand’s newest and largest restaurant opened Monday at Rea Farms, the south Charlotte development that includes a massive new Harris Teeter, hundreds of residences, a K-8 magnet school, a Hyatt hotel, office space and dozens of other retailers and restaurants. And construction recently began in South End on a new Duckworth’s restaurant called Link & Pin.

Last spring, Duckworth transformed the Park Road location into a “test kitchen” for anything new to Duckworth‘s, from experimental menu items to new cookware. This is where the company tested new concepts before deciding whether to roll them out to other locations, Duckworth said in a statement Monday.

The Rea Farms restaurant, for instance, has a number of elements that were tested at the Park Road location, including build-your-own salads and burgers.

“This (Park Road) location was and will remain an important chapter in the story of our business, and I am proud of what our team has accomplished here over the years,” Duckworth said.

“Our organization is working with our team members of Duckworth’s Park Road to offer them continuous employment at one of our several other area locations.”

As the retail and sports business reporter for the Observer, Katie Peralta covers everything from grocery-store competition in Charlotte to tax breaks for pro sports teams. She is a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame.