What's In Store

There’s a vegan-friendly restaurant coming to South End where Phat Burrito used to be

A new fast-casual, vegan-friendly eatery is coming to South End this summer, complete with a designated spot inside for guests to drop their yoga mats.

Flower Child is opening its first North Carolina restaurant at 1537 Camden Road, just a block away from Wooden Robot and Price’s Chicken Coop.

The restaurant, first opened in Phoenix, Ariz., in 2014, has locations in seven states and D.C.

The restaurant caters to different dietary needs, including vegan, vegetarian, Paleo and gluten-free diets, according to Flower Child. The restaurant tries to avoid food waste by offering a rotating daily menu of fresh juice, made with the same fruit and veggies offered on its food menu.

Flower Child offers salads, plates, bowls and wraps, along with a healthy kids menu. The restaurant will also serve organic wine, local beer and kombucha, and cold brew coffee, and have a fireplace and patio space.

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This avacado hummus is one of the food offerings at Flower Child, set to open in South End this summer. Courtesy of Flower Child

Its building in Charlotte dates to 1921, the company said, and was previously home to The Charlotte Post and New Big Village Diner.

The spot once hosted longtime Charlotte favorite Phat Burrito, which closed in 2017.

Want to work there?

Flower Child is hiring for all positions.The restaurant will host a job fair through Saturday and Monday through next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 1537 Camden Road.

Correction: A previous version of this story misstated the original location and opening year of the first Flower Child. The first Flower Child opened in Phoenix, Ariz. in 2014.

Hannah Smoot covers business in Charlotte, focusing on health care, aviation and sports business. She previously covered money and power at The Rock Hill Herald in South Carolina. She is a lifelong North Carolinian and graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.