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Brass Tap now open in South End

The Brass Tap is now open in South End at 1440 S. Tryon, right at the Summit Avenue intersection. It’s the first location of many more to come in the Carolinas.

Tampa-based franchisee Vik Patel describes the concept as an “upscale version of World of Beer” that is focused primarily on local beer and liquor. Of the bar’s 70 taps, about half are either from Charlotte or North Carolina, Patel says.

“We’re really trying to support local movement, and South End has a great craft beer scene and following. We thought that would be the ideal location to open our first one,” Patel told the Observer.

In addition to alcohol, the Brass Tap also serves “upscale bar food,” Patel says, including flat breads, sliders, pizzas and soft pretzels. It has an assortment of entertainment options, too, including music, trivia and giant Jenga sets.

The 3,000-square-foot bar and restaurant also has a covered patio.

Patel, also Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee, says the Brass Tap has exclusive rights to open 12 more locations over the next two to three years across the Carolinas. He’s working on a deal in Concord, and he’s planning for others in Rock Hill and Myrtle Beach after that.

His business partners Jamail Patel and Dave Hurt are the Charlotte-based operators of the South End location.

The Brass Tap operates several other locations in Texas, Florida, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio, Arizona and California.

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