What's In Store

Wisconsin custard, cheese curds chain coming to Charlotte

Exterior of a Culver’s restaurant
Exterior of a Culver’s restaurant Courtesy of Culver’s

Wisconsin fast casual chain Culver’s is expanding into North Carolina, with planned restaurants in Charlotte and in the western part of the state.

A shop in Charlotte’s University area is slated to open in spring 2016, Culver’s said in a statement Thursday. Construction has begun on another in Arden, which is about 10 miles south of Asheville, and it’s expected to open in early 2016.

Others in North Carolina, Culver’s said, are in the “very early planning stages.”

“Culver’s has been a long-time favorite of our family,” Arden franchisee Dan Schulze said. “We’re thrilled to bring this exceptional restaurant to the people of western North Carolina.”

Culver’s menu features fresh frozen custard, burgers served on lightly buttered buns and Midwest favorites like cheese curds.

North Carolina will be the 23rd state in which Culver’s operates. The restaurant has two locations in South Carolina, in nearby Fort Mill and in Greenville.

Culver’s was started in Sauk City, Wis., and now operates over 550 shops.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta