What's In Store

What’s going on with 131 Main in Dilworth?

1315 East Blvd.
1315 East Blvd. Legacy CRE

The owners of the 131 Main restaurant in Dilworth, which closed in April, say they’re still a few months away from announcing a new location.

The popular restaurant closed after a fire broke out in its kitchen this spring, but co-owner John Douglas said the closure wasn’t directly linked to the accident.

“We’d been trying to figure out other options before the fire,” he said.

131 Main was in an approximately 11,000 square-foot space at 1315 East Blvd. It opened in late 2009 in the spot formerly occupied by a restaurant called Patou.

It’s still unknown what will take 131 Main’s spot at the busy intersection of East Boulevard and Kenilworth Avenue. Adam Williams, a partner at Legacy Real Estate, is marketing the space.

“Signing isn’t imminent, but we’ve had a ton of interest,” Williams said. “We’re not ready to make a big splashy announcement because these things take a little bit of time.”

Elsewhere throughout the region, 131 Main locations in Cornelius, Blakeney and Asheville.

Douglas said that he and his brother, Joe, have been scouting other locations in the Charlotte area and are still 2-3 months away from saying anything about a new spot.

“We love the Charlotte area. It’s a great market for us, we have a loyal following ... and we appreciate the patience as we work through our options,” Douglas said.

The fire at the restaurant this spring broke out in a vent duct and spread upward, filling the business with smoke. The restaurant’s been affected by fires twice before, in 2010 and 2012.

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta