What's In Store

The Liberty is opening a second location this winter in Blakeney

The Gastro-Pub Burger at The Liberty.
The Gastro-Pub Burger at The Liberty. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

The Liberty – a popular South End gastropub known for its burgers – is opening a second location in Blakeney this winter.

The new restaurant will be located in a 3,600 square-foot space formerly occupied by TrySports, which closed in January, owner Matt Pera said. The spot is next to Harris Teeter and Victoria’s Secret in the south Charlotte shopping center off Rea Road.

Demolition of the interior has begun, and the plan is to be open in January, Pera said.

The concept of the new location will be “very similar” to The Liberty in South End, which opened in 2009. Along with the “chef-driven” casual menu, the restaurant will have an extensive craft beer list and wine by the glass, Pera said.

The Liberty in Blakeney will also have roll-up garage doors and an outdoor patio that can seat 40.

“This is going to be a different type of neighborhood, but the center has such great energy. There are so many great retail components, and there’s a steady stream of traffic there,” Pera told the Observer.

Pera and business partner Tom Condron, The Liberty’s chef, met while working at Harper’s Group, and they later opened Upstream for the group in Phillip’s Place. They also opened the French restaurant Lumiere in Myers Park in 2014.

The Liberty has made The Best Burger in All 50 States list, compiled by NYC-based writer Stephanie Vermillion. The South End location is at 1812 South Blvd.