Rock Salt, the new oyster bar from Travis Croxton of Virginia’s Rappahannock Oyster Co. has opened behind Park Road Shopping Center.
Located in the former dry-cleaner building behind Michael’s, the Charlotte spot is the restaurant’s second, the first being in Charlottesville, Va.
Croxton is a fourth-generation oyster farmer who takes pride in providing fresh, farm raised oysters. Croxton hired Jay Pierce as executive chef, formerly of Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen restaurants in Greensboro and Cary. Prior to his time in the Triad, Pierce worked for Emeril Lagasse’s restaurant group in New Orleans.
Oysters are shucked at a raw bar in full view of customers and the open kitchen allows guests to see how food is prepared; nothing is fried. All food is the freshest possible.
In addition to oysters, Rock Salt serves crab cakes and chowders, pan-fried catfish, steaks, chicken and seafood dishes. The bar offers cocktails and plenty of local craft beers, which can be enjoyed inside or on the patio.
▪ Rock Salt
512 Brandywine Road
e2 emeril’s eatery
Uptown’s e2 emeril’s eatery will close April 26.
The spot served comfort food and New Orleans-inspired American cuisine.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the closure of e2 emeril’s eatery. We will miss our friends and partners in Charlotte that did so much to support us,” owner and executive chef Emeril Lagasse said.
The restaurant was highly accomplished during its short time in Charlotte, receiving many accolades, including a Creative Loafing Staff Pick for “best cocktail list” in 2014 and Charlotte Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for “Best New Restaurant” in 2012.
Amelie’s French Bakery
NoDa’s popular Amelie’s French Bakery plans to open its newest and fourth location by the end of March.
The bakery will be opening in the Carmel Commons shopping center at Carmel and Pineville-Matthews roads, occupying 5,000 square feet. Amelie’s is known for its fresh French pastries including macarons, coffee and coffee drinks, as well as crepes.
The Carmel Commons store will offer beer and wine, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Scoutolgy.com recently named Amelie’s No. 1 on its list of top 10 bakeries in North Carolina.
Other locations include Rock Hill and Atlanta, with the flagship in NoDa.
Bruegger’s Bagels is rolling out a new lunch menu for spring in March.
The new menu will lean toward traditional New York-deli-style sandwiches while keeping customer favorites.
New Deli Classic sandwiches include a pastrami and Swiss melt, a cheese and tomato melt made with Muenster and cheddar and a Turkastrami on Rye with pastrami and cheddar.
Signature bagel sandwiches including a turkey chipotle club and a classic smoked salmon with egg salad also are new. A Pastrami Cobb Salad features Muenster cheese, romaine lettuce, arugula, pastrami and chopped egg.
Uptown is now home to the latest and largest Duckworth’s, at 330 N. Tryon.
The historic building formerly was home to Fox and Hound and dates back to 1912.
Owner Rob Duckworth worked with his team to ensure the original charm of the site shines, keeping details like exposed beams. Duckworth’s has room to seat 300, 150 beers on tap and 180 televisions. On the sports bar and grill’s menu are Philly cheesesteaks, wings, pizza and more.
The location is open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
330 N. Tryon
CorkBuzz Wine Studio
Master Sommelier Laura Maniec plans to open CorkBuzz this spring in SouthPark’s Sharon Square.
The wine bar and restaurant from New York City will offer an international wine list with more than 250 choices and roughly 40 wines available by the glass, as well as classes for novice and seasoned wine enthusiasts.
Lunch and dinner will be served; think foods that pair well with wine including salads, small plates, charcuterie and entrees made with fresh, seasonal ingredients.
▪ CorkBuzz Wine Studio
4905 Ashley Park Lane
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 at RiRa Irish Pub in uptown.
The pub will serve food from a special St. Patrick’s Day menu in place of its regular menu, until midnight. The pub will be open 8 a.m.-2 a.m.
“Rince Na H’Eireann” Irish dancers will perform throughout the day, and the Ceol na Gael Irish Pipe Band will be on hand at various times during the celebration. Look for staff members dressed in green giving away beads, hats, party favors and goodies.
Live music from Mulligan’s Banned kicks off at noon; Wicked Powers performs at 7 p.m. and at 10 p.m., DJ Arod will be spinning tunes beginning at 9 p.m.
RiRa also has created a website, www.paddify.com, where guests can become Irish citizens by getting a special RiRa passport. Guests can share passports on social media with #paddify for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Ireland.
▪ RiRa Irish Pub
208 N. Tryon St.
Six Pence Pub
Fort Mill’s Six Pence Pub will participate in Baxter Village’s annual Spring Fling from noon-6 p.m. March 14.
The day kicks off with a St. Patrick’s Day parade for the whole family followed by live music, bounce houses, beer, food trucks and a variety of family friendly vendors.
Six Pence, a traditional English pub, is known for its fish and chips; it will be celebrating Spring Fling all day.
Six Pence will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 with live music beginning at 5 p.m., a complete lineup of traditional fare including corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, fish and chips and sheperd’s pie. Prizes, giveaways and plenty of beer are planned for the evening.
▪ Six Pence Pub
993 Market St.
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