South Charlotte

Fran’s Filling Station expands to offer private dining room, events

Fran’s Filling Station owner Fran Scibelli.
Fran’s Filling Station owner Fran Scibelli. FRAN’S FILLING STATION

Fran’s Filling Station

Fran’s Filling Station in Park Square Shopping Center in Dilworth has expanded, adding a private dining room with audio-video-presentation capabilities.

The new venue can seat 30 or allow 50 to stand, with the adjoining tap room holding up to an additional 25 guests. The popular spot can now host meetings, bridal showers, holiday parties and other events.

“We are very excited about our expansion and having this dedicated space for private parties and events,” said owner Fran Scibelli. Call to plan and customize your event.

▪ Fran’s Filling Station

2410 Park Road


Your Pie

Your Pie, a Georgia-based pizza chain, plans to open as many as 15 locations in the Charlotte area within the next three years.

Hand-tossed dough is topped with fresh toppings and baked in a brick oven for seven minutes or fewer.

In addition to custom pizzas, the restaurant offers a number of specialty pies including Thai pizza, gluten-free and white pizza. Salads, paninis and gelato are on the menu as well.


The Corner Bakery Cafe

Texas-based chain The Corner Bakery is coming to Charlotte, with the end of 2016 slated for the first opening.

The Corner Bakery prepares items fresh daily: muffins, specialty breads, breakfast items, soups and sandwiches.

The chain currently has 200 locations in 21 states.


The King’s Kitchen

Jim Noble’s The King’s Kitchen in uptown Charlotte will open a new pastry counter in mid-June.

Expect fresh-baked croissants, Danishes, brioche sticky buns and breakfast sandwiches including a croissant stuffed with ham and cheese. Breakfast items will cost $5 or less; proceeds will go toward The King’s Kitchen’s mission of helping fight hunger and homelessness in Charlotte.

▪ The King’s Kitchen

129 W. Trade St.


Amelie’s French Bakery

Amelie’s is expanding throughout the Charlotte area, with the newest location now open at Carmel Commons at the intersection of Carmel Road and N.C. 51.

The next bakery will be in uptown Charlotte in the former College Place Restaurant spot in the 2 Wells Fargo building. The new store will be the largest, at 11,000 square feet, and serve as the production kitchen for the other locations.

The Amelie’s team also is negotiating a lease for a spot at Park Road Shopping Center.


Renaissance Patisserie

Renaissance Patisserie has opened in South End with Chef Sylvain Rivet at the helm in the kitchen.

Rivet is well known for his work worldwide, having worked in kitchens in California, Brazil, France and Greece, among other locations.

Rivet also has worked as a personal chef to celebrities Sharon Stone, Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson’s family.

Scratch-made items are baked in house daily: pies, tarts, Danish, croissants and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be a French bakery without fresh-baked breads including batards, baguettes and brioche. Other French specialties include macaroons, meringues and madeleines.

▪ Renaissance Patisserie

2809 South Blvd.


The Rusty Bucket

SouthPark’s newest neighborhood joint, The Rusty Bucket, is planning a September opening.

Located in Sharon Square, the family friendly spot will encompass 4,800 square feet and feature a patio. The menu will offer something for everyone: pub fare including fried pickles, burgers and pizza, plus soups, salads, ribs and a variety of entrees. Owners intend to open as many as six Charlotte-area locations, with Sharon Square being the first.


Queen City Beer and Chili

Coming to 135 Brevard Court uptown this summer is casual concept Queen City Beer and Chili.

Plans for the growler shop include beers on tap and plenty of chili dishes: chili dogs, chili fries, chili cheeseburgers and more. The chili comes a variety of ways, such as Cincinnati style or traditional.

The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

The Ballantyne will host Queen Elizabeth II’s Birthday Tea on June 3-6 in celebration of her official birthday.

The culinary team will serve some of the Queen’s favorite dishes for $36 per person and $18 for juniors. The Queen’s favorite drink, a Pimm’s and Gin, cocktail can be added for $10, or a Champagne Royale for $8.

Call for reservations.

Wine tastings planned at Gallery Restaurant within the hotel for June include the June 5 Summer in Tuscany, June 12 Liquid Arts with a Punch and June 19 Pacific Pinot Battle.

Tastings begin 6:30 p.m. and are $25 per person, light snacks included. Call for reservations. Gallery is also offering half-priced bottles of wine priced less than $100 on Sundays during June.

The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne meets from 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. June 26 at the Gallery. The group will explore American Whiskeys for $40 per person. Reservations are required.

▪ The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway


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