South Charlotte

Tapas coming to Fort Mill

Folks line up at the Sugar food truck for handmade donuts.
Folks line up at the Sugar food truck for handmade donuts. COURTESY OF SUGAR

Tapas 51

Fort Mill will soon have a new tapas restaurant in the former Passion 8 spot at 3415 Highway 51 North.

Tapas 51, from the Provecho Restaurant Group, will feature traditional Hispanic tapas and farm to table meals prepared by chef Aaron Rivera. Fish tacos, chorizo sliders, soups, salads and more will all be on the menu. Amongst the dessert offerings are a hot chocolate churro, shaved street ice and coconut tres leches. Fine wines, a variety of beers and patio space are also planned for the restaurant. The Provecho Restaurant Group is known for The Chrome Toaster, their food truck that serves Latino food throughout Charlotte.

▪ Tapas 51

3451 Highway 51 North


Greco Fresh Grille

Greco Fresh Grille plans to open its newest location this summer in Colony Place at the corner of Colony and Rea roads in south Charlotte.

The restaurant will be in the former Mai location, next to TCBY. Traditional Mediterranean fare is what to expect here: kebobs, gyros, stuffed grape leaves, falafel and plenty of pita all made fresh daily using the best possible ingredients.

Salads can be ordered with or without protein; a full kids’ menu is offered.

Greco currently can be found in the Blakeney shopping center at 9820 Rea Road.

▪ Greco Fresh Grille

7731 Colony Place


If you have hit the food truck scene in Charlotte lately, you probably recognize the name Sugar.

The popular gourmet donut truck frequents SouthPark Eats, Food Truck Fridays in Matthews and Elm Corners in Ballantyne. Sugar is such a hit that owner Kathi Alexander and her business partner Cassmer Ward are expanding the business into a brick-and-mortar store at 11914 Elm Lane in Ballantyne, with plans to open late this summer.

What makes these donuts different? Sugar’s homemade dough is made of ingredients such as real butter, milk and cream. No synthetic oils, food coloring or mixes are used. Donut flavors include: S’more, Boston Cream Pie, Vanilla Bean, Southern Banana Pudding and the best-selling Maple Bacon made with hickory smoked bacon and real maple syrup glaze.

▪ Sugar

The Scone Shop

Charlotte-based The Scone Shop has added two new flavors to its lineup: Spinach-Feta and Chocolate Cinnachip.

The scones come as frozen dough, handmade from original recipes and fresh ingredients. Each package of dough makes eight scones; simply place the dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes.

Popular flavors include cranberry orange, butterscotch chocolate chip and cinnamon chip. The Scone Shop scones can be found at local retailers including Whole Foods and Reid’s Fine Foods.


The Secret Chocolatier

The Secret Chocolatier in Cotswold on Providence Road will host a truffle-making class 2-4 p.m. July 11.

Chef Bill Dietz will teach how to make truffle ganache and how to infuse specific flavors. Cost is $60.

Class is geared for ages 14 or older. Stop in or visit the website to reserve a spot.

▪ The Secret Chocolatier

2935 Providence Road


Kandy Bar

Like nightlife? Coming soon to uptown’s EpiCentre is Kandy Bar, an upscale nightlife venue. Plans are to offer wine, desserts, local art and dancing.

▪ Kandy Bar

210 E. Trade St.


Smoke Modern BBQ

Smoke will open in September at Stonecrest in south Charlotte.

Located in the former City Tavern spot next to the theaters, Smoke will offer smoked barbecue platters with pork, chicken, brisket and ribs. Also on the menu is a take on mac and cheese: burnt end mac and cheese, stuffed with bites of crisp brisket and a shrimp-and-sausage mac and cheese.

A variety of salads, sandwiches, burgers, seafood and steaks are planned. This will be Smoke’s second Charlotte-area location, with the first in Huntersville at Birkdale Village.

▪ Smoke Modern BBQ

7828 E. Rea Road

The Brass Tap

The South End will soon have yet another spot to drink beer.

The Brass Tap plans to open at 1440 S. Tryon St. Expect 70 rotating craft beer taps, 100 different bottled beers, wine, cigars and a full menu.

▪ The Brass Tap

1440 S. Tryon


A couple of restaurant closings to be aware of: Extreme Pita has closed its only Charlotte-area location in Ballantyne Village, and Flamin’ Crawfish has shut its doors permanently in Myers Park’s Park Towne Village.

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