Ground was recently broken at Providence and Ardrey Kell roads in south Charlotte for developers Childress Klein and Crosland Southeast’s new Waverly development. Situated on 90 acres, the mixed-use parcel will add more than 1,000 jobs to the area and be anchored by Whole Foods, according to a press release by Crosland Southeast and Childress Klein.
Restaurants planned for Waverly include Ted Turner’s Ted’s Montana Grill, known for its hand-prepared, fresh American food including a selection of bison.
Mexican food will also be an option at the site with Chuy’s and Chipotle both signed on as tenants. A concept by Dressler’s Restaurant, which is yet unnamed, will be in the mix as well as Chick-Fil-A, Firehouse Subs, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar and Novanta 90 Pizzeria Napoletana.
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Fran’s Filling Station
Fran’s of Dilworth is now open on Mondays beginning at 11:30 a.m. and offering new lunch, dinner and cocktail menus. The veggie burger, new South fried chicken sandwich and pastrami reuben sandwich are all back by popular demand for lunch. Tacos featuring Thai and traditional Latin style flavors have been added, giving the menu a something a bit different.
The growing number of good, local options for diners is a direct result of the dedication of talented and hardworking chefs who want to enhance Charlotte’s food culture.
Bruce Moffett, founder of Moffett Restaurant Group
Owner Fran Scibelli said the restaurant staff is thrilled to “introduce fun, eclectic items like Thai tacos and Bahn Mi Pork Tenderloin Sliders. Many thanks to our customers for their loyalty and for providing great feedback of what they want to see on the menu.”
A few new dinner options at Fran’s include a turkey burger, summer vegetable gnocchi, braised beef and pico de gallo empanadas and pan-seared scallops with sweet corn hash. Chicken Milanese, a customer favorite, is now back on the menu as well.
Thirsty? Make sure to check out Fran’s new, seasonal cocktails including the Lynchburg slush or the raspberry mule.
• Fran’s Filling Station
2410 Park Road, 704-372-2009
Looking for live music and Sunday brunch all in one? Check out RiRa’s Bluegrass Brunch, new on Sundays from noon-3 p.m. Enjoy family friendly live bluegrass music, bottomless mimosas and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar while seated inside or outside on the patio. Walk-ins are welcome but reservations are recommended.
The culinary team at RiRa has been focusing on bringing traditional Irish fare back, according to sales and event manager Emmet Power, and it shows on the new menu. Favorites such as fish and chips, potato cakes, a variety of sliders, pub burgers, shepherds pie and more can be found at the uptown pub and eatery.
• RiRa’s Irish Pub
208 N. Tryon St., 704-333-5554
Waxhaw’s Heritage will soon have extra help in the kitchen from pastry chef Ashley Boyd of 300 East. Boyd will remain on staff at 300 East and divide her time between the two restaurants.
Heritage owner and Chef Paul Verica said he is “super excited to have Ashley come on board and take Heritage’s desserts to the next level.”
Chef Boyd will begin part-time at Heritage in September.
201 W. South Main Street, Waxhaw, 704-843-5236
Coming to SouthPark this fall is Mediterranean gift shop and restaurant efKarpo. The concept, a “social café and shop,” is set to open in the Specialty Shops on the Park at Morrison and Roxborough Road, according to Charlotte Business Journal.
Giorgio Bakatsias of Georges Brasserie in Piedmont Town Center is the owner of efKarpo. Expect Mediterranean fare such as pitas, paninis, Greek yogurt and salads served in the cafe plus a number of savories, spices and gift ideas in the shop.
6401 Morrison Boulevard, 919-521-7067
Local restaurateur Bruce Moffett celebrates the 15th anniversary of his restaurant, Barrington’s, by launching Charlotte Cooks Too. This social media campaign is designed to gain recognition for Charlotte-area independent chefs, their accomplishments and, of course, their food. Moffett is the founder of Moffett Restaurant Group and the owner of Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford and Stagioni.
“The growing number of good, local options for diners is a direct result of the dedication of talented and hardworking chefs who want to enhance Charlotte’s food culture,” Moffett said. “I am asking those chefs to join me in seeking awards and recognition from state, regional and national publications and organizations.”
Moffett’s push for Charlotte culinary recognition is helping to spread the word about the growing food scene here with help from area chefs, including Greg Zanitsch of The Fig Tree.
Want to help share the news about Charlotte’s growing food scene and amazing chefs? Simply use the hashtag #CharlotteCooksToo on your social media posts. The goal here is a simple one: to let folks everywhere know that Charlotte cooks, too. Other ways you can help include liking Charlotte Cooks Too on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Charlotte-Cooks-Too/734510816672322?hc_location=ufi and following @CLTCooksToo on Twitter.
Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.