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  1. Sister in Plaza Midwood, formerly Kiki (below Soul Gastrolounge) is closing its doors.
  2. The second tower crane looks to be complete!
  3. Looks like Greg Collier will be taking over as executive chef at the Centurion lounge. Hopefully no more reconstituted eggs now. https://charlotte.axios.com/298786/chef-greg-collier-opens-new-restaurant-in-charlotte-airport-lounge/
  4. I grabbed a couple pics from various angles of the tower crane going up yesterday. First is from the intersection of Camden/West, and the second is from the 1927 S. Tryon Parking Garage, just as they were putting on what looks like the last segment of the crane.
  5. I've recently discovered some amazing nonalcoholic beer from a brewery called Athletic Brewing Company. Their IPAs taste just like a nice IPA. Maybe not an award winner, but close. I actually cannot tell that it isn't alcoholic (well, 0.5%). Are there breweries in Charlotte with a good nonalcoholic beer (IPA preferred)? I'm not taking about kombucha (which is also awesome), or ciders, or nonalcoholic sparkling water, or ginger ale, or O'Douls (or the like); but real craft nonalcoholic beer. With Athletic, it's been proven that non alcoholic beers can taste just like the real thing if they're done right. I just wonder when any of our local breweries will offer a nonalcoholic IPA or other varieties. Then I'll probably be hooked. Surely the market is there for those that just want to enjoy the flavor without getting tipsy.
  6. Does anyone have an estimation of how tall this building could be based on these stats? I didn't see the floor-count anywhere in the articles in the Observer or on Axios.
  7. Is there any further news on what will be built on the Gas-Fired Products site? I work at 1927 S. Tryon, right across the street and have seen the demolition of the GFP building...just wondering what is coming.
  8. But how were the tacos? I ate at Ava - had their fennel sausage pizza. It was good, but not really competition to Inizio and Capishe. I'm most looking forward to Botiwala.
  9. Does anyone know what's under construction on the old Coliseum Center lot near Walmart? It looks like a building with some kind of island - I'm guessing a gas station. Yay.
  10. Looking towards town down Camden at night from the intersection @ Park Ave., the Flower Child and Design Within Reach neon signs light up the area quite a bit, in a vibrant kind of way. It looks great!
  11. I had to look at the reviews, and 13 of the 24 reviews were 4 or 5 stars. Most of the negative ones were for service alone, not food quality. I didn’t experience any service issues myself, but I was there both times for a late lunch, so it wasn’t crazy busy at the time. Hopefully the service gets better with time, but food-wise, it’s a winner. Just don’t go in expecting a really adventurous/exciting/creative menu, because you won’t find it - it’s staple bar food, executed very well.
  12. I checked out Superica on opening day and completely agree with the reviews here - it’s awesome! I really went in expecting an expensive (for lunch) meal and small portions with no free chips and salsa. I couldn’t have gotten it more wrong. Free chips, 2 delicious salsas, unlimited beans and rice, and a couple really damned good enchiladas. It was all delicious, and at $11.99, maybe a little more expensive than my every day lunch, but still a good deal. Speaking of openings in South End, I’ve been to The Rosemont (in the old Wu’s/Nan & Byron’s/Vinnies location) twice now, and I was impressed both times. I tried their French Dip on my first visit (if you know me, then you know I can’t turn down a French Dip sandwich) and the Philly Cheesesteak on my second visit. I know you can get both of these sandwiches at plenty of other places, but the execution here is just very solid. Both have a 1/2 pound of meat (medium rare shaved prime rib for the dip) and are served on a nice, chewy sub roll. I’d go so far as to say that they could be contenders for for best French Dip and best Philly in Charlotte. They offer several french fry options (regular, waffle, seasoned crinkle cut, or sweet potato) for sides. At $15 each, they aren’t cheap sandwiches, but I think they were worth it. There’s nothing fancy or adventurous (or healthy) about this place, but the food was just plain damned good. I think this concept will stick, and do well here. I know I’ll certainly be back. Bottle Cap Group got it right here.
  13. A new restaurant is opening in the old location of The Meat & Fish Company called Hi Tide Poke and Raw Bar. Signage is up and they are hiring. It’ll be nice to have a raw bar back in the neighborhood since Vinnie’s closed (not that Vinnie’s was known for quality, but still). It looks like it’ll be pretty laid back, and hopefully that means they’ll have raw oysters that don’t cost $3 each. I can kill a good 3-4 dozen no problem, but that gets pricy at most places.
  14. Oh, trust me, if it were on the menu, I would’ve gotten it!
  15. Went to The People's Market for lunch. Man, that place is bare. The space they are in versus the amount of products that they have is really out of whack. There are just little shelves sparsely spread about with some local (and not local) goods. There is a good showing of Charlotte/Carolinas products, but it would have a better feel to it if the space were condensed. It's just way too big for what they have to offer. And it's pricey - I got a Boar's Head pastrami sandwich (which was delicious, but a bit light on the meat) and an individual bag of chips and it was $14. The individual-sized bag of chips was $3.99 alone. And nearly everything else I saw on the shelves was overpriced too. I know these are local goods and I don't expect the same prices as a national brand, but it has to be within reason.
  16. There's no way that is accurate. The story says that he works at a bank branch and is a manager. No one working at a bank branch makes that kind of money - no one. I think there is an extra zero on his salary and what he is saving per month - maybe a joke, maybe a mistake. Does the CA ask for pay stubs for these things or just take people's word for it? If they were netting essentially $946,000 annually, that's roughly $80,000 per month. The monthly expenses they listed are under $2,500. Even if they saved $20K per month and had $2,500 on expenses, what the hell do they spend the other $57,500 on each month? I know taxes take a nice chunk at that income level, but it just doesn't all add up.
  17. You are correct! The only place I saw that signage visible was at the very end of Concourse B where that pic was taken. It looks quite nice!
  18. So, today I got dropped off from Park ‘N Go at an unusual place. I had my attention to my phone during the whole ride to the airport. What I saw when we stopped was a surprise. I honestly had to do a double take to make sure I was at the right airport! Apparently the lanes for buses moved a couple weeks ago. They are now up against the rental car terminal. Now, the parking shuttles stop under a covered, 5-lane overpass. It looks nice! Then you have to cross the construction area (which for years now seems like it will be never ending). By the way, the drop-off and pick-up lanes are still in the same place as before. This only affects buses. Anyway, the new road is open! Some pics..... https://photos.app.goo.gl/jG7vUXxRRg734qbk1 https://photos.app.goo.gl/cpfOQxgFN5VdgOka2
  19. Independence Center is officially gone. The last couple of walls were torn down today.
  20. I’m in St. Louis right now and I can’t wait to get beck to Charlotte. This city has some nice neighborhoods outside of downtown (central west end, ballpark village, Clayton, Delmar loop), but geez...downtown is just depressing. It’s been probably 10 years since I’ve been here, but this place is just vacant now. The largest building in the state, One AT&T Center, is completely vacant - a 44 story building! Though there is some lovely old architecture and there are some skyscraper “canyons” that are grander than Charlotte has, the city just seems empty. Lots of buildings, not lots of people. I could walk 10 blocks down the middle of Pine St at noon and might have a 3 or 4 cars pass by. Closed stores, restaurants, delis, sundries stores, etc. Just empty! Despite that, I have to say that I’m impressed with the light rail. In the downtown area, it turns into a subway. Everything is underground, which is great. Makes me wonder how a city like St. Louis, with a population that has declined 62% since the ‘50s, can make a subway happen, but Charlotte - a polar opposite with downtown booming - couldn’t do the same. I know there’s more to it...I’m just a bit envious of the St. Louis Metrolink being underground while also being completely disappointed in the city itself (at least downtown).
  21. I’d second that. I got a burger there a few days after they opened and it was great - juicy and full of flavor. They also have Sir Kensington’s mustard and ketchup for condiments, which are both awesome on a burger. Free fries on the first visit if you download the app! The fries I had were crisp and fresh, but a couple coworkers of mine said theirs were a bit greasy and soggy, like they’d been sitting around for awhile. Anyway, my experience there was great. Not Bang Bang great, but no too far off either!
  22. I'd probably have to go back and try it out, but I fear that I'd be disappointed.
  23. I agree. Southbound was a big disappointment. I had lunch there yesterday. I loved the interior - probably would be a great place to hang out. But the food...meh. The menu itself had no descriptions and options were very few. You can hardly even figure out what you are ordering - my group had about 10 questions to the server. I ended up getting their one and only burrito, but all the menu said was "SoCal Burrito." You have to ask questions to figure out that it is a carne asada burrito with french fries stuffed in it. No chicken or other option available for burritos. Anyway, it was $10 and was tiny. Flavors were decent, but not great. The beans that came with it were bland as could be - no flavor whatsoever. They have a salsa bar which is decent, but you cant just get chips. You have to pay for the guacamole ($5) or the pico ($4) to get chips. Then when they bring you the chips, you get about 15 of them - even when there are three of you. You can order more, but when you do that, they just bring 15 more chips. The cups at the salsa bar are really more like thimbles. They aren't big enough to dip a chip, so you have to pour salsa on each individual chip. Each thimble-full is good for about 3 chips. The street corn was delicious but pricey at $3 each. $9 for 3 ears of corn seems ridiculous. We ended up spending about $16/person plus tip to have a mediocre lunch that didn't fill us up, with water all around to drink. Hot taco offers free chips, larger portions, and honestly better tasting food. It was a real disappointment at Southbound, and unless they make changes, I have no reason to ever go back.
  24. No French Dip update this time , but I did give Roots Cafe a try today (where Cluck 'n Cup used to be on South Blvd.). Had their pastrami sandwich, and it was pretty awesome. The pastrami was cut nice and thick, with house made pickles. Could've used a bit more meat, but it was very satisfying. They had Up Dog Kombucha on tap - fill your own growler. I had to grab a mini growler of their lavender variety - quite tasty!
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