Opening a new business is challenging. Throw a pandemic on top of it and it is a whole other level. In a time filled with uncertainty and lots of construction and supplier delays, let’s both celebrate and support the restaurants, coffee shops, and other new businesses opening in the area.  



Coming Soon in NoDa 

Construction is underway on the latest restaurant venture of Paul Verica, the owner and chef of The Stanley in Elizabeth. Orto, which is Italian for “vegetable garden”, will have house-made pastas and pizzas. We are especially excited to try the rectangular, Detroit-style pizza when this new Italian restaurant opens.  

Address: 416 E 36th St. 

Instagram: @ortonoda 



The Degenerate 

Now Open in Villa Heights 

The grand opening of The Degenerate was scheduled to be the very same day that North Carolina shut down restaurant operations in March due to COVID-19. Luckily for us and Villa Heights, the owners pushed through and officially opened during the summer. As a nod to their favorite flavors of NYC, the owners and chef have created an eclectic menu that mixes many different cuisines. You will find everything from pierogies to falafel to chicken bahn mi as well as a full cocktail menu.

Address: 2100 N Davidson St. 

Instagram: @the_degenerateclt 

Photo: The Degenerate



Giddy Goat Coffee Roasters 

Coming Soon in Plaza Midwood 

Located across the street from the GW Real Estate office is the soon-to-be-open Giddy Goat. Expect an amazing hang out spot plus a breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu in addition to the coffee offerings. We are also huge fans of the new mural by Darion Fleming (@daflemingo) covering the building’s exterior.  

Address: 1217 The Plaza 

Instagram: @giddycoffee 



The Culture Shop 

Now Open in Belmont 

A shop dedicated to wine and cheese. Now that is a concept we can enthusiastically get behind. Owner and longtime Charlotte resident Catherine Devericks has created a neighborhood market that focuses on local, artisan, and small-batch producers. In addition to wine and cheese, The Culture Shop offers sandwiches, craft beer, coffee, meats, seasonal produce, and other delicious provisions.  

Address: 1425 Kennon St. 

Instagram: @thecultureshopclt 



Oh My Soul 

Now Open in NoDa 

NoDa’s first Vegan restaurant opened at the end of February 2020. The menu is filled with waffles, wraps, “vurgers” (veggie burgers), and smoothies. Whether you are vegan or simply in the mood for a plant-based meal, there is something everyone can enjoy at Oh My Soul.  

Address: 3046 N Davidson St. 

Instagram: @ohmysoulusa 

Photo: Oh My Soul



Summit Coffee 

Coming Soon in NoDa 

Summit Coffee isn’t a new name in the Charlotte area. It has already won over locals in Davidson, NC so expect the new NoDa location to deliver on its coffee creations, seasonal drinks, and pastries. We fully believe that coffee isn’t just meant for mornings so luckily the new NoDa shop will also have evening hours and beer a wine menu.  

Address: 416 E 36th St. 

Instagram: @summitcoffeenoda  




Coming Soon in Plaza Midwood 

Supperland is literally taking shape in front of our eyes. We have a front-row seat from our GW Real Estate office window to the latest brainchild of the owners of Crepe Cellar, Haberdish, and Reigning Doughnuts in NoDa. Supperland will focus on regional Southern cuisine and it gets extra cool points that the highly-anticipated food will be served in a renovated historic church.

Address: 1212 The Plaza 




Roy’s Kitchen & Patio 

Now Open in NoDa 

Roy’s Kitchen & Patio has been serving authentic Caribbean cuisine since its Summer 2020 opening. Expand your culinary palate by trying traditional island dishes like curry goat and oxtail stew. Whatever you pick, it is sure to be full of flavor thanks to the family recipes that fill the kitchen.  

Address: 3112 N Davidson St.  

Instagram: @roysnoda 



Paper Plane Deli & Market 

Now Open in Belmont 

Paper Plane Deli and Market opened its doors in March 2020 and has been delighting visitors with their “Simple. Convenient. Kind.” approach to food ever since. In this neighborhood market, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, and an all-day bar food menu in addition to market staples like coffee, snacks, beer, wine, and grab-and-go meals.  

Address: 933 Louise Ave. 

Instagram: @paperplanedeliandmarket 

Photo: Paper Plane Deli & Market


The Exchange at 36th 

Coming Soon in NoDa 

Bistro La Bon chef Kevin Samuel is bringing a small-scale grocery to NoDa. The Exchange at 36th will be a space where you can dash in for market essentials like milk and bread as well as grab-and-go sandwiches, salads, pastries, and other provisions. Plus, a bar stocked with beer and wine. There is even more to look forward to – Samuel is planning on turning the space next door into a restaurant down the line. 

Address: 451 36th St. 

Instagram: @theexchangeat36th 



Members Only Tasting Room & Social 

Now Open in Plaza Midwood 

The owner of Juice Box Bar in NoDa opened this casual speakeasy and premier cocktail bar in Plaza Midwood at the beginning of 2020.  With your $10 annual membership (required for access to the bar), you can check out their menu of specialty cocktails, beers, bourbons, and boutique exclusive wines. Don’t miss the Members Only namesake cocktail, a glass of Luc Belaire sparkling wine topped with cotton candy. 

Address: 2413 Central Ave. 

Instagram: @members.only_clt 




Now Open in NoDa 

Margaritas + BBQ Tacos = A winning combination in our books. Bargarita’s menu has interesting and fun takes on Southern classics like brisket and barbeque. Plus, you can’t have a restaurant named Bargarita without having a killer selection of tequila and an extensive margarita menu ranging from classic to craft.  

Address: 3221 N Davidson St. 

Instagram: @bargarita_noda 


If you have a 28205 favorite, be sure to give it a shout out in the comments below or let us know if there is another spot we should add to our list. We would love to hear from you! 


Cover Photo: Bargarita