9 Charlotte restaurant veterans expand their footprint in 2022

Expect new cafes, bakeries, tasting rooms and food stalls

Just a few weeks after the opening of Calle Sol in Plaza Midwood, FS Group announced plans to add a concept alongside that of Mama Ricotta called Amma’s Pizza & Cheesesteaks. Look for cheese steaks with American cheese and Cheez Whiz, as well as slice pizzas.

Having added The Jimmy to his roster in 2021, Jim noble will expand its popular barbecue joint, Noble smoke, with a stand at Optimist Hall in early 2022. Order smoked meats by the pound or in a sandwich, as well as savory sides like seared green beans, cabbage, and macaroni and cheese.

Joe and Katy Vampire revealed plans to launch a new all-day cafe called Milk bread down the street from their namesake restaurant in Davidson in early 2022. Later this summer, they will be opening a second location in the former walk-in Dairy Queen in Plaza Midwood. Both locations will serve fritters of bread with milk, crispy chicken, salads and coffee, as well as an independent wine and beer rotation in the evening.

Rob duckworth, owner of Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse, will open a new location alongside a cocktail bar called The Loft at Duckworth in the former Taco Mac space in SouthPark.

Scott and Linda murphy, the couple who bought the famous fork farm restaurant Heirloom in 2019, moved their operation from Mountain Island Lake to downtown Belmont. This year they will open two new restaurants in the historic district: Honeycomb coffee, where son Patrick will run the kitchen, and Bourdon bakery. General Manager Seth Wilson has taken the helm of Heirloom’s new location on Glenway Street.

Twice-appointed chef James Beard Greg Collier and wife and business partner Subrina Necklace will reopen their beloved breakfast restaurant Uptown Yellow in a 2,800 square foot ground floor space at Vantage South End in Spring 2022.

Jamie brown and Jeff Tonidandel, the spouses and business partners who opened Supperland last year, will transform their NoDa gastro pub, Crêpe Cellar Kitchen & Pub, into an Italian restaurant called Always Andalo. Look for homemade Italian burrata, pasta and wine chosen by Supperland sommelier Michael Klinger.

The Earth-Mother group, who added Mariposa to its portfolio in October, will launch a new French-inspired fast fried chicken restaurant called Coquette in upscale neighborhoods this spring.

Little Philippe, the Selwyn Avenue Wine and Chocolate Tasting Room, will move this summer to a larger stand-alone location at 4001 Park Road. Husband and wife team Marc Meissner and Casey hickey, which also owns the South End boutique of Twenty Degrees Chocolates, will transform the former dry cleaner into a tasting room, retail space and wine storage service. —Taylor Bowler

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