News, notes, and gossip about the restaurant scene
Try, Try Again
Maybe this one’ll stick. The restaurant space in Dilworth’s Latta Pavilion, at the corner of East Boulevard and Scott Avenue, is one of the largest in the city. Two previous occupants have failed. Just in time for the holiday season, a new 131 Main opened in the space. It’s been drawing good crowds for its classic American fare.
Burgers 'n Beer
Just down the street, Frank Scibelli's Big Daddy’s Burger Bar is finally open. Crowds are already flocking for gourmet burgers and forty-nine beers on tap ("and one root beer!" Scibelli says).
Over in Morrison near SouthPark, Paul Wu's Yama Asian Fusion has created some buzz for its hip design and interesting menu. Wu also owns Osaka in Lake Norman. Still to come in Morrison: a Firebird’s Wood-Fired Grill.
James Funderburk's new club HOM has become uptown's latest hot spot. It has three levels: PLAY (the dance club), LIV (the lounge), and FEAST (the restaurant). The latter was the last to open and becomes Charlotte’s second restaurant featuring crépes to open in as many months (Salara is the other. See page 140). The menu also features salads and sandwiches with a slight Mediterranean bent, and FEAST promises to stay open till 4 a.m. We’ll have to take their word on that last bit.