In summer of 2022, lunch in Charlotte NC found a new contender in the form of Salted Melon. This upscale market and eatery is a colorful, convenient one-stop shop in South End. The owners behind Reid’s Fine Foods opened Salted Melon on the ground floor of the Lowe’s Global Technology Center. Expect to find a wide expanse of offerings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks, and provisions.
Outside, overlooking bustling Worthington street, there’s a 40-seater patio. Inside, you’ll be met with a vibrant dining area, light-filled bar, a deli and bakery counter, and aisles of gourmet pantry staples.
Barrie Benson, of her self-named interior design firm, designed all Reid’s Fine Foods locations, as well as Salted Melon. The 7,000 square foot market and eatery features live greenery, leather booths, and colorful splashes of art. Additionally, Salted Melon worked with The Plaid Penguin, a Charlotte-based branding and communications firm, to develop the name and brand.
“Watching South End grow, we recognized the demand for a convenient, health-focused concept that was approachable yet elevated,” says Thomas Coker, the COO of Salted Melon. “We hope it will have something for everyone. Also, we hope that it will be both a convenient option for those on the go and a welcoming space to enjoy with friends or for one’s morning coffee.”
Something for Every Time of Day
Looking to grab a bottle of wine, something for dinner, lunch in Charlotte NC, or snacks to host a party? In the market, guests will find a curated selection of health-conscious, wellness-minded food and beverages. They also carry a selection of beloved Reid’s Fine Foods products, including the snack mixes and take-and-bake entrees.
Whether you’re looking to sit down and eat, get your caffeine fix, or take lunch back to the office, the all-day menu begins at 7am on weekdays. It includes breakfast, salads, wraps, sandwiches, bowls, coffee and espresso, and bakery items. Plus, the eatery also boasts Charlotte’s first bone broth bar from local brand Brave Broth.
Beginning at 4 pm seven days a week, Salted Melon transforms into a dinner restaurant and cocktail bar with its expanded, full-service menu. Choose from small and large plates. Then, pair with cocktails, beer or wine. Alternatively, stop by for brunch on the weekends starting at 8 am. Executive Chef Andres Moncayo and Chef de Cuisine Jay Labs developed the Salted Melon menus and oversee the culinary team.
To add one more element to the convenience factor of this spot, Salted Melon has online ordering through its website and app, both for pickup and delivery.