The 5 New Charlotte Businesses and Concepts We’re Most Excited for Right Now

New Charlotte Businesses

In the midst of a huge spate of openings and groundbreakings, these are the new Charlotte businesses coming soon that we’re most eagerly awaiting.

VANA, the Sanskrit word for forest, comes from Jayson Whiteside and Chef Michael Noll of Bardo. It’s set to open this winter or early spring at 1440 S. Tryon St. in a 2,350-square-foot spot that was once a tile shop. While Bardo centers around fine dining and small plates, VANA is intended to be more relaxed and approachable and will include both lunch and brunch. Chef Noll is building out a Spanish-inspired tapas menu centered on rustic wood-fired cooking and mixologist Amanda Britton, also of Bardo, will head up the bar team.

We love everything Jamie Brown and Jeff Tonidandel touch: Haberdish, Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub, Reigning Doughnuts and Growlers Pourhouse are their hard-earned achievers and major additions to Charlotte’s culinary scene. Supperland will be their first venture into Plaza Midwood. Their newest project, located across from Whiskey Warehouse in a 1952-built historic church building, is anticipated to open in spring or summer of 2020.

New Charlotte Businesses
Jamie Brown and Jeff Tonidandel

Mood House 
Cristina Wilson, formerly of Charlotte Agenda, revealed her newest concept this January. Mood House will land in Dilworth Summer 2020, and Cristina says that you’ll be able to get the massage you’ve needed, unwind in the infrared sauna, or drop into a guided meditation class. Plus, under the guidance of Perry Poole, the space is sure to be nothing short of stunning.

We fell in love long ago with chef Meherwan Irani’s Chai Pani in Asheville. This year, he will bring his talents and an homage to his life long love of kababs and Irani Cafes to Charlotte’s Optimist Hall. The Bottiwalla menu will feature the late night street food scene of India with grilled meats, flat breads, fresh herbs, and wraps, and the look of the eatery is inspired by the colorful Irani cafes of India.

Stable Hand CLT
This one technically is open as of January 2020: Stable Hand, a new coffee shop and neighborhood hangout, opened its doors in South End in the space previously occupied by Good Bottle Co and Hex. The two brands used to share space inside the Good Bottle building, but now the goal is a more cohesive concept with Hex Coffee, curated craft beers on draft, natural wine by the glass, and a limited food menu.