ARPA, the tapas place and wine bar that is part of Harper's Restaurants, will become Harper's Grill the first week of May, if all goes according to plan.
Monday, April 27, 2009
The menu will include diner favorites from the Harper's chain, dishes from the Harper's Blue Ribbon BBQ (BR BBQ) and specials from corporate chef Tom Condron and current ARPA chef de cuisine Sam Diminich.
The company closed Harper's BR BBQ, also uptown, April 1. In Charlotte, the restaurant group's Harper's ToGoGo, offering takeout only, remains open in locations uptown and near SouthPark, along with Mimosa Grill and Zink American Kitchen uptown; Upstream in Phillips Place, M5 near SouthPark and two Harper's (Carolina Place and SouthPark). It also has Harper's in Columbia and Greensboro.
Says Harper's president Tom Sasser: "We really felt this was a great lunch spot and could not get uptown Charlotte to buy Spanish at lunch. The Harper's price point and more comfort-oriented menu is obviously a good thing in this economy for lunch and dinner.
The location, at 129 W. Trade St. (at the corner of South Church Street), has long been a fixture on the uptown dining scene, having first housed Sonoma a decade ago.
ARPA, which will serve its last meal May 2, moved into the spot, in a shuffling of uptown restaurants, in 2005.
Harper's Grill will be open weekdays for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner and Sunday for brunch. Prices will range from $6-$14 at lunch and most dinner entrees will run $12-$19.
Posted by Helen Schwab at 9:22 AM