In case you've missed some intense bursts of energy:
- Though the Charlotte location Butter will, heartbreakingly, not have the restaurant component the NYC original is famous for (it will be strictly a nightclub, more like the same owners’ 1 Oak in NYC), N.C. Music Factory does have other news. Mattie’s Diner should open in the next few weeks, with a classic diner menu with some twists and specials; Black Bear Saloon, a multilocation venture in New York with a fairly straightforward bar menu is under construction; upcoming Wet Willie’s is known for frozen slushy-esque daiquiris, but also sells wings-burgers-etc.; and Noah Lazes says the Factory is eying “at least three other” restaurants, all “major operators.”
- New in Plaza Midwood: Whiskey Warehouse at the old Creation spot, with pretty brick and wood interior, Jack-and-Coke frozen drinks, and burgers with bourbon BBQ sauce and whiskey-glazed salmon; Loco Lime, the second location of a Mexican place in Huntersville, slated to open in a week or two, and upcoming Cuban Pete’s Café. (In order: 1221 The Plaza; 1101 Central Ave.; and 1308 The Plaza.)
- Eats at the arts complex on South Tryon Street include no slushy-style cocktails to my knowledge, but the café at the Bechtler is open, with Porcupine Provisions catering it all, aiming at the feel of a European bakery, from sandwiches and salads to some Bechtler grandmother recipes such as carrot cake and marble pound cake. Still to be determined: Who’ll end up doing the café planned at the Mint, and the several places (including “signature restaurant”) at the Duke Energy Center?