Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Emeril's place sets opening date

Emeril Lagasse's new e2 will open Jan. 26, if all goes according to plan, serving dinner Monday-Saturday at 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts uptown (between Tryon and Church streets). Described as "casual American," it brings together several veterans of Lagasse restaurants, from chef de cuisine Justin Sells to sous and pastry chef Stephanie Nikolic. Look for chicken and waffles, shrimp pizza, sea scallops with crab fumet, "ham-cured" pork loin and more. The setup includes a counter bordering the open kitchen; a seafood/raw bar; a common table for up to 12; a cocktail bar; the main dining room (seating 125); and a street-level outdoor patio. Complimentary valet parking will be offered, and reservations will be taken starting Jan. 16, at 704-414-4787 or