5Church will open, if all goes according to plan, May 18 uptown, at the corner of North Church and Fifth streets. Serving a New American menu, executive chef Jamie Lynch says in a press release that he aims to "reflect the purity of local products and to advocate proper techniques of food preparation in a respectful manner." His resume includes Le Cirque, Cafe Boulud and Aureole (he was most recently at Barrington's in Charlotte), and his opening lineup includes roasted Szechuan pork belly, St. Louis-style toasted mushroom ravioli, New York strip with "J-1" steak sauce, roasted N.C. group, plus housemade breads, pastas and cheeses (and ramps, according to a photo from his Twitter feed @chefjlynch, shown below).
Expect a look by Howell that is (according to its press) a "tongue-in-cheek interpretation of a neo-Victorian decor," "casual, yet refined" and "classic-meets-modern." Howell and colleagues have done Gallery Twenty-Two and Vida Cantina, among other Charlotte spots. Expect a feel, according to Torio, that's "where Uptown meets Plaza Midwood and Myers Park... an event experience."
The place will be open daily, serving lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, and will offer complimentary valet parking. Info: 704-919-1322; www.5Church.com.