Thursday, July 31, 2014

Beer here (Charlotte) ...

On the way: Gastropub Draught Charlotte in the former Hartigan's spot at 601 S. Cedar St. near the stadium, from owner Jason Astephen, who has Prohibition in Charlotte and Craft Tap House in New York. Look for 34 craft beers on tap (about half from Charlotte and nearby N.C.), says the place's Maura Howe, plus "mason jar cocktails" and two bars.
As for the food, exec chef Tony Maiolo and sous Bruce Florio, both Johnson & Wales graduates, plan such items as pimento cheese fritters with crusted red honey; fried green tomatoes with goat cheese and roasted red pepper aioli; beer-braised pork "wings" with sweet chile Cheerwine barbecue sauce; Korean-style bulgogi lettuce wraps; and a smoked duck French dip sandwich, dubbed the Third Ward Sandwich.

Grand opening target date is Aug. 8. The website's in progress; Facebook page is here.