The neighborhoods around Charlotte’s core are bustling with excitement. There are many new projects in the works that could change the look and feel of these areas. While we’re excited to see progress, we won’t abandon the beloved establishments that formed Charlotte’s fabric; the places that created the unique character that drew us to those neighborhoods in the first place. 

So, like a good Girl Scout, let’s make new friends, but keep the old; one is silver and the other is gold. Both new developments and city landmarks are precious and contribute to Charlotte’s value. It’s why we love it here. 


NEW FRIEND: Commonwealth mixed-use development, phase one expected spring 2024

This 12 acre project at the corner of Central and Pecan avenues will have apartments, offices, retail and restaurants. Each building will have varying heights to add depth, dimension and character to the space.

With each new project, people who love Plaza Midwood worry about losing its charm and character. Commonwealth’s developers say they’re trying to preserve the area’s identity as much as possible. Two historic brick mill buildings are being incorporated in the project. Developers say Commonwealth will be pedestrian friendly and filled with green space. You can read more about it here.

THE GOLD: The Diamond, established in 1945

This place on Commonwealth Avenue opened as a soda shop and has been a neighborhood favorite ever since. It’s been renovated just enough, but not too much. It still has those classic diner booths, but it also has a fabulous patio for outdoor dining. The juke box has a great combination of old and new hits and so does the menu. From fried pork chops and pimento cheese to black bean hummus and a salmon blt; there’s something for everyone. 


NEW FRIEND:  The Pass, mixed-use development, phase one expected early 2023

Just steps from the LYNX blue line Sugar Creek light rail station, this project combines old warehouse buildings with new construction. It will have apartments, retail and offices. Construction is expected to start in June. You can read more about it here.

THE GOLD:  Brooks’ Sandwich House, established in 1973

This place is often voted “Charlotte’s Best Burger”. Thrillist even named it one of the best burgers in America! Twin brothers David and Scott Brooks opened this place nearly 50 years ago. Tragically, Scott was killed in 2019, and his murder remains unsolved. The restaurant is still run by the Brooks family, with a third generation continuing the tradition of great burgers and amazing homemade chili. People in NoDa adore the Brooks family and their old-school burgers. Their cash register is old school too; they don’t take credit cards. 


NEW FRIEND: Rally, a pickleball and entertainment complex coming in 2023

By now I’m sure you know that pickleball isn’t just for the over 65 set. The fast-growing sport is the headliner of this project off Old Pineville Road. It will have four indoor and four outdoor pickleball courts. Rally will also have two cocktail bars, private event spaces and plenty of spectator seating to take in all of the action. Plus, it’s not far from Charlotte’s oldest brewery, Olde Mecklenburg. You can read more about it here.

THE GOLD:  Beef ‘n Bottle, established in 1958

Don’t judge this legendary steakhouse by its lack of curb appeal. Locals know this place is way more impressive than it looks. Forget those fancy chain restaurants, USA Today ranked Beef ‘n Bottle the number one steakhouse in the Queen City, despite its “drab exterior and comfortably boring interior.” We agree.

There is so much to look forward to! While these new places are under construction, let’s keep visiting the places that were here long before skyscrapers and cranes dotted the Charlotte skyline. 

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