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Vapiano Adds Breakfast Uptown

Vapiano Adds Breakfast Uptown

Lars Kruz has been telling us about his plan to add breakfast to the menu for close to a year now. As with any large company, it is not always easy to think outside the box. Even though breakfast is r... »

Piada, the Next Big Trend???

Piada, the Next Big Trend???

Chipotle rules the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) scene. Their market cap is a staggering $16.4 Billion Dollars. That, my friends, is a lot of frickin’ burritos. Naturally, everyone in the game ... »

True Crafted Pizza Shakes up Stonecrest

True Crafted Pizza Shakes up Stonecrest

We kept hearing about a unique Pizza place in StoneCrest called True Crafted Pizza.  We had never made it over there since the Ballantyne area seems so far away when you live close to the Center City ... »

Stagioni Opens In Myers Park

Stagioni Opens In Myers Park

Bruce Moffit is on a roll. What started as a Northeastern relocation has evolved into a culinary stronghold in Charlotte. Barrington’s in Foxcroft was the first installment. The only complaint I... »

Bravo Cucina Italiana Coming to Blakeney

Bravo Cucina Italiana Coming to Blakeney

Sources have told Restaurant Traffic that Bravo Cucina Italiana will announce their newest location in the Blakeney Shopping Center.  We will not announce exactly where since they are back filling a c... »

Carmella’s Pizza Grill Busted My Lunch Break

Carmella’s Pizza Grill Busted My Lunch Break

I found myself around Steele Creek near South Tryon while out on my lunch break yesterday. Almost ten years ago I worked in that area while cutting my teeth selling yellow page advertising for BellSou... »

La Tagliatella Announces $1 Pizzas

La Tagliatella Announces $1 Pizzas

La Tagliatella is selling pizzas for $1 on selected dates in October for charity. October is National Pizza Month and La Tagliatella will be offering $1 pizzas from 4-7 pm on October 14th and 21st and... »

Vapiano to Start Serving Breakfast

Vapiano to Start Serving Breakfast

Vapiano in Uptown is about to start serving breakfast.  We were in there for lunch last week and we noticed the poster below on the window.  Vapiano is one of our favorite restaurants and we are excit... »

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Ilios Noche Opens in Quail Corners

Ilios Noche Opens in Quail Corners

Ilios Noche opened their 2nd location this past Sunday night to the public.  It is located in the newly renovated Quail Corners Shopping Center.  They had a private Grand Opening Celebration this past... »

Olive Garden Goes Small Plates

Olive Garden Goes Small Plates

What do you do when you have 820 locations and are known for the “Never Ending Pasta Bowl” and unlimited bread sticks and salads?   If you are Olive Garden you change course and think smal... »

La Tagliatella at the Epicenter – Sneak Peek

La Tagliatella at the Epicenter – Sneak Peek

La Tagliatella opens to the general public today.  General Manager Daniel Gibson and his staff invited Restaurant Traffic to a lunch preview and we were impressed.  La Tagliatella is a European compan... »

What’s Going Into Rullo di Pasta

What’s Going Into Rullo di Pasta

We keep hearing that a burger concept is going into the former Rullo di Pasta space in Toringdon in the Ballantyne area.  My money is on Mooyah Burgers.  Mooyah has been looking for a site to land in ... »

Libretto’s Free Pizza Update

Libretto’s Free Pizza Update

We caught up with Mike Libretto about his Free Pizza promotion this past Saturday.  He told Restaurant Traffic that people started lining up at 2:30 am at his new Myers Park Libretto’s location.... »

Libretto’s Pizzeria Hosts Media Night at Parketowne Village

Libretto’s Pizzeria Hosts Media Night at Parketowne Village

Mike Libretto and his crew were nice enough to invite Restaurant Traffic to their Media Night on Wednesday.  That is Mike and Adam and myself at Libretto’s newly designed bar.   The place looks ... »

Luciano’s Finally Opens in Southend

Luciano’s Finally Opens in Southend

Luciano’s has opened in Southend.  We have chronicled the many delays and postponements this restaurant encountered but good things come to those that wait.  Initial reports are Luciano’s ... »

Al’s Pizza Serves Its Last Slice in Myers Park

Al’s Pizza Serves Its Last Slice in Myers Park

We have known about Al’s Pizza looking for the exit door for 3 months now because restaurants are our business at Legacy Real Estate Advisors (cheap plug.)  They have finally shut down operation... »

Friday Feature: Trattoria Antica Brings Tavern-Style Italian To Waxhaw

Friday Feature: Trattoria Antica Brings Tavern-Style Italian To Waxhaw

Our readers know we tend to focus on restaurants within the limits of Charlotte proper here at Restaurant Traffic. But when we find a winner in one of the outlying areas around Mecklenburg County we d... »

Luciano’s Still on Hold

Luciano’s Still on Hold

I drive by Luciano’s at least twice a day and hope to see a now open sign but sadly every day I am disappointed.  I have no idea what is taking this place so long to open the doors.  I can see t... »

Luciano’s Sets March Opening Date

Luciano’s Sets March Opening Date

Better late than never the saying goes.  Well Luciano’s has finally set a tentative opening date of “sometime in late March” according to a spokesman we talked to last week.  Luciano... »

Ilios Noche Rises Above The Rest

Ilios Noche Rises Above The Rest

If you want to a clear demonstration of the standard of service and cuisine required to not only survive as a restaurant, but to thrive and succeed in these strange times, one needs to give serious co... »