Gwen Poth invited me down to the friends and family party at the beautiful new Mellow Mushroom in Ballantyne Village on Saturday night. Gwen does PR for a lot of the restaurants you love in Charlotte, and she knows how to throw a party.
I was very excited to see what shroom fueled design would take over the former Table space. This was a white linen table cloth restaurant with a too big kitchen, odd pastel color palate, and an awkward mezzanine that chopped up the space. This transition makes me think of a saying that a wise and successful restaurateur once told me, "Feed the kings and live like the masses, feed the masses and live like the kings."
The bar is truly dramatic. Five 70 inch LED TV's, European draft towers, and color changing two story LED wine tower turned bar feature.
I do worry a little bit about the lack of seats for such a large foot print and ritzy address. I have -0- doubts about the fit for the market. The big mistake people made when they were trying to open high end restaurants all over Ballantyne because the demographics (Number of people and average household income within a 5 mile radius) are dense and wealthy. The thing they did not take into account is that everyone within that 5 mile radius is living the American dream with a big old suburban house and 2.5 children. These people want comfortable, child friendly places to have fun. Enter the Shroom and the dining room I trust will be packed for the foreseeable future.
Head down to Mellow Mushroom in Ballantyne Village for a house special pie and enjoy the scenery.