As the region continues to grow with people, so do the number of options for where to go out to eat, with several new establishments on the docket for the next few months.

Last summer two Charlotte-based barbecue restaurants came to Huntersville – City Barbeque and Midwood Smokehouse. Last year also saw openings of a new Famous Toastery and Metro Diner on the same street along with Duck Donuts just blocks away.

A few of the upcoming offerings are more spread out geographically, however, as even more businesses already in the city are expanding northward.

“There is a confidence in our economy, but also an atmosphere in which those businesses know they can attract and succeed in a diverse, growing community,” said Jill Swain, executive director of the Huntersville Chamber of Commerce.



Birkdale Village, 16915 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville 

A national chain with three locations in Charlotte, B.Good emphasizes its local and sustainable sourcing of ingredients. 

“There are no antibiotics or growth hormones in our proteins or milk, no nitrates in our bacon and no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors in our food,” according to its website.

The restaurant’s menu rotates based on the season. Though not yet open in Huntersville, the other locations are currently serving sweet corn, zucchini, peaches, tomatoes and berries. At the uptown Charlotte location, kale and grain bowls are available in addition to a variety of salad options, including sweet potato and bacon. Milkshakes come with ice cream from Hillsborough.

The Huntersville restaurant plans to in late October. People can visit or call or text 781-502-5408 for more information.


BoatYard Eats

18418 Statesville Road, Cornelius

BoatYard Eats won’t be producing any locally sourced food themselves but rather will rely on food trucks from the area to serve its customers in a brewery-type atmosphere.

David Stockwell of Chapel Hill-based Old Swan Development, which owns the property, said the food trucks will create “a rotating culinary experience” to go along with local beers and wine offered in the main hall of the business. 

Music will also be a main facet at the former Anchorage Marine property, as local and national entertainment will be announced, the website states.

Food trucks are already lined up for when BoatYard Eats opens in the coming weeks. 

“We’ve had a couple of hiccups due to the weather,” Stockwell said of the construction schedule.

Those interested in working there are asked to visit or text 78352 to 844-311-6432.



Birkdale Village, 16845 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville

The Washington, D.C.,-based Mediterranean restaurant opened in the University area of Charlotte earlier this year as one of four locations planned for the metro area.

Customers are able to customize meals, starting with a base of salads, soup or pita, followed by adding dip and spreads then protein, which includes falafel, lamb meatballs and braised lamb.

The Cava website promotes the farmers who provide ingredients for its locations in the northeast and California. Locally, Appalachian Cookie Company – which has stores in Boone and Charlotte – is the source of baked goods.

Cava officially opens Saturday, June 16, but will have free community meals Friday for lunch (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and dinner (5-7 p.m.).

The restaurant is seeking assistant managers as well as other positions for the Birkdale location. The positions can be applied for at


Sabor Latin Street Grill

Rosedale, 14230 W. Reese Blvd., Huntersville

Davidson Commons, 624 Jetton St., Suite 160, Davidson

The popular Charlotte chain is adding three locations in Mecklenburg County, with two coming to the lake area. 

Owned by the Raydal Hospitality restaurant group, Sabor focuses on authentic menu offerings from countries such as El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Colombia. 

Its “street food” part of the menu includes arepas, gorditas and empañadas. Three types of tacos are offered: authentic, American and “locos” – a corn tortilla with a choice of protein, topped with chorizo sausage, pico de gallo, shredded cabbage, cilantro and lime. 

The Huntersville location is scheduled to open Monday, June 18. The menu will be the same, but “We will be rolling out more environmentally friendly packaging and serving ware,” Dalton Espaillat, chief executive of Raydal Hospitality, said in an email.

Sabor is hiring a total of 30 part-time and full-time employees, Espaillat said.

Filling the void Ming’s Bistro left behind, the Davidson store will open Tuesday, Aug. 7. There will be a mural of featuring Dominican singer Juan Luis Guerra and former Davidson College player Stephen Curry. 


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