Lake Norman seems to be getting great new shops, restaurants and recreational business on a weekly basis. With the very exciting recent news that there will be a Lake Norman Whole Foods opening in 2014 I feel like my wish list from 2005 when we moved here is complete!
There are so many new restaurants, shops and other fun businesses that rather than write individual articles about each one I will just provide you with a list of the ones that have caught my eye in the past few months:
- Local hangout Vinnie’s on the shores of Lake Norman closed but was purchased by Eddie Lubic who has already opened Eddie’s Seafood and Raw Bar which has an emphasis on “fresh”. He spent a month cleaning up the former Vinnie’s so it now has a clean new looks and a great new menu including their raw bar and seafood starters to entrees like pan roasted salmon, snow crabs, Black Angus Rib, Italian specialties and even hot dogs and burgers. Located on Williamson Rd. 704.799.2090
- Fine Italian dining has come to historic downtown Mooresville! Trattoria Al Gusto, which just opened last week in the town’s original Catholic Church and former location of The Prickly Pear. is located at 761 N. Main. Chef and owner Patricio Campoverde has extensive experience in the restaurant business and decided Mooresville needed a high caliber Italian Restaurant. Focus is on fresh and homemade with “the best quality food they (his customers) can buy.” One of his favorite dishes is the Tagliolini Neri, a black linguine with crab meat and shrimp in a spicy red tomato sauce. Open for dinner from 5-10 pm Monday – Thursday and 5-11 pm on Friday and Saturday. They are planning to add lunches and a Sunday brunch in the future. 704.660.1066 ( I have since been there 3 or 4 times and the food is excellent!!!)
- On the more casual side, Jeff and Chris Steiner, owner of 6 Five Guys Burgers and Fries, JUST opened the Moe’s Southwest Grill last Thursday. It is located right next to the Hobby Lobby in the Lowe’s Home Improvement shopping center on Hwy 150 at Exit 36. This joins Mooresville’s newer Chipolte located in the Best Buy shopping center also on Hwy 150. Great, fresh Mexican fast food is here!
- Craft beers have arrived big time to Lake Norman. The most recent is “Ultimate Ales” which is located in the Mooresville Town Square shopping center. Currently the only retailer dedicated solely to the sale of craft beer in Mooresville, they will offer almost 300 kinds of local, regional and national craft beers plus selected imports according to owner Mark Moore. They plan on having a bar with six taps and weekly tasting events. FYI there is a local homebrew organization called Iredell Brewing Club!.
- Under the category of recreation and considered an “ode to Italy”, The Mooresville Motorplex, an outdoor karting track, opened recently on a 30-acre campus at 130 Motorplex Drive in Mooresville adjacent to the athletic fields at Mazeppa Road Park. Arrive and and drive your own cart or rent one of their Sodikart RT8 390cc karts. They hold such competitions as the MMX Carting Challenge, MMX League Racing and several national events including the US Rotax Max Challenge Grand Nationals. Well, Mooresville IS Race City USA!
- The Langtree Charter Academy, a tuition free public charter school serving k-12 students just opened for this fall adding yet another great educational option for Lake Norman students.
- Can you say WOOF? Mooresville has a new leash-free dog park located in historic Mooresville on Academy Rd. The park is separated into two areas, one for smaller dogs and one for larger.
- It was recently announced that the Langtree Hotel and Convention Center will soon be home to a Doubletree By Hilton Hotel & Conference Center. this 12-story, 227 room $90,000 million hotel is envisioned as the center piece of the Langtree development located at Exit 31. Construction is expected to take about 2 years.
- Carrburritos has brought its winning Mexican mix to Davidson. This vibrant Mexican Taqueria shares the building with Wooden Stone Gallery on Main Street.
- Davidson Beverage Company is also an all-beer store which opened a while back in Davidson.
- Davidson is now home to a fascinating venture: Eden Street Market which is a collection of vendors selling everything from seafood to produce to art and soaps. This market was organized by a group of local vendors. Their goal is to provide a place where entrepeneurs and farmers can have something going on during the week as well as the weekends. Hours vary but I believe they are open Saturdays from 8am – 4pm as well as Wednesdays and Fridays from 2-6pm.
- The first synagogue between Charlotte and Statesville, Temple Kol Tikvah, recently opened in the former Calvary Presbyterian Church on South Street. It was created to serve Lake Norman’s growing Jewish population.
- The most exciting recent news in Cornelius was the purchase of the old Midtown Sundries waterfront restaurant by Nick Lyssikatos, the owner of the Brickhouse Tavern in Davidson, who will be opening Port City Club. Nick wants it to be more than just a restaurant but more like “Everyone’s Waterfront Meeting Place” with a club kind of atmosphere. With 320 seats indoors and 150 outside, it is one of the largest eateries on Lake Norman. The atmosphere will remain casual and it will be able to accommodate 25 boats at a time in addition to its 149 space parking lot. They plan on having a mobile website so that boaters can order from the water! The food will be “98%” freshly made. Sounds like a great addition to Lake Norman!
- Fork, a “farm-to-fork” restaurant will be open shortly at 20517 Main Street in Cornelius replacing the old Meatballs on Main restaurant. The owner/Chef, Tim Groody, is the former founding check of Flatiron Kitchen and Taphouse in Davidson.
- Two new flower shops have recently opened in Cornelius: Blumengarten and Flowers by Lingky. Blumengarten is a European Style flower store located at 20017 N. Main Street which sells everything from single flowers or simple bouquets to decorations for extravagant weddings. Flowers by Lingky is by appointment only at 16304 Belle Isle Drive.
- Farm 430 is a family owned farm that offers all natural produce, specialty foods, personal care items and unique gifts. They also offer a local produce delivery service for the Lake Norman area.
Whew! And to think these are just the ones that caught my eye and landed on my stack for my blog!