Palate Preview

From local favorites expanding to new concepts coming to the Lake Norman area, 2017 is shaping up to be a delicious year.

Clean Juice

Healthy lifestyle choices are coming to Davidson with the opening of the fourth Charlotte-area location of Clean Juice. Scheduled to open in April in the new Linden development, Clean Juice will offer a certified organic menu of fresh-pressed juices, cold press juices, smoothies, acai bowls, and cleanses.

605 D Jetton St., Davidson;


Two Scoops Creamery

Fan-favorites flavors such as Cookie Monster, Cookies by the Sea, and over 60 others will be making their way to Lake Norman when Two Scoops Creamery opens in May. The first location took Plaza Midwood by storm, and the second location promises to bring the same quality to the new site in the DiamondHead Shopping Center. Residents can expect similar décor and flavors, but there will be some subtle differences to reflect the location near the lake.

807 Williamson Road, Mooresville;


Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery recently announced it was purchasing the former Curtis Screw Premier Precision property. The 24-acre wooded site, located in the heart of downtown Cornelius, will be ideal for drinks and bites when it opens in 2018. But the makeup of the operation will depend on what the North Carolina General Assembly decides in 2017 regarding barrel cap limits in the state. If the limit is lifted, OMB will expand its brewing and wholesale operations. If the limit is not lifted, OMB will only build a brauhaus and biergarten. Either way, our area will have a new option for friends and family to gather for food and a pint.

20401 Zion Ave., Cornelius;


Carolina Craft Butchery

Carolina Craft Butchery will be the Charlotte area’s first and only whole-animal butchery when it opens in Davidson in April. Wild Turkey Farms in China Grove, operated by Carolina Craft owner Lee Menius, will provide pasture-raised Berkshire pork, lamb, and eggs. All other meats (beef, pork, lamb, and chicken) will be sourced from small farms around North and South Carolina.

605 B Jetton St., Davidson;


Hello, Sailor

It hasn’t even opened yet, but Hello, Sailor, the newest concept from the Kindred team, has been greeted with much fanfare. Owned by Joe and Katy Kindred, the new restaurant will be located in the former Rusty Rudder location, and inspired by mid-century Palm Springs. Patrons can expect a family-friendly dockside dining experience with outdoor tiki bars, a focus on fresh seafood, and delicious cocktails. Hello, Sailor is expected to open in summer.

20210 Henderson Road, #101, Cornelius


Duck Donuts

Your commute is about to get tastier. In early summer, the newest Duck Donuts location is coming to Huntersville right off of exit 23 on I-77. Delicious donuts made to order, breakfast sandwiches, and specialty coffee will be served. A heads up: you may not make it out of the parking lot without eating your ooey-gooey donut.

9931 C Rose Commons Drive, Huntersville;

Photos by Justin Driscoll.