Local Black-owned eateries are gradually expanding their offerings under the phased approach for reopening the state’s economy.
Under the state’s Phase 2 plan, which is scheduled to last through June 26, restaurants can operate at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Some restaurants have transformed part of their parking lots to increase dining space under the City of Charlotte’s temporary outdoor dining guidelines.
We’ve compiled a list of restaurants and food trucks ready to meet a variety of culinary needs. Many encourage customers to wear masks for safety. We’ll be updating as businesses move through Phase 2 toward fully reopening, so check back periodically.
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BW Sweets Bakery
3126-E Milton Rd., 704-464-0767
In addition to the social distancing and personal protective equipment mandates, BW Sweets is limiting in-store visits to three customers at a time for its desserts and fresh bread. The team also offers delivery through Grubhub, Uber Eats and Postmates.
Follow BW Sweets on social media to find the BW Sweets Express dessert bus around the city.
3418 Tuckaseegee Rd., 980-298-6811
Fans of the lobster mac and cheese, chicken and waffles, and other comforting bites will have to wait a little longer to dine in the restaurant. However, customers can order online for pickup at the restaurant (no more than six guests allowed inside at a time) or get items delivered via DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates or Uber Eats.
Follow Cuzzo’s Cuisine on social media for their food truck schedule.
It’s Poppin! Gourmet Kettle Korn
224 E. 7th St. (inside 7th Street Public Market)
Popcorn lovers can order online and pick up treats curbside. Follow them on Instagram for updates on curbside hours. Contactless payment options are available. Visit itspoppinkettlekorn.com to place your order. At checkout, choose store pickup and enter your address in the comments section.
LuLu’s Maryland-style Chicken & Seafood
2400 Tuckaseegee Rd., 980-498-0838
Lulu’s is open daily, with the exception of Tuesdays, serving no more than 12 customers at any given time. Kitchen Manager LaTanya Jackson encourages guests to continue to take advantage of the call-in and curbside service options.
Mr. 3’s Crab Pot
401 Bradford Dr., 980-237-1626
Each of the restaurant’s three locations — Charlotte, Gastonia and Rock Hill — are open for take-out and delivery. Online ordering remains highly encouraged. Patrons receive text messages once their order is ready for pick-up.
5430 N. Tryon St., 980-939-1820
The newly opened franchise is still in the soft opening phase, so it’s taking curbside orders on Sundays and Mondays. There are multiple options for takeout: call ahead, order online or via the Mr. Seafood app.
The Nappy Chef
5933 Albemarle Rd., 980-219-7478
Customers can call ahead for restaurant pickup or order online through DoorDash, Grubhub, and Postmates. Catch the restaurant’s seafood truck around the city.
Original Chicken & Ribs
1100 Beatties Ford Rd., 704-332-2902
Curbside and call-ahead services remain available for all of your barbecue staples. Onsite capacity is limited to four customers.
3123 N. Davidson St. #102b, 980-237-9750
The flavor combinations that you’ve come to know and love are available at the shop, through delivery and curbside service. Onsite capacity is limited to no more than five customers at a time.
630 University Center Blvd., 980-859-1194
Dine-in options aren’t available yet, but customers can take advantage of carryout and curbside services. Order online for their popular fried or steamed menu items, and check out daily specials on the website.
The Juice Box
3100 N. Davidson St., Suite 101, 980-495-6060
This juice bar and wellness shop serves cold-press juices, smoothies, essential shots, CBD and vitamins. Face masks are strongly encouraged for pickup orders or get your items delivered through Grubhub, Postmates or Uber Eats.
The Pauline Tea-Bar Apothecary
2326 Arty Ave., 704-999-2537
Herbal refreshment has largely gone virtual through the development of an online store, a tea of the month delivery service, and recurring tea tastings and wellness activities offered via Zoom.
For those preferring a greater sense of “communitea,” as owner Sherry Waters puts it, the shop remains open for gatherings of no more than 10 customers.
The family-owned dessert truck will return, starting June 27, to their usual corner at Trade and Tryon streets, serving up their rotation of cheesecake flavors. As safety precautions, cash will not be accepted and customers must follow the distancing guidelines.
Check them out if you want a taste of Jamaica like jerk chicken, red snapper and oxtail. They offer drive up services so customers don’t have to get out of the car.
The food truck known for gourmet fry combinations still offers favorites like the shrimp hibachi fries. Lobster mac-and-cheese fries and the popular bread pudding tots are a few other reasons to keep an eye out for their weekly schedule.
Bringing lobster, truffles and other delicious delicacies to a neighborhood near you several times a week. Follow them on Instagram to see where and when they’ll pop up next.
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