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Charlotte’s dining scene is heating up fast. Chefs across town—and from out of town—are bringing exciting new flavors and concepts to the table. Mouths are already watering for these three highly anticipated spots on the culinary horizon.


Charlotte chef and restaurateur Jim Noble is expanding into the area adjacent to his Rooster’s restaurant in SouthPark. In addition to incorporating a bakery and a charcuterie operation into the space, the veteran chef is creating a new brand called Copain, which will feature prepared foods designed for gathering with ease.


As if you needed another excuse to check out the burgeoning “back lot” area of Park Road Shopping Center, now Chef Trey Wilson of Customshop has announced he’ll be opening a new restaurant there in early fall. The restaurant, called Flourshop, will feature family-style dishes with plenty of fresh pastas and breads.


Award-winning chef Ford Fry is behind this modern Tex-Mex concept, which he began in Atlanta. He has plans to open the restaurant, which is known for its wood-grilled fajitas and house-made margaritas, in South End’s Design District in early 2018.