The Year in Review

2016 was a big year in Charlotte. New restaurants and businesses opened, and a new crop of power players made themselves known. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a list of SouthPark Magazine‘s 10 most-read stories in 2016. So let’s raise a glass and toast to the stories of last year—and the ones to come.


1. Raising the Bar

Charlotte’s drinks scene is awash with exciting changes. From innovative cocktail bars to cool coffeehouses, the city is soaked in a creative culture for imbibing. We’ve found 10 people who are stirring up the scene with new spirits, unexpected brews, and the sips you can’t wait to sample. These are the people shaping the way Charlotte drinks.

2. Home Grown

Chef Matthew Krenz is serving up family tradition at the Asbury.

3. More Than a Store: Moxie Mercantile

Plaza Midwood’s Moxie Mercantile is equal parts retail destination, neighborhood gathering spot, and family affair.

4. Southern Accents

The food—and the music—at a new Belmont restaurant come with a story.

5. Power Pairs

From tech-savvy entrepreneurs to table-filling restaurateurs, these 12 dynamic duos are setting the new standard for Charlotte power couples. While more established names—Levine, Bechtler, and Curry—make the list, you’ll find plenty of fresh faces bringing double doses of creativity to town.

6. Spice Route

Restaurateur Frank Scibelli takes diners on a Middle Eastern culinary journey at the new Yafo Kitchen.

7. The French Connection

A talented trio brings Southern French fare to Myers Park.

8. Modern Sensibility

Designer Charlotte Lucas boldly mixes old and new to transform her mid-century modern home in Eastover.

9. Cold Comfort

Who says soup isn’t a summer dish? This month Fran Scibelli of Fran’s Filling Station in Dilworth serves up all of your favorite fresh, seasonal flavors in one cool bowl.

10. Down on the Farm

Whether you’re hunting duck—or just hunting R&R—The Fork Farm offers a rustic welcome.