Asheville is a city of restaurants, and one of its most popular cafes could be coming to Charlotte.
We picked up the phone after we saw this tweet:
Had a nice long weekend in Asheville. Waiter at Tupelo Honey Cafe told us they hope to open a Charlotte location as soon as next year.— Will Boye (@CBJrealestate) April 8, 2013
“We have a tremendous fan base in Charlotte and a lot of interest,” says owner Steve Frabitore. “I fully expect to be there in the near future.”
Frabitore won’t say how near that future is. The original Tupelo Honey Cafe opened on Asheville’s Market Square in December 2000, and opened a second location in that city in 2008. Each cafe serves 5,000 to 7,000 customers a week. A location opened in Knoxville last October. Another one will open June 18th in Greenville, South Carolina, and a cafe in Johnson City, Tennessee will open in 2014.
Tupelo Honey will announce another location tomorrow, but it’s not Charlotte.
The company has spent the last couple of years re-investing its money to get ready for expansion, which Frabitore says has been slow and methodical. “We’re not expanding for ego,” he says.
But still, there’s a market for sweet potato pancakes, shrimp and grits and biscuits, especially in Charlotte. “It’s such an awesome city,” says Frabitore. “We definitely want to be there.”
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