Charlotte’s restaurant industry is always changing. Especially now that food costs and rents are soaring, labor shortages are conspicuous, and companies are plagued by shortages of supply chains.
Even a longtime favorite will prove to be too much of a challenge and the local business will be forced to close.
Here are Charlotte eateries that have closed or are scheduled to close in 2023.
Location: North Cross Shopping Center, 9709-A Sam Furr Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
The Lost Cajun is scheduled to close on Sunday, January 29, citing the “continued impact of COVID and the current inflationary economy on guest traffic.” A note posted on Facebook read, “Thank you for your support during these difficult times over the last few years.”
Lulu’s Maryland Chicken & Seafood
Location: 2308 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC 28205
Lulu’s Maryland Style Chicken & Seafood’s Central Avenue location was closed for a year due to supply chain issues (including problems obtaining crab for its signature crab cake), staffing, and other operational obstacles. It closed in early 2023 after a short period of operation. The restaurant’s original location on Tuckaseegee Road has reopened as Lulu’s Express Fry House after a temporary closure for renovations and rebranding.
Pipers Tavern on Lake Norman
Location: 17044 Kenton Dr Cornelius, NC 28031
Built in Ireland and rebuilt in Cornelius, Lake Norman, the 20-year-old Irish Tavern closed on Jan. 1, but said a new concept was in the works. You are a wonderful guest,” said a voicemail message from Izakaya.
Location: 932 Rye Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205
RePour closed in early January, posting on Instagram and Facebook: Something new and exciting!!”
Location: 11025 Monroe Rd, Matthews, NC 28105
Location: Park Road Shopping Center, 4205 Park Road Charlotte, NC 28209
Your Mom’s Donuts, a Charlotte-area favorite known for its square donuts and creative flavors, will be closing on February 5. Owner Courtney Ahern said: I’m sure it’s a few lifetimes in food and other areas. ”