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What’s opening in 2020?

The Charlotte food and drink scene exploded in 2019 (seriously, we covered around 100 openings), and it doesn’t appear to be slowing down in 2020.

Traust Brewing Company

10,600-square-foot brewery with Nordic flair

Opening: Early 2020 in Wesley Heights near Lucky Dog

Overview: Traust Brewing Company is taking the 1.5-acre property formerly occupied by an animal pharmaceutical company named Fleming Laboratories. They’ll have a 130-space parking lot and a full kitchen with Scandinavian-inspired and Southern dishes. Plans are to open at 11 a.m. daily.

Scandinavian influence: Expect Northern European design concepts that use natural elements. Scandinavian design is all about minimalism, coziness, and functionality, so think sleek low-lying mid-century modern furniture, natural wood tones and textures, and mostly neutral colors.

Outdoor space: Traust will have a huge wrap-around patio and a hardscaped beer terrace with views of Uptown. There will be an enclosed space for dogs and kids as well.

Beer: “We plan to take on some traditional styles, such as strong ales and stouts, as well as some nouveaux styles, such as hazy IPAs, sours and funky saisons,” founder Eric Stevens says. Ryan Walsh, who previously brewed at Mitten Brewing and Presidential Brewing in Michigan, will serve as Traust’s lead brewing engineer.

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