25 Nov Dogwood Opens in SouthPark
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Dogwood Southern Table & Bar is now open in SouthPark. Construction of the 4,100-square-foot restaurant at Sharon Square started in early August.
The end result has turned out better than owner Jon Dressler could have hoped for.
“It’s amazing when each detail is layered on how much prettier the place becomes,” Dressler says.
This will be the third Charlotte-area restaurant for Dressler and his wife, Kim. They also operate Dressler’s restaurants in Huntersville’s Birkdale Village and The Metropolitan in Charlotte.
The goal with Dogwood was to create an eatery that combines cozy, comfortable and classy, Dressler says.
The decor combines neutral colors, light-colored brick and stained concrete floors. Reclaimed barn trusses from an 1850s farmhouse serve as a focal point, as does a fireplace at the heart of the restaurant.
The restaurant seats roughly 130, including eight at the chef’s table with front-row seats to the kitchen.
The venture will offer “elevated Southern comfort food” in an upscale casual environment. It will be open for lunch and dinner service.
Chef Scott Hollingsworth has developed a menu that features a variety of locally sourced items, including produce, meats and beer. About 15 farms have been lined up to supply the restaurant.
The menu features appetizers that include N.C. shrimp, a brick-oven tart with Gruyère, potato and herbs, and local cheeses from the Looking Glass Creamery and Fishing Creek Farm.
Entrées include sautéed flounder, brick-oven chicken and pork loin with apple chutney and braised short rib, and N.C. shrimp and grits.
Dogwood also has snack options such as boiled Carolina peanuts, pickled shrimp and Gulf-fried oysters.
The lunch menu features soups, stews, salads and sandwiches.
The restaurant also will offer brunch on the weekend.
A beverage program will feature specialties such as Cheerwine in glass bottles, French press coffee and infused drinks from blends made in-house.
Bar manager Brian Lorusso has crafted a number of specialty cocktails. For example, a play on a classic Tom Collins uses blackberry-infused gin mixed with homemade sour mix — both of which are made in house.
“My thought process is how do I take these core ingredients and elevate them?” Lorusso says.
Tim Buchanan is the general manager.
Jennifer Thomas covers retail, health care and education for the Charlotte Business Journal.
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