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Charlotte’s West End is a friendly and thriving neighborhood booming with trendy coffee shops, restaurants, breweries and beautiful green spaces. Known for some of the city’s best hotspots, the area continues to experience steady growth, with many new retailers and restaurants already open and more on the way. Here are six new places to check out in Wesley Heights, all within walking distance of Empire West End Towns.

Summit Seltzer Co.

Charlotte’s first Seltzery, Summit Selzer Co., has officially arrived in Wesley Heights. Here you can enjoy fermented hard and non-alcoholic seltzers that are naturally flavored with purees. Bonus: this refreshing new spot is dog-friendly, so be sure to bring your pup along with you when you visit.

Located four minutes away from Empire West End Towns. 

Rocket Pizza

In the mood for a slice of pizza or looking for a new favorite place? Rocket Pizza recently opened in Wesley Heights and is the perfect spot to visit with family and friends. Known for their great portion sizes, you can build your own pizza or enjoy one of their signature styles.

Located three minutes away from Empire West End Towns. 

Batch House

If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to check out Batch House. This hotspot serves up delicious treats like signature oatmeal cream pies, s’mores brownies and donut cookies. Yes, that’s right, a cookie with a powdered donut on top — the best of both worlds.

Located three minutes away from Empire West End Towns.

Salt + Vinegar

The former Mitchum snack factory is being revitalized into a new multi-purpose mixed use space. With new restaurants, office spaces and 5,200 square feet of retail, Salt + Vinegar will soon become the go-to spot for West End Towns residents to work, shop and play.

Located five minutes away from Empire West End Towns.

Ed’s Tavern

Ed’s Tavern is making its way to Wesley Heights and will be located next to Rhino Market and Deli. This neighborhood-friendly pub-style restaurant is the perfect spot for a night out with family or friends. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a lovely evening with good company, you can’t go wrong with Ed’s Tavern.

Located five minutes away from Empire West End Towns. 


This traditional tapas restaurant is making its way to Wesley Heights and is expected to open by April 2022. Opening its doors right in time for the spring season, Biblio will become the new hotspot to enjoy a glass of wine from their extensive 500 bottle list with a perfectly-paired meal. Focusing mainly on Spanish and French varieties, Biblio is poised to become the go-to spot for a night out.

Located nine minutes away from Empire West End Towns.

Learn more about Charlotte’s historic west-end neighborhood by discovering some places to put on your radar and exploring the neighborhood further through our community guide.

Images courtesy of Summit Seltzer Co. (building); Rocket Pizza (pizza); Batch House (cookie); Salt + Vinegar (outdoor building); Ed’s Tavern (food); The Charlotte Observer (under construction).


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