Highly Anticipated Supperland Restaurant Opens Wednesday in Plaza Midwood
The latest restaurant creation from the couple behind NoDa's Haberdish, Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub, Growlers Pourhouse and Reigning Doughnuts
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Light, airy, and colorful – Supperland is one of those restaurants where you’ll sneak a snapshot of your food before taking a bite. Owners Jamie Brown and Jeff Tonidandel have a knack for that. Their other photo-worthy properties, Haberdish, Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub, Growlers Pourhouse, and Reigning Doughnuts, are as delicious to the eyes as they are to the palate.
Located in the heart of Plaza Midwood, Supperland is Brown and Tonidandel’s first venture outside the NoDa block their other restaurants dominate. And this property is whimsically unique. Comprised of 2 historic church buildings, Supperland’s dining room is a reimagined 1956 church sanctuary, while the adjacent church building (original built in 1948) is now transformed into a boho-chic, rose and golden cocktail bar. Beyond its days as a place of worship, the historic building has also been home to a frame shop, a gallery and a bead store. “We’ve had so much fun pulling this this place together because it’s such a unique space,” says Brown. “We knew that if we did it right, if we took our time, if we thought through everything we could create a gem of a place for the city.”
That focus on creating unique, communal spots is what has brought Brown and Tonidandel continued success. As Charlotte residents for 20 years, they say creating restaurants is their way to give back to the community. “Yes it’s our job, it’s how we make a living but it’s also giving back,” says Brown. “That might sound strange but it’s kind of our part in creating a centerpiece for a neighborhood.”
Given its high profile spot in Plaza Midwood, Supperland’s been a visual beacon of hope, its renovation progress chugging along during an unfriendly year for restaurants. “We feel so lucky at this point,” Brown reflects on the timing of their opening. “People are starting to feel safer, the numbers are dropping…people are getting their vaccines. People are just feeling more hopeful and I think with all of that coming together we’re hoping that we’re opening at an ideal time.”
As more Charlotteans venture back to the restaurant scene, Supperland is on many people’s must-try lists. The unique menu offers a “steakhouse meets church potluck” mix of high brow and low brow items plus many locally sourced ingredients via produce delivery company, Freshlist.
What to look forward to on the menu:
•Miso Mac and Cheese – with miso provided by a North Carolina supplier, the world’s largest miso supplier
•Caviar from a local Russian Osetra caviar farm with homemade blinis, egg salad, and creme fraiche
•Kalette with burrata cream
•Fire grilled lobster tail and ribeye
•Elevated takes on potluck dish favorites – Ambrosia Salad, Creamed Collard Greens, and Seven-layer salad
While a potluck with friends is something many people have been missing, Brown and Tonidandel have felt the kinship of their community all along. “I just want to thank the community so much for being so warm as we open up,” beams Brown. “Opening up at a time like this could feel very scary, but it doesn’t. The community has been so helpful and kind and loving.”
Supperland opens on Wednesday, March 3 at 5pm. While reservations are mostly booked for the first few weeks, walk-in spots are available and encouraged.