First What The Fries Location Opens

Wildly popular food truck launches first brick-and-mortar restaurant in South Charlotte 

CHARLOTTE, NC (News Release) — What The Fries, one of Charlotte’s most beloved food trucks, opens the doors to its first brick-and-mortar restaurant.  Chefs/co-owners Greg Williams and Jamie Barnes have been hard at work since December 2020 getting the space at 10707 Park Road, Suite F, (in South Charlotte, near Pineville-Matthews Road) ready. Local artist Garrison Gist, also known as Paint Can Papi, created custom murals that reflect the What The Fries ethos.  The new restaurant allows for socially distanced dine-in and carry out, as well as hands-free (digital) payment options, and is filled with hip-hop, family-friendly, welcoming vibes.  “We have roughly 100 capacity seating, so customers can sit where they’d like (based on what the government mandate is at that time),” Alicia Barnes, WTF administrative director (and wife of Jamie Barnes), told Q City Metro late last year. “We are excited to have the ability to provide a menu that offers more of a variety. …The main change will be that the food truck will only operate in the spring and summer months and we will primarily work out the brick and mortar restaurant.”  Since 2015, Williams and Barnes have created one of the most popular food truck concepts in the region, with a legion of dedicated fans, devoted to their loaded gourmet fries, handmade tots and other adventurous dishes.   From the food truck, What The Fries serves an average of more than 100 customers daily using approximately 200 pounds of potatoes, equaling out to 800 pounds weekly and 3,200 pounds monthly. The pair expects to exceed those totals in the new restaurant.

New menu items include:

  • Fried Snapper Sandwich: Fried snapper, mustard green slaw and spicy Yumm Yumm on a potato bun.
  • Wings: Available seasoned sweet & spicy or with house seasoning.
  • Grilled Cheesy: American, gouda and boursin cheeses grilled up good and gooey on potato bread.
  • Chicken Salad: House recipe chicken salad served with lettuce and tomato on potato bread.
  • Freshcut Chips: Scratch-made varietal potato chips with house seasoning.
  • Loaded Purple Potato Soup: With bacon, scallions and boursin cheese.
  • Loaded Fry Wraps: Order any of your favorite loaded fries stuffed into a wrap, fries and all.

Expect also to see long-time favorites on the menu, including:

  • Shrimp and Steak Hibachi Fries: Sauteed shrimp and steak, bok choy, carrots, house-made yum yum sauce and scallions atop hand-cut fries.
  • Shrimp and Steak Hibachi Fries: Sauteed shrimp and steak, bok choy, carrots, house-made yum yum sauce and scallions atop hand-cut fries.
  • Lobster Mac and Cheese Fries: Lobster, cavatappi pasta, boursin cheese sauce, Gouda cheese, Asiago cheese and parsley atop hand-cut fries.
  • House-made Tots: Crispy fried tater tots seasoned to perfection (The Undecided is half seasoned fries and half house-made tots for those who can’t choose).
  • Burgers: Single, double or triple 5 oz. burger topped with house-made garlic mayo and American cheese served on a brioche bun (Additional toppings can be added like house-made pickles and pimento cheese).
  • Bread Pudding Tots: Fried bread pudding bites with creative toppings rotating weekly (Past flavors have included salted caramel, pecan pie, strawberry cheesecake, red velvet cake and more).  Yum Yum Sauce: A secret sauce created by What the Fries (Available by the bottle).

Hours of operation for the restaurant are 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Online to-go ordering is available and third-party delivery expected to launch this summer.


Since 2015, What The Fries food truck has been serving up elevated and unexpected dishes atop hand-cut fries, as well as handmade tots and sandwiches. The Charlotte-based, family-run food truck is led by chef/owners Jamie Barnes and Greg Williams, both founding members of the popular dinner series Soul Food Sessions. The food truck was launched after the duo made it to the final rounds of auditions for Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” In 2018, What The Fries was featured on The Cooking Channel’s “Southern and Hungry.”

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