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🏙️ Welcome to The (Super) Bowl
A construction crane towers over a high rise in development over a green circular park line with trees and a sidwalk path.
The Bowl at Ballantyne is located off Johnston Road, near the landmark Ballantyne Hotel. | Photo by CLTtoday
Looking for a night out? Ballantyne may soon be the destination. Golf courses and office parks have been transformed into The Bowl at Ballantyne — a central location bringing food, shopping, live entertainment, and more to this residential neighborhood at the southern edge of Charlotte.

The miniature downtown-feel of The Bowl is part of a massive vision called “Ballantyne Reimagined.” Back in 2017, Northwood Investors purchased 535 acres for $1.2 billion to be overhauled into a walkable community — including a six-acre park, amphitheater, and retail district.

“I almost see this as the new center of the Carolinas because we’re so close to the South Carolina border,” said Christina Thigpen, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Northwood.

Editor’s note: Guests visiting The Bowl can also access the Lower McAlpine Creek, McMullen Creek, and Four Mile Creek Greenways.

A construction crane operates on a building site, next to a tree and single-level buildings erected in the background.

Expect plenty of outdoor seating, a playground, and fire pit at OMB’s upcoming Ballantyne location.

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Photo by CLTtoday

One of The Bowl’s first attractions will be Charlotte’s second Olde Mecklenburg Brewery & Biergarten — a 14,000-sqft location set to debut Memorial Day weekend.

“This area is craving a brewery,” said Thigpen, who emphasized families will be just as eager as office workers to visit the signature biergarten and restaurant.

A restaurant with the signage "Flower Child" stands with a tree at the front along a walking path.

Flower Child will debut its second location this summer at The Bowl at Ballantyne.

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Photo by CLTtoday

At the heart of The Bowl, Bowl Street is a stretch of closed-off road providing a culinary epicenter for visitors with a wide variety of food + drink options — all within walking distance. Upcoming tenants include:
  • North Italia
  • Bossy Beulah’s
  • The Salty Donut
  • Flower Child
  • Famous Harriet’s Hamburgers
  • Hawkers Asian Street Food
  • Rooster’s
  • Drybar
  • Arrow
  • Honeysuckle Gelato
“Now you don’t have to drive 20 minutes for this kind of meal. There really is something for everyone,” said Thigpin.
 
Asked
 
What part of The Bowl at Ballantyne are you most excited for?

A. Moving into Oro Ballantyne
B. Enjoying a drink at the new OMB
C. Visiting the restaurants on Bowl Street
D. Attending a concert at The Amp
 
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Events
 
Monday, May 13
  • Sunny Harris Hutchinson Memorial Golf Tournament | Monday, May 13 | Charlotte | Providence Country Club, 6001 Providence Country Club Dr., Charlotte | Grab your golf clubs and hit the fairways for this golf tournament hosted by the Harris YMCA.
  • Strawberry Season Dinner Menu | Monday, May 13 | 5 p.m. | The Asbury, 235 N. Tryon St., Charlotte | $50 | Savor a limited-time, three-course menu highlighting strawberries grown by local farms.
  • SkillPop: Interior Design 101 | Monday, May 13 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | 201 CAMP, 201 Camp Rd., Charlotte | $35 | Elevate your interior design knowledge to make a more comfortable home.
Tuesday, May 14
  • Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls | Tuesday, May 14 | 6:35 p.m. | Truist Field, 324 S. Mint St., Charlotte | $16-$65 | Enjoy a weeknight at the ballpark cheering the Knights in Uptown.
  • “The Kite Runner” | Tuesday, May 14-Wednesday, May 15 | 7:30 p.m. | Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte | $25-$99 | The best-selling novel is brought to the stage, telling the story of childhood friends in war-torn Afghanistan.
  • Charlotte Tree Advisory Commission Meeting | Tuesday, May 14 | 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. | CMGC 280, 600 E. 4th St., Charlotte | Free | A public conversation on the status and future of Charlotte’s tree canopy.
Wednesday, May 15
  • Winebow Wine Tasting | Wednesday, May 15 | 5-7 p.m. | Carolina Beer Temple, 195 N. Trade St., Matthews | $12 | Enjoy an evening of tasting local wines + free charcuterie while it lasts.
  • Members Moment | Objects of Affection | Wednesday, May 15 | 6-7 p.m. | The Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte | Free | Take a tour of hand-crafted jewelry made from vintage photographs, animal bones, plastic toys, and more.
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News Notes
 
Sports
  • Rory McIlroy won the Wells Fargo Championship for a record fourth time Sunday at Quail Hollow Club. McIlroy overcome a two-stroke deficit to beat Xander Schauffele by five strokes. It’s the fourth time McIlroy has won the Charlotte PGA Tour event. (WCNC)
Travel
  • American Airlines expects to have its busiest summer at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airline is increasing passenger capacity by 12% compared to summer 2023. The airline estimates 8 million passengers will travel to or from Charlotte on 75,000 flights from May 17 through Sept. 3. (Charlotte Business Journal)
Real estate
  • A 130-year-old ‘haunted’ house in Charlotte is now on the market. The “Bootlegger house,” is located in Uptown’s Fourth Ward. Local lore considers it a hot spot for paranormal activity. The house is on sale for $1.1 million. (The Charlotte Observer)
Eat
  • The Latin cuisine restaurant Savor Restaurant and Bar is now open. The 5,000-sqft restaurant is located at a former Buffalo Wild Wings building on Sardis Road. The menu includes Colombian, Honduran, Salvadorian, Mexican and Venezuelan foods + some American favorites. (The Charlotte Observer)
Wellness
  • Bookings are now available for Pranayama House Healing Center. The personal-wellness workshops are intended to connect guests through meditation with elements of the Earth. (WCNC)
Coming Soon
  • The Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar will be opening a location in Fort Mill this fall. The ice cream shop specializes in elaborately-decorated milkshakes crafted in mason jars. The shop will be located at 816 Brayden Pkwy. (Rock Hill Herald)
Charlottean
  • Senior Litigation Attorney Douglas Sea received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award — an honor reserved for exemplary service to the State of North Carolina. Doug remains the pre-eminent advocate fighting for low-income North Carolineans since the 1980s. Congratulations, Doug!
Sports
  • What does Bryce Young need to do in year two to prove he’s the Carolina Panthers franchise QB? Stay up to date for the biggest stories on the Carolina Panthers with Locked On’s daily, team-focused podcasts.
Biz
  • Your ambition is infinite, but your time is not. Athena can help you scale yourself + your company by pairing you with an elite assistant and world-class delegation coaching. Bonus: CLTtoday readers can score a $1,500 credit — see how.*
 
 
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🐍 A hiss-terical attraction
A copperhead snake slithers over a branch in a herpaquarium.
The eastern copperhead is one of six venomous species of snakes native to North Carolina. | Photo by CLTtoday
The Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia will soon unveil a slithery new exhibit — “Friends, Not Foes: Snakes of the Carolinas.” This upcoming attraction will showcase snakes native to the Carolinas — including the DeKay’s brown snake, corn snake, pine snake, and eastern king snake.

“Snakes are not as scary as they seem,” said Morgan Lyons, the Schiele’s Head of Living Collections. “They are more beneficial than harmful for the environment and for people too!” The new exhibit will emphasize the role of snakes as predators of pests + identify common snake misconceptions.

Visitors are invited to meet the snakes and tour their habitats during Reptile and Amphibian Day on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The museum will offer hands-on activities, special presentations, and animal interactions.

Discounted advance tickets are now available or can be purchased at the door on the day of the event for $15 per person.
 
The Buy
 
Apple pie made easy. We’re celebrating National Apple Pie Day by warming up some of this Apple Pie Jam from Adams Apple Co. with a little bit of ice cream.
 
Answered
 
On Friday, we asked “What’s your favorite activity at Lazy 5 Ranch?”

A Grevy's zebra pokes its head into a car.

Photo by CLTtoday

There’s so much to love at Lazy 5 despite not being able to feed animals from your car anymore. Here’s what you love most:

58% — feeding the animals
41% — wagon rides
 
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The Wrap
 
CLT_Jack VanderToll Today’s edition by:
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From the editor
If you’re driving out to Ballantyne, keep an ear out for the cicadas. They’re out in force and buzzing in neighborhoods off Johnston Road.

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