Ballantyne Magazine

Openings in the Ballantyne Area

From restaurants to a cooking school and grocery store, here are eight new places to check out in the Ballantyne area starting this spring.

Italian Restaurant Now Open

Zinicola, a scratch-made and seasonal Italian fine dining restaurant. recently opened in Ballantyne Village. The menu features antipasti, salads, wood-fired pizzas, handmade pastas, fish and meats in a mix of entrees and small plates. Info:

Ballantyne Corners Welcomes Eatery

Poké Café, featuring traditional Hawaiian sashimi salad bowls with a selection of raw fish and toppings, is open in Ballantyne Corners. Dine-in, takeout and delivery options are available. Info:

Child Care Site Now Open

Primrose School of South Charlotte recently opened at 15933 Lancaster Highway. The child care facility features 11 private classrooms with wireless technology, four secure playgrounds with AstroTurf, equipment for spring and summer water activities, as well as a green space for gardening and nature study. Info: 704-426-3652 or

Caterer Targets Spring for Debut

Brown Bag, a faith-based catering service offering healthy food for lunch, family affairs and corporate events, is expected to open this spring at 5231 Piper Station Drive. Customers can also stop by in person and purchase bulk pans of Brown Bag specialties. Info: 980-242-9147 or


Sprouts Slated to Open in Spring

Sprouts Farmers Market, a natural and organic grocery store, is expected to open this spring at 15121 Ballancroft Parkway near the corner of Providence Road West and Johnston Road. In addition to organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and plant-based products, the store offers a deli, butcher shop, fish market and bulk foods. Details:


Escape Room New to Area

Timed Out, the first escape-room game facility in the Ballantyne area, is expected to open this spring in Toringdon Market. Timed Out features two escape rooms: Precinct, set in a former police station, and West, an adventure set during Wild West days. Info:


Piper Glen Adds Restaurants

The Shops at Piper Glen is adding two new food concepts. DeSarno’s Kitchen, a take-and-bake meal provider and caterer of Italian-inspired meals, is planning to open this spring, while Eggs Up Grill, a family-oriented breakfast and lunch restaurant, is slated to open in summer.

In addition, Great Harvest Bread Co. is doubling its space to open a bistro serving sandwiches, salads and grain bowls. The bakery will also add a commercial grain mill to grind wheat berries.


Kids’ Cooking Studio Opening

Flour Power, a children’s cooking studio, is expected to open in June at Rea Farms. The store will hold classes and themed summer camps to help children become confident in cooking skills. It also offers birthday parties, kids’ nights out, school-break camps and etiquette lessons. Info: 704-269-6069 or