After the success of their food truck, chef/owners Greg Williams and Jamie Barnes are opening a What the Fries restaurant in early 2021.

What the Fries to Open in South Charlotte

Posted on December 8, 2020

What The Fries is taking its popular food truck business and opening a restaurant in early 2021. The location is a former Cici’s Pizza at 10707 Park Road, Suite R, near Pineville-Matthews Road in south Charlotte.

“We are in the process of removing the buffet areas and the pizza ovens,” says chef Greg Williams in a statement. Williams founded What The Fries in 2015 with best friend and fellow chef/owner Jamie Barnes. “We are changing the game area to a space to sell and promote local authors, vendors and artists, and we’re having a mural painted. This space will be us: hip-hop, family-friendly, welcoming and fun,” adds Williams.

The owners plan to offer socially-distanced dine-in and carry out and hands-free (digital) payment options. The space will have a seating capacity of 100.

The truck will take a temporary hiatus from roaming the city when the new restaurant opens.


  • 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.

  • What the Fries also serves house-made tots, burgers, a chicken sandwich and bread pudding tots.


  • Chef/owners Jamie Barnes and Greg Williams are both founding members of the dinner series Soul Food Sessions.
  • The duo launched their food truck after making it to the final rounds of auditions for Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”
  • In 2018, the Cooking Channel featured What The Fries on its series “Southern and Hungry.”

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