CHARLOTTE — Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar is expanding into an anchor space at The Village at Robinson Farm, allowing for Asian fusion concept Red Sake to open in Hawthorne’s existing site, according to Lat Purser & Associates.
Hawthorne’s will relocate into a 5,970-square-foot standalone space formerly occupied by Lure Oyster Bar. The space at 8420 Rea Road was intended for Wahlburgers, but the franchisee decided not to move forward.
Hawthorne’s will continue to operate in its current location at 8410 Rea Road until it moves into its new space in late August. With the extra space, the restaurant will be able to double its seating and accommodate larger parties. It will have an expanded bar area for customers, as well.
Red Sake has signed a lease for the 3,558-square-foot space that Hawthorne’s will be vacating.
The concept is owned by Steve Li, Chunan Li and Yisa Yang, who are also co-owners of Wild East Pan-Asian Bistro on Carmel Road. Similar to that restaurant, Red Sake will feature authentic Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes that are healthy and flavorful. Red Sake is expected to open early next year.
“We are thrilled to partner with Hawthorne’s NY Pizza & Bar on its continued growth and success at The Village at Robinson Farm and to welcome Red Sake, another locally owned concept that will be a great addition to our retail mix,” said Trip Harris of Lat Purser & Associates, who represented the landlord on the transactions.
In addition to the new leases, Rico’s Acai recently opened in an 800-square-foot space it leased late last year. The company had been parking one of its acai bowl food trucks at the center while its space was being built. Rico’s Acai specializes in gourmet acai bowls consisting of blended frozen fruit with toppings such as fresh fruit, granola, coconut, almond butter and Nutella.