Midnight Diner is moving to downtown Charlotte, city records show


The Midnight Diner may move to uptown, according to a City of Charlotte rezoning filing.

The Midnight Diner may move to uptown, according to a City of Charlotte rezoning filing.

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A popular Charlotte diner appears to have found a new home after being moved to make way for a $750 million development.

The Midnight Diner would move to a nearly one-acre site at 420 E. Trade St. in downtown, near the Spectrum Center, according to a permit filed Thursday with the city of Charlotte. The new location is approximately one mile from its 11-year-old location at 115 E. Carson St.

In November, Chicago developer Riverside Investment and Development said it planned to redevelop the site where the stainless steel restaurant is located with a mix of commercial and residential uses at the major intersection between downtown and South End.

Brian Dominick, owner of the property since 1995, said in November that he planned to move the restaurant to make way for the development. Dominick also owns the Uptown Cabaret strip club on the same redevelopment site and the Red Eye Diner in Epicenter, about half a mile from Midnight Diner’s proposed site in downtown.

Plans call for the construction of a modular building for a dine-in restaurant on property owned by Weddington Properties, according to the Town of Dominick filing.

In September, Midnight Diner, known for its 24-hour comfort food, said on social media that it planned to open two new locations.

Dominick did not immediately respond for comment on Friday.

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Catherine Muccigrosso is a retail journalist for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she has worked for several newspapers and McClatchy for over a decade.


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