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NoDa Bodega has been serving homemade sandwiches and soups since 2012 in a small building on 35th Street within the NoDa neighborhood. Husband and wife team Lisa and Brian Moore own NoDa Bodega, and have been frantically getting their new space ready in the midst of welcoming their second daughter, who decided to come two weeks early.
NoDa Bodega outgrew the space and relocated to a recently renovated shopping center on 36th Street, close to the Plaza intersection, an area just beyond the established NoDa neighborhood.
Brian said, "We hit a ceiling in the space on 35th Street. There are things that we could never do there without a full kitchen. That was a big factor in deciding to move."
Both have culinary degrees. Lisa was trained at Johnson and Wales University and Brian studied at Culinary Institute of America. Lisa's background is in catering and event planning. She owned Savor Café and Catering when she and Brian met.
When they first opened on 35th Street, it was Brian's first time owning his own business. Opening a mom-and-pop shop, like the ones he had seen in New York, was a long-time dream of his.
"I always wanted to do a sandwich shop. I had to give it a shot and see what happens," said Brian.
The Moores' corner bodega worked for the neighborhood.
Lisa said, "We have good food. It's unique and eclectic. It took awhile for us to build our base of customers and for people to get to know us."
The Moores anticipate that their regulars will follow them to their new location, and that new customers will appreciate their updated menu, beer and wine service, indoor seating and eventual outdoor patio. They hope that their laid-back atmosphere will be appealing to neighborhood families with young children who want to get something good to eat and drink.
Art by local artists Scott Whiteside and Pete McCoil will decorate the walls. The bar was created by Pete Morris and the bar top wood made from reclaimed wood from NoDa Brewing's new location. Old timers will remember the Southside Seafood Market sign that hung for years at the 35th Street store.
"I have been carrying that around with me for four years," said Lisa. It will have a place in the new location.
Business traffic for NoDa Bodega may increase with the development projects in the works on either side of the shopping center. The Drakeford Company is seeking approval for 32 new townhomes on the corner of 36th and Holt. According to Greg Godly of Legacy Real Estate Advisors, the land on the other side will eventually be rezoned for multi-family.
Other plans for NoDa Bodega include a weekend brunch and staying open later, but they will take their cues from the customers.
Lisa said, "In our 35th Street location, we had the vision, but tweaked it based on whatever direction the neighborhood wanted us to go in. We will do the same in our new location."
- Casual breakfast, Tuesday-Friday
- Full kitchen with expanded menu – falafel, po' boys, corned beef made on premises
- Deli case with chicken, tuna & egg salad, olives, peppadews, potato salads and other side
- Serving beer and wine, currently waiting for ABC approval
- Coffee from Pure Intentions
- Seating for 40-50 people
- Outdoor patio to open in several weeks
- Plenty of parking
- Soft opening hours with deli menu: Thursday, May 19-Sunday, May 22, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Monday closed.
- Regular hours beginning May 24 with full menu: Tuesday-Saturday 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; Monday closed
This article ran on charlottefive.com. Written by Vanessa Infanzon. Read the original story to view images of the new location.
-republished from CharlotteFive, 2/9/16
Is NoDa losing its funky vibe, or is it just gaining speed?
by NoDa Resident, Vanessa Infanzon, February 9, 2016
My history with NoDa goes back to before I lived here. I came for the Friday night art crawls in the 1990’s, and I babysat for Eden and Orien. If those names sound strangely familiar, they are spelled out in tile on the corner of 36th and N. Davidson.
Eden and Orien’s parents, Ruth Ava Lyons and Paul Sires, owned Center of the Earth Gallery and started to revitalize NoDa in the late 1980’s.
From the beginning, NoDa had an energy that attracted people with the ingenuity to open businesses, renovate homes and build a strong neighborhood association. Now, some worry that the unique vibe that turned NoDa into a destination spot will be lost with the development of condos and apartments.
I asked several local residents and business owners for their thoughts on the changing landscape:
Assistant Manager at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse & Roastery.
“I believe NoDa (Smelly Cat included) will grow and embrace these changes while staying true to our unique style.”
Social media coordinator. NoDa resident for three years.
“It was sad to see a place like the Chop Shop go, however I am optimistic that this new development will only add to making NoDa a fun destination within Charlotte, while keeping its eclectic character.”
Real estate broker and co-owner of The Company Store. NoDa resident for three years.
“Things are changing, but this neighborhood has kept most of its existing restaurants. It isn’t THE same, but nowhere stays the same.”
NoDa resident for four years.
“I do not find the architecture particularly stunning. I have not heard anything about the use of green technology. I have not seen anything regarding socially or economically innovative ideas. It just seems to be more of the same: a bottom-line mentality and giving less credence to co-creating with soulful intentionality.”
Johnston YMCA executive director since 2010.
“This is such a special and unique part of town and it’s great that we can be seen as THE place to grow, expand and invest. Currently we are focusing on how we ride this wave and strategically position ourselves for what the future holds. Our goal is to continue to focus on serving those that need the Y the most while adapting and adjusting to our changing community.”
Nonprofit entrepreneur. NoDa resident for four years.
“I live across from the light rail construction and, even though all the street closings are super annoying, I could not be more excited about the light rail coming to NoDa.
“NoDazens truly care about making this community the best it can be. Even with several unsightly condo projects, the neighborhood continues to keep its funky and creative charm thanks to the great people who live here.”
NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association, served on board since 2000. NoDa resident for 17 years.
“At this moment, we probably stand at the apex of change and development. Construction is disruptive, but the chaos of construction should not overshadow the end result. NoDa will become more vibrant, yet still retain its funky, eclectic and historic charm.
“I envision a historic mill town core, preserved with our own unique NoDa twist, surrounded with modern, urban infill projects on vacant or industrial land.”
Photos: Vanessa Infanzon; Joey Haynes; Taylor Russell; Joey Hewell; Jenny Sigmon; Tony Arreaza