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Sabor in NoDa

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Sabor is opening a new restaurant in NoDa

(reposted from Charlotte Agenda article January 26, 2016 by Jessica Dionne)


Sabor Latin Street Grill is opening a new location in NoDa and the neighborhood is abuzz with excitement.

Although Cabo Fish Taco is right next door to the new location, NoDa residents agree that there is plenty of room for the affordable, street-vendor style Latin food that Sabor is famous for. Even if you’ve never been to Sabor you may be familiar with some of their menu items if you have ever been to Three Amigos off Central. The restaurants boast the same owners and the same quality of delicious food to fill your bellies.

Co-owner David says they have already started renovations on their new location, previously the wine bar Dolce Vita, and they plan to open in 6-8 weeks.

What makes the Latin grill unique is its array of different South American foods.

Imagine walking the streets of Latin America, hearing the steam from the grills, smelling the savory scents wafting from all of the vendors. Owners Dalton, Jason, and David have brought this experience right here to Charlotte, and soon NoDa residents can enjoy it in their own back yard.

If you haven’t been before, you can check out one of their existing locations off Hawthorne in Charlotte, in Matthews, or in Indian Trail.

With this new location they are going for a more upscale version of their vendor-style restaurant, with a full bar where you can get one (or three) of their award-winning margaritas. There will be plenty of seating for the dine-in experience as well as their traditional takeout counter.

Matty, a tattoo artist at Fu’s Custom Tattoos across the street from the new Sabor location says, “I can’t wait for the new spot to open. I’ll be eating beef empanadas for lunch every day.” The rest of the neighborhood seems pumped about real South American cuisine in the area, within walking distance of most of NoDa’s housing.

What to try:

  • The empanadas are lick-the-grease-from-your-fingers delicious. Filled with ground beef, spices, and gooey cheese how could this street food favorite get any better? Oh yea, it’s deep-fried.
  • The burritos are football-sized and bursting full of meat, rice, beans, and queso. I challenge you to finish a whole one in a sitting.
  • The carne asada fries are a special treat, featuring french fries loaded with grilled steak, queso, pico de gallo, guacamole, sour cream, and cotija cheese. If you’re a fan of loaded fries, try this Mexican version and let your taste buds thank you.
  • Taco Tuesdays are also a great time to check out what they have to offer because all tacos are $1!!

Whether you are a seasoned regular or a Sabor rube, make sure to do yourself a favor and check out the new location when it opens on North Davidson.


Painting by NoDa artist Osiris Rain joins permanent collection of the European Museum of Modern Art

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Osiris Rain RGB“An Unbearable Darkness” a painting by Charlotte based artist Osiris Rain has been curated into the permanent collection of the MEAM: Museu Europeu d'Art Modern (The European Museum of Modern Art) in Barcelona, Spain. The MEAM is Europe’s foremost museum dedicated to exhibiting the top living figurative painters and sculptors from around the world.

“An Unbearable Darkness” is a portrait of Osiris’s father whom Osiris credits as sparking his interest in the arts as a child.  The painting previously was a semi-finalist at the National Portrait Gallery, BP Portrait Award competition in London. It was also a finalist in the Art Renewal Center’s 2015 International Salon Competition and later included in the pre-selection for the International Figurativas competition hosted by the MEAM before being curated into the MEAM’s permanent collection by Jose Luis Inifiesta, the Fundació de les Arts i els Artistes director.

Osiris Rain is a North Carolina native who lives and works in Charlotte, NC. He was classically trained in Florence, Italy at the Angel Academy of Art and continued his studies in Norway under master painter Odd Nerdrum. His paintings have been exhibited internationally and garnered recognition from numerous institutions worldwide.

Osiris recently launched The North Carolina Academy of Art in early 2015, a small atelier dedicated to teaching Academic Realism. As Director of the academy, he hopes to share his passion for the classical arts and inspire others to delve into the figurative and portraiture world of painting. The school accepts students of all skill levels and is located in NoDa at 3224-B Benard Avenue in the Hart Witzen Annex.

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"An Unbearable Darkness” by Osiris Rain


Welcome to the ART HOLE

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As of Wednesday, July 1, NoDa has a new addition to its art scene - Welcome to the Art Hole. PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer) will be hosting a pop-up art gallery called the Art Hole that will feature local, regional and national artists.

For those of you who don’t know, PBR has continually funded and supported the arts by commissioning public artworks (murals) and art happenings (including live paintings and music events) throughout the year. These events have taken place in our neighborhood and all over the city/state/nation, at a time when the number of our precious art galleries have been, unfortunately, dwindling. This summer, and into the late fall, PBR will be bringing you a unique gallery featuring a cross-section of graphic, low-brow, street, and modernist/post-modernist art work (as well as a pumpkin carving show) for your viewing and, in some case, participation.

The Art Hole is located at the corner of 35th Street and Whiting Avenue (the former location of NoDa Yoga). It is free and open to the public, and shows often include cookouts and music by some of the finest DJ’s in the city.

Whether you drink their beer or not, come support the folks that have been supporting the arts while many others have been lacking, and have a good time and see some great art too!


Wed July 1: National PBR Art Show

Fri July 17: the Pucketts

Fri August 7: Matt Hooker, Matt Moore, Alex DeLarge

Fri August 28: Pabst “Localized Art Show” 

Fri September 11: P/V + Friends 

October date TBD: Haloween-themed show

Wed October 21: Pumpkin Carving Show 

Fri November 6: RIP Pabst Van – Final Show

Fri November 9: Gallery Closes