The wait is finally over! 

Mark your calendars, because this Thursday, August 1st, the new food hall in Optimist Park neighborhood will officially open.

Optimist Hall is all about moving Charlottes food, trade and culture into the future. Some food vendors include The Dumpling Lady, Zukku Sushi, and Papi Queso. If you like beer, Fonta Flora Brewery will have a tasting room inside and for your hangover, you can enjoy some delicious coffee from Under Current.

The food hall will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. We certainly needed this sense of community.

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@optimisthallclt, a transformative mixed-use development just outside Uptown in the Optimist Park neighborhood, will officially open on Thursday, August 1. WHAT: The $60 million redevelopment of an old mill includes 83,000 square feet of office space occupied by Duke Energy, a 22,000-square-foot food hall and an additional 32,000 square feet of anchor restaurant and outdoor space. ADDRESS: 1115 N. Brevard St. HYPE: Food & Wine named the highly-anticipated food hall one of the biggest summer restaurant openings in the country. HOURS: The food hall will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Note that Undercurrent Coffee will open early at 7 a.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. OPENING LINEUP: Tenant openings will be staggered in roughly three phases through the fall. Food stalls opening Aug. 1 include @baoandbrothclt, @undercurrentcoffee, @honeysucklegelato, @petwantsclt, @zukkusushiclt and @spindlebar_nc. . PHASE 2 OPENINGS (mid Aug-Sep): @papiquesotruck, @thedumplingladyclt, @suarezbakeryandbarra, @villagejuiceclt, @avatampa and @archerpaper. . . PHASE 3 OPENINGS (early fall): @billysundaycharlotte, @velvettaco, @aix_charlotte, @fontaflorabrew, @botiwalla, @elthrifty and @felixempanadas. . . BIG PICTURE: Upon completion this fall, the project will be home to 19 vendors, including two bars, a brewery, a retail shop and up to four anchor restaurants.

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