Optimist Hall, at 1115 N. Brevard Street, Charlotte, is a food hall inside in a redeveloped former gingham mill. Its 147,000 square feet feature a wide variety of unique food stalls, as well as bars, some retail, and restaurants.
It’s situated in Optimist Park, between Uptown and NoDa.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about Optimist Hall before visiting, including a current list of tenants, parking information, hours and upcoming events. Or, jump right to the upcoming events!
Parking at Optimist Hall
Optimist has announced a change in parking policy. Starting Monday, August 15th, 2022:
- The first 1.5 hours will be free
- 1.5 to 3 hours will incur a $5 fee
- 3 to 24 hours will incur an $18 fee
Optimist Hall will be working with Laz Parking. if you have questions, email email@example.com.
When you take a free fitness class at Optimist Hall, you might receive a validation code for free parking.
If you’re worried about parking, you can also get to Optimist Hall on the Blue Line Light Rail. It’s a very short work from the Parkwood LYNX station, and there’s even a path between the station and Optimist Hall. When you exit the station, turn right.
Optimist Hall is open:
- Monday to Thursday: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday: 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Look for updates on hours at optimisthall.com/visit. If there’s a change that we learn about, we’ll update here as well.
Some tenants do have different hours.
Tenants at Optimist Hall
This is the current list of food stalls, restaurants, breweries, bars and retailers at Optimist Hall.
An authentic Italian eatery. Get pizza cooked in wood-fired ovens.
Bao and Broth
Asian street food.
Cocktail bar with classic drinks and new creations.
Botiwalla Indian Street Grill
Try the Chicken Tikka Roll!
Fried chicken sandwiches from locally-sourced ingredients.
Collier Candy Company
For the candy lover. You might feel like you’re stepping back in time.
The Dumpling Lady
You’ve tried these dumplings from the food truck so you know they’re good!
Mexican cantina and gaming destination. Craft cocktails and classic games.
Handmade sweet and savory empanadas, made fresh every day.
Brewery inspired by English and Belgian traditions.
Burgers and fries.
Serves up scoops, pints, gelato sandwiches and milkshakes, inspired by the south.
Mediterranean grill serving up wraps, bowls or pita pockets.
Another food truck turned food stall. Twists on the grilled cheese sandwich.
Your spot for Cuban-inspired pastries.
Creative spins on classic cocktails, along with local beers and wines.
Village Juice Co.
Organic raw juice and clean food cafe.
Coffees, teas and light fare.
International takes on the taco.
Focuses on South Asian favorites from Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia.
Sushi rolls, burritos and poke bowls.
Archer Paper Goods
Stationery gift store. Shop here for greeting cards, desk supplies, pencils, art prints, and gift wrap.
Premium pet food and special treats for your best friend.
Paradiso Plant Shop
Shop for houseplants and plant accessories. This shop is expected to be here only temporarily.
Indoor and Outdoor Eating
In addition to the tables inside the food hall, Optimist Hall has several outdoor areas, including a Courtyard. Some of the outdoor seating areas are covered, which is appreciated in the heat of summer.
You can order online from the food stalls and restaurants, and pick up your order. Just park and go to the individual business to pick it up. Make sure to check the hours of the tenant. Some tenants also offer delivery through DoorDash or Uber Eats.
Events at Optimist Hall
Keep checking back. We will be adding more upcoming events at Optimist Hall here as they’re announced. Optimist Hall frequently hosts:
- Fitness class
- Holiday events
And almost all have been free events.
You can find events listed at OptimistHall.com/events.
Brian O’Neil and Friends Comedy Show at Fonta Flora
Thursday, May 25, 2023
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Free comedy show featuring Brian O’Neil, Bryan Penn and Robert Every.
Endless Summer: Optimist Hall Kick-Off to Summer
Saturday, June 3, 2023
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Enjoy free, family-friendly activities, including:
- Lawn games
- Bubble station
- Face paint
- Steel drum music
What’s Near Optimist Hall?
If you’re at Optimist Hall, you’re near some other interesting Charlotte businesses and attractions, including Rosie’s Wine and Coffee Garden (at McGill Rose Garden), Birdsong Brewing, Starlight on 22nd, and Cordelia Park. A little farther up North Davidson Street are Rhino Market & Deli, NoDa Escapes, and then, the rest of NoDa.
There’s an elevator near el Thrifty. Please contact Optimist Hall with any questions about accessibility.
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