Modern Take on the Classic American Steakhouse

| Jennifer Thomas | Charlotte Business Journal | Full Article

This Charleston, S.C., hospitality group is bringing its spin on the traditional steakhouse to Charlotte.

Oak Steakhouse will open for dinner service in SouthPark at 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

The Indigo Road hospitality group has invested north of $2.5 million in that 5,200-square-foot space, says Steve Palmer, founder.

It is located in Sharon Square, a mixed-use development by Pappas Properties and Allen Tate Co.

The design has a mid-century modern feel.

And, while it incorporates wood — a lot of it — it’s a lighter color than found in a traditional steakhouse. Expect red, high-back tufted booths and dark gray walls. Tables are made of oak and embossed with Oak’s logo.

Amber glass light fixtures glow over the bar. Another fixture is dubbed “the spider” because its arms split eight different directions.

“It was very intentional not to build a traditional steakhouse,” Palmer says. “We just wanted it to be different.”

David Thompson Architect out of Charleston was the designer. Lennon Construction Co. of Charleston was the general contractor.

Oak’s menu is centered around dry-aged, certified Angus Beef, but it also puts a heavy focus on seasonal veggies and a fish and seafood selection.

“The twist is we cook seasonally,” Palmer says. “The menu will change more often than a traditional steakhouse.”

Alex Jenkins is executive chef.

This is the third location for Oak following restaurants in Charleston and Atlanta.

The hospitality group is also behind O-Ku, which opened in Charlotte’s South End last year.

“Our company is a reflection of what I like to eat,” Palmer adds with a smile.

Oak will be open seven days a week for dinner service. Plans are to add brunch in the near future.

New medical spa coming to SouthPark this summer near Whole Foods

| Katherine Peralta | Charlotte Observer | Full Article

A cosmetic treatment center that provides services like body contouring and cellulite reduction is coming to the Sharon Square shopping complex in SouthPark this summer.

LightRx Face & Body will occupy a 1,500 square-foot space, and construction is expected to begin soon, according to a statement this week from Pappas Properties, the Charlotte firm that developed Sharon Square.

Physicians at the medical spa will provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments like body contouring, laser liposuction, cellulite reduction, skin tightening, skin rejuvenation and laser hair removal.

“Sharon Square was the ideal location for us as we introduce LightRx Face & Body to Charlotte. We are really looking forward to being a part of a community with such a unique culture and character,” said Rich Morgan, president of LightRx.

Among others, tenants in Sharon Square include a Whole Foods, Oak Steakhouse, a gourmet pet shop called Woof Gang Bakery and soon, a two-story Starbucks that will serve craft beer and wine.