“I believe they’ll find Charlotte people to be very warm, upbeat, hospitable, Southern and enjoyably overall. We welcome our friends from Louisville, whom we love, with the exception of when Louisville plays Carolina or Duke in basketball!!!” So started my conversation with good friend, Mike Donovan, foodie and radio god. Mike has lived in Charlotte for years, even used own a couple of restaurants.
I asked him for some suggestions of what to do and where to do it for Louisville Fans while attending the BELK BOWL. “There are lots of cool places in and around uptown Charlotte. We do call it “Uptown” and you’ll notice no one says “downtown” here as it was a proclamation made many, many years ago in an effort to always be positive and build it ‘up’.” Mike continued his pitch, “What I love about Charlotte are all the ‘pockets’ of activity and cool places in neighborhoods that are not Uptown but are close enough to Uptown to go by cab or bus.” .
So, lets’ start with UPTOWN Charlotte, in and around Panthers Stadium. This area contains a placed called The EpiCentre, which is much like our 4th Street Live area here in Louisville.