Pure Taqueria closes
The closing of Pure Taqueria in downtown Matthews this week left 32 people without jobs.
The restaurant at 111 Matthews Station St., which employed 32 people including eight with full-time positions, served its last customers Saturday, Jan. 5, co-owner Michael Ott said. The eatery, which opened in October 2010, “just didn’t get the volume” it needed to survive, Ott said. Ott and his business partner James Hipp bought the property from the Town of Matthews in 2009 for $175,000. Then a vacant lot, the land was the source of controversy and prompted an upset bid from developer Garry Smith of Matthews’ Brookchase Properties. Smith proposed a three-story building with condos above retail space — similar to one section of his under-construction Matthews Gateway development nearby.
Ott said weekend traffic was “great,” but the restaurant lost money during the week. Using only fresh food meant the restaurant ended up spending many hours prepping and tossed a lot of unused food in the trash. The restaurant is part of a franchise based in Georgia.
“We had a very loyal following, but it wasn’t quite enough to be able to maintain,” Ott said. “Unfortunately, for me, it’s not just a hobby; it’s a business. Unfortunately for us, Pure just didn’t make it. We’re very sad.”
Ott said he’s in talks with three other restaurant groups and hopes to have a lease signed with one of them within a month.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to leave it as a restaurant,” he said. “We’re being very careful with who we choose.”
Weight Watchers opens Matthews shop
Matthews is now home to a Weight Watchers storefront – just in time to work on those New Year’s resolutions.
The business at 2211 Matthews Township Pkwy. in the Sycamore Commons shopping center offers members meeting space, weigh-ins, sells company retail products and one-on-one help with questions. A “One Amazing Day” grand opening celebration featuring free food and giveaways from area restaurants and other businesses will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The following businesses will be participating: 8 to 9 a.m., Costco; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Teavana; 11 a.m. to noon, Olive This; noon to 1:30 p.m., Chick-fil-A; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Qdoba; and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., McAlister’s Deli.
The Matthews location is open Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit www.weightwatchers.com.
Carolina Beer Temple coming to Matthews
A Charlotte couple with a passion for craft beer are opening a shop in downtown Matthews.
This spring, Rob and Megan Jacik will open Carolina Beer Temple at 131 Matthews Station St., suite 1C. The couple have two children, ages 14 and 12, who attend Crestdale Middle School.
The shop will feature 16 beers on tap, a walk-in cooler and focus on beers made in North Carolina. The business also hopes to sell kegs. Education about craft beers will be a big part of their business, Rob Jacik said. While researching the business idea, the couple traveled to breweries across the state and even Belgium.
“We want to be the destination for craft beer in this area and, long-term, in this state,” Rob Jacik said. “We really want to support the local (breweries).”
One thing they don’t want the Beer Temple to be, he said, is intimidating.
“We also want to be a friendly atmosphere for everyone from the novice beer drinker to the individual who is really into the beer scene,” Rob Jacik said.
The shop could be open by early March.
For more information, call 704-847-2337 (BEER) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.