L&L Market’s New Wine & Cheese Bar Build-Out Complete
The restaurant Culture + Co. is slated for a soft opening in early December
Dowdle Construction Group announced today the completion of the interior fit-out of new wine and cheese bar Culture + Co. The restaurant is in L&L Market – a 55,000-square-foot retail and restaurant marketplace on Charlotte Pike.
Culture + Co., co-founded by mother-daughter duo Jacqueline Palladino and Ashton Judy, is slated to open in early December. The restaurant will feature small-batch wine, cheese and charcuterie, as well as salads, sandwiches, house-made desserts and a selection of craft beers. The wines served will be organic, biodynamic or sustainably made, and the meats and cheeses will highlight local farms and cheesemakers.
The focal point of the 900-square-foot space is the moving conveyor belt from which customers can choose cheeses and other items as they pass by – the only cheese and charcuterie conveyor belt in the country.
“Choosing wine and cheese pairings from an expansive list can be intimidating, so we wanted a fun way to engage customers and educate them about the foods in front of them,” said Palladino, who will serve as chef. “I love making pastries, and I especially love cheese. I’m excited to collaborate with people in the community to source ingredients.”
Culture + Co. is set up as an open-floor space in the main hallway of the marketplace. In addition to the conveyor belt counter, the space also features artwork from local artists and an old-time movie theater sign above the bar highlighting current collaborations with other local businesses.
L&L Market is an ongoing project for Dowdle, who in 2018 renovated and repurposed the century-old building into what it is now. Since then, the general contractor has helped a number of the tenants — including Bold Patriot Brewing Co., Happily Grey, Collective 615, CycleBar, Alchemist Salon and Daphne Home — build out their individual spaces within the development.
“I was involved in these build-outs as well as the original building conversion, and it’s been great being part of the whole process from start to finish. The development as a whole turned out really well, especially from where it started,” said Dowdle Construction Group project manager Chris Curley. “I think Culture + Co, with its open-space setup and unique design, will be a popular addition to the lineup of specialty vendors.”
Other vendors at L&L include Five Daughters Bakery, Living with Landyn, Thai Ni Yom, Honest Coffee Roasters, Made in TN, Bend and Zen Hot Yoga and more.
“As soon as we saw L&L, we knew it was the right spot for us,” said Judy. “We watched it transform from a run-down restaurant supply store to a great place to eat and shop. We love the neighborhood, the community and the other vendors, many of which are also women-owned businesses. It’s a beautiful space!”