e2 emeril’s eatery in uptown Charlotte, North Carolina, was recently awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) CI Retail Certification. LEED, which is overseen by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides a framework for businesses to implement sustainable practices and features into design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.
“Earning LEED certification shows we’re serious about being a sustainable, environmentally focused and local farmer-friendly restaurant,” says chef Emeril Lagasse, owner and executive chef of the restaurant. “By committing ourselves to LEED principles, we’re providing our customers a promise of fresh, high-quality food and sustainable operations.
e2 emeril’s eatery is the first restaurant in Charlotte to receive LEED certification. The restaurant was judged on the sustainability of the site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, and innovation in design. To plan and build the restaurant, e2 partnered with Wells Fargo, Philadelphia architecture firm Floss Barber and LEED certification expert tvsdesign, along with local firms Balfour Beatty, Barrett Woodyard & Associates, Tobin Starr + Partners, and Childress Klein.
e2 emeril’s eatery features Emeril’s eclectic twist on modern American classics, including New Orleans and Southern-style dishes, made using local ingredients and served in a comfortable setting. The restaurant includes a large chef’s food bar, a raw bar, an open kitchen overlooking the main dining room, a semi-private dining area and a patio. e2 serves lunch weekdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dinner is served Monday – Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For a meal on-the-go, e2 GO adjoins e2 emeril’s eatery, both conveniently located on Levine Avenue of the Arts in uptown Charlotte.