Peppervine, created by the partnership of husband and wife team Chef Bill and General Manager Anita Greene of Banner Elk’s Artisanal, and Robert and Robb Lackey of Imagine One Companies and Café Rule in Hickory, North Carolina, debuts in Charlotte’s SouthPark neighborhood on March 1. The restaurant offers the team’s seasonally inspired, artful cuisine, and elevated service.
At Peppervine, the team creates an approachable, yet sophisticated environment reinforced by a menu, offering modern textures and flavors, that support local farms. Chef Bill Greene brings an artful interpretation and an enduring culinary prowess to the kitchen serving seasonal, progressive dishes. Guests will be treated to Imagine One Hospitality’s approach to truly memorable dining experiences and elevated service.
Peppervine’s progressive American menu emphasizes local farms, seasonal products, wild seafood, and pasture-raised meats. The housemade products such as breads, stocks, charcuterie, and ice cream will artfully be showcased in dishes such as the baked-to-order Pimento Cheese Scones with pepper jelly and sorghum butter; Baked Sunchoke with crème fraiche, shallot butter, and malt vinegar; Lumache accompanied by confit rabbit, sugar snap peas, mint pistou, and beech mushrooms; and Beef Short Rib “Pastrami” with carrot BBQ, spiced cucumber, and shiitake duxelle.
To heighten the experience, the beverage team has curated a thoughtful wine list that complements the flavor profiles built by Chef Bill and the dining menu that changes every day. Chef Bill works in tandem with his sommeliers and team, tasting and selecting each bottle to create harmonious dining and wine options for guests. Housing a selection of old and new world wines incorporating beloved vintners and lesser-known, on-the-rise labels, bottles of wine are on display in a glass-enclosed centerpiece of the restaurant’s design and is located in the middle of the dining room. An additional wine reserve is prominently on display in one of two private dining spaces. Cocktails at Peppervine receive inventive takes and thoughtful spins on classics such as the A5 Negroni devised of wagyu-infused Toki whiskey, compressed Campari, and orange reduction as well as the Manhattan Progress comprised of Bulleit rye, sweet vermouth, star anise, and cedar smoke.
Wine, food, and drink come together in the warmly-designed space with a light color scheme illuminated by large windows and soaring ceilings. The main dining area is anchored by a sculptural wood installation from Alabama based artist Alex Pate, that is complemented by paper artist Jocelyn Chateauvert’s light fixtures. In partnership with Shain Gallery, a regular rotation of high-profile art adorns the walls and is also featured via a state of the art 4k laser resolution projection on a 120” custom coated theater painted wall within the main dining area. The inspired visuals pair with the food and drink reflecting the overall artistry of Peppervine.
Imagine One is the parent company of a host of businesses, including air and water filtration, music & events, and restaurants including Café Rule in Hickory. Founded by Robert Lackey more than 40 years ago, it now encompasses over 40 companies, creating more than 20,000 products that can be found in more than 45,000 stores. Imagine One is known for changing entire industries, including fan & lighting, convenience stores, and postal products. As a brand, Imagine One has a long history of revolutionary markets, bringing creativity, design, branding, innovation and developing businesses in a way to transform the consumer market place.