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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- One of Asheville's most popular restaurants will open a location in Charlotte.

Tupelo Honey Cafe is preparing to renovate the old Pewter Rose Bistro, according to Mecklenburg County building permits. Elizabeth Sims, the restaurant's marketing manager, said no opening date had been set, since it's so early in the permiting process. The space was empty, and there was no sign of any renovations Wednesday morning.

Last month, proprietor Steve Frabitore told NBC Charlotte said he intended to open a restaurant here. We have a tremendous fan base in Charlotte and a lot of interest, he said. I fully expect to be there in the near future.

The original Tupelo Honey Cafe, known for itsshrimp and grits,sweet potato pancakes and biscuits,opened on Asheville s Market Square in December 2000. It opened a second location in that city in 2008. Each cafe serves 5,000 to 7,000 customers a week. A location opened in Knoxville last October. Locations in Chattanooga, Greenville, South Carolina and Johnson City, Tennessee are all slated to open soon.

The Pewter Rose was open for 25 years at 1820 South Boulevard in Charlotte's South End before closing in January.

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