Southern Hospitality

Southern Hospitality

South Park Magazine

Dogwood Southern Table and Bar opened in early November in SouthPark. Just like any good Southerner, the restaurant opened its doors with a special kind of warmth found only below the Mason-Dixon line. Dogwood, located directly behind the Whole Foods Market on the corner of Sharon and Fairview Road, aims to honor local and regional artisans through efforts that extend to the plate and beyond.

Owner Jon Dressler, the man behind Dressler’s restaurants in Birkdale Village in Huntersville and the Metropolitan in Charlotte, took a collaborative approach with this concept. A family man himself, Dressler recruited his restaurant family to seek out some of the best artisans and farmers in the region to fuel the approachable Southern inspired menu.

General Manager Tim Buchanan spearheaded the search for local artisans, taking trips to area farmers markets and farms to meet with the folks who would contribute to the restaurant. He documented his travels through a series of photos that are now on display inside the restaurant, a personal touch that highlights the spirit in which the Dogwood was erected.

The restaurant space is contemporary with warm and rustic accents. Above, large wooden beams sourced from 19th century barns make an imposing statement upon entrance. A large community table in the bar area welcomes frivolity and the fireplace flickering to the right, a cozy compliment to the comfortable space. Custom art from local artist Lisa Gorman decorates the walls, a touch added by Kim Dressler who contributes her design sensibilities to each of her husband’s restaurants.

Executive Chef Scott Hollingsworth developed menus focused on Southern favorites. Expect to find pimento cheese, cornmeal dusted fried oysters, tender pork ribs, and the salty smack of boiled peanuts at this Southern table. The restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner seven days a week and brunch on the weekends, offers an ample selection of locally sourced proteins including a hearty North Carolina bison strip steak paired with rutabaga, baby carrots, and potatoes and features like pan seared mountain trout from Sunburst Farms in Canton, North Carolina. The bar menu is stacked with creative cocktails, leaded and unleaded, plus old-school Carolina favorites Cheerwine and Nehi sodas for the kid in everyone.

Thoughtfulness comes to mind as one takes a look inside Dogwood. Jon Dressler offers an upscale yet comfortable space for gathering, paired with a distinct warmth and hospitality characteristic of his concepts. Farm to table is certainly nothing new, but sometimes you don’t have to reinvent the wheel to enjoy a good meal.

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