Mastro Brothers Award-Winning Steakhouse Opens in SouthPark December 18
Steak 48 Preview Nights to Benefit Five Local Charities
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Steakhouse innovators and veterans, Jeffrey and Michael Mastro, are bringing their Steak 48 brand to Charlotte. The upscale steakhouse opens its doors in the heart of SouthPark Friday, December 18.
Some of the country’s most recognized names in the steakhouse culture and James Beard Foundation Semifinalists in 2020 as Outstanding Restaurateurs, brothers Jeff and Mike Mastro, along with their father Dennis and longtime business partner Scott Troilo, boast an impressive 21 years of experience. Their Steak 48 concept, with a warm contemporary upscale and unpretentious lively atmosphere, brings a modern update to the classic American steakhouse experience. Steak 48 invested heavily in their new Charlotte community, spending over $9 Million on the buildout of the gorgeous space, including unique dining suites looking into an exposed kitchen with floor to ceiling glass walls.
The group operates seven popular steakhouses across the country, with Steak 48 locations in Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia. Each restaurant is uniquely local to its own city. They plan to open two more restaurants next year.
Located at 4425 Sharon Road, the 11,500-square-foot restaurant is on the ground floor part of the new mixed-use development Apex SouthPark.
“We were looking for the very best cities to expand into, and of course were immediately attracted to Charlotte because of the growing population, arts, culture and diversity but also because Charlotte is down to earth like we are,” remarked Jeff Mastro, CEO and co-founder of Steak 48. “SouthPark is the kind of neighborhood we’ve done extremely well in before, in our hometown of Scottsdale, so when the opportunity to locate at Apex SouthPark came available we were so grateful and said ‘yes’ immediately.”
An economic boost amidst a pandemic, Steak 48 hired 250 employees locally. At the helm of the Charlotte kitchen is Executive Chef Heather King, formerly of Bern’s Steakhouse in Tampa, with support from Chief Executive Chef Marc Lupino, who leads all of Steak 48’s culinary programs and has been part of the team since the early 2000s.
“We are excited to have Chef Heather King bring her amazing experience to Steak 48,” added Jeff Mastro. “Coming from a world-renowned steakhouse institution like Bern’s Steakhouse and locally with Del Frisco’s, she commands the kitchen like a true pro and we’re excited to see her put her own spin on the Steak 48 menu.”
The menu features prime steaks, a raw bar and extensive fresh seafood selection, whimsical and unique appetizers including chicken fried lobster, rock shrimp mac and cheese and deviled eggs with crispy shrimp as well as side dishes including a double baked truffle potato, asparagus fries and corn crème brûlée. Steak 48 has many gluten-free and vegetarian menu options. Serving as a perfect complement to the meal are hand-crafted signature cocktails made from local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible or a selection from the 6,000-bottle wine vault. Local spirits include Cardinal Gin, Great Wagon Distillery and Doc Porter’s Vodka.
Steak 48 has an in-house butcher shop that is always kept at 40 degrees. Their master butchers custom cut 28-day, wet-aged steaks by hand for cooking in the 1800-degree broiler. Much of the beef comes from Midwestern farms in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as highest grade Wagyu beef brought in from the Mishima Reserve. The raw bar is on display in their glass-enclosed show kitchen.
“We know Charlotte has many great steakhouses, each with a unique offering. We will complement our neighbors and hope to be one more reason for Charlotte to dine out another night,” added Mastro.
The restaurant offers seating for 400 guests, including dining suites, bar/lounge dining, outdoor patio, chef’s tables and private rooms. They will, of course, adhere to Governor Cooper’s and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 and implement the use of “Accufectant” machines in their locations to prevent the spread of the disease to safely welcome their staff and guests to Steak 48. Details of all of their health and safety measures can be found HERE.
In advance of its December 18th opening, Steak 48 will host a series of preview evenings where 100 percent of check proceeds will go to support five Charlotte nonprofits including the YWCA of Central Carolinas, TreesCharlotte, The Steve Smith Family Foundation, The Denny Hamlin Foundation and Charlotte Ballet.
Steak 48 will be open for dinner service Sunday – Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar opens daily at 4 p.m. Reservations can be made on OpenTable soon or by calling the restaurant at (980) 580-4848. For more information about Steak 48, please visit www.Steak48.com and follow them on social @steak48.