Mastro Brothers Award-Winning Steakhouse Opens in SouthPark December 18\r\nSteak 48 Preview Nights to Benefit Five Local Charities\r\n\r\nCHARLOTTE, N.C. \u2013 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.\r\n\r\nSome of the country\u2019s 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.\r\n\r\nThe 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.\r\n\r\nLocated at 4425 Sharon Road, the 11,500-square-foot restaurant is on the ground floor part of the new mixed-use development Apex SouthPark.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe 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,\u201d remarked Jeff Mastro, CEO and co-founder of Steak 48. \u201cSouthPark is the kind of neighborhood we\u2019ve 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 \u2018yes\u2019 immediately.\u201d\r\n\r\nAn 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\u2019s Steakhouse in Tampa, with support from Chief Executive Chef Marc Lupino, who leads all of Steak 48\u2019s culinary programs and has been part of the team since the early 2000s.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe are excited to have Chef Heather King bring her amazing experience to Steak 48,\u201d added Jeff Mastro. \u201cComing from a world-renowned steakhouse institution like Bern\u2019s Steakhouse and locally with Del Frisco\u2019s, she commands the kitchen like a true pro and we\u2019re excited to see her put her own spin on the Steak 48 menu.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe 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 cr\u00e8me br\u00fbl\u00e9e. 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.\r\n\r\nSteak 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.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe 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,\u201d added Mastro.\r\n\r\nThe restaurant offers seating for 400 guests, including dining suites, bar/lounge dining, outdoor patio, chef\u2019s tables and private rooms. They will, of course, adhere to Governor Cooper\u2019s and CDC guidelines for COVID-19 and implement the use of \u201cAccufectant\u201d 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.\r\n\r\nIn 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.\r\n\r\nSteak 48 will be open for dinner service Sunday \u2013 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.