Historic Charlotte restaurant to move

CHARLOTTE -- The Coffee Cup has a new home.

The proprietors of the 60-year-old soul food restaurant near Uptown have agreed to lease space in the Cameron Brown building at South McDowell and East Third streets -- giving the business room to expand but removing it from a historic building they fought hard last year to save.

The Coffee Cup will close at its South Clarkson Street site after lunch Saturday, proprietor Gardine Wilson said Wednesday. Wilson said he and his partner, Anthony McCarver, aim to open in the Brown building the week after Labor Day.

"It's really a bittersweet situation, but we still want to be part of Charlotte's growth," Wilson said.

The Cup in March won historic landmark designation from the City Council, a move that protects the building from any attempt at demolition for at least a year.

But the designation did nothing to help the business, which Wilson said was hurt by the surrounding construction and the building's size.