Lake Norman is always growing with new things to try. From new restaurants to breweries to dessert spots, we have found some of the most exciting new openings in the Lake Norman area for you to experience.

New in Cornelius

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream

20545 Torrence Chapel Rd

Long-standing ice cream parlor offering many flavors of ice cream & sorbet, plus sundaes & shakes. Using an abundance of only the best ingredients available and proud to be recognized as the #1 ice cream in the world.

Tropicana Sports Bar

19708 West Catawba Ave

After a temporary closure due to a fire, the return of the beloved late night spot to the Cornelius community is back and better than ever, taking over the former location of Kat's Seafood Kitchen. Join them for good times, great food, and live music!

Handel's Ice Cream

Port City Club Lobster Dumpling


Rico's Acai

20823 N Main St # A

Check out the newest location for delicious, organic açaí puree that is blended and served with products imported from Brazil. Each serving is packed with antioxidants, calcium, potassium and vitamin A. Whether you are looking for something that matches your healthy lifestyle, or you want to indulge a craving on a sunny day- there are options for everyone!

Port City Club

18665 Harborside Dr

Chef David Burke officially takes over operations at Port City Club. The menu has already incorporated some of Burke’s touches, including Lobster Dumplings with tomato miso sauce and basil oil; and black pepper maple glazed Clothesline Bacon.

The changes will extend beyond the menu and include an interior design refresh, the addition of a dockside “Grab ‘N Go” area for expedited quick snacks, and the outdoor patio’s renovation.


New in Davidson

Hot Mess

416 S Main St

A Lake Norman dining favorite formerly known as "Davidson Ice House" is undergoing a transformation into a new concept called Hot Mess. Serving up delicious burgers, fresh healthy bowls, and lobster rolls with all your favorite vegan, vegetarian, & gluten-free options! They are currently closed with plans to reopen soon. Stay tuned for updates on their social pages.

Davidson Social Districts

The Town of Davidson created two social districts, a place where people can walk between businesses with alcoholic drinks. One on Main Street and the other at the Circles along Jetton St. The Town Board voted unanimously on May 9 to approve an ordinance allowing for these social districts, which will create more tourism opportunities and help increase foot traffic for small businesses.

Downtown Davidson

Fisher Farm Archery Range

County Commissioner Elaine Powell and the man behind the Fisher Farm Archery Range – Sterling Martin

Fisher Farm Archery Range

21215 Shearer Rd

The Town of Davidson also recently invited the community to the new Fisher Farm Archery Range for a grand opening on Sunday, May 21. The Fisher Farm Archery Range has been a longtime vision and dream of Davidson resident Sterling Martin who has taught numerous archery programs in the past. This will be one of the only publicly available archery ranges in the Mecklenburg Park system and a unique amenity for Davidson’s Fisher Farm Park.


New in Huntersville

760 Craftworks Brewery

100 Gilead Rd

The newest taproom to join the heart of downtown Huntersville is a family affair. Father-and-son team Wagner and Trey Ramsey transformed the 8,000-square-foot building formerly home to the Huntersville Police Department. Offering craft beer, alongside wine, ciders, seltzers and non-alcoholic beverages!

Hickory Tavern

9526 Birkdale Crossing Dr, Suite 30

This neighborhood gathering place got a new remodel and menu.

Brixx Wood Fired Pizza

16926 Birkdale Commons Pkwy

The new location in Birkdale is open! Experience a casual, inviting atmosphere with warm, friendly service over scratch made wood fired fare. 

760 Craftworks

Coming Soon to Birkdale Village:
  • Suffolk Punch Brewing: Neighborhood brewery & taphouse, scratch kitchen, and full-service coffee bar

  • Sugar + Ice: Mini doughnut shop

  • The Cheesecake Factory: 250+ menu items, freshly prepared from scratch, to order. Along with over 30 legendary cheesecakes and desserts

New to the Lake

The Snack Barge

Grand opening this Memorial weekend, the Snack Barge is a full service food and entertainment vessel, serving up hot, fresh, and delicious made to order meals on and around Lake Norman. Carter and Matt are the owners and innovators of this new dockside food truck servicing boaters on the water and off. Mainly operating at the sandbar, dog island, and cocktail cove on Lake Norman, they will also make their debut on land at local breweries so keep a look out for any announcements! Food is part of the Barge, but they will host events and games with music for parties and special events both day and night. 

Hopefully, you are excited to try out some of these new places just as much as we are. Make sure to tag us in all your Lake Norman excursions and follow us on social media @VisitLakeNorman to get even more updates on all things LKN!