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May 09, 2019


The Protagonist opens today in downtown NoDa

Posted by Amanda Erskine • NoDa Nightlife

The neighborhood that everyone has been sleeping on is getting bigger and bigger every day, with more and more businesses moving there for the cheaper rent and ample available business space. And for all of the passerby who have been craning their necks to peek in on the progress, get excited, because today, NoDa has grown by one highly anticipated "clubhouse": The Protagonist. 

Owned and operated by childhood friends: Ryan McKillen, Mike Salzarulo and Ryan Owens, The Protagonist now occupies the 1,700 square foot space where the former NoDa grocery once lived, and is offering 26 taps of house-made and rotating beers, in addition to delicious cocktails and alcohol free options. Currently, they only have two in-house beers available including a collaboration lager with Town Brewing and a dark-ale collaboration with Divine Barrel Brewing, but once their equipment is fully set up and operational, they will be introducing more concoctions from their head brewer, Jeremy Claeys. 

While the space isn't very large, it makes for an intimate and "club-house" vibe that fits in seamlessly with the overall personality of the NoDa neighborhood. 

We highly recommend trying their collaboration lager with Town Brewing and pairing it with their 4-cheese grilled cheese. Enjoy it at the bar, one of their 2-seat tables, or on the front patio to take in the streets of NoDa. 

Welcome to Charlotte, The Protagonist!