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Fin & Fino, Jon Dressler’s new entree in Birkdale, opens in March

Fin & Fino in Charlotte | Photo: Rare Roots

Jan. 5. Restaurateur Jon Dressler says he is targeting early March for the opening of Fin & Fino in the former Dressler’s space in the heart of Birkdale Village.

A mainstay of fine dining in Lake Norman for two decades, Dressler’s closed for remodeling in September.

Fin & Fino, which has a location Uptown at 135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, will allow Dressler’s restaurant company, Rare Roots Hospitality, to appeal to a broader base and attract new guests, said Dressler, a fan of the changes in Birkdale Village.

“People still appreciate good food and good service. I think they lean towards a shared plate environment, which promotes more social eating, is a fun change in the culinary world. The question is: Why eat two plates when you can try eight?”

—Jon Dressler

Social seafood 

Fin & Fino is a “social seafood house,” with coastal vibes, fresh seafood, high-quality meats, house made pastas and locally grown produce on a menu of small plates.

On deck


Rare Roots Hospitality’s executive chef Scott Hollingsworth and Director of Operations Tim Buchanan are spearheading menu development and experience for the new location.

Chef Jonathan Cox and bar manager Brittany Kellum will drive the food and cocktail programs.

Gift cards issued by Dressler’s will be honored at Fin & Fino an d all Rare roota restaurants.