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Fin & Fino open in Birkdale Village

Fin & Fino is next to Cava

Feb. 28. Restaurateur Jon Dressler has opened 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.

Reservations can be made online.

The brand

Fin & Fino is branded as a social seafood house with fresh seafood, high-quality meats, house-made pastas and locally grown produce through a menu of small plates.

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, says Dressler, a fan of the changes in Birkdale Village.

Changing times

Birkdale has changed dramatically since Dressler’s opened in 2003. Dressler said the new Fin & Fino concept is more contemporary.


“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?”