Hef’s Bar and Grill – Leaving Montford Drive and Finding a Home in MoRA


img_2757Hef’s Bar & Grill has the look and feel of a sports bar when you first walk in. There are 27 big-screen televisions that can show nine games at once.  The menu will quickly tell you that this is a “for real” restaurant – with lots of options. Co-owner Andy Gao said his restaurant “focuses on good food and service.”

Hef’s Bar & Grill was a Montford Drive staple for 4 years, and became a go-to sports bars in one of Charlotte’s trendiest food spots. Co-owners and partners Andy Gao and Danny Zhou did not have the space they wanted near Barclay Downs and Myers Park, and decided to look for more room when their lease expired. Like many businesses and residents that end up in MoRA, they found that locations near Uptown cost too much and offered too little room to suit their needs.

img_2759Two years ago, Hef’s opened in the Monroe Road corridor after scouting around all of Charlotte. Andy and Danny were convinced that there will be dramatic growth in the area in the near future. “Now this is home!” They replaced the previously-closed O’Charley’s next to the Galleria Shopping Center Walmart with their sports bar.

Andy says that Fridays are typically their busiest time of the week, except for Carolina Panthers games. Cam Newton sure is good for business.  They are open 7 days a week and serve a large variety of foods and drinks, along with Asian-inspired food.  They insist on having an Asian Sous Chef for all their dishes, but also serve Italian, seafood, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and a variety of wings.

Hef’s features a happy hour every day from 3:00- 6:30 with 60 cent wings, shrimp, and oysters, along with daily beer and drink specials.




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