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Gaston County sees several business openings this year


Since the beginning of the year, 2022, Gaston County has welcomed a few new restaurants to the area.


Drift on Lake Wylie

315-M Lanyard Lane, Belmont

Designated as a chophouse, Drift on Lake Wylie offers gorgeous lakefront views from both the upstairs and downstairs patios and is accessible by boat. This restaurant is new construction with a contemporary style, located in Belmont at Morningstar Marina in the McLean development. Their menu features fresh fish, seafood, steaks and pasta as well as delicious cocktails and wine.


Drift is the brainchild of Elliott Close, Colby Mosier and George Henry the ownership group also know for Pump House in Rock Hill and Napa at Kingsley in Fort Mill. This 15,000 sq. ft. restaurant reflects grassroots farming heritage and the leisure of modern lake living.


Mon - Thurs, 4pm - 10pm | Fri - Sat, 4pm - 11pm | Sun, 3pm - 9pm




Mangiamo Italian Pizzeria

101 West Main Avenue, Gastonia

Located just a few blocks from their Italian eatery on Main in Gastonia, Mangiamo Pizzeria serves New York-style 'one-slice' pizzas, in addition to lunch specials, sandwiches and calzones. The dough and cheese are made fresh in-house, making their pies a truly unique treat.


Not a stranger to the area, this is one of several Italian restaurants for Tony Coppola originally from Trenton, New Jersey, including Terra Mia in McAdenville and the Reginella Italian Pizzeria in Gastonia.


Mon - Sat, 10:30am - 9pm | Closed: Sun




Honeycomb Cafe

31 North Main Street, Belmont

Providing fresh breakfast, brunch and lunch in downtown Belmont. At Honeycomb Cafe, you'll find carefully crafted touches from handmade coffee cups, to scratch made gravy and farm raised bacon. They pay attention to the smallest details down to every garnish, so you can relax knowing they have your back.


NJ born, Johnson & Wales University trained, Chef Patrick, is the owner. He is excited about this opportunity to build on the mission from their sister restaurant Heirloom, also located in downtown Belmont, to "build something to support generations."


Wed - Fri, 9am - 2pm | Sat - Sun, 8am - 2pm




WhiskGars Whiskey & Cigar Lounge

190 West Main Avenue, Gastonia

Right in the heart of historical Gastonia you will find this relaxing lounge ready to cater to you. WhiskGars is a private membership only lounge with top shelf liquor, premium hand rolled cigars and comfy seating, waiting to serve you. Next time you visit downtown, you will be glad you topped o