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Exclusive New Restaurant Opening in University City Golden Owl Tavern to Debut Inside Highly-Anticipated Marriott Hotel & Convention Center Denver-based restaurant group will launch concept with grand opening on March 31st

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Joining University City’s booming community, Golden Owl Tavern’s menu will feature classics and fresh twists on cuisine from the American south.


The wise choice for any day of the year…


Charlotte, NC (March 9, 2021) – Sage Restaurant Concepts – a Denver-based group known for consistently crafting exceptional experiences where food, drink and design meet and mix – will debut its newest restaurant in Charlotte’s University City: Golden Owl Tavern.



Designed to hit the right pace for any occasion, Golden Owl Tavern will open inside the highly-anticipated UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on Wednesday, March 31, located right off the LYNX Blue Line, at the intersection of North Tryon Street and J.W. Clay Boulevard.


“We are so excited to unveil this unique concept to the Queen City and the influx of visitors who flow in daily,” said Jim Ragin, general manager of the Golden Owl Tavern and 22-year Charlotte resident. “Because this is an area undergoing rapid growth and change, we believe Golden Owl Tavern will become a food staple in University City. We look forward to opening our doors to the UNC Charlotte community, guests from all over the city and beyond to enjoy great food, drinks and even better company.”


Sage Restaurant Concepts, launched in 2005 under 37-year-old Sage Hospitality Group, boasts more than 30 restaurant and bar concepts in 11 states across the country in top cities such as Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Portland. Golden Owl Tavern is Sage’s latest restaurant concept. The restaurant group is bringing this first-of-its-kind dining experience to Charlotte, which also happens to be their first foray into the Tarheel state.


Approachable and Timeless Design

The more than 7,000 square-foot restaurant, which also features a lounge and outdoor patio, will seat up to nearly 200 guests at full capacity.

Golden Owl Tavern’s main dining room will provide an elevated experience with a view from every angle, including a glance at chef creations from the open kitchen and glimpses of the vibrant bar that will include televisions to watch the big game. From the warm textures to the subtle sophistication, every detail in the restaurant was deliberately selected to create a welcoming space that the local community and hotel guests will appreciate, regardless of the occasion.


Guests will also enjoy the restaurant’s patio, where they can soak up the sun or sit fireside for an evening cocktail and conversation.

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Designed with warm textures and subtle sophistication, the main dining room will provide an elevated experience for any occasion.

Food and Drink Inspired by the American South, Always with a Clever Twist

While there’s a southern-American consistency among Golden Owl Tavern’s menu items, the interesting flavor pairings and dining options are reflective of the different ways diners can enjoy the restaurant.


  • Snacks and shareables range from bacon fat fried crispy boiled peanuts and Nashville Hot Chicken deviled eggs to smoked duck wings in a sorghum apple glaze and bourbon barrel tosazu Carolina Oysters.

  • Double smashed patty burgers, wood-fired pizzas and a buttermilk fried shrimp po’ boy with Carolina comeback sauce are just a few of the hand-held favorites.

  • The entrée menu features baby back ribs, scallops and grits – a twist on the classic shrimp and grits, a bourbon marinade drunken ribeye and 14-ounce bone-in maple glazed pork chop.

  • Breakfast and brunch menus showcase different takes on eggs benedict, a country fried steak with eggs and pickled onions, customizable salads and hearty soups, an open-faced bison meatloaf sandwich and a variety of po’ boys, among countless other offerings and flavors.

  • The dessert menu is a must-try with southern-inspired favorites like Golden Owl Tavern’s version of banana pudding, pineapple upside down cake and chocolate pecan pie, among several other specialties made in-house from scratch daily.

  • The beverage menu will be fluid, ensuring variety and spontaneity. It will feature local craft beers, classic cocktails prepared with precision, creative signature libations and a compelling wine list for guests to explore.


“With each restaurant concept we open, we spend years immersing ourselves in the area, getting to know the communities, their tastes and their needs,” said Troy Christian, vice president of food & beverage operations for Sage Restaurant Concepts. “For the University City area, we know that community members have been clamoring for something unique and versatile. It’s really about the total experience for them – from location and ambiance to familiar go-to favorites and new tastes and beverages, and we can’t wait to serve that up at Golden Owl Tavern for our new friends in Charlotte.”


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Description automatically generated with medium confidence Golden Owl Tavern is a perfect spot for date nights, graduations, celebrations, brunch or after work cocktails with a menu crafted to suit any craving.

UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

Golden Owl Tavern will be nestled inside the UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, located on the light-rail line at the front door of UNC Charlotte. The 226-room hotel will include a 24,000-square-foot conference center.


Operating Hours

DINE-IN dinner service will be available Monday through Thursday from 4 – 10 p.m., Friday from 4 – 11 p.m., Saturday from 3 – 11 p.m. and Sunday 3 – 10 p.m. DINE-IN brunch service will be available Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The full menu will be available for TO-GO every day during regular business hours.

About Sage Restaurant Concepts

Denver-based Sage Restaurant Concepts (SRC) creates industry-leading restaurant and bar concepts with soul for the people who live, work and play in the communities they serve. Launched in 2005 under 37-year-old Sage Hospitality Group, SRC boasts more than 30 restaurant, bar and coffeeshop locations in 11 states across the country in top cities such as Chicago, Denver, Philadelphia and Portland. Comprised of seasoned restaurateurs and innovators, SRC is committed to consistently crafting exceptional experiences that forge a bond with guests and believes in the power of impacting lives through hospitality. To learn more about Sage Restaurant Concepts, visit https://www.sagehospitalitygroup.com/restaurant-concepts/.


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