Things you should know about Alexander Michaels
NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE!
The building that houses Alexander Michael's is known historically as the Crowell-Berryhill Store and was originally opened in 1897 and served as “The Berryhill Store” for many years.
In the '60s and early '70s the 4th Ward neighborhood began to deteriorate. The building was among other things a paint store, a laundry mat and a gym for an English wrestler named “Tinker Todd”.
In the late '70s a group of investors/speculators began to revitalize the neighborhood. Buildings and houses were stripped to their frames, moved or destroyed. The building that is now Alexander Michael's was almost demolished but was refurbished to its’ present state by Cullie and Sylvia Tarleton. In the early 1980’s it was opened as a neighborhood store & deli for the community, but at that time there were not enough people living in the area to support it.
FROM THE GROUND UP.
In January 1983 A. Michael Troiano Jr. & Alexander Copeland III leased the
building at 401 West 9th Street in the newly revitalized “4th Ward”.
THE BAR & BACK BAR WERE MADE FROM SOLID OAK DOORS THAT WERE ORIGINALLY IN THE INDEPENDENCE BUILDING
- CHARLOTTE’S FIRST “SKYSCRAPER” WHICH STOOD ON THE SQUARE AT TRADE & TRYON STREETS.
THE BEER COOLER IS CIRCA 1920 FROM A CHARLOTTE GROCERY STORE.
Historical Information about the Crowell-Berryhill Store and the Independence Building can be found at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Landmarks Commission website.www.cmhpf.org under “Historic Properties.
UPTOWN CHARLOTTES TAVERN
We are an American tavern obviously influenced by European pubs that came before us. We offer a good selection of beer and simple, fresh, well-prepared food that gives you value for your dollar served by a friendly & attentive staff in a neighborhood tavern atmosphere. We know that we are not for everyone and frankly … some people are just wound too tight to enjoy themselves here.
Alexander Michael’s is a place you can count on and owes it's success in no small way to the unique individuals that work here now and the people that preceded them.
Please come when you can.
- Steve Casner
General Manager 1983-2005
Owner / Operator since 2005
Reservations? We don’t accept them.
If you have been here before you will know why.