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The Biscuit CLT Podcast

Jun 5, 2019

Far too often in our wonderful city, we tend to celebrate what’s new and shiny as opposed to what’s been tested through time. That’s why we’re calling this segment #OGCLT. We want to celebrate the Charlotte that’s existed long before the breweries and condos.

Up first on #OGCLT? Mert’s Heart and Soul!

Mert’s has been a staple of the Uptown restaurant scene since 1998. Since then it’s been known as the go to spot for authentic soul and southern food inside the 277 loop. Owners James and Renee’ Bazzelle are the husband and wife duo behind the cornbread and collard greens, and I was lucky enough to sit down with James one morning before lunch service.

In this segment of #OGCLT, James will tell us about the origins of Mert’s, and the significant role Hugh McColl personally played in bringing Mert’s to its current location on College Street. James talks about the food of Mert’s, how he originally didn’t like cornbread and what happened to change his mind. Finally, don’t miss what James has to say about what his hopes are for the city of Charlotte at the end of the interview.

The Biscuit Podcast is produced by Tim Miner, Matt Olin and Andy Goh. Music by Harvey Cummings.