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Charlotte Couple Pays Homage to Juke Joints in their Latest Restaurant, Leah and Louise

Charlotte Couple Pays Homage to Juke Joints in their Latest Restaurant, Leah and Louise

Looking to add add some restauants to your foodie travels? Look no further than Charlotte, NC’s Leah & Louise. I grew up on listening to “Brown liquor music” and have always wanting to experience  a modern juke joint. If you feel the same, , the latest concept from James Beard-nominated Chef Greg Collier and business partner/wife Subrina Collier should be on your must visit list. The menu features modern interpretations of Southern classics that honor Mississippi river valley foodways (Memphis, Jackson, Mississippi and New Orleans).

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Charlotte, NC- March 12th – Food and staff including Chef Greg Collier at Leah and Louise. Photographed in Charlotte NC on March 12th, 2020. Photo by Peter Taylor

As a lover of classic southern decor, this restaurant definitely delivers. From beautiful cafe chairs paired with vintage and antique pieces accented by eclectic lighting, Leah & Louise pays the perfect design homage to Juke Joint style and architecture.

Charlotte, NC- March 12th – Food and staff including Chef Greg Collier at Leah and Louise. Photographed in Charlotte NC on March 12th, 2020. Photo by Peter Taylor
Charlotte, NC- March 12th – Food and staff including Chef Greg Collier at Leah and Louise. Photographed in Charlotte NC on March 12th, 2020. Photo by Peter Taylor


The exposed brick and high ceilings paired with fringe-lined seating, remind me of the pieces of furniture in my grandmother’s home and match perfectly with the restaurant theme.

Charlotte, NC- March 12th – Food and staff including Chef Greg Collier at Leah and Louise. Photographed in Charlotte NC on March 12th, 2020. Photo by Peter Taylor

With locally sourced food on the menu, this place is the perfect place to explore Mississippi valley heritage and culture through food.

Charlotte, NC- March 12th – Food and staff including Chef Greg Collier at Leah and Louise. Photographed in Charlotte NC on March 12th, 2020. Photo by Peter Taylor
Charlotte, NC- March 12th – Food and staff including Chef Greg Collier at Leah and Louise. Photographed in Charlotte NC on March 12th, 2020. Photo by Peter Taylor

Beyond the restaurant, this duo has developed a Harlem-Renaissance inspired food festival, Bayhaven Food & Wine Festival, taking place this fall. Be sure to add it to your travel list as well,

Charlotte, NC- March 12th – Food and staff including Chef Greg Collier at Leah and Louise. Photographed in Charlotte NC on March 12th, 2020. Photo by Peter Taylor

Michiel Perry

Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes 🙂

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Michiel is a Black Southern Belle living a lowcountry life. I love all things fashion, home decor and southern! When I am not running around doing fun stuff for Black Southern Belle, I live in antique stores and have a minor obsession with historic homes :)

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  1. Tom Bennett
    September 13, 2021 / 6:52 pm

    I’m an 77 yr. old Ozark hillbilly and really like your website! About 10-15 years ago my wife and I went to the balloon race at Natchez. Near there I saw what looked to me like a “juke joint” and being a socialogy and and American History teacher, I wanted to go in and experience one. However, being caucasion, I didn’t think I’d be welcomed, and have regretted it ever since. Your recent article on them is much appreciated.

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