Food & Drink

State of Confusion Set to Open on Clanton Road

The 9,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant will feature a rooftop bar and cabanas with different views of the city

A plate of food with shrimp and rice and clams with other food in the background on a table outdoors, also a teal-colored cocktail with the State of Confusion logo on it.
Peruvian paella from State of Confusion. (Photo courtesy of Black Wednesday)

SquareOne Holdings, the team behind STIR Charlotte in South End, announced Thursday that its new Latin American-New Orleans-style restaurant State of Confusion is set to open on April 17. 

Located at the corner of Dewitt Lane and Clanton Road in a neighborhood historically known as York Road but more recently referred to as Lower South End, State of Confusion’s menu will focus on ceviche, Latin American, New Orleans and Lowcountry fare. 

The 9,000-square-foot, two-story restaurant will feature a rooftop bar and cabanas with different views of the city, a partially covered upstairs-downstairs patio with fire pits and games, an indoor dining room with two expansive bars, and multiple private event spaces. 

The menu consists of made-from-scratch food including wood-fired meats, sandwiches and seafood boils. The bar menu features fresh agua frescas, beer and cocktails such as mojitos, margaritas and hurricanes on draft. 

Multiple plates of food laid out on an outdoor table with a cocktail and a beer in a State of Confusion coozie
Peruvian pesto shrimp linguine. (Photo courtesy of Black Wednesday)

“Our team traveled to Peru, New Orleans, Miami and the Lowcountry to learn from locals for a menu that reflects our training and commitment to bring guests authentic cuisine that they may have never tried otherwise,” stated SOC Charlotte’s general manager Brent Reid in the release. “We even take it a step further, showcasing unique operations like the fresh sugar cane extraction for mojitos and Argentinian wood-fire grills. We’re really excited to show off the immense care and details that we put into every drink and dish. ”

As part of its launch, State of Confusion and the SquareUp Foundation will partner with the Isabella Santos Foundation during its opening weeks, raising funds for the nonprofit that works to improve treatments for rare pediatric cancer, expand research and support families struggling with those diseases.

Upon celebrating the foundation’s 15-year anniversary in 2022, founder Erin Santos told Queen City Nerve she would discontinue the organization’s popular annual 5K fundraiser and explore more innovative ways to raise funds. 

“We are so excited and honored to be the charity partner for State of Confusion as they join our Charlotte community,” stated ISF director of sponsorships and partnerships Karen Murphy in Thursday’s release. “At ISF, we must continually raise funds to help improve outcomes for childhood cancer. Every child deserves the chance to stay alive, to grow up, and to live their dreams. The generosity of corporate partners helps us continue to bring needed change to our pediatric cancer community. Together we are making a difference.” 

Starting on April 17, State of Confusion will be open daily at 11 a.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. with a brunch menu on Saturday and Sunday. Closing time is at midnight Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. 

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