1226 Central Avenue
Owners: Brothers Mario & Carlos Flynn
By name only, one could expect a selection of beer at Pint Central to appease even the most experienced craft beer drinker, but what one would not expect at a 50-foot bar is high quality farm-to-fork cuisine. “Not your regular bar food” has been spoken numerous times by the patrons of Pint Central.
They feature Argentinean-influenced tapas and entrées, which complement the 28 drafts, over 50 craft beer bottles, custom cocktails, local coffee (Pure Intentions Coffee), and even kombuchas. First-generation Argentineans, brothers, Managers, and Owners Mario and Carlos Flynn definitely have raised the bar on bar food.
“We realized that most people have their preferred bar where they spend their time drinking and their preferred restaurant. We wanted to be both”, says Mario. The Head Chef at Pint Central, Mario has been a Chef for 10 years, learning the majority of his skills from his mother and from the many restaurants in which he has worked in the Charlotte area. After being in the culinary field for many years, he decided to attend Johnson and Wales for a culinary degree, where he both excelled and honed his skill.
Formal culinary training helped him to realize the importance of fresh ingredients. As such, his mother makes their goat cheese, sausages, and grows loads of the fresh veggies (squash, asparagus, tomatoes, figs) and herbs used in dishes at their family farm in Concord, NC. Such dishes include Argentinean classics like hand-made empanadas, churrasco, provoleta, milanesas, and chimichurri sirloin beef tips, as well as other dishes inspired by American, European, and Asian cuisines, like the beet panini, avocado egg rolls, and the pork belly with house-made kimchi.
As Argentineans nationally consume, on average, 12 gallons per year of wine, the Flynn brothers decided to have a well-curated wine selection. They boast 10 different quality Malbecs from Argentina, the world’s main producer of that wine, and other delicious red, white, and sparkling wines. They also feature custom cocktails produced by the bar staff, who have been trained under some of the area’s finest mixologists. Not to forget the curated beer selection by Bar Manager Nate Devillers.
They have many recipes at Pint Central, but the one recipe on which they rely is a warm atmosphere, fresh quality ingredients, and an amazing beverage selection. “When you walk in, we want you to feel welcomed in the same way as if you were walking into our house”, says Carlos, and customers do feel welcomed in that way by the congenial staff, warm atmosphere, and the constant presence of Mario or Carlos.
– Profile written by Pint Central