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When planning your special event, business meeting, coffee or cocktail reception, we invite you to join us at Haymaker Restaurant.

The success of your event is as important to us as it is to you.

Haymaker features seasonal preparations, using local ingredients from the Piedmont and hills of Appalachia. We can customize the menu to meet the specific needs of your gathering. Our kitchen is an a la carte facility and we treat special event functions with the same care we provide our individual guests. Our staff is professional and personal, combining the fine points of service with the feeling of being a guest in our home. You can be assured your event will be treated with the same care and attention.

Event Request

Main Dining Room

The Main Dining Room faces Romare Bearden Park, and this area will seat a group of 40 when restaurant style seating and atmosphere is desired.

The Mezzanine

The Mezzanine, our upstairs seating area, which overlooks Romare Bearden Park, seats up to 45 people and is the ideal place for a speaker and/or a media presentation, and is equipped with full A/V technology. (not handicap accessible)

Need Both?

You can reserve both The Mezzanine and Main Dining Room seating areas together. This option offers a maximum seating of 95 people.

Special Events

How We Work

Haymaker runs a seasonal menu and is influenced on a daily basis by what is available locally. This approach assures the freshest food, the best flavors and the best value. When we plan your menu, we recommend a broad approach-choose the type of appetizer (i.e. salad, hot appetizer, soup), center-of-the plate selection for the entrée (beef, pork, seafood, etc.) and the dessert. The week of the event we will finalize the vegetables, garnishes and sauces. We will make every effort to provide the menu selections you have made. However, we reserve the right to substitute if the farm produce availability has affected menu selection.

Click on each of the categories below to find out more information. Then fill out the form below.

food service


Below is a break-down of group sizes and menu options; and an explanation of our pre-order option: (Menu items will be provided for selection to create your menu.)

— Parties of up to 10 people may order from our current menu.
— Parties 11 and above may order from one of our three tiers of event menus
(Please contact the event coordinator for more details)


Pre-Order your Menu

No matter the size of your group, we can give you the option to pre-order from a few selections that you designate for your group. We require all selections to be made no less than 2 weeks prior to the event. We are happy to assist you in creating a seating chart and place cards upon request, to ensure a flawless execution.

Customize your Party

We’re happy to provide you and your Party with the following customized options:

Guest Reception
Canapé assortment
Appetizer Medley
Vegetarian Selections

wine & beverage service

Every wine on our list has been selected because we think it goes well with the food we serve. As a matter of fact, most of our wines taste better with food and our food tastes better with wine.

Wine Selection

We are here to guide you on on the pairing of food and wine for your dinner or special event. Our wine list constantly changes. We find wines that are well crafted and balanced and are a good value for the variety and the region.

Our current wine list will be provided to make your selection. To ensure your selection of wines, we suggest that you select your wines 2 weeks prior to the event.

Wine purchases are charged by the bottle unless otherwise specified.

Liquor and Beer

We have full ABC Permits to provide your group with mixed drinks and beer. Cocktails and beer are charged on a per consumption basis.

Other Beverages

Coffee, tea and other beverages will be charged separately.

pricing & billing


To secure your group reservation, we require a deposit equal to $20.00 per person with a valid credit card, expiration date and authorized signature to be kept on file. The Mezzanine requires a $150 room fee deposit. Your deposits will be credited towards the final bill. Receipt of your deposit is confirmation that you have agreed to our terms and policies said forth.


Menu items are priced per person. Wine can be charged by the bottle or by the glass. Mixed drinks, beer, coffee, tea and sodas are charged per consumption.
8.25% NC Sales Tax and a 23% Gratuity are added to the master bill.

Minimum Food Charge

If you would like to have a private space for your event, we require a minimum food charge based on seasonal variables. This minimum will be fully explained during the booking process. *Food minimums DO NOT include beverages, tax or gratuity.*

Final Payment

Final payment is due at the conclusion of the event, unless prior arrangements are made. If payment is a direct bill, payment is net 7 days. Direct billing requires credit card guarantee. Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover accepted. 23% gratuity is added to all checks.



policies & operation

Seating Times

We will allow a 20-minute variance for seating parties and starting food service. It is our policy that even though some members of the group may not have arrived by the time dinner is scheduled to begin, we will start food service and catch those late comers as they arrive.

Opening Times

Our restaurant hours are as follows Monday- Thursday 5:00PM-9:30PM for dinner.  Friday and Saturday 5:00PM- 10:30PM for dinner. Saturday 10:00AM-2:00PM and Sunday 10:00AM-4:00PM for Brunch. We do not interrupt pre-shift staff meetings or staff meal to open doors without prior arrangement so we can have our team prepared for your event.


Confirmations of the final head count are due 72 hours prior to the event. “No show” below the confirmed headcount will be charged $20.00 per person via credit card.

If you cancel 2 weeks prior to your event, your deposit will be refunded in full.

If you cancel less than 2 weeks prior to your event, you forfeit your total deposit.

Weather cancellations determined on a per event basis.

Address & Parking

We are located at 225 S. Poplar St., Charlotte, NC 28202. Parking is conveniently located in a surface lot with Preferred Parking, right across the street from the restaurant. There are also two parking decks on Church Street, less than 1 block away.

Tables & Special Arrangements

Any decoration and/or floral arrangements of the area must be approved by Haymaker Management. Decorations must be family friendly, and access to the restaurant is limited to 1 hour prior to scheduled reservation time. Any use of glitter or confetti is not allowed and will result in a $200.00 plus cleaning fee.

Other Fees

There is a $20 corkage fee for any off-premise bottled wine/beer brought into the restaurant. Each reservation is limited to five outside bottles.

Cake cutting fee is $4 per person.


Haymaker offers a drop-down LED projector, HDMI input & cables, and presentation cart. Complimentary wireless internet is available throughout the restaurant & direct TV.