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Joshua Suggs, pictured here, described Delta's restaurant as a “Southern cuisine, live R&B, jazz supper club.” He and a business partner opened the restaurant Friday on N. Tryon Street. (Photo: Glenn H. Burkins for Qcitymetro.com)

Delta’s, the Q-city’s newest restaurant, opened Friday on N. Tryon Street.

Co-owner Joshua Suggs described the establishment as a “Southern cuisine, live R&B, jazz supper club.”

Delta’s opened with a ribbon cutting and lunch attended by a handful of invited guests, including U.S. Rep. Mel Watt of Charlotte and Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald Carter.

Suggs said the Tryon Street location is his second. He and a business partner opened their first Delta’s in December 1999 in New Brunswick, N.J. After 13 years, he said, the original restaurant is “doing well” and attracts a clientele that is about 80 percent African American.

When scouting for a second location, Suggs said, he and his partner also considered Houston and Atlanta. They settled on Charlotte, he said, because the city had a combination of favorable demographics and affordable rental rates.

“We were looking for an area that had an affluent African American population as well as affluent others that would support a restaurant like this,” he said. “We were able to come in here and get the restaurant at a cost level where it made sense to us.”

Delta’s is located on the ground floor of an office build where about 1,000 people work. It will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Items on the dinner menu cost in the range of $14 to $25.

Suggs said he anticipates that 50 percent to 60 percent of his Charlotte patrons will be black.

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