Jun 30, 2021


by Kelly Thompson

If Aria Tuscan Grill Could Talk

If Buildings Could Talk is a podcast that explores the untold stories behind buildings in Charlotte and how the design of these spaces impacts the lives of individuals and the success of our city. The podcast is part of the Queen City Podcast Network.  Subscribe now and listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify or wherever you get your podcasts. We’re excited to have you join us!

It is a city’s tapestry of unique offerings that make it so vibrant – whether it be food, culture or economic innovation. This episode of If Buildings Could Talk focuses on Aria Tuscan Grill, one of the longtime great restaurants and pioneers of fine dining in Uptown Charlotte. We hear from Pierre Bader and Briana Cohen, the masterminds behind Aria’s success and how their partnership with Daniel Montano, who leads the Experience Design Studio at Little, resulted in a timeless restaurant crafted from a unique renovation. Also joining us are Bob Race and Matt Boyd, frequent patrons of Aria and who tell their story of how this restaurant goes beyond being a great place to eat.


Kelly Thompson

Beginning her communications career in television broadcasting, Kelly ditched the idea of fame and fortune – but remains convinced that fortune will come from her occasional purchase of a lottery ticket. A member of Little’s marketing team and mom of three tykes, Kelly is known to put on a toe tapping, finger snapping clogging performance when the empty soda cans wedged on her feet fit just right.

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