Charlotte NC’s Famous Penguin Drive-In Reopens

Charlotte NC’s legendary Penguin Drive-In, a regional culinary icon since 1954, will hold a grand reopening celebration Saturday, January 15th at 11 a.m.  The event will include live music, giveaways, and of course, fried pickles.

With its distinctive American Fare, The Penguin has been featured in such venues as The Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” The Original Penguin Drive-In has been a landmark in Charlotte’s Plaza Midwood neighborhood for over 57 years.  It is now operated by Big Game Brands, a Charlotte-based company seeking to expand the Penguin Drive-In’s brand throughout the U.S.  

“We are excited about bringing the Penguin’s unique brand of traditional American cooking back to the Charlotteans that have supported this restaurant for generations.” says Martin Sprock, Owner of Big Game Brands, “Over the next few years, even more people will have the chance to enjoy these classic local dishes through the growth of the Penguin brand to other cities.”

The original Penguin Drive-In has been completely refurbished, but still features the classic dishes that have made it a favorite local eatery for dozens of years, including the Famous Penguin Fried Pickles and the Famous Penguin Pimento Cheese dishes.  For more information, please go to