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Charlotte restaurant wants to cash in on the Presidents Cup

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CHARLOTTE, NC – As the 2022 Presidents Cup kicks off at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, a restaurant owner says his company will profit from the thousands of fans expected every day.


What do you want to know

  • Cuzzo’s Cuisine is one of more than 10 restaurants requested to dine at the 2022 Presidents Cup.
  • Its owner said Quail Hollow told them to expect 20,000 spectators a day.
  • The owner said they brought a truckload of food for the tournament.

Cuzzo’s Cuisine’s owner and head chef, Andarrio Johnson, is often busy making one of his restaurant’s signature dishes, the lobster macaroni and cheese.

“Because we’re from a lowly country of South Carolina, that’s all we do, we cook,” Johnson said in the kitchen of the North Tryon location.

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Cuzzo started out as a food truck a few years ago before opening its first brick and mortar location on Tuckaseegee Road in 2016.

In February, it expanded to the point of North Tryon.

“He touches people’s souls man and that’s my passion. And I feel that it’s my duty, that’s my mission here on Earth—make people happy and nurture them, take care of His people,” Johnson said.

His dishes will now be international.

“We have lobster macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders, and mambo cauliflower wings that will be at this tournament,” Johnson said of the Presidents Cup menu.

Johnson’s Southern-themed treats caught the attention of the Quail Hollow Club, which hosts the 2022 Presidents Cup professional golf tournament, months ago.

Johnson said of the email: “It was a real surprise, because one day we got an email and they said, ‘Hey, come to Quail Hollow for a meeting.

The club asked Johnson and his food truck to prepare food for the audience and offered a spot on the fourth hole during the week-long tournament.

“They pretty much told us we had a lot of food, as far as we know – a lot of tractor trailers are coming in for this week. And they were saying, we expect at least 20,000 people a day,” Johnson added.

Despite attending numerous other events in and around Charlotte, Johnson said the Presidents Cup will be the biggest event he’s ever attended.

“Now that makes us international. We’re not just local anymore, we’re going to be international, because I hope people from all over the world can see this event and hear about Cuzzo’s Kitchen,” said Johnson.

The tournament and promotion can be life-changing for Johnson and his business. The decades-old chef said he was far from his dream of owning a food truck.

“I didn’t think it was this big. But I always know the sky is the limit, man. I mean, it’s really like a dream come true. I’m living my dream man!” said Johnson.

Cuzzo sees Quail Hollow’s call as a big compliment. According to Johnson, it proves that people around the city hear and enjoy food.

Cuzzo’s is one of more than 10 local restaurants that have been asked to qualify for the Presidents Cup. In the “NoDa Fan Space” with Cuzzo’s, Goodyear House, Wicked Weed Craft Beer and others.

In the tournament area, ACE No. 3, El Toro Bruton, Two Scoops Creamery, and a “South End Fan Zone” among others. Two other fan areas are local restaurants like Noble Smoke BBQ and Sunflower Baking Company.