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Get to know these couples behind some of your favorite Charlotte restaurants

For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health … at home and at work?

Charlotte restaurants were among some of the hardest hit businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As they begin to re-open, we wanted to take a look at how couples who are not only life partners, but also partners in business, got their start. They discussed whose idea it was to start a business, what lessons they have learned and how they weather the storms of restaurant ownership together.

While each journey is unique, the common thread is clear — respect, humility, compromise and a giant dose of love.

Jamie Brown and Jeff Tonidandel

Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub, 3116 N. Davidson St.

Growlers Pourhouse, 3120 N. Davidson St.

Haberdish, 3106 N. Davidson St.

Reigning Doughnuts, 3120 N Davidson St., Suite 100

Supperland (opening in 2020), 1212 The Plaza

Jamie Brown and Jeff Tonidandel own Crepe Cellar, Haberdish, Growler’s Pourhouse, Reigning Doughnuts and Supperland., which is slated to open later this year.
Jamie Brown and Jeff Tonidandel own Crepe Cellar, Haberdish, Growler’s Pourhouse, Reigning Doughnuts and Supperland., which is slated to open later this year.

Jamie Brown and Jeff Tonidandel knew one another while students at Davidson College, but it would take repeated outings with mutual friends where they were “stuck” together for them to finally become a couple. “As time went on, it was literally like the universe was saying … OK, let’s try this again…and again, and again. Eventually we got the clue and began a relationship.”

Fast forward 20 years, and Brown and Tonidandel are some of Charlotte’s most

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