Serving Charlotte since 1992
In the 1980s Tommy and Debbie George lived in Boston, where Tommy worked for Italian food purveyor Capone Foods in the city's historic Haymarket district while a student at the University of Massachusetts Boston. After graduating, Tommy helped the company expand into fresh pasta, building a wholesale customer base of 150 restaurants and hotels. Meanwhile, the Georges welcomed three sons — Maxwell, Dylan, and Simon — and began to think about relocating their young family to Tommy's home state of North Carolina. Writing at night while the boys slept, Tommy and Debbie drafted a business plan with the idea to introduce Charlotte (a provincial town back then compared to the booming city is today) to a novel concept: a local fresh pasta company.
The Georges arrived in September 1992, and Pasta & Provisions opened its doors at 1528 Providence Rd. on the day before Thanksgiving. Although they closed early that first day after a humorous gaffe — a customer wanted a wedge of cheese but the store had no knife with which to cut it — they had made their first $100. Within nine months, the retail shop and wholesale business had expanded; by the end of the first year, Pasta & Provisions had sold a half-million dollars, far exceeding even our own expectations. Today, Charlotte boasts a thriving culinary scene and Pasta & Provisions — now with 3 locations, including the original shop on Providence Rd. — has become a household name in town.
While our city and company continue to grow, P&P remains committed to Tommy and Debbie's original vision: to be Charlotte's neighborhood specialty grocer for quality fresh pasta, gourmet food, and wine in an unpretentious atmosphere.