1969 ad for the "Alpine" Chateau
Another 1969 ad for the "Alpine" Chateau
Mid-70's ad noting pianist Gabriel Kucko
Another 1981 ad
1972 interior photo
1976 interior photo
1977 interior shot
1984 interior photo
Front, back, and inside of original matchbook (courtesy of Robert McEwen)
Lunch menu from 1978
Dinner menu from 1978
Super 1960's photo when the building was a Shoney's
Currently inhabited by Frankie's Italian Restaurant
The Chateau is considered to be one of Charlotte's greatest upscale, elegant restaurants. It was known for its New Orleans atmosphere and French haute cuisine.
The Chateau began in the late-60's on Morehead St near the intersection of Kings Dr. At the time it was called the Alpine Chateau and was more of a casual restaurant. In 1970, the restaurant was purchased by Forrest Collier who immediately began the transformation of turning the Chateau into a high-class restaurant. Dinner was marked by tuxedoed waiters (waitresses were used for the more casual lunch service), fresh-cut flowers on every table, gold tablecloths, low lighting (mostly provided by candles), and the popular Gabriel Kucko on piano.
In 1981, the restaurant was moved west up Morehead St to the former location of the famous Shoney's drive-in (near the intersection of Dilworth Rd). The Chateau continued its run through the early '90's. Its last day was Saturday January 15, 1994. The building currently is home to Frankie's Italian restaurant.