Opening night menu**
Original menu (proof-copy--note there are no prices!)**
Second menu (replaced the original menu--this was a more casual menu)**
1980 cartoon map showing the restaurant**
1978 bar napkin pushing for liquor-by-the-drink**
Print ad for neighboring clothing store that used restaurant for backdrop**
1980 above photos all showing the interior of MacArthur's
1980 ad (with blowup of the bar photo)
Cafe on the Park**
1985 interior shot of Moxie's
Currently occupied by Manzetti's
Located across the street from Southpark Mall at the Specialty Shops on the Park, MacArthur's was created and run by the Balsley Brothers. They had had much success with Arthur's (Downtown and at Ivey's (later moved to Belk)) so they expanded with a full service restaurant.
Opened in August 1979, MacArthur's featured a distinctive European style-- a 33 foot bar (with a tin ceiling), a sunken solarium-type dining area, ceiling fans, and several skylights (all unheard of at the time in Charlotte--as well as the bar menu of appetizers). It seated 150 diners. They also opened and ran the Cafe on the Park (a small cafe that seated 60) in the same shopping center. They ran the restaurant and cafe until the fall of 1980 when they sold the restaurant and the cafe to the Cork 'N Cleaver Co (the parent company of the Barley & Rye-a restaurant also located in the Specialty Shops at the same time). Cork "N Cleaver would open Moxie's in its place throughout the '80's. It is currently the location of Manzetti's Tavern. The interior has changed very little since the days of MacArthur's.
**Much thanks to Steve Balsley for allowing access to his extensive collection for this post. His assistance is greatly appreciated!
Original etched-glass that hung in the bar area (courtesy of Steve Balsley)