1980 interior shot
In a town dominated by fried seafood restaurants, the Sandpiper was a breath of fresh air. Opened in the mid-70's by legendary Charlotte restauranteur Pete Politis, The Sandpiper specialized primarily in broiled seafood. The Sandpiper was on Independence Blvd on the edge of Matthews (in the '70's, this stretch of Independence was fairly desolate--quite the opposite of today) and stayed in business thorough the mid-'80's. Certainly not one of Charlotte's most famous eateries, but The Sandpiper developed a devoted following during its relatively short-run.