The Cotton Room at Belfast Mill has combined history with a modern touch and feel of an uptown speakeasy. Boasting an ever-rotating, inspired cocktail menu. Although The Cotton Room officially opened its doors in April 2016, the name and features were inspired by the history of Brevard Court. Completed in 1917 after a delay during WWI, the Brevard Courtyard was an open air cotton market for many years during the height of the textile industry in Charlotte. Farmers would bring their cotton to the courtyard on horse drawn carts and ladder trucks and sell it to shippers who kept offices at the bottom of both buildings and would re-sell the cotton to businesses and bring the cotton to the rail platform only two blocks away to ship around the state and country.
During the day, the cotton would be in the courtyard streets for customers to shop and at night they would bring the cotton up the stairs to the top of the buildings to store in the evenings and grade the cotton on its quality for the next day; hence, the reason for so many skylights and windows in the top floors so they could see the cotton better and grade it for sale.
The Cotton Room, as you know it today, has kept everything from the original floors, brick walls, skylight and exposed rafters and is proud to preserve that history and pay homage to Charlotte, not only in decor but in the inspiration to use local products and ingredients wherever we can.