Charlotte’s Café serves Mediterranean and American style food. The emphasis is on grilled fish, meat and vegetables. Incorporating the spices and cooking style of many countries surrounding the Mediterranean. America is a land of immigrants therefore you will see foods of many countries presented at various times throughout the year on the menu.
Gholam Farrokhpour, co-owner of Charlotte’s Café, immigrated from Persia in 1984. He settled in Washington, D.C. working his way up in various restaurants until he became a cook. While a student at NORVA college, he and a friend opened a small carryout. In 1996 he opened his first restaurant “Bistro Italiano” 320 D Street NE on Capitol Hill, where he served many Congressmen, Senators and their staff, among the other residents of the area for 8 years. He retired from the restaurant business after 18 years and began painting. As a self-taught artist, he began with acrylics and progressed to oils. His oil paintings have been selected many times to be displayed in the Hampton Convention Centers “Hall of Art” competition. The walls of the Café are decorated with many of his original oil paintings. He has catered fund raising events for Temple Sinai, one an Italian dinner the other an Israeli street food luncheon. After each event, attendees asked for the location of his restaurant, the idea began…open another restaurant. After researching the various areas of Newport News, he focused on the CNU area and found an opening for a restaurant in the Glendale Shopping Center. Some of the menu items originated from his Turkish/Persian mother, others his original recipes from his D.C. restaurant.
Lynn Harmonay, co-owner of Charlotte’s Café, a Peninsula resident since 1974. Raised her children, JoAnne Carter and Rob Carter here, both now living in Northern Virginia. The Café is named after her granddaughter, Charlotte. The drawing which is part of the logo, was drawn by Rob for a birthday card he created for her. Lynn had been a corporate trainer, for Electronic Systems, Bryant & Stratton, Thomas Nelson and then self-employed, specializing in customized Microsoft applications. Semi-retired now, working part-time as a merchandiser for Papyrus Recycled Papers. Her time will also be spent as the admin contact for the Café. Some of the menu items originated from her Slovak Grandmother’s kitchen, her daughter JoAnne’s kitchen and her own kitchen.