Automated bar startup eyes growth plans after launching at NFL, NBA venues in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE — A Florida-based company behind an automated drink machine serving wine and cocktails has made Charlotte a target market, landing agreements with high-traffic sports and entertainment venues while eyeing expansion elsewhere in town.

The company, TendedBar, already counts Bank of America Stadium and Spectrum Center among its clients. BofA Stadium, owned by Tepper Sports & Entertainment, began using TendedBar in November at stadium events, including Carolina Panthers NFL games.

The company added Spectrum Center this month. Cofounder Justin Honeysuckle was in Charlotte last weekend to see the setup and sales patterns during performances by Impractical Jokers (Feb. 17) and Adam Sandler (Feb. 18). TendedBar is used for NBA Charlotte Hornets games at the arena, too.

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