Niner Renzo Bellido is adding Peruvian spice to Charlotte’s culinary scene and nightlife.

By Jenny Matz

Photos By Amy Heart

Niner Renzo Bellido is adding Peruvian spice to Charlotte’s culinary scene and nightlife.

In the bustling heart of Charlotte lies a vibrant haven of flavor and festivity known as Pisco Gastrolounge. Renzo Bellido, the visionary behind this culinary gem, didn’t just create a restaurant; he crafted an experience that transports diners to the lively streets of Peru.

Bellido’s journey began long before the opening of Pisco Gastrolounge to his roots in Arequipa, Peru. Though he studied political science at UNC Charlotte and initially pursued a career in law, his true passion lay in a different realm. His love for hospitality, nurtured through years of working as a server and bartender, led him down a different path.

Inspired by mentors like prominent attorney and entrepreneur Estefan Latorre, and hospitality and nightclub guru Dave Grutman, Bellido honed his skills in event management and marketing, ultimately establishing the renowned Tequila House nightclub when he was only 18 years old.


Renzo’s culinary ambitions beckoned him to even greater heights. Inspired by the rich flavors of his native cuisine along with the vibrant energy of Miami’s nightlife, Bellido sought to create something exceptional. When the opportunity to transform the former Roxbury space in Uptown arose, he seized it.

The result is Pisco Gastrolounge, a fusion of traditional Peruvian cuisine and contemporary nightclub culture.

The name ‘Pisco’ pays homage to Peru’s traditional spirit, distilled from fermented grapes, while llamas adorn the decor, symbolizing Peruvian pride. With their own house brand of pisco, sourced directly from a Peruvian vineyard, Pisco Gastrolounge offers an unparalleled and dynamic taste of the country.

With Chef Carlos by his side, Bellido embarked on a quest for authenticity, scouring his native country for the finest ingredients and flavors. From the mouthwatering lomo saltado to the tantalizing arroz de mariscos, every bite at Pisco Gastrolounge is a journey back to cherished memories of home-cooked meals. The menu is meticulously crafted and perfected, reflecting Bellido’s commitment to creating not just culinary enjoyment, but experiences that evoke nostalgia and joy.


HOUSE SALAD: Mixed quinoa, andrean corn, cherry tomatoes, onion, avocado and cheese topped with citrus vinaigrette.

PULPO ANTICUCHERO: Grilled octopus served with braised Andean corn and potatoes, topped with homemade chimichurri.

CAUSA SAMPLER: A Peruvian appetizer with cold-pressed seasoned yellow potatoes and served with crab, shrimp and chicken with a savory house sauce.

LOMO SALTADO: Marinated strips of sirloin with onions, tomatoes and fried potatoes, served with rice.

PICANTE DE MARISOCS: Mixed seafood over rice with a spicy cream sauce, topped with crispy yuca.

SEAFOOD FETTUCCINE: Black fettuccine paired with a medley of fresh seafood, coated with a flavorful and tantalizingly spicy sauce.

PISCO: The traditional liquor of Peru, Pisco is a grape brandy known for its unique flavor and versatility in cocktails and culinary applications.

GO NINERS: Raise a glass and cheer with this spirited Pisco creation featuring the UNC Charlotte logo.

Pisco Gastrolounge isn’t just about the food; it’s a multifaceted destination. By day, diners can savor Peruvian delicacies in a warm and inviting atmosphere. As night falls, the space transforms into a pulsating nightclub, with music ranging from salsa to EDM, ensuring an unforgettable experience for every guest.

Since its opening in December 2023, Pisco Gastrolounge has captivated Charlotte’s culinary scene, drawing crowds eager to indulge in its unique blend of culture, cuisine and nightlife. With lines forming every weekend, it’s clear that Bellido’s vision has struck a chord with locals and visitors alike.

So, whether you’re craving a taste of Peru’s culinary heritage or seeking an electrifying night out, Pisco Gastrolounge promises an experience like no other. Come for the food, stay for the festivities and immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of flavors and rhythms that define this cherished destination in Charlotte.

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