Moreover, Lynch was tired of working for other people. In 2012, Lynch and his three business partners opened 5Church, at the corner of Fifth and Church Streets, where he serves as executive chef. Lynch said the restaurant is special because of the collaboration between partners.
“We have the same drive and focus, but we bring a different aspect of the hospitality game to the table. Our diners know that it’s not just about the food,” he said.
This sleek, loft-style space with “dope artwork” in the center of Uptown focuses on new-American cuisine. The food and the space were a departure from the Queen City’s steakhouses and restaurants, and left an immediate impression on Charlotteans and food critics.
“My approach in writing a menu or a dish is that I like to take a food or ingredient that is familiar and twist it on its head and add world flavors,” Lynch explained. “For example, we had a pierogi on a menu that instead of potatoes and cheese, was stuffed with Indian spices and peas. I feel like that was refreshing at the time, and it got people excited.”