Thomas Davis embarks on a new adventure in the restaurant business


CHARLOTTE (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — You know his name and his game on the court. Thomas Davis went side to side for 16 years in the NFL, and it seems like he’s been moving faster since retiring.

“For me, retirement was just getting away from football,” adds Davis. “I feel like with everything I was already doing as a player, I just moved on to doing more things.”

Davis already gives back to Charlotte’s youth with the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, he owns an arena league football team, and now he’s tackling a new business, owning a restaurant. Tap and Vine in Stonecrest is the first of two locations opening soon.

“It’s a great feeling because I’ve always been in the service industry when I think of myself as a player,” Davis said. “Giving back to the community. It’s amazing food, amazing experience, and I feel like it’s one of the best dining experiences you can have in the city of Charlotte.

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Creating new experiences is what Davis says about life after football. He also says the restaurant is a way to expand his portfolio and reach in the community.

The hope is that the young people he mentors see this as a way to keep chasing their dreams.

“You don’t have to be excellent or great at one thing,” Davis says. “You can excel in many facets of your life, and that’s something I’m trying to show them is possible by running this restaurant.”

Davis says he hopes to open a sports bar, named TD-58, near Bank of America Stadium, also in two weeks.

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Cecil N. Messick