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Gourmet chocolates store opens at Cochran

Karen Sullivan
Karen Sullivan
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A Jacksonville, Fla.-based gourmet chocolates company has opened a shop in the University City area.

Peterbrooke Chocolatier's first N.C. store is at 2712 W. Mallard Creek Church Road in the Cochran Common Shopping Center next to Harris Teeter.

Owner Stacey Schroeder-Bacsi sells traditional chocolates as well as hand-dipped Oreos, pretzels, cookies, potato chips and strawberries covered in the company's blend of chocolate.

A signature item combines sweet milk chocolate and salty popcorn.

The first Peterbrooke Chocolatier opened in 1983. The company now has 34 franchises. The mission is to bring the art of European chocolate making into the American neighborhood experience.

Details: 704-716-2280.

Bull & Barrister

at Callabridge

Midtown Sundries at N.C. 16 and Mount Holly-Huntersville Road has a new name and a new menu.

The 250-seat restaurant at Callabridge Commons is now called Bull & Barrister.

Operating the restaurant as proprietors rather than franchisees gives owners Noelle and John Wooten more freedom to change the menu.

One of the newest items is pretzel-crusted pork chops with Dijon mustard. They sell for $11.99 at lunch and dinner with mashed potatoes and a vegetable.

The new menu also includes a fresh fish category that will change at least weekly.

Sporting events are still in focus on the restaurant's 33 televisions, but the sports theme that defined the decor is now less pronounced.

Removing memorabilia from the walls gives the place a more mainstream look.

Salsarita's at

Lake Pointe

Salsarita's Fresh Cantina is open at The Shops at Lake Pointe, at Yorkmont and Tyvola roads.

The restaurant serves Mexican-style fast food, including tacos, burritos and quesadillas.

Charlotte-based BRV Inc. created Salsarita's in 2000. Today the company has more than 80 restaurants in 20 states, making it one of the fastest-growing fast food companies in the country.

Summer Jam

at Wine Vault

The Summer Jam has moved from Sundays to Thursday nights at the Wine Vault, 9009-l J.M. Keynes Drive.

The music also has changed.

Guests will hear more classic rock and maybe a little bluegrass.

That means live music is playing at the Wine Vault Thursdays through Sundays. Visit www.headwino.com to see the lineup.

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