Jenny BrantleyNick’sNick LaVecchia has opened a new spot in Waxhaw on Main Street. Nick’s Steak and Taphouse specializes in steaks, prime rib, chicken and fresh seafood as well as pasta. Signature dishes include homemade bison meatloaf, firecracker shrimp and burgers made with a secret blend of beef. Takeout, catering and room rental are all available. The restaurant’s website is under construction.• Nick’s Steak and Taphouse 701 W. South Main St., Waxhaw 704-243-3101BlackthorneThrough the end of the summer, Blackthorne Restaurant in Ballantyne is hosting a burger competition. Home cooks can bring their favorite burger recipe to Blackthorne’s panel of judges, who will then cook them and decide which recipe is tops. Up for grabs is a chance to win a $100 gift card and a spot on the menu as a feature. Runners-up will be eligible to win a $25 gift card.• Blackthorne Restaurant 11318 N. Community House Road, Suite 200 704-817-5554 http://blackthornerestaurant.com.The Ritz-CarltonThe Ritz-Carlton uptown will celebrate the 100,000 bees that live on the rooftop garden with a Honey Festival.The first honey harvest by Cloister Honey will be June 20 and is expected to yield more than 30 pounds of honey.Fresh honey from the Ritz’s hives will be served in Bar Cocoa’s breakfast items, gelato and desserts. Honey-infused French macaroons will be highlighted at Bar Macaron. Urban Sip and the Lobby Lounge will feature a specialty beverage in honor of the festival, the Rooftop Honey Brandy Sour and afternoon teas at the Ritz will feature honey as a sweetener. Complimentary honey bread will be served to guests enjoying weekend brunch at Bar Cocoa on Saturdays and Sundays.Every Friday and Saturday afternoon this summer, hotel guests checking in can enjoy honey tastings and ice cream socials or schedule a Saturday morning tour of the rooftop garden and beehives. Bar Cocoa will offer a special, honey pecan gelato available for purchase by the cup, cone or pint throughout the summer along with a number of flavored honeys, including bourbon-infused, wildflower and cinnamon-whipped.• The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte 201 S. Trade St. 704-547-2244www.ritzcarlton.com/charlotte.Papa Murphy’sNew on Lancaster Highway in Ballantyne, Papa Murphy’s offers take-and-bake pizzas. Pizzas are made with fresh dough, premium meats and hand cut vegetables. Rated the No. 1 pizza chain by Zagat for 2010, 2011 and 2012, the spot runs a number of specials each week. Members of the military with a valid military ID can stop in on Mondays for a 30 percent discount on full-price items. On Wednesdays, seniors receive a 30 percent discount on any full-price menu item. Tuesdays, any large pizza including, signature and stuffed costs $10.• Papa Murphy’s 16015 Lancaster Highway 704-341-8394 www.papamurphys.com.Einstein Bros. BagelsA new garden-fresh themed menu is here for the summer. Seasonal items include the Tuscan bagel; a potato bagel with a rosemary herb topping; a Denver omelet sandwich with egg, ham, cheddar and sauteed peppers and onions; and a Tuscan turkey sandwich. Also new is the peanut butter and jelly gourmet bagel with peanut butter streusel and strawberry jelly on a potato bagel. Chilled beverages on tap for summer include frozen strawberry lemonade, vanilla hazelnut iced coffee and mixed berry smoothies. Check the website for Charlotte area stores.• Einstein Bros. Bagels 1037A Providence Road 980-207-1425 www.einsteinbros.com.Xenia Hospitality GroupXenia’s Ilios Noche and Nolen Kitchen will both host a Tipsy Canvas class in June. Ilios Noche hosts the art class June 22 and Nolen on June 29. Classes at both locations run 2-5p.m. and cost $50 per person. Included are hors d’oeuvres, wine and a painting lesson with all supplies. Call or visit the website to reserve your spot. • Ilios Noche: 11508 Providence Road, 704-814-9882 Nolen Kitchen: 2839 Selwyn, 704-372-1424www.xeniahospitality.com.Chuy’sIt was reported in this column June 12 that Chuy’s is open. Its actual opening date is June 25 in SouthPark in the former Zink spot. Chuy’s serves Tex-Mex. The tortilla soup is made daily with hand-pulled chicken, steak burritos. The Chuychanga is a tortilla stuffed with chicken, cheese, green chiles and cilantro served with sour cream and a choice of sauce. Chuy’s is also known for margaritas and Texas martinis made with house tequila. Chuy’s will open another location this summer in Greenville, S.C.• Chuy’s 4310 Sharon Road www.chuys.com.
Monday, Jun. 17, 2013
Restaurant news in South Charlotte
Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer. Have restaurant news or a story idea for Jenny? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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