Pizza Peel coming to Plaza Midwood
The Pizza Peel has closed on its deal to put a second location into the former Kelly Tires spot in Plaza Midwood, says Will Bigham, and the menu will be similar to the Cotswold original (see www.tapandpeel.com). Plans call for keeping the building’s exterior, adding to the back and putting in parking. “October-Novemberish,” he says, “if everything goes as planned.”
Have a seat, Fido, says Ritz
Dogs can accompany their owners to “Saturday Sidewalk Socials” this summer at the Ritz-Carlton in uptown, offered outside the hotel’s Bar Cocoa and its menu of pastries, desserts, gelati and teas: A section of the sidewalk will have leash tie-ups, local dog-walking maps and Bar Cocoa dog biscuits. 201 E. Trade St.; 704-547-2244.
Block & Grinder, chef split
Chef Kent Graham is no longer with Block & Grinder, he said. After leaving the relatively new south Charlotte restaurant for personal reasons, he’s taking a little time off, going on a back-roads culinary trip to Charleston, then figuring out what’s next.
“I’d love to find another restaurant to go into and still be part of the restaurant scene in this town ... It’s fun, the direction: It’s so vibrant.” He said he’s also looking at corporate work.
B&G owner Jed Kampe says the restaurant “won’t be changing anything with regards to our philosophy and direction.” The upcoming summer dinner menu will feature game – elk, bison and venison over the course of the season – and the current lunch menu includes lighter salads, new burgers, crawfish roll and Cuban sandwich, among other additions. 2935 Providence Road; 704-364-2100.
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