Penn StationPenn Station East Coast Subs is expanding in the Charlotte area, with their newest location in Steele Creek’s RiverGate Shopping Center. Jon Dalton, managing owner, says, “After successfully opening two other Penn Station locations in SouthPark and South End and experiencing tremendous support from the community, we have no doubt the Steele Creek location will take off as well.” Majority owner Marc Nagy and his father-in-law Doug Rogers along with Dalton have signed a franchise agreement to open 10 locations in the Charlotte area by 2016. The team hopes to have at least five stores open in the area within the next four to five years; the restaurant group hopes to open 28 stores by 2016. Penn Station is best known for their Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sub, but also serves cold and/or grilled-to-order subs, hand-cut french fries and fresh-squeezed lemonade.• Penn Station East Coast Subs 14141 Steele Creek Road 704-588-5565 www.penn-station.com.The Melting PotThe Melting Pot Restaurant has added new cocktails to its Sip List. The drinks, available through July 31 include a Sparkling Rita made with Sauza Gold Tequila, the Sailor Chic featuring Sailor Jerry Spiced rum, orange and pineapple juice, Monin Blackberry Syrup and club soda, and Luxe Lemonade made with Skyy Infusions Blood Orange Vodka, Sauza Gold Tequila and fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and Sprite. Beverage Manager Paul Brown says, “The Sip List offers a stylish selection of hand-crafted cocktails perfect for the summer season.”• The Melting Pot 901 S. Kings Drive, Suite 140B 704-334-4400 www.meltingpot.com.Dunkin DonutsDunkin Brands’ National Executive Chef Stan Frankenthaler says the chain will offer gluten-free donuts and muffins by the end of 2013 in all of its U.S. stores. He says, “We recognize the importance of providing our guests with many options, including those with food and dietary restrictions.” To avoid contamination from other products made with wheat flour, Dunkin plans to package its gluten-free line separately. A gluten-free donut has 320 calories, while a regular-glazed donut has 260. • Dunkin Donuts www.dunkindonuts.com.Block & GrinderMike Courie is the new chef at B&G following Chef Kent Graham’s departure due to personal reasons. Chef Courie is creating some grab-and-go cooler items that make for quick meals at home. Check out the new cooler at the butcher counter for meals featuring top quality items you can heat and eat. Selections vary weekly, but a recent look found wild game meatloaf, macaroni and cheese and beef stroganoff. If there is something in particular you are after, call ahead to see if they have it. • Block & Grinder 2935 Providence Road 704-364-2100 www.blockandgrinder.com.City TavernCelebrate Independence Day at City Tavern SouthPark y, July 3 with a cookout buffet, the symphony and fireworks. Cookout includes clam bake, burgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, ribs, BBQ pork, coleslaw and more. Price per person is $20 and includes DJ entertainment following the fireworks. Reservations, 704-442-4000. • City Tavern 4331 Barclay Downs Drive 704-442-4000 www.city-tavern.com.Bradshaw Social HouseBradshaw Social House, sibling restaurant to Elwood’s Barbecue and Burger Bar in Ballantyne, is now open in the Village at Robinson Farm on Rea Road. The gastro pub’s interior is made of reclaimed furnishings, and the menu features comfort foods made with fresh ingredients. Sharable plate selections include peel-and-eat shrimp, cheesesteak spring rolls, gluten-free tenders and nachos. Sandwiches are varied and include the balsamic glazed chicken Panini, a prime rib dip and a club made with Boar’s Head turkey and ham and applewood smoked bacon. Plenty of burgers such as a skillet melt and a veggie burger are here, as well as comfort foods such as shrimp and grits, Social House ribs and Southern fish and chips which are breaded with panko crumbs and Cajun spices. A number of homemade sauces compliment the jumbo wings, which are sauced then fire grilled. Sharable plates are half price from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; live music happens every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights. Local and regional beers flow from the 17 taps, plus a few that are newer to our area such as Colorado’s Crazy Mountain Brewery.SkilletsSkillets of Ballantyne is closed. The restaurant owners will concentrate efforts on growing the chain’s Southwest Florida locations instead of Charlotte area stores. Another Broken Egg Café, based in Louisiana, which also serves breakfast and lunch, plans to take over the spot and open mid-July at 11324 N. Community House Road. Stay tuned.Bella FrescoBella Fresco Café at the Arboretum is open in the old Ben and Jerry’s spot. Stop in for a pita sandwich, burger, pizza or salad and stay for their house made gelato, sorbetto and ice cream. Check the website or Facebook page for daily specials such as buy-one, get-one free gyros on Fridays. • Bella Fresco 8200 Providence Road 980-949-6131 www.bellafrescocafe.com.
Friday, Jun. 28, 2013
Charlotte food scene continues to grow
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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