Restaurant news: Father’s Day brunches will dot Charlotte scene
Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014

Restaurant news: Father’s Day brunches will dot Charlotte scene

Chef Jamie Lynch whips up a tasty treat in the Nan and Byron’s kitchen. The restaurant on South Boulevard will offer a Father’s Day Brunch on June 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Uptown’s Aria Tuscan Grill hosts a wine dinner on June 11. The six-course dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. with host and winemaker Alessandro Cellai. Included on the menu are salt-crusted whole striped bass, house-made pappardelle with lamb Bolognese and sheep’s milk ricotta, as well as roasted pheasant. Dessert selection is an olive oil cake with honey rosemary drizzle. Cost for the evening is $100 per person. Email for reservations.

Executive chef Frank Altomare offers Sunday lunch pasta tastings with five courses of his choice for $30 per guest. Pair the meal with appropriate wines for $30 more. Email for reservations.

Aria Tuscan Grill

100 N. Tryon Street, 704-376-8880

DB’s Tavern

A new bar and grill is open in Ballantyne at the Fountains at Ardrey Kell. DB’s Tavern, from the owners of Picasso Sports Café, serves up Prestige Farms wings tossed in the owner’s award-winning sauce. Salads, flatbreads and burgers – including a house-made black-bean burger – are all here, along with plenty of daily drink specials. Two signature sandwiches are on the menu: the DB Burger, a 1/2-pound patty with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise served with your choice of cheese on a freshly baked brioche bun; and the Southern Reuben, with a choice of sliced turkey or pastrami, Swiss cheese and red slaw. Pizza rolls are hand-rolled to order, as are pimento cheese poppers. DB’s also uses local produce and meats from area farms. Trivia Night happens every Monday; Wednesdays feature live music; and the tavern’s many TVs allow for plenty of sports viewing.

DB’s Tavern

8155 Ardrey Kell Road, 704-844-0534

Dukes Bread

Duke’s has opened a storefront in a bungalow in Plaza Midwood. Owner Adam Duke’s claim to fame is a 200-year-old sourdough starter he uses as a base for breads. The shop offers over a dozen loaves to choose from, including garlic oil rounds, rosemary sea-salt rounds and rustic sourdough loaves. Duke’s artisan breads are made with all-natural ingredients and are available at local markets.

Dukes Bread

1217 The Plaza, 704-313-8537

The Liberty

The Liberty gastropub in the historic South End is offering a cooking class at 10 a.m. June 14. Chef Tom Condron will teach “The French Summer Table … Taste of Southern French Farmer’s Market.” Three courses will be prepared for participants and paired with appropriate beverages. Cost is $35 per person. Visit to save your spot.

The Liberty

1812 South Boulevard, 704-332-8830


The Liberty’s sister restaurant, Lumiere, in Myers Park, offers a three-course, prix fixe menu for $45 per person. To take advantage of the special menu, orders must be in by 6:30 p.m. Menu is available Tuesday through Saturday, only. Call for reservations at 704-372-3335.

Lumiere French Kitchen

1039 Providence Road, 704-372-3335

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Join Ruth’s Chris Steak House at SouthPark for a World of Cabernet dinner on June 12. Five steak dishes will be paired with cabernets from around the world for $95 per guest. A look at the menu finds seared tenderloin salad with fresh mozzarella, filet mignon with caramelized onions, and steak consomme with root vegetables. Loaded, twice-baked potatoes and sautéed broccolini are the sides.

Ruth’s Chris

6000 Fairview Road, 704-556-1115

LongHorn Steakhouse

LongHorn has unveiled a new Prime Time menu, as well as more than 15 new items on its summer menus. The Prime Time menu features a number of $3, $4 and $5 drinks, including a classic steakhouse martini, the Prime Time Margarita and a cucumber mint mojito. New starters like the shrimp and avocado stack, sweet corn fritters, house-made kettle chips and crispy jalapeno shooters are all under $5. Menu is available 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The summer menus feature fried green tomatoes, grilled watermelon wedge, fire-grilled corn on the cob, and a peach and raspberry tart, as well as grilled lobster chops, a fire grilled Hawaiian ribeye and brown butter lemon tilapia and grilled shrimp.

LongHorn Steakhouse

Father’s Day Offerings

Nan and Byron’s

Chef Jamie Lynch is at the helm of Father’s Day Brunch on June 15. South End’s Nan and Byron’s features its brunch buffet plus a la carte selections from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Great patio for outdoor dining and family-friendly atmosphere.

Nan and Byron’s

1714 South Boulevard, 980-224-7492


Uptown’s 5Church also will serve brunch for dads from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 15. Its a la carte brunch menu includes hanger steak and eggs, crab cakes with poached eggs, Belgian waffles and more.


127 N. Tryon, 704-919-1322


From 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fleming’s offers signature eggs Benedict, prime rib with a trio of sauces, prime rib hash or brioche French toast, all with a choice of appetizer and dessert. Cost for the meal is $39.95 per person; each dad will receive a $25 gift card to use on a future visit. A three-course menu for kids under 12 will be also available for $18.95 per child.

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse

210 E. Trade Street, 704-333-4266

Block & Grinder

From June 13 to June 15, Block & Grinder is offering 10 percent off all items in their butcher case in honor of Father’s Day. Hand-cut selections are sourced from the country’s best ranches and farms and subject to availability.

Block & Grinder

2935 Providence Road, 704-364-2100


Chef Brian Mottola serves Father’s Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 at Uptown’s e2. A peek at the menu reveals crab cakes, barbecue shrimp po’boys, steak hash, fried chicken breasts, shrimp and grits, and burgers. Side options include Guilford County corn grits and fresh-cut fruit.


135 Levine Avenue of the Arts, 704-414-8787

Spotlight business

Ballantyne’s Sweet Boutique Bakery

Ballantyne’s Debbie Cooper has done a little bit of everything during her 14 years in south Charlotte. First and foremost, she has been a hands-on mom to her three children and a loving wife to her husband of 29 years. She also enjoyed a long career as a nurse with a local orthopedic hand surgeon. All along, she stayed involved at her family’s church and honed her true passion: baking.

Upon retirement from nursing, Cooper decided to try her hand at full-time baking. She launched Sweet Boutique Bakery last fall in her home in Ballantyne’s Provincetowne neighborhood.

Since opening, Cooper’s personality, baking skills and sweet creations have earned her a following in Charlotte. Cakes for all occasions as well as cupcakes, pies, cookies and brownies are all made with premium ingredients. Scones, muffins and breads are baked fresh to order. Brownie and bar cookies are also plentiful, with vegan and gluten-free baked goods offered, too.

Sweet Boutique has recently begun selling baked goods at All Nations Coffee at the Design Center on Worthington Avenue; baked goods are also shipped all over the country and to destinations in Canada. This summer, Cooper is offering summer camps for children.

Visit or call 704-595-7154.

Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer. Have restaurant news or a story idea for Jenny? Email her at

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