Restaurant news: Need a new caffeine buzz?

And don't forget St. Patrick's Day

03/16/2011 12:00 AM

03/16/2011 12:21 PM

Rush Espresso

New to Ballantyne Village, Rush Espresso is serving illy coffee, an Italian espresso brand. Cafe owner Paul McConachy says, "Our internationally inspired products will introduce patrons to a new world of flavors and tastes ...''

Espresso, coffee, fine teas and specialty drinks are all being served, along with a light breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Eggs Benedict Panini, pancakes and Jacks Beans (slow roasted bacon beans served on toast) are available. Assorted pastries, sweets and preservative free breads are also available; the kids' menu includes Frogs in a Pond (Jello with a chocolate frog in the middle).

Meeting space is available, as well as indoor and outdoor seating. Welcome the owners, Paul and Jenny McConachy, when you visit. They relocated to Charlotte from Brisbane, Australia.

Rush Espresso

14815 Ballantyne Village Way


Lucky Lou's Tavern

If you are looking for a fun atmosphere with plenty to do, Lucky Lou's is it. Pool tables, pingpong, video games and live music are all here, plus outdoor seating. Daily lunch specials like fried bologna sandwich and pimento grilled cheese are $6 and served with a side. Drink specials are offered every day; Fridays are $5 cocktails and half-price appetizers from 4-7 p.m. Check the website for upcoming bands and entertainment.

Lucky Lou's Tavern

5124 Park Road


The Palm

The Palm will host an Antinori Family Wine Dinner on March 23. Reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is served at 7 p.m. The $125 cost (Club 837 members' cost is $95) includes a four-course meal and wines from the Antinori and Ste. Michelle estates. The full menu can be viewed on the website. Contact Leigh Whicker to reserve a spot: or 704-552-7450.

The Palm

6705-B Philips Place Court


PJ O'Reilly's

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at PJ O'Reilly's beginning 9 a.m. March 17. A tented patio will be set up for patrons to enjoy $2 green beer, bangers and mash, fish and chips, Irish stew and more. The Sun Dried Vibes will be playing under the tent beginning at 4 p.m.; Steven's Mill Band, an Irish band, begins at 5 p.m. inside. Guinness and Miller Lite girls will be on hand; Irish whiskey shots will be $4.

PJ O'Reilly's

16640 Hawfield Way



New menu items are being offered for a limited time. Two grilled patties topped with cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, tomato and caramelized onion aioli sauce make up the Wicked Burger, and the new Delmonico is a pineapple-teriyaki, full-flavored steak. The Buffalo Shrimp appetizer is flash-fried in a chipotle hot sauce and served with blue cheese dressing.


7716 Rea Road, 704-752-7979

3920 Sharon Road, 704-366-3655

Bailey's Sports Grille

On the $5.99 lunch menu is chicken tenders and fish and chips hand-battered in Newcastle Brown Ale batter and freshly baked Bavarian pretzel rolls topped with grilled turkey and applewood bacon , available weekdays from 11-2 p.m.

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day here, as well. Check the website for details.


8500 Pineville-Matthews Road



On March 17, stop in for a special lunch menu: Irish stew for $5 and house-cured corned beef and cabbage for $7. Traditional Irish fare will be accompanied by freshly baked soda bread. For reservations, 704-248-4100.

On Sundays, create your own signature cocktail at Gallery's Bloody Mary Bar. An assortment of liquors, mixers, spices and garnishes will be on hand. Cost is $6 per drink.

Gallery Restaurant

10000 Ballantyne Commons Way


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