California natives Patrick and Penny Way have converted the former Two Leaves and a Bud tea shop in downtown Concord into a lunch and dinner restaurant with live piano jazz Fridays and Saturdays.
The Ways took over the location Nov. 12 and renamed it Dec. 1. The Brass Button Restaurant has averaged 100 diners a day.
It closed for only three days during the conversion, as the couple redid the kitchen, refurbished the ceiling and made other improvements.
The restaurant recently began serving dinner 5-8:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Chef Del Fetters offers homemade soups and desserts, plus burgers, salads and such signature sandwiches as the Carolina Shrimpburger, which includes crabmeat, and the hand-rolled Bar-B-Cuban.
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Other signature items are the Portabella Shroomwich, chicken salad and NPS ("Nearly Perfect Salad"), with mixed greens, kidney beans, Mandarin oranges, walnuts, hearts of palm, bacon, cheese, carrots and tomatoes.
The dinner menu features prime rib, Patrick Way said.
Adding jazz is natural for Way, who plays drums in the Fandango Blues Band, a three-man jazz group that performs across the Charlotte region.
Way said performers will include jazz pianist Merle Harris on Friday or Saturday night and a jazz duo or trio on the other night.
Way is a former financial adviser who paid for college by working in restaurants. Penny Way is an accountant.
Fetters has a master's degree in business administration. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.
The Brass Button Restaurant: 11 Union St. S., Suite 100; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily; 5-8:30 p.m. Fridays-Sundays. 704-788-8327; www.thebrassbuttonrestaurant.com.
Egg at Davidson adds evening hours
DAVIDSON The Egg at Davidson Café has added evening hours to coincide with the opening of Our Town Cinemas in the same shopping center, Sadler Square, on Griffith Street between Davidson College and I-77 Exit 30.
Restaurant industry veteran Robert McCrary opened The Egg in January 2008. He operated the former Egg at Lake Norman on Brawley School Road in Mooresville.
The café's expanded hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
Branchview Tavern honors military, police, fire fighters
CONCORD Branchview Tavern is honoring all military, firefighters and police with a 50percent food discount.
970 Branchview Drive; 704-785-8485; www.branchviewtavern.com.
Groucho's Deli expands to open in Statesville
STATESVILLE Groucho's Deli will soon open its 20th Carolinas location at Broad and Center streets in downtown Statesville.
Harold "Groucho" Miller opened the first Groucho's in Columbia in 1941 with original recipes for potato salad, coleslaw and salad and sandwich dressings. He developed most of them as a child in a Philadelphia orphanage.
The closest Groucho's to the Lake Norman area is at 248 Union Square Commons in Hickory.
View its menu at www.grouchos.com.