Toast Café plans to move to the planned three-story Norcom Properties building at N.C. 115 and Gilead Road, owner Brian Burchill said.
The new space will be two or three times larger than the current Toast at 100 Huntersville-Concord Road, Burchill said. The new location will also have more parking, he said.
"We couldn't be more excited about it," Burchill said.
Toast's current site will stay open through today, he said.
Burchill opened the breakfast, lunch and dinner eatery in 2005, and a second at 101 N. Main St., Davidson, in 2008.
Both locations have strong followings, and Burchill urges patrons of the Huntersville location to visit the Davidson Toast until his new Huntersville eatery opens next fall.
Toast will anchor the first floor of the Norcom building, Burchill said. Mama's Pizza, which Gaetano "Tommy" Giordano opened in 2008 at Old Statesville and Mount Holly-Huntersville roads, is among other tenants planning to open in the building.
The building is a partnership of the town of Huntersville and Discovery Place of Charlotte. A separate three-story building will house a Discovery Place Kids on the first two levels and town offices on the third floor.
Wine and food fest coming to lake
CORNELIUS An inaugural Lake Norman Wine and Food Festival is scheduled for June 5-6 at Kenton Place, featuring wine lectures and tastings, cooking demonstrations, a restaurant gallery and a merchants area for local artists, craftsmen and other vendors.
Proceeds will benefit Huntersville-based Hope House, which provides transitional housing for women and children, and the Angels and Sparrows soup kitchen in Huntersville. A third benefited charity will be named soon, said Tom Gardner, festival acting executive director.
"With its diverse population, generous citizens and vibrant food scene, the Lake Norman area is the perfect place to hold this event," Gardner said.
The festival has filed for nonprofit status and is still in its early planning stages, he said. Check for updates at www.LakeNormanWineandFoodFestival.org.
Potential vendors, restaurants and sponsors can also find more details on the site.
Red Eye Grill & Lounge opens
MOORESVILLE Owner Bill Whitford said he has much more freedom with the menu since he stepped away from his Indigo Joe's franchise and opened Red Eye Grill & Lounge in the same Mooresville Town Square retail center space this month.
California-based Indigo Joe's doesn't allow tweaking its menu, Whitford said.
Under the new name he has added such customer-recommended entrées as tuna steak and chicken-fried steak and such sandwiches as the Red Eye Spicy Club, which is sliced turkey, ham and bacon, jalapeño jack cheese and spicy mayo on sourdough bread.
He added pizzas named after world cities, including the Cancun taco pizza, the Honolulu pineapple-and-ham pizza and the Buffalo, which includes barbecue sauce and chicken tenders.
Whitford is an air traffic controller at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport and a private pilot. He incorporated the same cities-of-the-world motif in his Red Eye Martini Bar next door to the restaurant.
Entering the private club, which opened in 2007, is like stepping into an airliner. It has 16 first-class business seats from a decommissioned plane and real, multicolored runway lights that you walk on when you enter the place.
A special wall design makes it look as if you're a passenger peering out a plane window at skylines of various cities, from New York to Tokyo. The stainless steel bar is shaped like an airplane wing, and a large image of a Lear jet has poles behind it so it appears to be flying inside the bar.
Whitford said he also plans to have live music on the patio facing Williamson Road, something else the Indigo Joe's chain didn't allow. The patio accommodates about 150 people, he said.
Red Eye Grill & Lounge also has about 50 high-definition TVs and a high-definition projector.
279 Williamson Road; 704-799-4690.