Sabi Asian Bistro opens this month
Sabi Asian Bistro plans to open later this month in the Harbour Place community off Interstate 77 Exit 30.
The 400-seat restaurant will feature Japanese, Thai, sushi and other Asian selections.
Tau “Ken” Yung, manager of the Red Bowl on N.C. 16 in Charlotte, is opening the restaurant in partnership with friend and Red Bowl fan Rob Mitchell, owner of Atlantic Window Coverings in Charlotte.
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Yung and Mitchell also have been preparing meals containing fresh vegetables, fruits and other healthy choices for about 150 students at nearby Davidson Day School this year, Mitchell's wife, Margaret, said.
Sabi will host a Casino Night fund-raiser 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 24, sponsored by TeleSource, a business on the floor above the restaurant, and 95.1 FM for the station's children's charity.
Special guest at Taste of Buffalo
2003 Buffalo Bills football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure will sign autographs at Taste of Buffalo Pizzeria's fifth anniversary celebration noon-2:30 p.m. next Sunday.
The event also will feature children's activities, free pizza samples and other giveaways.
9610 Sherrill Estates Road; (704) 439-0546; www.tasteofbuffalopizzeria.com.
Wise Guys to host Gangster Night
Wise Guys at the Lake, 637 Williamson Road, will host a Charity Gangster Night benefitting the American Cancer Society, 6:30 p.m.-midnight Nov. 1.
The event will feature dinner, Roaring 20s music, gangster movies, a poker table, $300 cash for the best gangster outfit and “Speakeasy Specials” that include a 25-cent “rotgut” concoction and 5-cent “nasty” beer, owner Alex George said.
Tickets are $45 per person, with $10 of each ticket donated to the American Cancer Society. Appetizers are at 7 p.m., pasta and carving stations at 8 p.m. and dessert table at 9 p.m. Details: 704-660-9517.
Hideaway opens in Mooresville
Hideaway Bar & Grill opened recently in the former Lew's Fine Foods in the Bloom retail center on N.C. 150 at I-77 Exit 36.
Partners in Hideaway are businessmen Ralph Napp and Teddy Theis, whose family owns Acropolis Café & Grill on Catawba Avenue at I-77 Exit 28 in Cornelius.
Hideaway serves plates and wraps, burgers, pizzas, calzones, sandwiches, wings and other appetizers; salads, subs, homemade soups; and chicken, beef, seafood and pasta entrees. It also has a children's menu, a full bar, a banquet room, and entertainment on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Hideaway has five TVs and hosts Tuesday night poker.
516-F River Highway (N.C. 150); 11 a.m.-2 a.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays; 704-663-1211.
131 Main adopts charity
131 Main restaurant has chosen the planned Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte as its corporate charity.
“Our main support venue for Ronald McDonald House will be coordinating the use of our WBT Radio airtime to bring awareness to their cause and goal of building their new house,” said Joe Douglas, chief executive officer of Captiva Restaurant Group, parent company of 131 Main.
Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte is scheduled to open in 2010, primarily for families of children being treated at Levine Children's Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare's Hemby Children's Hospital. The house will be on East Morehead Street on a lot donated by Carolinas Healthcare System.
Captiva Restaurant Group opened 131 Main in Cornelius in 2004 and has since opened East Boulevard and Ballantyne locations in Charlotte. The Cornelius location is at 17830 Statesville Road (U.S. 21).
131 Main held a “Welcome Home Moose” fundraiser for the M2 Foundation as a kick-off to its Ronald McDonald House support.
Carolina Panther Muhsin “Moose” Muhammad started the foundation in 1999 to promote good grades and behavior among boys in grades 6-12. Muhammad is a spokesperson for Ronald McDonald House of Charlotte.
Mia Famiglia closes temporarily
Mia Famiglia Ristorante & Catering in Jetton Village has closed temporarily and expects to hold a grand reopening later this month.
“Mia Famiglia is going through some changes,” a handwritten poster on the door says. “We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused our valued customers.” Chef/owner Rick Ragaini couldn't be reached.
New Philly Pretzel Factory hours
Beginning on Monday, the Philly Pretzel Factory in the Mooresville Crossing (Best Buy) retail center will have new hours of 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. 591 River Highway; (704) 660-5606.