Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers continues to grow in the Charlotte area, recently opening a store in Rock Hill at Manchester Village.
Pizzas, salads, hoagies, appetizers and calzones are on the menu, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian options. Each location is a one-of-a-kind venue with the same core menu.
The Rock Hill location features décor inspired by classic sci-fi writers H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, including a wall sculpture made from reclaimed organ pipes.
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The full-service bar resembles an ornate engine room and features 30 rotating drafts and television screens.
• Mellow Mushroom
1940 Cinema Drive, Rock Hill
Through the end of August, uptown Charlotte’s e2 is serving signature sliders on the patio for $5.
Chef de Cuisine Brian Mottola has created three sliders sure to please: an Eastern Carolina pulled-pork slider with apple cider slaw, creole rubbed chopped brisket sliders with pickled peppers and applewood smoked chicken sliders with melted cheddar.
Beer specials to go with the sandwiches include draft Abita beer for $5 and Bud Light bottles for $4.
135 Levine Avenue of the Arts
New to the Elizabeth neighborhood is Earl’s Grocery, an urban market/eatery, featuring prepared foods, beer, wine and other provisions all in one spot.
Earl’s offers an olive bar, charcuterie, spices, teas, a coffee/juice bar, chocolates, desserts and soups, sandwiches and salads.
Earl’s in-house cheesemongers offer a wide variety of fresh cheeses sliced to order.
Earl’s serves breakfast on Saturdays beginning 8:30 a.m.; the menu, which changes, currently features a Geechee Boy grit bowl with green tomato chow chow and French toast, with apple compote and bacon.
Earl’s Grocery is open weekdays 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; closed Sundays.
• Earl’s Grocery
1609 Elizabeth Ave.
City Tavern at SouthPark is now offering a Sunday brunch buffet from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
The menu includes French toast, eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, salmon, pasta, assorted potatoes, carved turkey and roast beef, assorted salads and more.
Cost is $17 for adults, $7 for kids age 5-9; children younger than 5 eat free.
• City Tavern SouthPark
4331 Barclay Downs Drive
Chris Hefner, managing partner of LongHorn Steakhouse at 8115 Old Mallard Creek Road, has achieved Darden Restaurant Groups’ Diamond Club Status.
The honor is handed out to select LongHorn managers throughout the U.S. who show strong leadership and achieve top financial results.
According to LongHorn President Valerie Insignares, “Chris leads a dedicated team that is passionate about our food, our guests and their community – ultimately making the Charlotte LongHorn a great place to work and dine.”
Hefner was one of 20 managers given the award from more than 400 restaurants nationwide.
• LongHorn Steakhouse
8115 Old Mallard Creek Road
Chuy’s in SouthPark is celebrating its 26th Annual Green Chile Festival from Aug. 18-Sept. 7.
The company works with Hatch chile farmers in the Hatch Valley of New Mexico annually to bring the best peppers to each of its restaurants.
“The Green Chile Festival is a great annual tradition at Chuy’s,” said Frank Biller, vice president of operations for Chuy’s.
“We monitor the crops year-round, watching them grow to the right size, color and texture. And now it’s time for the harvest and to share our one-of-a-kind chiles.”
Chuy’s has added eight menu items for the festival: Green Chile BBQ Chicken Tacos, Frito Pie Enchiladas and a Mexican martini infused with green chile tequila.
Patrons are encouraged to take a photograph of their favorite green chile dish and post it to Instagram, tagging it @chuysrestaurant with #PEPPERHEAVEN for a chance to win Chuy’s meals for a year.
4310 Sharon Road
Chef Gerry Garvin
Chef Gerry Garvin is a James Beard nominee, television host, cookbook author and accomplished philanthropist.
The Atlanta-based chef filled recently kicked off a new nationwide campaign, Give It Up For Good, and plans to bring his One Bite Foundation and show “Underground BBQ Challenge” to the Charlotte area.
Garvin has teamed with Allstate insurance for Give It Up For Good. Anyone doing good in their community anywhere in the country can tweet the good deed they’ve done using the hash tag #GiveItUpForGood. Garvin and Allstate will then highlight and profile each person.
Participants are encouraged to share their stories at www.allstate.com/giveitupforgood.
The One Bite Foundation is Garvin’s way of giving back to the community. Sensing a lack of young African-Americans in the culinary field, Garvin started the foundation to “provide a platform for kids who may not have been interested in the culinary field to take a look at it.”
See all that Garvin is up to at www.chefgarvin.com.