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From Bad Daddy’s to the Penguin, 4 pieces of retail news

Recent restaurant and shopping news:

1. Bad Daddy’s opening fifth location in Mooresville. The burger joint (home of the Sam I Am – fried egg on top; Bacon Cheeseburger on Steroids – 6 slices of bacon; and Bad Ass Burger – horseradish mayo; try the fries if you can find an ounce a space) is taking the Mooresville Towns Square space formerly occupied by Taps Poorhouse and Eatery. About 180 seats, 4,400 square feet. This is its fifth Charlotte-area location, after Dilworth, Ballanytne, Charlotte Douglas Airport and Huntersville.

Layover lunch at Bad Daddy’s at CLT #layover #chicken #CLT #CharlotteNC

A photo posted by Jonathan Ultra (@jonathan_ultra) on Jan 10, 2015 at 8:55am PST

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2. The Penguin is really going away. It’s a definite farewell to fried pickles. Despite much back-and-forth legal wrangling over the last year, the Plaza Midwood eatery famed for its burgers and fried pickles is truly closed and not coming back. How do we know? Everything, and we mean everything, is on the auction block: its website domain, 30 dining chairs and even the iconic neon Penguin sign.

3. Blacklion in Dilworth shutters today.  We’re not so interested in the loss of this particular store, we must admit, but the space it leaves does intrigue us. Blacklion is in the Dilworth Gardens shopping center (one suggestion: Change this name; it’s old school but not in the good way), at Kenilworth and East, near Brixx and Outback. No word yet on what will go there. It’s a tough space and not easily visible. But in a great ‘hood. If you do care about what Blacklion sells, today is its last day — sales abound.

#Blacklion is #Felicia! #closing #sale

A photo posted by Jordan T. McGee (@jordantmcgee) on Jan 10, 2015 at 12:15pm PST

   4. Charlotte Premium Outlets opening Levi’s, Vera Bradley. Here are two more reasons to trek out to Steele Creek for some discount shopping. Levi’s is taking 4,000 square feet and Vera Bradley (if you’re a gal, your mother has probably bought you a quilted handbag from here) is assuming 3,000 square feet.

Photo: Charlotte Obsever