35% increase in diners during Restaurant Week

Some numbers for Charlotte Restaurant Week, held in mid-July:

More than 35,000 dinners were sold, generating about $1.4 million, an average of $42 total on the three-courses-for-$30 offer, say organizers Hensley Fontana Public Relations/Marketing.

Also reported: average increase in business for that week compared to 2007 was 35 percent, and about 80 percent of diners were new to the restaurants.

Helen Schwab

Blue Basil opens

Italian-themed panini and sandwich café Blue Basil is moving to Cotswold Village Shops into the space formerly occupied by Bear Rock Cafe.

Blue Basil, scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2009, will feature muffins, bagels and sandwiches for breakfast and paninis, soups and wraps for lunch and dinner. The 3,500-square-foot Tuscan-themed eatery will also feature pastries and other desserts.

Cotswold Village Shops is at the corner of Sharon Amity and Randolph Roads.

Nichole Monroe Bell

‘Make-A-Wish' at Morton's

Morton's has extended its “Make-A-Wish Prime Sirloin Burger” for $19.78 through Sunday nights in November, with $5 of each sale going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.