Mooresville gets first Indian cuisine restaurant

Mint, Mooresville's first Indian restaurant, was scheduled to open this weekend in the Mooresville Crossing (Best Buy) retail center off N.C. 150 between Williamson Road and Morrison Plantation Parkway.

The menu has 97 items, including appetizers, soups, clay-oven sizzlers known as tandoor, and various Indian-Chinese and vegetable and non-vegetable curry entrées, plus biryani selections made with basmati rice.

The menu also has seven naan bread selections and such desserts as gulab jamun (fried milk balls cooked and soaked in sugar syrup), ras malai (cheese dumplings dipped in reduced-fat milk) and rice kheer (rice cooked in sweetened milk with cardamom, served hot or cold).

All dishes are made fresh to order. That means, if the kitchen is busy, preparing the food could take 20-25 minutes.

Mint also features a lunch buffet, $7 on weekdays and $9 on weekends, free for ages 4 and under.

591-N River Highway (N.C. 150); 704-660-8899;

Sticky Fingers to host foundation benefit

Sticky Fingers restaurant at Concord Mills will raise money Tuesday for a foundation honoring Christopher Barton, a soldier whose family was featured in the Observer as grand marshals of the Harrisburg July Fourth parade.

Barton died on May 24 in Khost province in southeastern Afghanistan on his first tour of duty with the Army. He was 22.

His family has created a foundation in his honor to give college scholarships to the spouses of deployed soldiers. Sticky Fingers will donate 10percent of Tuesday's food sales in which customers say they want to donate to the foundation.

Tax-deductible donations can also be sent to Spc. Christopher R. Barton Foundation, 9611 Brookdale Drive, Suite 100, PMB 197, Charlotte NC 28215.

Dairy Queen celebrates opening

Dairy Queen celebrated its new location at 131 Turnersburg Highway (U.S. 21) with a Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting last Thursday.

The Dairy Queen is off Interstate 40 Exit 141, the first exit west of the I-40/I-77 interchange.