New restaurant to replace Soirée

The owners of Soirée have decided not to renew their lease on the historic W.W. Rankin building at 104-108 S. Main St., but building owner Bob Amon said he expects to announce another restaurant for the space soon.

"We have another experienced and successful restaurateur that is committed to the space," Amon said in a news release.

Soirée opened in January 2006, helping revitalize downtown. But it ran into financial difficulties over the years.

Efforts by the Observer to reach Soireé owners Jon and Michael Spencer were unsuccessful.

"Jon and Michael Spencer have brought an excitement and elevated the downtown to a happening place over the past five years," Amon said in the news release. "With the opportunities available to the Spencers in both the immediate and national culinary world, renewing the lease was not able to be a win-win situation for both parties."

Campania to host fundraiser

Campania Café & Trattoria is celebrating its second anniversary this month with an "Uncork for Our Community" fundraiser for area nonprofits.

The restaurant at 416 S. Main St. will donate 10percent of each wine bottle's sale price and $5 of the corkage fee from every bring-your-own wine bottle to a nonprofit each week. Proceeds last week went to the Davidson Housing Coalition. For the rest of the month, these nonprofits will benefit:

Aug. 9-14: Barium Springs Home for Children.

Aug. 16-21: Ada Jenkins Center.

Aug. 23-28: Davidson Community Players.

Aug. 30-31: United Family Services.

Details: 704-987-5111;

Eiko Hibachi Grill and Buffet opens

Eiko Hibachi Grill and Buffet opened last week on Norman Station Boulevard, off N.C. 150 at Interstate 77 Exit 36.

The restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat buffet, plus a sushi bar and steak and seafood selections.

Hours are 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sundays.

Details: 704-660-8888.

Prosciutto's charity golf tournament

Prosciutto's Pizzeria & Pub in Shops on the Green will sponsor a golf tournament Sept. 28 to raise money for a local couple trying to adopt a child from overseas who has cerebral palsy. Lacking access to physical therapy, the child can't walk or crawl.

The tournament will be at Fox Den Country Club in Statesville, followed by a celebration at Prosciutto's.

For tax-deductible sponsorship and other details, contact owner Joel Pfyffer at 704-900-4025 or