Maddi's in Birkdale closes; moving back to Charlotte

Maddi's Southern Bistro in Birkdale Village was scheduled to serve its last meal Saturday night.

The restaurant was inside Maddi's Gallery, whose owners, Diane and Madis Sulg, decided to move the gallery back to its original location at 1530 East Blvd. in Charlotte.

Madis Sulg told the Observer he wanted to thank his employees and many loyal customers of the Birkdale location, but that the poor economy forced them to close.

"We were battered by the economic conditions over the last two years," he said.

The bistro opened in May 2007 featuring Southern favorites on the menu, handcrafted items by various artists on the tables and contemporary Southern folk art on the walls.

All of Maddi's Birkdale Village gallery fixtures, restaurant equipment and furniture are for sale.

Details: 704-332-0007.

Taste of Lincoln to feature local restaurants

Eleven Lincoln County restaurants will participate in Taste of Lincoln, a United Way of Lincoln County fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at Lincoln County Family YMCA, 1402 E. Gaston St. in Lincolnton.

The restaurants are Chillin' and Grillin', Taco and Tequila, Court Street Grille, Dagwoods, Cheers n' Wings, Generation Bean, Chuckwagon, House of Pizza, Pomodora's Italian Café, The Bakers Apron and Fatz Café.

Other restaurants, caterers and food vendors are invited to participate. Call Yerby Ray, the United Way's executive director, at 704-732-8055. Participation is free.

Cuban cuisine restaurant opening in Salisbury

Family-owned Mambo Grill & Tapas will have its grand opening Oct. 8 at 1024 S. Fulton St.

The restaurant features Cuban cuisine and Spanish tapas, including family recipes for stews, marinated grilled chicken and hand-cut beef filets.

Details: 704-637-0192;

Prosciutto's wins three Citysearch awards

Prosciutto's Pizzeria & Pub in Shops on the Green won for "Best Pizza in Charlotte," "Best Family Friendly Restaurant" and "Best Italian Food" in Citysearch's 2010 "Best Of" voting contest this month.