Comet Grille to open in Mooresville

Longtime Charlotte and Cabarrus County restaurateurs Theo and Mary Pappas plan to open Comet Grille by month's end in the former Trackside Restaurant building at 260 S. Main St., Mooresville.

The couple's 50-seat eatery will serve pimiento and other burgers, salads, pitas, gyros, souvlaki and such specialty plates as tenderloin tips, chicken tips, fried flounder and 12-piece fried jumbo shrimp.

Also on the menu will be the family's more-than-40-year-old meat sauce recipe for spaghetti.

Theo Pappas and his four brothers operated the former longtime Venus restaurants in the Charlotte area, the first of which opened in 1966 on East Boulevard in Charlotte's Dilworth neighborhood.

Theo Pappas, who moved to Charlotte from Greece in 1969, co-owned and operated the Venus Restaurant in Matthews from 1978 to 1993.

Mary Pappas and her brother Jimmy Margiotis have owned and operated A.J.'s Restaurant in Harrisburg since 1993. Mary Pappas left that location recently to help her husband at Comet Grille.

The Comet space has been completely refurbished since the longtime Trackside Restaurant moved across the street to the former Greg's Bar-B-Q on South Broad Street earlier this year. Theo Pappas said he, his wife and Margiotis have owned the building in which Comet Grille is opening for about 20 years.

The name of the new restaurant honors the name of the eatery that Mary's late father owned in Florence, S.C.: Paul's Comet Drive-In.

Toast Café to host children's benefit

Toast Café, 101 N. Main St., will host an Angels in Need silent auction from 6 to 8 tonight to benefit events and programs for Lake Norman children with special needs, a therapy and respite center in Romania for poor and disabled children, and an orphanage in Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia.

Angels in Need is a Davidson-based all-volunteer, nonprofit public charity.

Reservations for tonight's event: