Lake Norman & Mooresville

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Lake Norman Sports Grille set

to debut Oct. 1 in Shops on the Green

Lake Norman Sports Grille is scheduled to open Oct. 1 in the former Solace Restaurant in Shops on the Green off I-77's Exit 28.

Chuck Howard, former NewsChannel 36 sportscaster, is partnering in the venture with wife, Karen, and former Solace owners Brian Johnston and Eric Paul.

Johnston and Paul also are principal owners of the Rusty Rudder on Lake Norman. Howard hosts a show on WFNZ, the Charlotte sports talk radio station.

Solace, a tapas-style restaurant, closed last weekend because fewer people were eating out because of the economy, Paul said. The sports grill concept should do well despite the slowing economic conditions, he said.

Lake Norman Sports Grille will have 25 high-definition TVs, including three 120-inch projection screens. One screen will be on the outdoor patio.

The eatery will carry every televised sports package available, Johnston and Paul said, including NFL, MLB, soccer and college football and basketball games.

“If you're a sports junkie, and you can't get your game at home, chances are we'll have it,” Johnston said.

The menu will feature 10 varieties of wings, plus hand-pattied burgers, duck spring rolls, corndogs, nachos and soft pretzels. Entrees will include steaks, pastas and roasted chicken.

Nick Cash is executive chef. He was sous chef at Solace, which opened in November 2006 in the former Fuzion space.

Ferrucci's Old Tyme Italian Market

gathering donations for girl with cerebral palsy

Ferrucci's Old Tyme Italian Market is raising money for the family of Zoe Sears, a girl who developed cerebral palsy due to complications from her premature birth.

Zoe's dad, Damien Sears, works the front counter at Ferrucci's.

The family has insurance and uses government assistance for Zoe's physical therapy, special education and equipment such as a self-guiding electric wheelchair.

A one-time private grant provided $5,000 toward her first series of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, but Zoe will need tens of thousands of dollars worth of the treatment in coming years, her family said.

Ferrucci's will match donations up to $2,500. Donations can be dropped off at the store, 20910 Torrence Chapel Road, in Shops on the Green.

Details: 704-896-3190;

Joe Marusak