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Jonas Brothers’ father opening southern kitchen

A rendering reveals the exterior of Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, expected to come to Belmont in time for the holidays.
A rendering reveals the exterior of Nellie’s Southern Kitchen, expected to come to Belmont in time for the holidays. NELLIE’S SOUTHERN KITCHEN

Nellie’s Southern Kitchen

The Jonas Brothers are known for their music, but it is their family’s love of food that is bringing their dad, Kevin Jonas Sr., back to his roots in North Carolina. Jonas plans to open Nellie’s Southern Kitchen in his hometown of Belmont at 36 N. Main St. in time for the holidays.

Nellie’s will serve lunch and dinner and pay homage to Jonas family recipes. The family has North Carolina roots that can be traced back to the 1760s. An estimated 60 members of the Jonas family still live in the area, and two of them plan to work in the restaurant. Jonas’ sister, Joy Auten will serve as managing director and his cousin Danielle Davison Jonas will serve as operations manager.

“When we open Nellie’s Southern Kitchen,” Jonas said, “it is a way to honor my family but also to re-invest in Belmont. Our hometown is thriving.”

Expect Southern favorites here such as biscuits and gravy, fried chicken, and shrimp and grits, plus lighter versions of the comfort foods. Nellie’s Southern Kitchen will serve lunch and dinner. Stay up to date on opening information by following Nellie’s on Facebook at or on Twitter @NelliesSK.

• Nellie’s Southern Kitchen

36 N. Main St., Belmont

Whiskey Warehouse

Josh Brigham of Olde Mecklenburg Brewery hosts an OMB Beer Dinner benefiting The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library at Plaza Midwood’s Whiskey Warehouse Oct. 21. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a multi-course dinner prepared by chef Damian Ambs.

The menu: fried Brussels sprouts tossed with bacon salt and served with Mecktoberfest, andouille and chicken gumbo, paired with OMB Copper, as well as a grilled pork chop with grilled plantains and pickled jalapenos served with OMB Hornet’s Nest. Dessert is a white chocolate beignet served with Swartz beer.

Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 at the door and can be purchased at: New or gently used book donations for the library will be accepted throughout the evening. Learn more about the brewery’s beers at

▪ Whiskey Warehouse

1221 The Plaza, 704-334-7005

Flying Biscuit

Stonecrest’s Flying Biscuit Café hosts their annual Biscuit Birthday Celebration on Oct. 25 from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. The spot will offer giveaways, free cake, a balloon artist and an appearance by the official Flying Biscuit mascot in honor of their eighth anniversary. A raffle is planned with cookbooks, coffee mugs, gift cards and other prizes.

Just in time for fall, Flying Biscuit plans to add pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spiced lattes and pumpkin bisque to their menu. Items will be available for a limited time during the fall season.

• Flying Biscuit

7930 Rea Road, 704-295-4440

Duck Donuts

Dilworth is now home to Charlotte’s first Duck Donuts, a made-to-order doughnut shop with its roots in the Outer Banks. Custom doughnuts can be ordered as singles, by the half dozen, dozen or by the bucket of 18. They are served warm, topped with cinnamon sugar, glaze or strawberry or chocolate icing, among other options. Customers can choose extra toppings such as shaved coconut, sprinkles, chopped peanuts and bacon. Coffee, breakfast sandwiches, muffins and fruit are also on the menu.

Duck Donuts is open from 6 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays and from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.

• Duck Donuts

1710 Kenilworth Ave., 704-910-5355

Smoke Modern Barbecue

Smoke is now open at Stonecrest in the former City Tavern location. Meats are slow cooked over hickory and fruitwood, giving them a unique flavor. On the menu are brisket, ribs and pulled pork as well as sandwiches and burgers. Mac and cheese options are plentiful here and include burnt end mac with brisket bites, pulled pork and green chile mac and shrimp and sausage mac. Appetizers include homemade corn muffins, deviled eggs, fried okra and nachos topped with pulled pork or brisket. Salads, steaks and seafood are also offered.

Smoke serves lunch and dinner Sunday-Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. Plans to add brunch are in the works.

• Smoke Modern Barbecue

7828 E. Rea Road, 980-237-2582

Pearlz Oyster Bar

Pearlz is now open daily for dinner beginning at 4 p.m. at Stonecrest. Plenty of local, sustainable seafood options, raw shellfish and traditional Lowcountry favorites like Charleston-style red rice and shrimp and grits are all on the menu. A raw bar features oysters and seasonal shellfish. For the non-seafood lovers, there are burgers, steaks and salads. A full bar offers beers and cocktails; enjoy them inside or outside on the patio.

• Pearlz Oyster Bar

7804 Rea Road, 980-498-7247

Polka Dot Bake Shop

Polka Dot at Park and Woodlawn roads has unveiled their new fall and winter menu. Vanilla, chocolate and red velvet cupcakes are included, plus additional daily features. The cupcake flavor lineup: Mondays bring French toast and buckeye (vanilla topped with peanut butter frosting, dipped in chocolate ganache); Tuesdays bring tuxedo with chocolate cake and white cream cheese filling and frosting as well as white spice, featuring a white spice cake and cream cheese icing; Wednesdays bring salted caramel and sticky butterfinger; Thursdays bring tuxedo and raspberry nutella lava; Fridays bring carrot and banana rum; Saturdays bring pumpkin turtle and tuxedo cupcakes.

Fall cookie offerings include ginger molasses, snickerdoodle and chocolate lava.

The offerings continue with Polka Dot’s seasonal pie flavors, which include pumpkin, pecan, sweet potato and apple cranberry. Muffin flavors include sweet potato cream cheese, banana nut and cranberry orange. Also, don’t miss the freshly baked Challah bread available on Fridays.

Many items at Polka Dot are available in gluten-free form. Polka Dot is newly offering online ordering and shipping services.

• Polka Dot Bake Shop

1730 E. Woodlawn, 704-523-5001

Chopt Creative Salad Company

Chopt is now open for lunch and dinner at Park Road Shopping Center. Wraps and salads can be ordered off the menu or customized. Grain salads, kale caesars, cobb and hot-top salads topped with chicken are among the salad offerings. Dressings are made in house with agave nectar and honey in place of sugar. A menu for kids offers smaller-size salads and grilled or panko fried chicken.

• Chopt

4127 Park Road, 980-321-9034

Suarez Bakery

Park Road Shopping Center’s Suarez Bakery has recently updated their menu to include signature fall items. Available both in-store and for pre-order are pumpkin bread with or without chocolate chips, pecan bars, Florentine cookies and Mexican spice cookies.

On Oct. 17 only the bakery will be selling their maple bacon bars, donuts filled with cinnamon French vanilla cream topped with maple glaze and a slice of bacon. Pre-orders are being accepted now for pick up on the 17th. The special donuts will be available in the store on the 17th until they run out with a limit of three bars per person.

• Suarez Bakery

4245 Park Road, 704-525-0145

Jenny Brantley is a freelance writer: