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Restaurant news: Cupcake chain to open in SouthPark

Gigi's Cupcakes

Gigi's Cupcakes is coming to SouthPark's Sharon Corners in time for the holidays. Founded by Nashville's Gina Butler, Gigi's features freshly baked cupcakes for all occasions. Flavors change daily, and custom cupcakes for special events are available to order. The SouthPark location will be the first in Charlotte, and the chain's third in North Carolina. The cupcakery will be taking the space formerly occupied by Mephisto; they are hoping to open in December. Check their website for opening date details.

www.gigiscupcakesusa.com

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

The Cowfish restaurant in SouthPark is attempting to "stuff the bus" this holiday season. The Cowfish bus is parked at the SouthPark mall food entrance between Dick's Sporting Goods and Macy's, and is waiting to be stuffed with donated toys throughout December. Restaurant patrons are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the bus when visiting Cowfish. Once the bus is full, it will be driven over to Toys for Tots. Anyone donating a toy will be entered to win a variety of prizes including dinner for four.

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar

4310 Sharon Road

704-365-1922

www.thecowfish.com

The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge

The annual Gingerbread Lane Professional and Amateur Competition is up and running at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. The gingerbread houses will be on display Dec. 10-26. Guests are encouraged to vote on their favorites, with a $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds benefit Levine Children's Hospital.

The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge

10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway

704-248-4000

www.theballantynehotel.com

Stratos Restaurant Group

Nolen Kitchen and Big View Diner have launched their new fall/winter menus. A sampling from Nolen: pork belly tacos, a short rib with hoisin glaze and jalapeno corn pudding and a cabernet poached pear. Big View Diner's new menu includes assorted sliders, burgers, jambalaya and more. View both menus in full on the Web.

Nolen Kitchen

2839 Selwyn Ave.

704-372-1424

www.nolenkitchen.com

Big View Diner

16637 Lancaster Highway

704-544-0313

www.bigviewdiner.com

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