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Charlotte SouthPark restaurant AZN marks 2 years of Asian cuisine

AZN Azian Cusine

SouthPark’s AZN is celebrating its two-year anniversary at Piedmont Town Center throughout September.

AZN will host an evening with Biltmore Wines 6:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

AZN owners Anna and Raymond Hsu say they are glad to partner with Biltmore Wines to bring North Carolina wines and favorites from the Asian cuisine culture together.

Biltmore’s Field Sales Coordinator John Justice will present and pair wines with a five-course menu: Thai sashimi salad, seared Japanese scallops, lamb bolognese and Oscar filet mignon with rich dark-chocolate mousse topped with salted caramel ice cream for dessert. Cost is $55; call or go online for reservations.


4620 Piedmont Row Drive



Upstream of Phillip’s Place in SouthPark has added a lunchtime sushi bar for $15.95 per person.

All-you-can-eat sushi including veggie rolls, California rolls and other Asian-American favorites like Miso soup are included. The sushi bar is available from 11:30 am-2:30 pm Monday-Friday.

Oyster Mondays are in the Upstream lounge from 4-6:30 p.m. Mondays. East Coast oysters are $1 and West Coast oysters $1.50, with drink specials and a bar-bites menu.

Upstream hosts its sixth annual Oyster Bash on Oct. 3. All-you-can-eat oyster offerings include York River, Old Salt and more paired, with appropriate wines. Cost is $125 per person; reservations and pre-payment required.


6902 Philips Place



Steve Taylor, Chris Smith and Jay Kikel, owners of Smashburger in Cotswold, recently donated more than $15,000 to Ace and TJ’s Grin Kids.

During the restaurant’s first month in business, July 16-Aug. 13, $1 from every burger sold went to the organization.

Grin Kids enhances the lives of terminally ill and chronically handicapped children by sending them on a trip to Disney World. Since its founding in January 2000, the group has taken more than 300 children and their families on an all-expenses-paid trip to the amusement park.

“We are thrilled to be able to donate $15,365 to this incredible charity,” said Taylor. “Knowing Smashburger Cotswold will play a part in making children’s dreams come true makes me incredibly proud of my team and the community.”

Visit to learn about Grin Kids and the work it does in the Charlotte community.


4400 Randolph Road



Firebirds of Stonecrest and SouthPark has unveiled a new bar-bites menu and specialty cocktails.

Among the offerings are pretzel bites served with Samuel Adams beer cheese, tenderloin sliders, chicken tenders and Mahi tacos. Beverages include Mango Mojitos and Siesta Sangria, summer cocktails available through the end of September. The bar-bites menu is available on the patio from 4-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.


Stonecrest: 7716 Rea Road


SouthPark: 3920 Sharon Road



Lumiere French Kitchen in Myers Park will host a Guigal wine dinner 7 p.m. Sept. 30.

The four-course menu is Montana Wood Squab with foie-gras truffle Rocher, a stuffed saddle of Dornoch lamb and more paired with Guigal French wines. Cost is $100 per person; reservations accepted via phone or online.

Lumiere soon will open for dinner Mondays; call for details.


1039 Providence Road


Treehouse Whiskey & Fork

Chef Alek Goncharov plans to open Treehouse Whiskey & Fork next door to sibling restaurant Baku in SouthPark in early October.

Barbecue made with house-smoked meats and whiskey-based sauces as well as other American entrees are on the menu. More than two dozen whiskeys and three dozen beers are planned for the bar, with signature cocktails. There actually is a treehouse in this restaurant; it provides a private dining space for eight, with a fire pit.

Treehouse Whiskey & Fork

4423 Sharon Road



Taqueria will celebrate one year in business in the Tower Place Shopping Center on Pineville-Matthews Road this month.

Owners Alejandro and Maria Martinez make the food from scratch along with their children, who help in the kitchen after school. Traditional Mexican fare is served: empanadas, bacon-wrapped shrimp, a variety of hard-shell tacos, flautas, burritos, carne asada (grilled steak) and more. The eatery is known for its fish-taco platters with tilapia served on homemade tortillas with rice and beans.

Recent additions to the menu are breakfast items served daily beginning 10 a.m.: tacos with chorizzo sausage and scrambled eggs, fajitas with scrambled eggs and vegetables, breakfast burritos and more. Also new is a senior menu for just $5.50. Takeout and catering available; call for details.


8652 Pineville-Matthews Road


Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen

The fall cooking class schedule has been announced at South End’s Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen.

Alyssa Gorelick offers hands-on instruction at Atherton Market. The lineup is: Oct. 2, Mediterranean Cuisine; Oct. 8, Spanish Tapas; Oct. 16, Italian Countryside; Oct. 21, Basic Knife Skills; Oct. 22, ABC’s – All Bacon Class; and Oct. 28, Vegetarian at Heart. For times, pricing or to register, visit or call 704-817-7568.