John’s Country Kitchen closes
John’s Country Kitchen closed on Saturday, May 30. Johnny and Maria Margiotis opened the establishment on Central Avenue 38 years ago; the business was most recently operated by the founders’ son, Jimmy, who said the establishment wasn’t financially sound enough to pay for rent.
The restaurateur now will focus on The Rusty Onion, his restaurant located in the Carmel Commons Shopping Center. Rusty Onion features handcrafted pizza and live music.
Fran’s Filling Station expands
Fran’s Filling Station, located at 2410 Park Road, will expand with a private dining room. The new 16-foot-by-19-foot space will feature audio and video capabilities for private parties with 30 to 50 guests. The new room will be connected to Fran’s Tap Room, which can accommodate an additional 25 guests.
Fran’s Filling Station is located in the Park Square Shopping Center. Visit www.fransfillingstation.com for more information.
Tapas 51 slated to open in coming weeks
Tapas 51, a new restaurant coming to south Charlotte, is slated to open within the coming weeks according to owner and chef Aaron Rivera.
Tapas 51 will feature tapas portions cooked to order, offering items such as ceviche, empanadas, local beer and more, drawing on flavors and inspiration from Latin America.
The restaurant will be located in the spot formerly occupied by Passion 8 at 3415 Hwy. North in Fort Mill, South Carolina and will occupy around 80 guests. The restaurant also will feature an outdoor patio and private dining room.
JJ’s Red Hots earns national recognition
South Charlotte-based JJ’s Red Hots has been named one of Fast Casual’s Top 100 Movers & Shakers for the second year in a row. JJ’s Red Hots, which has locations in Dilworth and Ballantyne, was the only Charlotte-based restaurant to appear on the annual list. The restaurant landed at No. 36 – seven spots up from last year’s ranking.
Fast Casual is a Networld Media Group publication and reports on trends and news in the fast-casual restaurant industry.
“The idea behind our Movers & Shakers list is to recognize brands that are going beyond simply generating positive sales and unit growth,” said Cherryh Butler, managing editor of FastCasual.com, in a news release. “The process has a bit more subjectivity to it — to identify brands that are taking big risks and making fundamental changes that could dramatically shake up the fast casual status quo.”
Amélie’s now open in
After much anticipation, Amelie’s bakery latest location in Carmel Commons is now opened. The newest store will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. or later Thursday through Saturday.
The 5,000-square-foot café and bakery is located at the intersection of Carmel and Pineville-Matthews roads.
Flipside Café, The Summit Room, win Competition Dining Series
The Flipside Café and The Summit Room both won their respective brackets in the annual GotToBeNC Competition Dining Series, which took place March through May.
Chef Joseph Cornett of The Flipside Care and Chef Brent Martin of The Summit Room were crowned champions.
Each chef won $2,000, a red winners’ chef jacket and a chef’s knife made by Ironman Knives, based in Charlotte.
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