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Uptown Invasion
Tryon Street seems to be hoarding all the new restaurants these days. First, there was the Midnight Diner (980-207-3541, 115 E. Carson Blvd.), serving classic diner food including hot dogs, burgers, and fried chicken. Then, Harvest Moon Grille (704-342-1193, 237 N. Tryon St.), originally a lunch truck, opened in the Dunhill Hotel uptown, offering locally sourced dishes. Next up is Vapiano (201 S. Tryon St.), an international Italian chain offering salads, pizza, and pasta. And finally, Halcyon: Flavors of the Earth (500 S. Tryon St.), from the owners of Something Classic, is set to open in late November in the new Mint Museum. Chef Marc Jacksina, formerly of Lulu and Andrew Blair’s, will be at the helm.

Closing Shop
Two Charlotte favorites offering international fare recently closed. Augusto Conte’s Birkdale Village Italian spot, Positano, closed at the end of October. His other restaurants, Luce, Toscana, MezzaNotte, and Coco Osteria are all still open. In Dilworth, Solé Spanish Grille closed the same day as Positano. The owners plan to feature some of Sole’s most popular dishes at their other restaurant, Zen, which is just up the street.

On to the Next One
Frank Scibelli seems to be on a restaurant-opening roll—and we’re not complaining. The owner of Mama Ricotta’s, Big Daddy’s Burger Bar, Cantina 1511, and, most recently, Paco’s Tacos & Tequila, has an

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