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News, notes, and gossip about the restaurant scene

Fresh Fro Yo

NoDa recently welcomed Tasty-Yo (3116 N. Davidson St., 704-333-0455), a new frozen yogurt restaurant offering more than twenty toppings including mango and marshmallows. In addition to frozen yogurt, Tasty-Yo offers salads and Mexican pastries made fresh every day. 

New 'Cue

In the old Stumptown Diner space in downtown Matthews, you'll find the new Carolina Burgers & BBQ (115 W. John St., 704-733-7303). The lunch-only spot serves up traditional grilled fare such as burgers, chicken, hot dogs, and pork barbecue, as well as house-made sweet potato fries, baked beans, chili, and more.

Farewell

The Charlotte dining scene recently bid adieu to several landmarks. This summer, Charlotteans stopped eating fried eggs at Eastland's San Remo after thirty-five years and Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q on Monroe Road stopped serving pulled pork after thirty-one. In July, SouthPark's Oceanaire, the upscale seafood chain, followed suit and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, closing in Charlotte and other locations. Harper's closed ToGoGo but announced that many of the site's features, such as takeout sandwiches and salads, will be offered at Harper's Grill, on the other end of the uptown block. And, finally, Sugar Magnolia, a local favorite serving Lowcountry gourmet for almost three years in Blakeney, closed in June.

Spice It Up

Bombay Cuisine (4435 Park Rd., 704-521-1111), with locations in uptown and the University area, took up a third residence in ParkWood on July 22. The lunch ($8.95) and dinner ($12.95) buffet offers more than eighty savory items, ranging from classic Indian dishes like chicken saag to the less typical balti goat dish, a fusion of English and Indian flavors. The new restaurant also features a hookah bar and weekend belly dancers.
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