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News, notes, and gossip about the restaurant scene

Drink Up

Dilworth favorite Ed’s Tavern recently opened a second, two-story location in Elizabeth (366 N. Caswell Rd., 704-375- 0223). Looking for a drink a little farther south? Beer fans in SouthPark can rejoice: Duckworth’s (4435 Park Rd., 704-527-5783) is getting a face-lift. The restaurant and bar, owned by Rob Duckworth, is relocating to a bigger space. It will double in size and the beer selection will increase, featuring sixty beers on tap and two British beer engines for cask ales. For those who are fans of the harder stuff, Vida Cocina & Tequila Bar (210 E. Trade St., 704- 936-5634) plans to open this summer in EpiCentre and will serve more than 100 varieties of tequila in addition to traditional Mexican cuisine.

New in Town

Aparappar Singh Pannu and Chef Mel Oza, who brought us Copper Restaurant in Dilworth, have teamed up again to open The Blue Taj (14815 Ballantyne Village Way, 704-369-5777) in Ballantyne Village. The menu features an assortment of global cuisine such as the chimichurri-rubbed chicken breast ($19). In Davidson, Flatiron Kitchen & Tap House will open soon in Stowe’s Corner. Chef Tim Groody, former executive chef at Sonoma, and business partners Michael LaVechia and Chad Hollingsworth have joined forces for this new spot, which will offer dishes featuring local ingredients, and around sixty different beers. Restaurateur Jon Dressler and wife Kim, owners of Dressler’s in Birkdale Village, have opened a second location of the popular eatery in midtown’s Metropolitan complex (1100 Metropolitan Ave., 704-909-6295). You can find a selection of seafood and steaks from Chef Scott Hollingsworth. Libretto’s Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen (15205 John J. Delaney Dr., Ste. A, 704-714-1442), which opened its first Charlotte location in EpiCentre last year, has opened a second location at Ballantyne Commons East.

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