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News, notes, and gossip about the restaurant scene

Kitchen Switch

Frank Scibelli is at it again. The chef and restaurateur behind some of our favorite local eateries — Mama Ricotta’s, Cantina 1511, and Big Daddy’s Burger Bar — is opening his newest venture, a Mexican restaurant called Paco’s Tacos & Tequila (6401 Morrison Blvd.), early this summer in the former Manzetti’s location in SouthPark. In Dilworth, Karen Teed and Jill Marcus’s catering and café company, Something Classic (1409 East Blvd.), also took the place of an old Charlotte favorite when they opened their newest café at the former Dikadee’s Deli location.

Urban Openings

Blynk Organic has opened its third uptown location (101 S. Tryon St., 704-333-0105). The popular restaurant serves organic meals in a fast, eco-friendly environment. For another daily lunch option, check out the all-you-can eat sushi lunch for $9 at the new Pisces Sushi Bar & Lounge (1100 Metropolitan Ave., Ste. 120, 704-334-0009). The upscale Japanese restaurant recently opened at Metropolitan in Midtown. On the other side of uptown, Black Bear Saloon (900 Seaboard St., 704-716- 2327) is the newest arrival to the NC Music Factory. This sports bar and restaurant serves American cuisine and offers live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. In Plaza Midwood, Bistro La Bon (1322 Central Ave., 704-333-4646) recently opened with executive chef Majid Amoorpour, formerly a pastry chef at Blue, serving Mediterranean- inspired dishes such as the Honey Ginger Roasted Scottish Salmon ($15) and the Pan- seared Branzino ($18).

New to Town

Hollywood celebs and health fanatics love Pinkberry (6908-C Philips Place Ct.), the famed fro-yo shop serving parfait, and fruit smoothies. This summer the newest shop opens its doors at Phillips Place. Another popular national chain, The Meat House (8410 Rea Rd., 704-542-4530) has also made its way to Charlotte. The deli and neighborhood grocer, which offers hand-selected cuts of beef, lamb, veal, pork, and poultry, has opened at Robinson Farm in Ballantyne.

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