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News, notes, and gossip about the restaurant scene

Noble Causes

Restaurateur and Chef Jim Noble has been hard at work recently. His oldest — and priciest — Charlotte dining spot, Noble’s Restaurant (6801 Morrison Blvd., 704-367-9463), will be moving soon. While there is no announcement yet on where, the restaurant’s lease at the current spot is up this summer. Meanwhile, his nonprofit restaurant, King’s Kitchen (121 W. Trade St.), which is designed to create jobs and minister to those in need, will soon offer comfort food uptown. Finally, Rooster’s Wood-fired Kitchen (150 N. College St.) is set to open its second location at One Bank of America Center this fall. The new two-story restaurant will feature the same local cuisine served at the first location in SouthPark. Plus, stay tuned for news about Noble adding a barbecue restaurant to his repertoire sometime soon.

Moving Time

This month J. D. Duncan‘s Dilworth restaurant, Las Ramblas, is being replaced by Sunset Grille (2400 Park Rd.), which will serve neighborhood grill fare like pizzas and burgers. However, Las Ramblas plans to open again soon in a new location. While Duncan has not yet announced where the tapas favorite will relocate, fans of the restaurant will be able to find its most popular dishes every Monday night at Sunset Grille until the new site is established.

New Around Town

The Atlanta-based chain Flying Biscuit Café, whose first Charlotte location is on Rea Road in Stonecrest, recently opened a new location in Park Road Shopping Center. In Plaza Midwood, Cuban Pete’s Café (1308 The Plaza, 704-910-5233), offering traditional Cuban food, a rum bar, a sangria bar, and a coffee bar, opened in February. Mellow Mushroom, the eccentric pizza chain known for its beer selection and specialty pies, has announced it will open a Charlotte location this summer in Myers Park. In SouthPark, Giorgios Bakatsias, who owns Vin Rouge in Durham and Spice Street in Chapel Hill, has announced plans to open a French brasserie in Piedmont Town Center.

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