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News, notes, and gossip about the restaurant scene


Drinks and Dessert

Serving dessert wines and signature martinis, Crave Dessert Bar (500 W. Fifth St., cravedessertbar.com), recently opened uptown next to CANS. Specialties include cupcakes and cheesecakes. Also, the European-inspired Crepe Cellar Kitchen & Pub (3116 N. Davidson St.), recently opened in NoDa. Its crepes (savory and sweet varieties are available) are served at butcher-block tables alongside a pint of ale, carafe of wine, or French-press coffee.

One More Time

Two Charlotte restaurants have added locations. J. D. Duncan, owner of Mac's Speed Shop, famous for its barbecue and bikers, has recently opened a spot in Ayrsley (2414 Sandy Porter Rd., 704-504-8500). 1900 Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar (1523 Elizabeth Ave., Ste. 110) joined Charlotte favorites such as Customshop and Carpe Diem on Elizabeth Avenue.

New Arrivals

Restaurateurs from other Southern cities are giving Charlotte a shot. Henry and Chai Eang, owners of Basil Thai restaurant on King Street in Charleston, have opened Basil Thai in uptown (210 N. Church St.). Duc Tran, the owner of Com in Atlanta, recently opened Indochine Grill at EpiCentre (210 E. Trade St., Ste. E-286, 704-688-0078). The restaurant is just one of many opening in the uptown complex. Next up? Enso Asian Bistro | Sushi, due to open this summer.

Wine and Dine

Another wine shop and café has hit south Charlotte. D'Vine Wine Café (14815 John J. Delaney Dr., Ste. 240, 704-369-5050), features a wine bar, full-service café, private tasting room, and wine retail shop. Even if sipping pinot isn't your thing, the café's menu is worth a second look. (Think: sliders with Kobe beef and foie gras, lobster and crab cake, and seared tuna for $11).