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Gourmet ice cream parlor coming to MoRA

A few months ago, Charlotte Agenda covered different trendy desserts available in the Charlotte area. The first was rolled ice cream from Jolly Rolls, a family-owned gourmet ice cream shop in Waxhaw.

First off, what is rolled ice cream? It’s a little tough to explain, but it includes a frozen slab and a scraper. Fresh ingredients are mixed together and topped with some delicious ingredients. This video from Jolly Rolls should help explain it a bit better.

Fresh, gourmet ice cream? I’m in. Luckily there won’t be a need to drive down to Waxhaw for the signature ice cream. Jolly Rolls is opening a second location on Monroe Road in MoRA, right between Deep Sea Seafood Market and the coming soon City Barbeque. Here are a few of the tastiest looking creations we found on their website.

We reached out to the owners, and they said they were expecting to open by February in The Commons. Jolly Rolls has a number of premium ice cream flavors, like:

• The Best Tasting S’More (graham crackers, chocolate fudge, marshmallow cream, and a toasted marshmallow)
• Berry Fusion (fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries)
• Pink Snow (raspberry, white chocolate fudge, and white chocolate shavings)
• Chocolate Thunder (chocolate fudge, chocolate shavings, chocolate chip powder, brownie, and chocolate chips)

We can’t wait until they open! The area doesn’t have an ice cream shop, and to get something as creative and fun as Jolly Rolls is exciting! With all the restaurants popping up at The Commons, it may turn into a great foodie destination.

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Spotlight on The Southern Gourmet

“We looked everywhere — and found this perfect space.”

The Southern Gourmet’s Crystal and Randy Provance outgrew their NoDa catering business about ten years ago. “We looked everywhere – and found this perfect space,” Crystal says of her catering shop on Monroe Road, in the Greylyn Business Park.  It’s where they also have a lunch café that serves gourmet salads, sandwiches, burgers and paninis in a style described as “Southern meets gourmet.”

They’ve been a thriving catering business, serving 100+ people a day everything from boxed lunches to cookouts to dinner parties – they even grew during the recession.  So when in 2014 they decided to add an event venue to their list of offerings and the space next door became available, things really fell into place.  Southern Garden Events is a banquet space with a garden motif for weddings, cocktail parties, and other gatherings for those who want an outdoor feel without the outdoor weather.

While they cater throughout Charlotte, Crystal says that “the town of Matthews has totally embraced us,” and she even led the Matthews Chamber of Commerce as president in 2013 and served on its board for four years.  She’s a big supporter of small businesses, particularly throughout the MoRA area.

It was a terrible loss when Randy unexpectedly passed away a year ago.  Not only was Crystal shocked and grief-stricken at the loss of her husband, but Randy had been her business partner who handled the financial side of the operation.  Crystal admits that she couldn’t have carried the business forward without her longtime employees – her work family, who also loved Randy – stepping in to take on additional responsibilities as she found her way.

MoRA’s Kathy Hill and Crystal Provance of The Southern Gourmet

The Southern Gourmet sources their menu items locally, and supports sustainability.  See for yourself by stopping in for lunch — and trying their mac and cheese cupcake (?!) or one of their new sandwiches:

  • chicken caprese club
  • texas ruben
  • strawberry turkey brie panini

While you’re there, ask to see their catering menus, or visit their garden-themed banquet venue right next door.

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Hef’s Bar and Grill – Leaving Montford Drive and Finding a Home in MoRA

img_2757Hef’s Bar & Grill has the look and feel of a sports bar when you first walk in. There are 27 big-screen televisions that can show nine games at once.  The menu will quickly tell you that this is a “for real” restaurant – with lots of options. Co-owner Andy Gao said his restaurant “focuses on good food and service.”

Hef’s Bar & Grill was a Montford Drive staple for 4 years, and became a go-to sports bars in one of Charlotte’s trendiest food spots. Co-owners and partners Andy Gao and Danny Zhou did not have the space they wanted near Barclay Downs and Myers Park, and decided to look for more room when their lease expired. Like many businesses and residents that end up in MoRA, they found that locations near Uptown cost too much and offered too little room to suit their needs.

img_2759Two years ago, Hef’s opened in the Monroe Road corridor after scouting around all of Charlotte. Andy and Danny were convinced that there will be dramatic growth in the area in the near future. “Now this is home!” They replaced the previously-closed O’Charley’s next to the Galleria Shopping Center Walmart with their sports bar.

Andy says that Fridays are typically their busiest time of the week, except for Carolina Panthers games. Cam Newton sure is good for business.  They are open 7 days a week and serve a large variety of foods and drinks, along with Asian-inspired food.  They insist on having an Asian Sous Chef for all their dishes, but also serve Italian, seafood, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and a variety of wings.

Hef’s features a happy hour every day from 3:00- 6:30 with 60 cent wings, shrimp, and oysters, along with daily beer and drink specials.

www.hefsbarandgrill.com

704-321-5884

hefsbargrill@hotmail.com

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5 Things You Need To Know About Upcoming Restaurant City Barbeque

Nothing quite turns heads in the Monroe Road corridor like a new restaurant. Sit down eateries are few and far between in our part of town, and too often have residents driving to another part of town for some decent food. So we were quick to notice construction on the corner of Monroe Road and Galleria Boulevard just behind the large sign for our area’s newest upcoming restaurant.

We reached out to City Barbeque and got the scoop about what’s filling that location. Here’s our top five takeaways. city-bbq-building-in-mora

1. On-site smoked BBQ.

City Barbeque has the normal sampling of BBQ, including turkeys and hams for the holidays, and everything is smoked on-site. If you want the tastiest and freshest BBQ, you must go to a restaurant that smokes their meats themselves. All sides are made by hand in-house.

2. Huge outdoor seating.

The new restaurant will have covered seating for 40 to 50 of your closest friends. Outdoor seatings should be a requirement so patrons can enjoy the Charlotte weather, but few of the nearby restaurants subscribe to that belief. This great outdoor seating should easily make City Barbeque a neighborhood hangout.

pulled-pork-on-new-tray3. February or March Opening.

Weather permitting, the restaurant should open up just in time for spring. The site still has a long way to go but should bring some added focus to the area around south MoRA and north Matthews, next to Deep Sea Fish Market and across from Tony’s Pizza.

4. The area sealed the deal.

City Barbaque opened their first location in Columbus, Ohio in 1999, and have just expanded into North Carolina with a Ballantyne location. Many of the workers at that location advocated for opening another location in our area, noting this is a great area with limited food options. After a little research they started construction.

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5. Lots of activities.

A quick look at their blog (yes, this BBQ restaurant has a blog) shows they host fundraisers, BBQ sauce contests, food promotions, and they told MoRA they are considering hosting events to teach others how to expertly smoke meats and what beers pair with which sauces.

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Join Us for a Fundraiser at Buffalo Wild Wings on Oct. 10!

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Join us for MoRA Night at Buffalo Wild Wings!

Ten percent of every check will be donated back to MoRA to support our annual holiday tree lighting and party. Simply bring the ticket on the back of your town hall program (download) or just mention that you are with MoRA to participate.

When: October 10, 2016 – 10:00a-until

Where: Buffalo Wild Wings – 2530 Sardis Road N, Charlotte, NC 28227