A husband and wife duo with a combined 40 years of restaurant experience, are preparing to open a restaurant of their own in Mint Hill.
Jimmy and Missy Toler hope to open Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House by the first week of May in the Mint Hill Pavilion shopping center. The couple say they expect to hire up to 40 people in full and part-time positions and will begin accepting applications in April.
The eatery will offer customers, including kids, the chance to create their own sandwiches, salads and more. Entrees will be priced $10 and under with the same menu available at lunch and dinner. The restaurant will include a bar, but “the food is going to be the main focus,” Jimmy said.
A self-described picky eater, Jimmy wanted to use the “create your own” concept.
“Let the customer build what they want,” he said.
Jimmy Toler comes into the venture with lengthy restaurant management and director of operations experience at restaurant chains including Hooters, Mellow Mushroom, Flying Saucer and Five Guys, where he most recently worked six years as the local director of operations. Missy Toler has worked as a corporate trainer for Hooters – that’s where the two met – and managed Vinnie’s Sardines in Matthews. She currently works at Finz Raw Bar & Grill in Matthews.
To this Charlotte couple, customer service is key. They have two children, ages 9 and 4.
“It’s a people business and we focus on the people. We worry about customer service,” Missy Toler said. “We want to create a place where we would take our family. We want everyone to feel welcome.”
Sizzling Wok reopens
About two months after an accidental kitchen fire, Sizzling Wok restaurant in Mint Hill reopened this week.
Owner Kenny Kong was cooking, using oil, Jan. 17 and left the pot on the stove when he ran to get the phone. When he came back, the kitchen was ablaze and the room’s sprinkler system was activated. Assistant Fire Marshal Mike Petleski confirmed that the fire was accidental.
The restaurant at 6908 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, suite 310, welcomed back customers Wednesday, March 14.
The eatery is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call 704-545-9825.
Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff coming to Galleria
By mid-April The Galleria shopping center near Matthews will be home to Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.
The art supply store will move its Charlotte Monroe Road location to the Galleria to be closer to its customer base, said David Cowart, regional retail manager with the Boone-based company.
“We feel like we have a lot of artists in that area,” he said.
The about 6,300-square-foot store will keep all its employees from the Monroe Road location, Cowart said.
HoneyCuts opens in McKee Farms
Matthews has a new salon focused just on men and kids: HoneyCuts.
The businesses opened March 1 in the McKee Farms shopping center at 3335 Siskey Pkwy., suite 100, featuring experienced hair stylists and a “comfortable” setting, General Manager Kellie Brewer said. This is the company’s third location, with other shops in Ballantyne and Huntersville.
Prices range from $10.95 to $18.95 and coupons are available on the shop’s website, www.honeycuts4men.com.
The business is eager to get involved in the Matthews community and will likely host one fundraiser a month, Brewer said.
HoneyCuts is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 704-847-0061.
Free Italian ice March 20
Rita’s will offer all customers a free regular size Italian ice Tuesday, March 20 in celebration of the first day of spring.
The shop at 1605 Galleria Blvd., suite 140, near Matthews, is open seven days a week from noon to 9 p.m.
For more information, call 704-847-4827.
Autobell raises $678K for nonprofits
During 2011, Autobell Car Wash’s Charity Car Wash Program helped raise $678,153 for charities, schools, and other nonprofits in the Carolinas, Virginia, and Georgia, according to a news release from the company.
The Charlotte-based company’s program began in 1998 and has assisted nonprofits in raising over $4.75 million to date. During this year’s campaign, the company helped Mecklenburg County nonprofits to raise $348,112.
Through the program, Autobell provides 501(c)(3) groups with full-service car wash tickets custom-printed with the organization’s name. The tickets are sold by the nonprofit at full price and honored at all Autobell locations. Fundraisers keep 50 percent of the proceeds from all ticket sales.
Nonprofits interested in Autobell’s Charity Car Wash Program should call Judith Pittelko at 704-527-9274 or visit www.autobell.com.
Matthews business expo March 20
The Matthews Chamber of Commerce has a new name, new venue and new format this year for its annual business expo Tuesday, March 20.
The Greater Matthews Business Expo, formerly Taste and Trade, will be held this year at Carmel Baptist Church, 1145 Pineville-Matthews Road, in Matthews and will cost members of the public $10 admission. The 10th annual show, sponsored by Carolina Digital Solutions, will be from 4 to 7 p.m.
Find more information online at www.matthewschamber.com.
Family Dollar raising cash for food banks
Matthews-based Family Dollar has started the Million Meal March aimed at raising support for 16 food banks, including Charlotte’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.
Through March 31, shoppers can donate $1, $3 or $5 at the register in any store location. The money raised will stay within the community where it was donated.