Dunwellz opens in Mint Hill
Mint Hill welcomed a new restaurant this week: Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House.
Husband and wife duo Jimmy and Missy Toler opened the restaurant using their combined 40 years of restaurant experience.
The eatery at 7110 Brighton Park Drive, suite 405, in the Mint Hill Pavilion shopping center, offers customers – including kids – the chance to create their own sandwiches, salads, burgers and more. Entrees range from $5.25 to $8.25 and the same menu is available at lunch and dinner. Appetizers range from $5.50 to $8.50 and include calamari “fries,” a half pound of calamari that’s stripped and breaded, served with dipping sauce. Desserts are $4.75 and include molten lava cake, “Irish Car Bomb” cheesecake using Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bailey’s Irish Cream, and peanut butter and jelly wontons. The restaurant is using Artos Bakery of Charlotte for all its sandwich breads.
A self-described picky eater, Jimmy wanted to use the “create your own” concept. He hasn’t done the math on how many thousands of combinations customers can craft.
“You could come every day and have something different every day,” he said. “There shouldn’t be something that you can’t create.”
Jimmy 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 for 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. Until the opening of Dunwellz, she worked at Finz Raw Bar & Grill in Matthews.
The 48-employee restaurant includes a bar featuring six North Carolina-made draft beers and seven North Carolina-made bottled craft beers. But the Charlotte couple who have two children, ages 9 and 4, say the food is their main focus. The restaurant is family-friendly, they say, and they’re eager to help area youth sports leagues and nonprofits host events. Guests can sit on the patio and live music and trivia nights are planned.
“We really hope that Mint Hill will welcome us with open arms,” Jimmy Toler said. “We want to be your neighborhood hangout.”
Dunwellz is open Sunday noon to 11 p.m., Monday to Wednesday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Thursday to Saturday 11 a.m. to midnight. For more information, call 704-545-1505.
iN2 Nails opens in Matthews
There’s a new nail salon in Matthews: iN2 Nails.
The shop at 930 Park Center Drive, suite 102, in Matthews Gateway, is the second location for husband and wife duo Hiep Lee and Tracy Luu. The Vietnam natives opened their first shop in Huntersville about three years ago. Tracy’s parents, who moved to America about 14 years ago, are running that location so the couple can focus on Matthews. They live in Charlotte with their children, ages 7 and 4.
Manicures are $13 and pedicures are $25, which includes a paraffin wax treatment. Manicure/pedicure combos are $35. Discounts for children 12 and younger are available. Acrylic nail services and gel polish services also are available. Body waxing ranges from $8 for eyebrows to $60 for backs.
Through June 24, the shop is offering customers a free gift card for 30 percent off their purchased services to use during another visit. They’ll also host ladies’ night every Thursday, offering free margaritas to customers. Complimentary refreshments of water, soda, red and white wine are always available.
“We’re trying to do some fun events, so when customers come in they feel relaxed,” Luu said.
The shop is open Tuesday to Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday noon to 6 p.m.
For more information, call 980-245-7260.
Krispy Kreme plans store overhaul
Matthews’ Krispy Kreme doughnut company wants to tear down its current building at 9301 E. Independence Blvd. and build a new design. But they need Matthews commissioners to OK their plans first.
After expressing concerns about the number of trees to be saved on the site, commissioners voted 6 to 1 to defer the matter until their June 25 meeting. Commissioner Jeff Miller voted in opposition.
Krispy Kreme has been at its current location since 1980. The new building would be built further back from East Independence Boulevard in anticipation of the need for right-of-way for the widening of the street. The location would be one of the first in America to boast Krispy Kreme’s new design, which includes an aluminum storefront and patio.
Mature trees, including oaks and crepe myrtles, are on the property and commissioners expressed concern that the company’s current plans didn’t specify any trees to be saved. The deferral vote will allow Krispy Kreme to come back to commissioners with a plan detailing where all trees are and which will be spared during construction.
Without a tree-save plan in writing, Commissioner Paul Bailey said he wouldn’t vote for the plan.
“What I hear you saying is you’re going to take them all down,” he said.
It’s official: former Elliot’s BBQ to become Genghis Grill
Construction to transform the former Elliot’s BBQ at the corner of E. Independence Boulevard and Windsor Square Drive in Matthews could begin within six weeks.
Matthews commissioners voted Monday, June 11 to grant Arlington, Texas-based restaurant group Spring Creek Restaurants the change in zoning condition it needed to open a Genghis Grill and retail space next door.
Spring Creek Restaurants, which now owns the building, expects the Mongolian stir-fry restaurant to open by October at the earliest, company representative Robert Hubbard said. The company operates two Genghis Grill locations in the Carolinas, including one in Ballantyne, which opened about a year ago, Hubbard said. The other restaurant is located in Greenville, S.C.
The company plans to raze the current building and rebuild, using more than 70 percent brick and stone. Draft plans call for a side addition to the building, which would require a separate variance, and splitting the building in two – about 3,900 square feet for Genghis and about 4,400 square feet for an undetermined restaurant or retail space, Hubbard said.
After commissioners raised concerns last month, the company agreed to: limit window signs to covering no more than 30 percent of the glass; add awnings; add more rolling garage doors; use clear, not tinted, glass if the second space is a retail shop. The company will be required to submit a sample of its brick choice to be used under the windows before construction.
Shell gas station readies for overhaul
The owner of a Shell gas station and Circle K convenience store at 3424 Matthews-Mint Hill Road in Matthews could begin construction to more than double the store’s space and add four gas pumps as early as the end of August, the project’s professional engineer Chris Hope said.
On Monday, June 11, Matthews commissioners approved a change in zoning classification for Phoenix-based property owner BNY Western Trust Company. The matter was approved after the company came back to the board to address their concerns about protection for neighboring residents, landscaping and the architectural design of the new building.
The current 1,300-square-foot convenience store and car wash at the corner of Matthews-Mint Hill and Idlewild roads will be razed and a 3,100 square-foot store would be built separate from the canopy that covers gas pumps, according to the application submitted to the town. An additional four gas pumps also will be added, increasing the shop’s total to 12 pumps. The project would remove vehicle vacuums and air compressors will be moved farther away from adjacent homes. The tall “pylon” sign will be removed during construction and replaced with a gound-mounted “monument” sign, to comply with town code.
The new store will be predominantly brick or stone and the NCDOT is requiring the company pay for road improvements on Idlewild Road to lengthen the left turn lane from Idlewild to N.C. 51 to accommodate more cars and improve the traffic flow at the intersection. The state agency also is recommending a right-in-right-out only driveway off N.C. 51.
After town commissioners expressed concern last month about the screening, the company has committed to replace the wood fence along the southern property line and install more landscaping. The convenience store building also will be built 15 feet closer to Idlewild Road. Commissioners also expressed concern about the design of the convenience store building, and to address those the company has agreed to vary the color of brick, add corner molding trim and more.
Win Showmars prizes during food drive
Mint Hill’s Showmars will kick-off a weeklong food drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina Monday, June 18 with a chance for donating customers to win prizes.
The restaurant at 6850 Matthews-Mint Hill Road is partnering with WSOC Family Focus to collect nonperishable food for the Charlotte nonprofit. Customers who drop off at least one item at the Mint Hill location on Monday can spin a prize-wheel to win Showmars prizes.
Second Harvest supplies 650 nonprofits in 19 counties with food and other essential groceries.