Nano Sports now open
Matthews is now home to an athletic facility made just for kids.
Local architect David Hite has partnered with his mom, Julia, and business colleague and local basketball coach George Batson to open Nano Sports, a multi-sports facility geared toward kids ages 4 to 10.
The business at 624 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, dubbed the “Nano Center,” offers basketball, tennis, jump rope and volleyball courts on a “bounce back” rubber floor redesigned for its pint-sized players, courtesy of Hite’s architecture background. Local instructors will teach the classes and the courts also are available for churches, schools and home school groups to rent for their own children’s leagues. Co-owner Batson is a basketball coach at Covenant Day School in Matthews and has previously coached at Grace Academy.
And owners have recently added the sport of pickle ball and plan to offer it to adults as well as children. Registration begins Jan. 1.
The business is dedicated to Charles Land Hite, David’s father, a retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who died in 2003. The U.S. flag that draped his coffin now hangs in the gym.
The idea for the business came after David Hite sent his 5-year-old son to basketball camp.
“Even lowered as far as it could go, the basket was still too tall and they were using these huge balls,” he said. “I could just see how kids could get frustrated. And I thought ‘What if we reduced everything?’”
At Nano Sports, kids use equipment geared toward them. Their motto is “Sports that fit.”
For more information, call 704-408-0730 or visit firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is available online.
Matthews McDonald’s to photograph drive-through customers
After Matthews’ McDonald’s is renovated next year, customers using the new double drive-thru will be photographed when they order, according to company representatives.
The new technology will reduce the frequency of order mix-ups, they said.
Matthews town commissioners approved a zoning change from the McDonald’s Corporation Monday, Dec. 10 that will allow the restaurant at 9607 E. Independence Blvd., to expand the facility and its services.
Zoning changes will provide for the expansion and modernization of the restaurant, including the addition of a double drive-through.
The restaurant’s current pylon sign will be removed by July 2014 and a monument sign will go in its place.
Construction on the project is expected to begin in 2013.
Former Elliot’s BBQ to hold two restaurants
The new owners of the former Elliot’s BBQ at the corner of E. Independence Boulevard and Windsor Square Drive in Matthews will soon be home to two restaurants.
Robert Hubbard, of Arlington, Texas-based restaurant group Spring Creek Restaurants, confirmed this week the second space inside the building will be used for a restaurant, not retail space. The company announced in June its plans to open the Mongolian stir-fry restaurant Genghis Grill in about 3,900 square feet in the building. The company operates two Genghis Grill locations in the
Carolinas, including one in Ballantyne, which opened almost two years ago. The other restaurant is located in Greenville, S.C.
Hubbard said a decision hasn’t been made yet on which of their other restaurants will be located in Matthews .Genghis Grill is expected to open by early April, bringing about 60 full- and part-time jobs to town, he said.
New date for Irene’s Café opening
Mint Hill’s newest place to enjoy savory sweets will now open Friday, Dec. 21.
The Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. for Irene’s Café, 11211 Lawyers Road. Free samples from the shop will be served.
Shop owner is Matthews resident Kidane Sayfou who will offer handmade chocolates, pastries and coffee and specialty coffee drinks. The business is named in honor of his mother, Irene Buyle, a native of Belgium. One of nine children, Sayfou grew up in Belgium and got into the restaurant business with his father, a chef from Ethiopia.
He wants his Mint Hill shop to be “like a home kitchen. It’s the feel of everyone gathering around the kitchen table and talking.”
“I don’t want to compete with Daphne’s (Simply Southern Bakery),” he said. “I want to cater to the American palette but add a touch of the European.”
After the ribbon-cutting, the shop will be open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Pizza & Beyond to add breakfast
Pizza & Beyond Express will begin serving full breakfast on weekends beginning Saturday, Dec. 22, according to an announcement from the Mint Hill Chamber of Commerce.
The restaurant at 7427 Matthews-Mint Hill Road, suite 108, will offer a breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
For more information, call 980-207-2690.