Which wich opens in Matthews
The restaurant at 930 Park Center Drive off North Trade Street in Matthews Gateway, is the pride and joy of Naomi Bailey, a 2009 graduate of Johnson & Wales University.
The 26-year-old Huntersville resident opened the franchise with her dad, Mike, who already works in the food industry. The Matthews shop employs about 20 people in mostly part-time positions.
The Dallas, Texas-based eatery offers more than 50 varieties of customizable, toasted “wiches,” including the Thank You Turkey, with stuffing and cranberry sauce, vegetarian options and sandwiches with less than 400 calories each. To order, customers use red permanent markers to mark pre-printed menus on sandwich bags. The sandwiches are made to order and put in the bags, which customers are encouraged to draw on and hang on a community wall. Sandwich toppings offered at no charge include pepper jack, blue, feta and parmesan cheeses, pesto, coleslaw, sauerkraut and even Cheez Whiz.
Sandwiches range from $5.50 to $10.50 and combo meals, which include chips and a drink, range from $8 to $13. Which Wich also offers hand-dipped milk shakes and homemade cookies.
The Baileys are planning to launch a second Which Wich in Davidson soon and also are planning for a location in the University City area.
The shop is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information, call 980-245-7097.
Royal Café coming to Matthews Station
The crepe will be king at a new café under construction in downtown Matthews.
Mother and daughter duo Elena Mizrahi and Alexsis Mizrahi-Botero expect to open Royal Café & Creperie within the next two weeks at 131 Matthews Station St., suite 1E in downtown Matthews. The storefront is the former location of Jimmie’s Sweets.
Though most people equate crepes with a trip to France, the Mizrahis point out that a crepe, or a thin, light pancake, are found throughout the world, including their own Russian homeland. There crepes are called “blinis.”
As a child, Alexsis knew it was time to get up when she heard the sizzle of a crepe being made, most often by her grandmother, Nina.
“I would refuse to get up in the morning until I heard that sizzle,” she said. “We want to offer customers that home kind of feel. We wanted to bring something different, something we grew up with and loved.”
The shop will offer crepes made to order – including meat filled varieties for lunch and dinner – salads and sandwiches. Royal Café also will make fresh coffee using organic beans from Charlotte’s Boquete Mountain Coffee Roasters and fresh tea using loose leaves from Charlotte’s T-Rex steeped while you wait.
“We really want to make sure people are getting the quality of food for their money,” Alexsis said. “When we make things in front of you, you know exactly what you’re getting. We hope to do a lot of education too; letting people know what good coffee and good tea should taste like.”
Both mom and daughter agree the shop will offer something for everyone.
“We want to make this into a community place where adults and children can come,” Alexsis said.
Elena added: “There’s a Russian saying ‘The new is the forgotten old.’ If people are traditional, they will find something nice here. If they are modern, they will find something nice here.”
For more information, find Royal
Café & Creperie online at www.facebook.com.
Dunwellz donates to Bain Elementary
Mint Hill’s Dunwellz Custom Kitchen and Pour House recently donated more than $195 to Bain Elementary School after a fundraising dinner night.
The restaurant at 7110 Brighton Park Drive, suite 405, in the Mint Hill Pavilion shopping center, donated 20 percent of all sales from those who mentioned they were dining for Bain, co-owner
Jimmy Toler said. The money will benefit the school’s parent-teacher group, he said.
For more information about hosting a fundraising night at the restaurant, call 704-545-1505.
Free IHOP pancakes
IHOP will celebrate National Pancake Day Tuesday, Feb. 5, by offering free pancakes.
From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., guests can receive a free stack of IHOP’s buttermilk pancakes. During the nationwide event, restaurants will be collecting donations for the local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities. The restaurant chain hopes to raise $3 million nationwide.
This is the eighth year IHOP has held National Pancake Day, which to date has raised more than $10 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. In 2012, IHOP raised more than $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other charities.
IHOP has a location in Matthews at 9253 E. Independence Blvd.
For more information on National Pancake Day, visit www.ihoppancakeday.com.