Royal Café opens
After just a week in business it appears that the crepe is indeed king at a new café in downtown Matthews.
Mother and daughter duo Elena Mizrahi and Alexsis Mizrahi-Botero opened Royal Café & Creperie Monday, Feb. 18 and said they have been overwhelmed by the response from customers so far.
The shop at 131 Matthews Station St., suite 1E, in downtown Matthews is in 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.” Customers can choose their own crepe ingredients or choose from menu selections and then watch it being made. Crepes range from $5 to $7.75 and daily specials and gluten-free crepes are available.
Royal Café also offers locally-roasted coffee and loose-leaf teas.
The eatery is open Tuesday to Friday 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and just added Sunday hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The shop is closed on Monday.
For more information, call 704-846-2233 or visit www.royalcreperie.com.
Krispy Kreme closed for renovations
Matthews will be without Krispy Kreme doughnuts until at least the end of June.
The shop at 9301 E. Independence Blvd. closed at the end of business Sunday, Feb. 24 to prepare for the current building to be razed and rebuilt in its place. The new shop will be one of the first in America to boast Krispy Kreme’s new design, which includes an aluminum storefront and patio, according to company officials. The new building will be built further back from East Independence Boulevard in anticipation of the need for right-of-way for the widening of the street.
Construction is expected to take about four months.
Town commissioners approved the company’s construction plans in June after reviewing a landscaping plan detailing trees on the site now and which ones will be saved. Commissioners had expressed concern that the company’s plans didn’t specify any trees to be saved. Mature trees, including oaks and crepe myrtles, are on the property and the company will cut down two trees and spare eight mature oak trees. The cut trees must be replaced, according to town landscaping code.
Free business seminar in Matthews
Central Piedmont Community College’s Small Business Center will host a free business basics seminar March 13 at the Levine Campus in Matthews.
The seminar, titled “Business Plan Basics” will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and will teach participants to turn their ideas into a solid plan for financing and long-term success. It will provide a general overview and basic understanding of the components of a typical business plan, how marketing, operations and finance are inter-related and more.
To register, visit www.cpcc.edu/sbc or call 704-330-4223.
Career Fair March 7
Central Piedmont Community College’s 25th annual Career Fair runs from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7 at the Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive, in Charlotte.
The free event will give local working professionals the opportunity to connect with business leaders representing a variety of industries, including automotive, manufacturing and real estate, according to a news release.
During last year’s event, more than 1,600 candidates – comprised of both area residents and CPCC students and graduates – met with potential employers.
For more information, visit www.cpcc.edu/career/fair or call 704-330-6551.