Mediterranean eatery opens in Sycamore Commons
The Sycamore Commons shopping center in Matthews is now home to a new Mediterranean eatery: Kabab-Je Rotisserie and
Mint Hill resident Yasser Sadek welcomed the eatery’s first customers last week with his brother and business partner, Ali.
Sadek, a Lebanon native, has lived in the Charlotte area for 35 years and been in the restaurant industry for almost as long. He’s the co-owner of Primo Tuscan Grill in Charlotte. He and his wife Berta have two daughters, Hebah and Hala.
The restaurant off Matthews Township Pkwy. offers indoor and outdoor seating, a butcher shop and pita oven where staff make pitas to use in dishes and sell in bulk along with other bakery items including baklava and Lebanese cakes and cookies.
Customers will find homemade hummus, Lebanese salads, falafel, kabobs, shawarma and more. Kabab-Je is open from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. seven days a week.
For more information, call 704-845-0707.
Greg’s Bar-B-Q closes
After 13 years in Matthews, Greg’s Famous Bar-B-Q has closed.
The family owned and operated company sold the restaurant to Tommy Raptis, owner of Indian Trail’s East 74 Family Restaurant so they could retire, Raptis said this week. Raptis is moving his 17-year-old restaurant to the former Greg’s space in Matthews and expects to open within three weeks.
The restaurant is located at 10915 Monroe Road, suite G.
For more information, call 704-847-5035.
Krispy Kreme re-opens July 19
The first 100 people in line at the midnight grand re-opening of Matthews’ Krispy Kreme Friday, July 19, will win free doughnuts for a year, according to a news release from the
Those customers, excluding those lined up in the drive-thru, will receive one free dozen glazed doughnuts every week for a year and a free commemorative T-shirt. Opening day also will include the chance to meet Carolina Panthers mascot Sir Purr from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., a ribbon cutting with the Matthews Chamber of Commerce at 11 a.m. and a tour of the Krispy Kreme cruiser from 3 to 5 p.m.
The shop at 9301 E. Independence Blvd. was torn down this spring and was rebuilt as one of the first in America to boast Krispy Kreme’s new design, which includes an aluminum storefront and patio. Krispy Kreme has been at its current location since 1980. The new building was built further back from East Independence Boulevard in anticipation of the need for right-of-way for the widening of the street.
To RSVP for the ribbon cutting, visit www.matthewschamber.com.
Backyard Birds, FastFrame to host charity fundraiser
Matthews-based Backyard Birds and FastFrame Matthews are partnering to help 8-year-old Olivia Johnson raise money for the nonprofit Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.
Johnson will set up shop at Backyard Birds Saturday, July 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at FastFrame Matthews Saturday, July 27, from 11a.m. to 3 p.m. Both shops are located in the Matthews Festival shopping center at 1819 Matthews Township Pkwy.
The foundation funds childhood cancer research nationwide.
For more information about Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit www.alexslemonade.