By DAVID BORAKS
After a “soft opening” that stretched for weeks, The Port City Club has officially opened on the Lake Norman waterfront in Cornelius. Meanwhile, the Cork & Cask on Bailey Road in Cornelius will be tapping some new beers at Oktoberfest this Saturday, Oct. 19. And Restaurant X in Davidson will have a jazz trio back again for brunch on Sunday, Oct. 20.
PORT CITY CLUB: ‘YOU CAN SAY WE’RE OPEN’
It’s been a poorly kept secret for the past month or so that the new Port City Club was open at the end of Harborside Drive in Cornelius. Staff insisted, “We’re not actually open yet,” but that didn’t keep diners away. In truth, it has taken weeks to train staff, perfect the menu and otherwise figure out how to make things run smoothly in the giant 500-seat eatery.
Owner Nick Lyssikatos, who also runs The Brickhouse in Davidson, took over the former Midtown Sundries site this summer, and had hoped to open in August. Renovations took longer than expected, and so did training.
But this week Lyssikatos said the restaurant is officially open for dinners, with lunch hours coming as soon as they can hire and train additional staff.
Dinners begin at 4pm, and the kitchen will be open until 10 Sundays to Thursdays, and until 11 on Fridays and Saturdays.
“We do plan to add lunch as soon as we add enough staff to work the additional shifts. We appreciate so many of you already asking about lunch,” Lyssikatos said in an announcement.
Port City Club will take reservations at 704-765-1565 only during the hours of 2-5pm daily. They say they’re not accepting reservation calls during serving hours. For groups of 10 or more, please email Jan Black at least a day in advance at JanBlack@PortCityClub.com.
The restaurant also is still hiring. They’re looking for experienced servers, bartenders, busers and line cooks, with good customer service. Applications are accepted daily from from noon-4pm at 18665 Harborside Drive, Cornelius.
OKTOBERFEST AT THE CORK & CASK
The Cork & Cask, that comfy new neighborhood beer and wine bar off Bailey Road in Cornelius, will throw an Oktoberfest this Saturday, Oct. 19, from noon to 5pm. The event is $20 per person, and includes beer samples and or wine, and food (“we’re working on some food ideas,” chef and beer expert Ryan Vaccarino said Wednesday.
The highlight of the beer fest will be a visit from a rep from North Carolina’s own Natty Greene’s Brewing Co.. “He’s actually bringing a firkin,which is a sort of cask of beer. He”s going to tap it and pour off that,” Vaccarino said.
They’ll also be tapping something special from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte and have a variety of other Oktoberfest brews.
Cork & Cask is at 9624 Bailey Road, Suite F, in Cornelius, near 131 Main restaurant. Info: www.thecorkandcasknc.com
See also our Sept. 12, 2013, feature, “Cork & Cask offers a simple meal with your wine & beer”
BRUNCHES IN DAVIDSON
Downtown Davidson restaurants are getting serious about brunch.
- Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse serves brunch Sundays, 10am to 3pm at 215 S. Main St. The menu includes omelets, eggs Benedict and variations, buttermilk pancakes, burgers and chicken club sandwiches, and salads. See the menu on www.flatirononmain.com.
- Over at Restaurant X, in South Main Square, they’ve revived brunch on both Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30am to 2:30pm. This Sunday, it’s a jazz brunch, featuring the trio of Brian Burton, Ben Davenport and Karl Gunther. The music starts at 11am. Restaurant X is at 408 S. Main St., Davidson.
The City of Concord will host a barbecue chicken lunch to benefit the United Way of Central Carolinas on Friday, Oct. 25. The party is behind Fire Station 3 from 11am until 2pm. Cost is $8 a plate for barbecue chicken, beans, cole slaw, roll, and a drink.
If you’d like to dine in, you can park in the First Assembly Village parking lot across Concord Parkway. The Concord Department of Life Safety will run a shuttle bus between the parking lot and Fire Station 3. Parking will not be available at Fire Station 3.
More information: ConcordNC.gov.
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