Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New hours, and/or menus

  • Gashouse Grill (3078 East Franklin Blvd., Gastonia) is open, a casual American place reimagined from a former Fuel Pizza by the same owners. Burgers, pizzas, wings and ribs top the menu items. About $5.50-$13; 704-865-6889.
  • Summer hours (starting May 25) for Firenze (6414 Rea Road): Dinner 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, to 11 Friday-Saturday, to 9 Sunday, and Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 704-544-4949.
  • Cosmos CafĂ© at 8420 Rea Road now serves buffet-style Sunday brunch from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for $17.95. Carving stations, breakfast dishes, pastries and more are available. 704-817-3010.
  • The Wine Shop at Foxcroft (7824 Fairview Road) now opens for lunch on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and stays open through dinner. The regular menu is offered, plus seasonal specials from the farmer's market. 704-365-6550.
  • Common Market in South End (1515 S. Tryon St.) is now open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. daily, and offers a "Nite Eats" menu that includes fruit and cheese platter, Mediterranean bites and Grateful Grower's bratwursts. Also up at that location: Kids can get an item from the kids' menu for free Saturday and Sunday with an adult who orders from the regular menu. 704-332-7782.
  • New on the summer menu at Village Bistro at Ballantyne Village: bone-in pork chop stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella and spinach; seafood skewers with citrus dressing; tequila shrimp pasta; and mahi mahi with pineapple relish, plus an expanded appetizer menu. 704-369-5190.