Thursday, September 2, 2010

Free froyo, chef change, 1/2-price apps

The Blakeney TCBY store will celebrate its grand opening Sept. 25 with one free cup of yogurt per customer. 9864 Rea Road; 704-341-2002.

Marc Jacksina is now executive chef at Andrew Blair's on Montford Drive. "Customers will see a different side of my cooking, more direct in approach, but still gutsy, and directed towards pairing well with our amazing bourbon, wine and craft beer lists," Jacksina says in a press release. Folks looking for chef Blake Hartwick will find him doing some stints at Sunset Grille (his former Las Ramblas stomping ground) and Aria uptown, he says.

Big View Diner offers half-price appetizers 4-6 p.m. daily in its bar/lounge. 16637 Lancaster Highway; 704-544-0313.