Thursday, January 13, 2011

Big Ben, bits and crumbs

Big Ben British Restaurant & Pub holds its grand reopening party Jan. 14-16, with dinner specials and an assortment of drink specials. Live entertainment will include "Reggae Don" and "The Piper, Dave McKenzie." 2000 South Blvd.; 704-817-9697.

Restaurant Week note: Toscana and Luce will open for dinner on both Sundays of the Jan. 21-30 event. Also up with the Italian siblings: Valentine's plans. Luce and Coco Osteria, another sibling and both at the Hearst Plaza at 214 N. Tryon St., will do three-course couples menus -- Luce's will be $69.95 and Coco's $49.95. Toscana (6401 Morrison Blvd.) will offer its regular menu plus specials.

Fran's Filling Station kicks off a weekly Sunday buffet Jan. 16. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the offerings will be about one-third brunch dishes and two-thirds lunch food, and cost $12.95. The place's Facebook friends and Twitter followers are encouraged to send in suggestions, and owner Fran Scibelli says she'll pick a couple to feature each week. 2410 Park Road; 704-372-2009.