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Marrakesh restaurant closes after a week, food vendor bids due Aug. 3, free tea at McAlister’s

dining bugOne of the area’s most exotic new restaurants, Marrakesh, has closed its doors just one week after it opened them and the owners cited financial problems as the reason. In other dining news, the Town of Cornelius is accepting bids from mobile food and beverage concessionaires through Aug. 3, and McAlister’s Deli will give away free tea Thursday.

MARRAKESH CLOSES AFTER A WEEK

Marrakesh, a restaurant serving Moroccan/Mediterranean cuisine, two weeks ago opened in the space formerly occupied by Picasso’s Sports Cafe in Shops on the Green off Torrence Chapel Road.

“It’s a beautiful space,” owner Sam Roussi said. “I designed it, worked hard on it, it looked very nice, I just ran out of money,” he said.

Mr. Roussi no longer holds the building lease and at this time has no plans to open somewhere else, he said.

“At this time I can’t handle it,” he said. “My calculations were wrong.”

WANTED: FOOD VENDORS AT PARKS

The Town of Cornelius is accepting proposals for mobile food and beverage concession services at Bailey Road Park, Torrence Chapel Park, Smithville Park and Legion Park.

There are no permanent concession stands at these parks, so prospective concessionaires must have their own mobile concession stand capabilities, secure all necessary permits and be in strict compliance with all municipal, county and state health code requirements.

The bidding documents are on file at the Town of Cornelius PARC Department and online, at www.corneliuspr.org.

WANT TO BID? – Bids are due by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, 2011. Written, sealed bids should be mailed to Amy Quinn, P.O. Box 399, Cornelius, NC 28031, or express- or hand- delivered to Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius, NC 28031, and clearly marked “Town of Cornelius Concession Services, c/o Amy Quinn.”  Incomplete or late submittals will be rejected.  Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud Aug. 3.

FREE TEA DAY AT MCALISTER’S

McAlister’s Deli, at 19930 W. Catawba Ave., on Thursday will give away 32 oz. cups of the deli’s famous sweet tea. No purchase is necessary.

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