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Baja Soul opens in Birkdale, events aid Kicks from Cats

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Baja Soul Taqueria has brightened up the interior in the form iPub/T1 Tapas space. It opened Jan. 25.

Baja Soul Taqueria has taken over the former iPub/T1 Tapas space in Birkdale Village. Meanwhile, a couple of doors away, signs have gone up on the former Positano’s restaurant, where Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is renovating. In Davidson, Restaurant X is now taking Valentine’s Day reservations. And several local restaurants are holding fund-raising nights this week for the Access to Success Foundation and Kicks From Cats, which sends shoes and supplies to needy children in Nigeria.

BAJA SOUL TAQUERIA OPENS

More changes at the former T1 Tapas site in Birkdale Village: T1 closed last year and briefly became iPub, a British pub themed restaurant using the same “wired” interior as T1. Now, iPub has given way to Baja Soul Taqueria, which opened Jan. 25.

The new restaurant has redecorated in bright colors and is sticking with the innovative in-table electronics. But they’re trying a new approach in the kitchen. Here’s how they describe it in a marketing email:

“Baja Soul takes great pride in spicing up traditional Mexican fare while adding California touches and Southwestern twists. We serve six fresh salsas made daily and encourage you to experience the tableside guacamole served with our tasty, crunchy chips. Choose a taco creation, tasty tostado or quesadilla.”

Baja Soul is at 8625 Lindholm Drive. Hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 5-11 p.m., Fridays, 5-midnight; Saturdays, 4:30-midnight; and Sundays, 4:30-11 p.m. Phone: 704-895-4373. Web: www.bajasoultaqueria.com

BAD DADDY’S ON THE WAY

As we were hunting for a place to eat the other night in Birkdale, we came across the former Positano’s, at a few doors away from Baja Soul and next to Brixx. The 3,400-square-foot space is being renovated for a Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar.

Bad Daddy’s is a chain with local roots. The group also has restaurants in Dilworth and Ballantyne. The Birkdale site will have the same menu as the other locations.

The Birkdale site has begun hiring for cooks, dishwashers and other help. A spokesman said Wednesday they hope to open “later this month.” We’ll have more details soon.

VALENTINE’S & ELEMENTARY GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT

Restaurant X in Davidson is now taking reservations for Valentine’s night dinners. They’re offering a 3-course meal at $37.95 per person. Restaurant X is at 408 S. Main St., Davidson, in South Main Square. Hours on Valentine’s night are 5:30 to 10 p.m. Call for more information: 704-892-9369.

Meanwhile, Restaurant X and South Main Square neighbor Campania Cafe are offering specials this Friday, Feb. 3, for those attending Davidson Elementary School’s Girls’ Night Out dance. The annual dance is a memory-making event for girls and their dads or other special adult guys. Campania and Restaurant X are offering 10 percent discount off dinner the evening of the dance. Just mention “Girls Night Out” to your server. Reservations recommended. Campania Cafe reservations can be made by calling 704-987-5111 or on-line at www.campaniacafe.com. Restaurant X reservations can be made by calling 704-892-9369.

KICKS FROM CATS DINNERS

Kicks From Cats, an annual shoe drive and fundraiser started in 2009 by Davidson College basketball player Andrew Lovedale, is back again this month, bigger than ever. This year’s fundraiser includes a series of benefit nights at Davidson and Cornelius restaurants. And the events wrap up with a WhiteOut Belk night Monday, Feb. 6, when Davidson’s men’s basketball team plays Wofford. The events benefit Mr. Lovedale’s Access to Success Foundation, which raises money and collects shoes and supplies for needy kids in his native Benin City, Nigeria.

Here’s a list of the restaurant events:

  • Summit Coffee will host a happy hour benefit at its new Freckled Dog Pub from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 3. Friends of A2S will serve as charity bartenders and donate their tips to the cause. A portion of the proceeds from a selected beer, as well as a $5 suggested donation at the door, will benefit A2S.
  • The Brickhouse Tavern will donate a portion of the proceeds from a special menu – including “The Lovedale Pizza” – before and after the Davidson men’s basketball games on Saturday, Feb. 4, and Monday, Feb. 6.
  • Brooklyn South pizza in Cornelius will donate 10 percent total sales from Wednesday, Feb. 8.
  • Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse in downtown Davidson will offer a set brunch menu for $10 and a $5 mimosa special on Sunday, Feb. 5. Ten percent of the proceeds from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be donated to A2S.

Visit a2sfoundation.org for more details on these specials, or email info@a2sfoundation.org to organize a benefit.

Read more in our Kicks from Cats preview, “Kicks from Cats plans fundraisers, WhiteOut vs. Wofford.”

FLATIRON EVENTS

Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse in downtown Davidson continues its Wednesday night music series the next couple of weeks. On Wednesday, Feb. 1, they’ll have Mike Alicke, whose music ranges from the 1950s to the present, and includes everything from James Taylor to Simon & Garfunkel to the Beatles to Zac Brown. Next week, Feb. 8, local mandolinist extraordinaire Mike Orlando is back. The music runs 8-10 p.m.

On Thursday, Feb. 2, from 7-10 p.m., Flatiron hosts another in its monthly series of guest bartender fundraisers. This month, Georgia Kruger, executive director of the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, will pour your beer. All tips support the center.

Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse is at 215 S. Main St., Davidson. Info: 704-237-3246.

TV CHEF JOANNE WEIR

Davidson College invites the public on Wednesday, Feb. 8, to a lunch and lecture with noted public television chef Joanne Weir.

Ms. Weir, host of the public television series “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Class” and a new series titled “Joanne Weir’s Cooking Confidence,” will meet fans, talk about cuisine, and offer a Mediterranean luncheon she has inspired.

The event will continue from 11 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the college’s Vail Commons dining hall. Cost is $9.75. For information call 704-894-2600 or email crmombert@davidson.edu

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