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A plethora of changes in Charlotte dining

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• The very personification of the classic American roadside diner (which served the Southern classic brains and eggs), the 60-year-old Copal Grill, 5923 Wilkinson Blvd., has closed. Since the early 1980s, the restaurant had been on notice that proposed airport expansion would affect the property. Owner Kleomenis Balatsias sold the spot to the NCDOT in August 2005 and then leased month-to-month from the NCDOT. Balatsias died last July.

• Harry and Jean's, 201 South Tryon St., has closed its Uptown location, but is still operating in Rock Hill.

• Now open is blynk organic, 200 S. Tryon St. Co-owner Karl Purkarthofer is offering an 80-percent organic breakfast and lunch menu.

The Common Market will open a second location at 1515 S. Tryon St. (across from the Bland Street LYNX station) in mid-November. This location will have a full service kitchen, deli, coffee, wine and beer selection, and an "extensive urban provisions/convenience offerings." Open 365 days a year.

• Colorado-based Noodles & Company will open its second Charlotte restaurant at 2201 South Blvd. at Magnolia Avenue on Oct. 29.

Noila Restaurant, 366 North Caswell Road, has hired chef Joshua Rosenbaum, a graduate of Johnson & Wales, Norfolk.

• New on Chef Eric's fall menu at Maddi's Southern Bistro, 16925 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville, are free range chicken and dumplings; local pork osso bucco; and a "Moon Pie Stack" with house-made vanilla ice cream.

• Looking for a spot to dine out for Thanksgiving? Villa Antonio, 14825 John J. Delaney Road, will be open from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. that day or they also offer a takeout meal for eight for $120.

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