Food News: April 28



* Tom Sasser, president of Charlotte-based Harper's Restaurant Group, has closed Arpa-Tapas-Wine Bar-Grill and will reopen the space at 129 West Trade Street the first week of May as Harper’s Grill. The Grill’s menu will be “slightly” smaller than the regular Harper's Restaurant menu, but will include Betty's pimento cheeseburger, grilled chicken oriental salad and Harper's chicken supremes. Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner; Saturday for dinner, and Sunday for brunch. Harper’s Grill will be open for Mother's Day brunch. 704-372-7792.

* During the Quail Hollow Championship (through May 3), Noble’s Restaurant, 6801 Morrison Blvd., is featuring the PAR-tini with Prairie organic vodka, pomegranate liquor, cranberry and orange juice and a float of sparkling wine for $6; and the Quailtini - FireFly sweet tea vodka and lemonade for $6. Noble’s dinner special is Roasted Smoked Quail with North Carolina ramps, cornbread stuffing, sweet potato puree, spring turnips, and mushroom jus ($25). 704-367-9433.

* Copper Restaurant, 311 East Blvd., has added a 900-square-foot patio in front of the restaurant. Additionally, Copper will be open on Mother's Day, serving the regular weekday lunch menu from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 704-333-0063.

* The Morehead Inn, 1122 East Morehead St. (704-376-3357) and the Vanlandingham Estate, 2010 The Plaza (704-334-8909), will be open for their annual Mother’s Day Brunch with seatings at 10:45 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. The menu includes made-to-order omelets and waffles; pork loin; roast beef; Carolina apricot glazed turkey breast; chilled jumbo shrimp; salads; strawberry shortcake; chocolate mousse; pecan and lemon pies; and Southern banana pudding. $28.95 adults, $24.95 seniors, and $15.95 children ages 4 to 12 (children three and under are free). Prices do not include tax or gratuity. Reservations are required.

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