Opening soon: Whisky River's kitchen, Pizza Fusion

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I don't know about you, but when I think about Whisky River, food doesn't exactly come to mind. The nightclub, owned by NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr., has a mechanical bull, for goodness' sake. And what does Jr. know about food? He drives in circles for a living.

But according to a recent press release, their new kitchen opens soon:

Opening November 2012, Whisky River’s new kitchen and 175 seat dining floor plan redefines the Charlotte venue’s experience.

Located only a few blocks away from the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Whisky River has become an attraction race fans visit yearlong. Operating as both an evening venue and a full-service restaurant, Whisky River anticipates offering more to its patrons by creating an unique experience through delicious food and an exciting atmosphere, creating a revved-up nightlife.

“It is great when race fans come to visit and now we’ll be open for seven days a week for lunch and dinner. They can come in, sit down, relax and enjoy great barbecue with southern hospitality,” said General Manager Eric Flanigan.

What about the food, you ask?

Throw the assumption of typical bar food out the door, as Whisky River’s menu is unlike anything found Uptown. With an original line of finger-licking-good sauces, tender beef brisket, fresh sandwiches, juicy burgers, salads and the best wings and barbecue this side of the Mississippi, Whisky River includes an option for everyone.

My interest is piqued.

In other news, a new — albeit a chain restaurant — "socially responsible" pizza joint hosts its grand opening celebration this Saturday, Nov. 3. Pizza Fusion boasts organic veggies, all natural meats and dough made from scratch in an eco-friendly location.

Pizza that's almost healthy. I like it.

More importantly, pizza lovers, stop by on Saturday to enter their raffle. Somebody's going to win free pizza for life. For LIFE. (Or, if you're too lazy, they're also planning to give 10 Facebook friends free pizza for a year.)

The event, which takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m., will feature free food and drinks, entertainment. giveaways, and more.

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