If it didn’t feel like a million degrees outside, I’d tell everyone to enjoy dinner and drinks on a patio somewhere around town tonight. Maybe you should, though. It’s only summer for so long, and soon enough, I bet we all will be complaining about the cold weather.
Here’s some food news for your weekend:
•I just spoke to Rick Ziliak, owner of Z Cucina. The Grandview restaurant will be closed Aug. 16 through early September for building code updates. As most of you probably know, Z Cucina was the only building that survived the January 2009 fire on Grandview Avenue that destroyed more than a dozen businesses. Ziliak says that since new apartments and retail spaces are being constructed in the area, the building the restaurant occupies has to be updated to meet current code. (He says this includes upgrades to the sprinkler system.) Ziliak wants to assure diners the restaurant will “absolutely” reopen in September when the repairs are finished. In fact, while the building is closed, he is having calls to the restaurant forwarded to his cellphone, and the catering business will not be interrupted. (A local church offered use of its kitchen.)
•Bollywood Bistro, 2584 Bethel Rd., is celebrating India’s 63rd Independence Day by making a donation. From Aug. 15 (the anniversary) to Aug. 22, $1 from each lunch buffet sold will go to a charity that helps Indians in need. The restaurant also has a special going on right now regarding movie tickets. If you see a film at the neighboring Movies 12 and dine at the bistro following the show, the restaurant will pay for your movie ticket.
•Champagne Under the Stars is coming to the Refectory Aug. 21. You can enjoy fine sparkling wines, live jazz and a hors d’oeuvre reception. The festivities begin at 7:30 pm and tickets are $65 per person.
•The Conference Center at NorthPointe, 9243 Columbus Pike, is now offering Sunday brunch. Items include crab cakes, omelets, Belgian waffles and a buffet, which includes salads, steamed vegetables, fresh breads and pastries. During brunch, pianist Pete Tender entertains the crowds. There’s also a lemonade bar, plus an array of adult beverages. Prices are $25.95 for adults, $22.95 for seniors 60 and older, $15.95 for children ages 5 to 12 and kids 4 and under eat for free. Hours are Sundays 10 am to 2 pm.
•There’s a new Japanese crepe cart in town. Its location varies, so see its Twitter page to find out where it’s headed today.
Enjoy your weekend and stay cool.