Winter storm watch for parts of region + NC has two ‘Top 100 Places to Eat in 2022’

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It’s Wednesday, and this is Kristen. Good news for hungry North Carolinians: according to Yelp, we have two of the best restaurants in the country. Machete in Greensboro and Harvest Grill in Dobson were named among the “Top 100 Places to Eat in 2022.” Learn more about these fan-favorite spots with McClatchy’s Simone Jasper.

Let’s talk headlines:

1. Winter storm watch issued for parts of Charlotte region

Here for a cheer competition at the Charlotte Convention Center, Jhett Lauer of Tallahassee, Fl., enjoys the wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow along Stonewall Street on Sunday, January 16, 2022. More Charlotte snow is forecast this week.
Here for a cheer competition at the Charlotte Convention Center, Jhett Lauer of Tallahassee, Fl., enjoys the wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow along Stonewall Street on Sunday, January 16, 2022. More Charlotte snow is forecast this week.

Another round of snow and cold weather may hit us by the week’s end. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm watch on Wednesday for parts of the Charlotte area.

What’s the deal?

  • From Thursday night to Saturday morning, the storm could bring up to 2 inches of snow to Charlotte, 2.7 inches to Monroe and up to 3 inches in northeastern Union County, said Greer, SC-based National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Outlaw on Wednesday morning.

  • In NC, the NWS issued the storm watch for Union County. York, Chester and other South Carolina counties also are part of the watch.

  • Mecklenburg County is not under a winter storm watch yet.

Stay warm out there, and get prepped for the weather with the Observer’s Joe Marusak.

2. Charlotte’s newest grocery store features hot bar, to-go meals, local produce

Food Lion on Wednesday opened a new store at 2201 West W. T. Harris Blvd. in Charlotte’s Mallard Creek community.
Food Lion on Wednesday opened a new store at 2201 West W. T. Harris Blvd. in Charlotte’s Mallard Creek community.

Food Lion opened a store in northwest Charlotte last spring. Now, the company is expanding again in Charlotte with a Mallard Creek location, as reported by the Observer’s Catherine Muccigrosso.

The nearly 48,000-square-foot supermarket opened Wednesday in a former Harris Teeter location at 2201 West W. T. Harris Blvd.

Here’s what to expect at the store:

  • A self-service hot food bar

  • Grab-and-go meals

  • Self-checkout lanes

  • Food Lion To Go pick-up service

With 104 Charlotte-area stores, Food Lion is the #3 grocery chain in the region for market share behind Walmart and Harris Teeter, according to a report from sales tracking firm Chain Store Guide.

3. Around the state today

Famed fashion journalist André Leon Talley, who grew up in NC, has died by Jessica Banov and Timothy Bella

  • Talley, who was 73, had a series of health struggles. No details surrounding the cause of death were immediately available.

Trans state workers can sue NC for health care discrimination by Danielle Battaglia

  • A court ruling found that found transgender state employees have the right to sue North Carolina for banning the use of state health insurance to pay for transition care, treatment and surgery. The U.S. Supreme Court won’t reverse it.

4. All-day cafe replacing Kiki Bistro in Plaza Midwood

Sister, a European-inspired all-day cafe, will replace Kiki Bistro when it opens Jan. 28 at 1500 A Central Ave. in Charlotte.
Sister, a European-inspired all-day cafe, will replace Kiki Bistro when it opens Jan. 28 at 1500 A Central Ave. in Charlotte.

A new breakfast, lunch and dinner spot is hitting Plaza Midwood. Sister, a European-inspired all-day cafe, will replace Kiki Bistro when it opens Jan. 28.

Sister is the latest concept by Kiki and Soul Gastrolounge owners Andy and Lesa Kastanas. The Kastanas said they frequently received requests for lunch at their restaurants.

“Seeing the changes that are coming to this neighborhood, and the influx of newcomers, we feel this is the right time to expand,” Kastanas said.

Get more details about the new restaurant with the Observer’s Catherine Muccigrosso.

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