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Bubbles & BBQ

Really, what more could you want? On Dec. 4, Fork & Plough, the new Overbrook neighborhood restaurant at 1629 E. North St., is delivering the goods via a coursed wine dinner featuring six sparkling wines paired with six courses. The event runs 6:30-9:30 p.m. and wines will be available by the bottle or case for purchase. Aside from enjoying a night out, you could use this as a way to test which wines you want to buy for your holiday parties, gifts, or just for yourself. Either way, market research and personal development are always a good idea. Purchase tickets via Eventbrite for $85.

ETA: Soon

The list of soon-to-open restaurants is growing, so rather than make you search each one individually, here are a few to keep your eye on in the coming weeks. First, El Thrifty at 25 Delano Drive is cranking along, having survived the Reedy River Flood of November 2018. Look for an opening announcement in the next week or so and get ready for authentic Mexican cuisine and high-end gaming. Also tequila. (Olé!) Next up, Havana Kitchen, from the owners of Tropical Grille, is slated to open in December in the 7,200-square-foot restaurant at 1133 Woodruff Road left vacant since Mimi’s Cafe closed in 2014. Their Instagram feed is a tempting little vixen as they post test recipes. Bring on the paella and empanadas. Bridge City Coffee, at 1520 Wade Hampton Blvd., is nearing completion and will offer drive-thru, gourmet coffee on a stretch of road that needs it desperately (signed, all the tired moms shuttling kids back and forth between Stone Academy and the Fine Arts Center). Right around the same time, the Methodical Coffee/Landmark collab two doors down from The Community Tap at 207 Wade Hampton Blvd. should be opening its doors soon. Their goal was to open before the big holiday retail push, so let’s wish them luck and easily passed inspections.

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