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Deli 620 preparing new home

Lindi Miller is, by nature, a happy person, but she’s just a little bit happier right now.

The owner of Deli 620 is busy getting things ready for the restaurant’s new location after closing last month when the 620 Calhoun St. building was sold.

On the seventh floor of the PNC Building, 110 W. Berry St., she’s preparing the kitchen to make soups and homemade bread and installing salad bar equipment.

“It’s a giant salad bar,” she says. “Bigger than we had on Calhoun.”

Though bigger, the bar will still feature customer favorites – varieties of pasta salad, chicken salad and vegetables – as will the menu. The chicken soup will be back, and the No. 6 sandwich will still be the No. 6.

“Everybody’s got their favorite thing that they get used to,” Miller says. “I felt like we should do exactly what we did. I don’t want to confuse it.”

An opening date is not set, but she is hopeful to be up and running in a few weeks.

Spring menu

Spring is here – or at least it should be – and the students at Anthis Career Center are celebrating.

Culinary arts students are hosting a spring fling at the Barr Street Café today and Thursday and from Tuesday through April 24. The menu will feature entrées ranging from $5 to $10, including spicy shrimp tacos, mushroom-stuffed leg of lamb and a chicken and strawberry entrée salad. And hold on for dessert – banana cream pie with a chocolate chip cookie crust, strawberry lemon mousse and mint semifreddo.

To make reservations, available between 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., call 467-1031.

Easter offerings

Miss out on making Easter reservations? A few more restaurants have shared their holiday offerings.

Lucky Moose, 622 E. Dupont Road, will offer a brunch buffet featuring omelet and crepe stations, a variety of fish, chicken, ribs, pulled pork, roasted red potatoes and vegetables. And they’re not forgetting dessert. It will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $13.13 for adults; half price for ages 6 to 10; and those younger than 6 are free. Reservations are recommended; call 490-5765.

Oyster Bar, 1830 S. Calhoun St., is hosting a champagne brunch that will feature a special menu of brunch items, lunch offerings and dinner features. It will be served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 744-9490 for reservations.

Phoenix, 1122 Broadway, will have a buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The lineup includes egg casserole, French toast casserole, breakfast meats, roasted potatoes, vegetables and a prime rib carving station. Cost is $20 for adults, $8 for children ages 4 to 10 and free for 3 and younger.

Around the area

Joseph Decuis in Roanoke will kick off its Blue Jeans, Beer & BBQ dinners May 9. Every Friday through Sept. 26, the restaurant will host a casual barbecue in the courtyard behind the restaurant. This is a first-come, first-served, no-reservations experience. Dinner on the grill starts at 5 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The menu is limited, featuring wagyu beef burgers, organic roasted chicken, magalitza BBQ pork and chef’s choice. Sandwiches cost $8 to $14.

•After receiving requests for more pho phun days, Banh Mi Barista, 5320 Coldwater Road, will begin serving chicken pho from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Look for it next week.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email kdupps@jg.net or call 461-8462.

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