Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar
The new upscale chain restaurant opens with a fund-raising dinner on Thursday, Sept. 2, benefiting the Dean's Fund for Excellence and the Fleming's Scholar Fund, for the College of Fine Arts at UA. The reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with a seated dinner at 7 p.m. The cost is $60 per person (not tax-deductible) at 6360 N. Campbell Ave.; RSVP to 621-9062 by Aug. 30. Fleming's opens to the general public Sept. 6 serving aged beef, chops and fresh seafood with more than 100 world-class wines served by the glass. The 6,700-square-foot restaurant seats 220 people and includes a private dining room. Co-founder Paul Fleming operated Ruth's Chris Steak House for 12 years and is also the P.F. in Chang's China Bistro. Open daily for dinner; 529-5017.
Indian Fast Food
Kababeque recently opened at 845 E. University Blvd., serving healthy kebabs made in a tandoor-style oven. Owner Saurabh Sareen also owns Delhi Palace at 6751 E. Broadway Blvd. Kababeque is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Catering and takeout available.
Art's BBQ is back from summer vacation, and some new daily specials have been added to their North Carolina shredded pork, baby back ribs and hushpuppies. Now on Wednesday, try BBQ pork tacos, and on Thursday, Vel's fried chicken. Fried Mississippi catfish reigns on Friday and Saturday. Open at 11 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday; call 388-9295 for hours. Art's BBQ is located at 450 N. Main Ave., at Sixth Street.
What's New at Zona 78?
Former executive chef at Café Terra Cotta (and previously chef de cuisine at Janos) Tom Mead moves to Zona as Chef Doug McElfish moves out of state. Co-owner Tom Firth received hands-on training at a focacciaria in the Chinqueterras region of the Italian Rivera, then added the versatile panini to the menu. Lastly, a wine club is in the works at 78 W. River Road; 888-7878.