Noshing Around

Terra Cotta

Terra Cotta (they've dropped the Café part of their name) reopens Dec. 20 after its disastrous July 5 fire. Reservations are being accepted for lunch and dinner at 3500 E. Sunrise Drive; 577-8100.

Pizza Delivery, Not Drugs

KVOA Channel 4 reported that an owner of Magpies Gourmet Pizza was arrested in connection with a drug-smuggling ring, showing pictures of the Fourth Avenue restaurant during the segment. According to Magpies operating partner and president, Ms. Ute U. Gascho, the company was never connected to any drug ring or illegal activities. Allen Ozdemir--the one implicated in the segment--invested in Magpies about 15 years ago; his wife currently holds those shares. Ozdemir invested in many local businesses and was a silent Magpies' partner, along with others. After Gascho presented KVOA with the facts, they quietly reported them--but not on the grand scale they made the incrimination, she claims. Gascho thanks the community for its continued support.

Christmas, Westward Look-Style

Why cook? Let Executive Chef Chris Pedersen pamper you with an ensemble of options; his Sonoran ballroom buffet costs $55 per person, including tax and gratuity. Children under 12 are half price, and those under 5 dine free. Seating for this smorgasbord of holiday favorites takes place at 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. The Gold Room Christmas brunch menu features a choice from three appetizers, six entrées and four desserts, priced from $34 to $44; seating takes place at 9:30 a.m. and noon. Call 297-1151 to reserve. The Lookout Bar and Grille also is open Christmas Day, serving breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. for $20 per person. No reservations are required; located at 245 E. Ina Road.

Hooters Croatia

Last month, Hooters opened their 385th location in Zagreb, Croatia, supposedly because English is frequently spoken, and the citizens are excited about bringing American concepts into the country. By the end of 2005, Hooters plans to have restaurants in more than 20 countries worldwide.
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