Carmello’s closed, gingerbread at Sweethaus, and Thanksgiving prep


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Nothing says “holiday season” like decorating a gingerbread house. Just as it did last year, Sweethaus is offering a gingerbread workshop at its new West Main location. Drop in on Saturday, November 17 at 10am or Saturday, November 24 at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm, and for $25, get a pre-assembled house, a bag of frosting, and all the fixin’s. No reservations required, since the good folks at Sweethaus assemble the houses in advance. Check for December dates, too.

And, in other Sweethaus news, the candy shop and bakery is the new supplier of cupcakes for Para Coffee on Elliewood Avenue.

Friends old and new
Other media outlets have reported that Carmello’s, the once-beloved Italian restaurant on Fontaine Avenue (and formerly on Emmet Street) has closed due to unpaid rent. Looks like you’ll have to get your cannelloni alla Toscana elsewhere.

But, fear not. When one door closes, somewhere a Glass Haus Kitchen opens. The new restaurant from Ian Boden (formerly of Staunton Grocery in, er, Staunton) made its debut mere weeks after X-Lounge closed in mid-October. Expect an ever-changing menu (due to being locally sourced) and artisanal cocktails from Sally Myers.

Thanksgiving reminder
If you’re already stressed about cooking that holiday turkey, it might be a better option to leave it to the pros. Make your reservations now for a Thanksgiving feast at The Boar’s Head, Clifton Inn, The Pointe, Keswick Hall, and The Inn at Willow Grove, which are all offering a meal to be thankful for.