Restaurant notes Walls have gone up and some of the tables have been removed to make the place more intimate, spacious and comfortable. A four-tier shelf for icing fish is in the works, as well as one of the funkier shadow-casting wall fixtures you’ll see in any restaurant around town. But while L’Explorateur will have a raw bar and one of the most innovative menus to hit Indy in recent years, chef-owner Neal Brown, most recently of Brugge Brasserie, hopes his place is as welcoming as it is hip. Friends still call this boyish, amiable chef “the kid on the skateboard,” and you can see his jocund spirit in dishes such as “Liver, fava beans and a nice Chianti” and “All Skate! Noblesville style” (one of many dishes Brown will define on his Web site). Brown hopes to open his restaurant, in the old Thai One On location and onetime home of Tavola di Tosa at 6523 Ferguson, by late May. Look for more on this spirited eatery soon. With its great wine list and artful décor, just about all items of which are for sale, Picasso, a new concept in dining, has opened at The King’s Image at 8520 Castleton Square Drive. The brainchild of former St. Elmo Steakhouse Catering Manager Camille Keys-Francis, Picasso offers a nicely streamlined menu of salads, entrées and small plates from 4 to 10 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Whitney Price, formerly of the Ritz Charles, is the executive chef. R Bistro (888 Mass. Ave.) will host yet another wine dinner May 15 at 6:30 p.m., featuring wines from the Torres Family Vineyards. Torres is one of the best-known Spanish winemakers, and diners will taste selections from both their Spanish label and their recently developed Marimar label, which is bottled in the Russian River Valley of California. Accompanying these wines will be a six-course menu developed by Chef Regina Mehallick and inspired by traditional Spanish cuisine. The cost is $90 per person (tax and gratuity included). Call 317-423-0321 to make your reservation. The Oceanaire Seafood Room, 30 S. Meridian St., will offer a special Mother’s Day brunch menu on Sunday, May 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Executive Chef Ryan T. Nelson will prepare a menu which will include such items as smoked sturgeon and herb waffles, shirred eggs, truffles and foie gras, salmon strata in addition to many of the regular fresh seafood offerings. Seating will be limited. Call 317-955-2277 for reservations. Circle City Bar & Grille will host a special Mother’s Day Buffet May 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Prices are $32.95 for adults, $28.95 for seniors and $12.95 for children 5 to 12 years old. Tax and gratuity not included. Circle City Bar & Grille is located at 350 W. Maryland St. in the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. For reservations, call 317-405-6100. Community bites Walk the World and the Old Spaghetti Factory will present Hunger Free Monday! on May 8 with a special dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Walk the World, a global hunger awareness and fund-raising event to take place in Indianapolis and 300 other cities around the world on May 21. Walk the World is organized by the World Food Program and its partners in their efforts to end child hunger by 2015. To sign up to be one of the 750,000 expected walkers or for more information, visit www.fighthunger.org. Slow Food Indy, the Indianapolis Convivium of Slow Food, an international association that promotes food and wine culture, invites you to participate in another “Eat Local” challenge. For the month of May, various members, also known as “locavores,” will try to eat within a hundred mile radius of their homes. They encourage you to try it out as well. For more information about where to find local food sources and farmers’ markets, visit www.locavores.com.

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