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Tea at the Madison; news from Maggie Moo's and YoLo.



The Madison Hotel is offering an afternoon tea, from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday during the holiday season. The teas are being held in conjunction with a fund-raiser for Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. Hand-painted ornaments from the hospital's patients and families are on sale at the Madison with all proceeds benefiting Le Bonheur.

The tea service includes a selection of seven teas: house spiced chai; a mellow Dragon Well green; Egyptian mint; citrus chamomile; a caffeine-free Wild Encounter fruit tea; sapphire Earl Grey; and Kenilworth Ceylon English breakfast. Any of these teas can be paired with scones or petits fours for $10, finger sandwiches (salmon, cucumber, chicken salad, and egg salad) for $12, both sweets and sandwiches for $16, sweets, sandwiches, and Lustau Solera Fino sherry for $20, or Rotari Brut champagne for $26.

Complimentary hot chocolate also is available through Christmas. Performances by high school jazz bands, school choral groups, and other student groups will accompany the tea service. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

For more information or to make your reservation, call 333-1200.

The Madison Hotel, 79 Madison (333-1200)

Maggie Moo's, the ice cream shop previously located in Peabody Place Mall, is now open at 125 South Main, next to the Center for Southern Folklore.

"There was no traffic in the mall," says Thelma Bobo, owner of the store for almost seven years. "Main Street — that's the place to be now."

Located near Bluefin and the Majestic Grille, Maggie Moo's is yet another eatery to join downtown's restaurant row. The new shop is only 860 square feet, but the lobby inside the 125 South Main building leaves space for seating, and the pedestrian-friendly Main Street mall is perfect for a cone to go. Stop in and check out the shop's newest offering: an ice cream "pizza" with cake crust, ice cream, icing, chocolate shavings, and candy toppings.

Maggie Moo's is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Maggie Moo's, 125 S. Main, Suite 101 (522-1912)

YoLo Frozen Yogurt has signed the lease on its new Midtown location. Starting next March, yogurt fans can flock to the corner of Cooper and Madison.

"We've always had our sights set on Midtown," says part-owner Taylor Berger, a Midtown native and graduate of Rhodes College. "We love the area and all the other food there."

Berger chose the intersection of Madison and Cooper for the parking availability, the proximity to other restaurants, and the future redevelopment of Overton Square. "This was the best place to be accessible to Cooper-Young and Vollintine-Evergreen," he says. "And we hope to see Overton Square get redeveloped. I hope our being there will be part of the momentum to get that done."

Seating will be available on a covered patio with the same wrought-iron motif that circles Overton Square to create continuity. Even more exciting is the business collaboration between YoLo and the local Ladybugg Bakery. Heather Bugg and her sister and mother will run a front-of-house retail bakery out of the Midtown YoLo. Ovens and prep areas will be visible to customers. "It will add a lot of energy," Berger says, "and make it a fun place, not to mention a place where you can get any sugary creation you can imagine."

The store will serve baked goods and coffee in the morning and will stay open until 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on the weekends. Expect the same great flavors and local toppings served at YoLo's other two locations.

YoLo Frozen Yogurt, 559 Erin Drive (683-0190)

102 E. Mulberry (861-0037)

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