The inside of Cru Cafe in downtown Charleston is about to get spruced up in what will be another family affair.

The job will go to the Pinckney Street restaurant's original interior designer, Terry Zucker of Los Angeles-based Starting Over Design Studio. She also happens to be the mother of Cru Cafe chef and owner John Zucker.

The project will require the restaurant to close Jan. 14. It will reopen Jan. 21.

Reserve your spot

The next installment of Charleston Restaurant Week is just around the corner. The dates are Jan. 10-20.

Sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, the event features participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menus consisting of three items for one price: $20, $30 or $40. See charlestonrestaurant

Flapjack fund-raiser

IHOP already is promoting its pancake giveaway in February. The national dining chain will offer free pancakes on Feb. 5 to mark National Pancake Day. The fundraiser, in its eighth year, aims to raise $3 million to kick off Children's Miracle Network Hospitals' 30th anniversary.

IHOP restaurants across the country will offer customers a free stack of pancakes 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and ask them for a donation to the local Children's Miracle Network Hospital or other local charities.

Customers can also purchase “Miracle Balloons” for $1 and $5 each throughout January with all proceeds going to the Children's Miracle Network Hospital.

Picture perfect

Pink House Gallery now offers weddings and events at 17 Chalmers St. in downtown Charleston.

The Pink House Gallery features the artwork of Alice Stewart Grimsley, Nancy Wycoff Rushing and Detta Cutting Zimmerman.

Giving back

The Kickin' Chicken raised $20,300 during its 4th Annual Month of Giving campaign.

During November, one dollar from every appetizer sold at all five Lowcountry locations was donated to the campaign. The proceeds raised will be evenly distributed among Camp Happy Days and Charleston/Summerville Miracle Leagues.

Among the five restaurants, the Summerville location raised the most funds and will donate $1,500, including matching funds from restaurant owners, to the oncology department of Trident Cancer Center.

John McDermott of the The Post and Courier contributed to this report. Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or