Restaurant deals

Olive Garden and Red Lobster are offering bottomless entree specials for a limited time. At Olive Garden, a never-ending pasta bowl is $10 through Oct. 7, including six pastas and five sauces and soup or salad and bread sticks. At Red Lobster, there are five shrimp entree choices for $15, which includes Cheddar Bay biscuits and salad, also bottomless and good through Nov. 4. The promotions allow doggie bags at most locations.

On Tuesday, Pancheros Mexican Grill celebrates its 20th anniversary with $1 burritos (regularly $6.35) between 4 and 6 p.m. in Bloomington (952-767-6844) and Golden Valley (763-544-3474, Limit one per person.

Hope Chest holds its first bargain bazaar

The Hope Chest secondhand stores ( in Orono and St. Paul are known for top-quality, high-end new and used home furnishings and women's clothing donated by families and retailers. Sometimes donations don't meet the store's quality or theme guidelines, so the breast cancer charity has decided to blow it out with occasional bargain bazaars. The first one is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday ($10 admission), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday (bag day) at 5806 W. 36th St., St. Louis Park, 952-471-8700). Items include clothing, home accessories, furniture, books and games.

Season for kids' mega sales

It's a garage saler's dream: a one-stop shop for a huge selection of used clothing and toys in excellent condition. Semiannual suburban "mega sales" bring together buyers and sellers of baby equipment, kids' clothes, toys and accessories under one roof. Tens of thousands of items, sized and arranged neatly in sections, are sold at prices far below department stores and a bit above garage sale pricing. This weekend through mid-October, there is a sale every weekend, including in Elk River Thursday through Saturday and in Lakeville Friday and Saturday. Most of the sales ask for customers to bring a nonperishable food item or $1 admission on the first day. Most items are half-price on the last day. For a list of Twin Cities kids' consignment sales each weekend, go to or and click on "Calendar."

Fifty percent off eyeglass frames

Spectacle Shoppe (five locations and a State Fair booth on the upper level of the grandstand, 1-888-797-3937, www. will offer 50 percent off everything in stock at all of its stores, including eyeglass frames, sunglasses and lenses from designers such as Dior, Oliver Peoples, Oakley, Ray-Ban, Paul Smith, Chanel and D&G. A lens purchase with frames is not required during the sale, which continues through Labor Day.

John Ewoldt • 612-673-7633 or If you spot a deal, share it at